May 27, 2022

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Product Review Chase Tactical – all about them curves

7 min read

Like most knuckle draggers, I will go to a certain extent to improve my kit.  I mean sometimes you want things just the right way, and sometimes you can’t have it all.  Armor is one of those things, where maybe you want a certain feature, but can’t have it.  So, like most, when it comes to armor, I have traditionally settled for whatever is issued is what I will use.

 

With that in mind, I have not only never held or used a multi curve armor plate, until Chase Tactical came along, I haven’t even heard of one.  If you need an overview on armor and proper wear of different types of plates, you can check back our article on Proper Wear of Body Armor Part 1 here:

The boys at Chase Tactical sent us a set of plates for comparison and use.  One single curve and one multi curve.  It is worth repeating here, that our interaction with the big sky country tactical outfitter has been superb.  Everything in their inventory is vetted and proven in effectiveness and reliability first hand, and we are fortunate to add to the proof of their mission.

CHASE LEVEL 3 AND 4 RIFLE BODY ARMOR AND PLATES

Rifle body armor protects vital organs in the upper body from the rifle rounds of the enemy. Military personnel, law enforcement, and civilians rely on body armor for rifles and more to protect their lives during unpredictable emergency situations. Select your rifle armor plates based on ammunition type, size, and what military grade materials you need to complete mission objectives without casualties.

The rifle armor plates and body armor offered at Chase Tactical all meet or exceed the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Standard-0101.06 for ballistic resistance. Our selection of standalone plates come in dimensions of up to 11” X 14” and are constructed using military grade ceramics, steels, and high-density polyurethane. Outfit your rifle body armor a wide selection of multistrike and curved NIJ Standard-0101.06 Certified and DEA compliant rifle armor plates and carrier systems from trusted manufacturers like Strike Face, Dynamic Combat Systems, and Active Response Carrier System.

 

Customer service and response are top notch, and can always call with any questions.  Multi curve plates come in Level IV, and follow the same NIJ rating as any other compliant armor.  Likewise, they come in a variety of cuts to suit the mission and end-user requirements: SAPI, shooters, modified, swimmers, side and so on.

Chase Tactical makes these in OH, in good ‘ol USA, so you know you’re directly making America great.  The plates are multi-hit.  Surprisingly, they are only slightly more expensive than the regular single curve variety, ranging from about $140 to $315, depending on size, cut, coatings and types composite.  The main price difference is generally toward the top end of the product line, and more basic models are almost comparable in price.

Top of the line multi curve option is rated against armor piercing ammunition, and will cost accordingly.   The fit of a multi curve plate is no different, so don’t worry about your carrier or vest accommodating them.  Get the right size with the right cut for you and your kit, and the difference you will note is while wearing them.

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Whether you decide to stay with the classic single curve or try the Chase multi curve armor, probably depends on what you do, and for how long.  If majority of your work or armor use is for an hour or so on the range, a quick snatch and grab for the team at the local pastry shop, or a show and tell at a community event, you may not tell the difference.  But if your contract, deployment or training calls for hours of work and wear, regular moving and stopping, being on a perimeter for an extended period of time, or if you have to haul a lot of extra weight on top of your armor based on your assignment – you will most definitely appreciate the multi curve choice.

The angles of the curve hug your body and allow for a closer fit.  By design, this minimizes hot spots, rubbing on corners and wear on the same spots of your kit.  Your entire kit moves with the user in a smoother, and more quite manner.  There is less flopping around while running, and doing repetitive movements like bending.

While the dead space between the user and carrier is minimized, you can still fit awesome items like Phokus Research IFAK in the space, thanks to the design of the later. Having the plates side by side, the multi-curved difference is almost subtle, depending on your angle of view.  However, the difference is noticeable after several hour of wear.  One can truly appreciate this when having a multi-curve plate on the back.  Much like every item in your ruck adds up over carry time, the better fit of the back plate mitigates the weight you have.

Most user problems with wearing body armor are associated with back issues.  While having a multi-curve back plate will not eliminate those issues over years of use and grunt life, it will make days of ground pounding more manageable.  Similarly, sitting in a vehicle, and particularly a tactical vehicle with flat seats, will add a level of comfort and adaptability to the user.  Less shifting, tearing and pushing against the back. Another notable comfort is when being prone on top of your armor.  Again, maybe a slight difference under stress or within strenuous activity, but laying down for an extended period of time on the plate feels better with the curves hugging you like a prom queen after a first date.

If you make the decision to go with Chase Tactical multi-curve plates, this user’s opinion is that you will appreciate the difference.  If you’re unsure, try one plate first.  Either way, Brent and the crew at Chase will give you solid advice, information and products for whatever your mission, training, or lifestyle dictates.

Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up 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.

*The views and opinions expressed on this website are solely those of the original authors and contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of Spotter Up Magazine, the administrative staff, and/or any/all contributors to this site.

Chase Tactical provides their POV below and you might find it useful:

Why Would I Choose a Plate Carrier?

There are several advantages that plate carriers offer Military and Law Enforcement personnel. Among the top features to look for in plate carriers is the ability to protect the upper body using integrated straps and adjustable loops. Velcro straps and other adjustable cords give the user the freedom to form the carrier onto the body for a more natural fit. When choosing your plate carrier, consider the body size and height to ensure that the panels cover vital organs. Another design element to consider when purchasing plate carriers are the textiles used. Since plate carriers are worn for extended periods of time, ensure that the fabrics are durable and that they feature breathable textures to let air flow freely into areas where friction can irritate the skin such as on your shoulders and back. If you are purchasing a plate carrier for your existing plates, it is important to consider the dimensions of the internal compartments to ensure that your plates will fit adequately. One of the most distinct features of plate carriers is the integration of protection and utility. Chase Tactical’s selection of plate carriers feature easy adjustments and compartments for other tactical gear like radios and hydration packs that are essential in the field.

Why Would I Choose a Chest Rig?

Chest rigs offers an array of carrying compartments and straps that can accommodate tactical equipment of various sizes. The biggest difference between chest rigs and plate carriers is that chest rigs do not normally provide the body with complete ballistic protection, but provide tactical functionality. Chest Rigs normally offer the user front protection only, depending on the chosen chest rig. The use of chest rigs in military or law enforcement environments are ideal for loading vital tactical gear like ammunition, flashlights, command panels, or communication equipment with ease. Another common feature of chest rigs is the lightweight breathable materials that reduce points of friction of the body like shoulders and back. The selection of chest rigs offered at Chase Tactical are made out of high-grade textiles that are can endure wear and tear.

Should I Get Both?

There are a variety of benefits of choosing a plate carrier or chest rig.  Ultimately it comes down to mission requirements, flexibility and user preference.  Each operating platform has it’s own unique features. By choosing both you can maximize your tactical capabilities when on your next mission, training, or range day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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