This 5.11 plate carrier is a top-notch piece of tactical gear that ticks all the right boxes for anyone seeking reliable protection, comfort, and functionality during intense missions or training exercises.

It is built for durability. Right off the bat, the carrier’s construction exudes toughness. Crafted from rugged 500D nylon, this carrier can withstand the harshest conditions without showing signs of wear and tear. The reinforced stitching ensures that it can handle heavy use, making it a reliable companion for long-term tactical operations. I’ve used it for running in our 90 degree summer heat, and I’ve sweated a lot throughout every mile. It has held up since I first got it.

What I loved most about this plate carrier is its customizable and adjustable fit. The shoulder straps and cummerbund are fully adjustable, allowing me to find the perfect fit for my body size and shape. The quick-release hook-and-loop closures make it easy to put on and take off, saving valuable seconds during critical situations. The carrier has adjustable shoulder straps with back yoke, and and adjustable skeletonized waist band that stretches (Sizes S-XL) for 52″-57″.

The carrier features integrated MOLLE webbing on the front and back, providing ample real estate for attaching additional pouches, gear, and accessories. I can even put a small firearm in the front of the vest. This versatility allows me to customize my loadout based on the specific mission requirements, ensuring I have all the essentials at my fingertips.

It offers comfort and breathability. Despite its rugged construction, the plate carrier doesn’t compromise on comfort, as it it made with oversized airflow panels. Additionally, the padded mesh interior wicks away moisture and enhances breathability, keeping me cool and comfortable during extended mission work or intense training sessions. It sits snugly against my body without causing any discomfort or chafing. My first workout with the carrier was a hilly 5 mile run with the summer sun overhead, carrying 30lbs. I had to make a few adjustments throughout my run, but once I found the best adjustment, it was good sailing through my workout. There was little bounce, and I didn’t feel like the carrier was smothering my torso. Fits snug but not tight,

The carrier accommodates both medium and large ballistic plates, providing ample protection without sacrificing mobility. The plate compartments are well-designed, ensuring a secure fit for the plates, which are critical for safeguarding against potential threats. Medium is (12.5″H x 9.5″ L x 2″ W) & large is (13.25″ x 10.25″ x 2.25″) ESAPI plates or it will fit Rogue® Weight Vest Plates.

Run through this routine 3x if you like:

50 Push-ups
10 Pull-ups
15 Dips
25 Squats
25 Lunges
20 Crunches

The inclusion of quick-access admin pockets is a thoughtful touch. These pockets allow me to store essential items like maps, notebooks, or communication devices within easy reach, ensuring I can stay focused on the task at hand. In addition to its functional features, the TACTEC® PLATE CARRIER has a sleek and professional appearance. Whether on the range or in the gym, its design conveys a sense of professionalism and readiness. It comes in six colors.

The carrier is a high-quality piece of tactical gear that lives up to its reputation. Its durability, adjustability, and MOLLE compatibility make it a reliable and versatile choice for tactical operators, law enforcement personnel, military professionals and gym rats. Its a bit pricey at $215 if you don’t use it often but a worthwhile investment if you do. If you’re looking for a plate carrier that offers unmatched performance and functionality, the TACTEC® PLATE CARRIER won’t disappoint. I highly recommend adding this carrier to your tactical gear arsenal!

  • Enhanced comfort & freedom of movement
  • Accommodates M-L ESAPI ballistic plates
  • Adjustable shoulder straps with back yoke
  • Adjustable skeletonized waist bands with stretch (Sizes S-XL)
  • Extendable GrabDrag handle for emergency exfiltration
  • One-handed quick-release cable system
  • Oversized airflow panels
  • Web ID loop
  • Laser-cut loop MOLLE and web MOLLE platform
  • Top admin front pocket with hook/loop closure and pull tab
  • Side panels available
  • 500D Nylon
  • Fits medium (12.5″H x 9.5″ L x 2″ W) & large (13.25″ x 10.25″ x 2.25″) ESAPI plates
  • Fits Rogue® Weight Vest Plates
  • 52″-57″ circumference cummerbund

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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