The K-Zero Plate Carrier is another offering from the Agilite team. Agilite designed the K-Zero to be the most comfortable low profile plate carrier on the market. I believe it is a highly regarded tactical gear offering that combines functionality, durability, and comfort.  As of this writing I believe the carrier retails for $289.00.  and is on sale for $250.00. This is a low-profile carrier that you can run slick or armored up.  It is similar to the K19 Plate Carrier 3.0. and is priced the same. Whereas the K19 is made from 1000D CORDURA® Mil Spec Tactical Nylon and includes Mil Spec polymer buckles and hardware, the K-Zero is made of 500D CORDURA Mil Spec Tactical Nylon. There are other features that make them different. Find what works best for you. The attention to detail with the K-ZERO is evident in the reinforced stress points, ensuring longevity even under demanding conditions. I think the designers spoke to a lot of end-users before developing this carrier.


K19 and K ZERO side by side

The K-Zero Plate Carrier boasts a well-thought-out design with meticulous attention to detail. Constructed from high-quality materials, such as durable Cordura fabric and robust stitching, this plate carrier exudes exceptional build quality. Agilite has a one-size-fits-all cummerbund and multi-size plate bag. They use a stretch fabric that sits inside the cummerbund, therefore the carrier moves with your body as you shift. Agilite prioritizes user comfort and fit with the K-Zero Plate Carrier. One of my big likes is the fact that the carrier utilizes adjustable shoulder and cummerbund straps, as these offer a customizable fit. There is no digging into your shoulders and collarbones, and I’ve experienced this quite a bit with other carriers; this is important to note when looking for a good carrier. The carrier will accommodate a wide range of body sizes. It comes with an included cable management kit. This gives you complete versatility and the ability to set up your cables, ptts and hydration tubes exactly how you’d like them.

The quick-release buckles and adjustable straps make it easy to achieve a customized fit, ensuring a snug and comfortable experience. The padded shoulder straps provide excellent load distribution, minimizing fatigue during extended wear. One of the biggest take-aways is the fact that once you’ve adjusted it to your comfort level, you will not need to readjust it when you don it or take it off. Simply use the quick release buckles and you are good to go. You can add side armor if you prefer. Notice the unit of measure stitched to the inner side of the carrier.

Additionally, the breathable mesh lining enhances ventilation and reduces heat buildup, adding to the overall comfort. This feature is especially important during intense physical activities or in hot environments, ensuring comfort and preventing excessive sweating. Ventilation is one of the keys to feeling the most comfortable when wearing any kind of carrier.

Watch the Hidden Features video posted below. There is a great explanation of how the front plates, and back plates sit at different positions due to human physiology, and what they do to correct this issue of bad plate placement.

One of the standout features of the K-Zero Plate Carrier is its modularity. It offers an array of MOLLE-compatible webbing, allowing for easy attachment of pouches, accessories, and equipment. The front and rear panels feature integrated loop fields for attaching ID patches or morale patches. Agency identifiers, patches and flags will have lots of room for placement. The space for those is generous unlike some other brands. The innovative quick-release buckles provide swift donning and doffing, crucial in urgent situations.

Yes, you can route cables and tubes through it easily, if you’re a working stiff. I love how you can run them through the shoulder pads.

K19 and K ZERO side by side

The plate pocket design is another aspect that sets the K-ZERO apart, and it will fit the SAPI, ESAPI, Shooters Cut and Swimmers Cut. The medium size K-Zero Plate Carrier will fit most plates including 10×12, SAPI Medium or the smaller size. The large will accommodate any large plates up to 10.30”x13.25”. When worn properly this carrier offers excellent protection for vital organs for different sized users. The plate pockets ensure a secure fit and prevent unnecessary movement during dynamic activities. The front and rear panels feature large, accessible admin pockets for carrying essential items such as maps, documents, or small gear, enhancing its practicality. Despite its rugged construction, the K-Zero Plate Carrier strikes an optimal balance between protection and mobility. It allows the user to maintain a full range of motion, facilitating agility during tactical operations. The ergonomic design and lightweight materials ensure minimal hindrance while keeping the weight well-distributed, allowing for enhanced comfort and maneuverability.

Always stay away from carriers where use superfluous add-ons, and pile garbage on to sell to an unknowledgeable customer.  Look for carriers that are sensibly designed, to protect what is vital to keep you safe in the field. This carrier has a sleek appearance, which I prefer to many other brands using earlier generation designs. There are three color options: Ranger Green, Multicam and Black. AMAP III Assault Pack Compatible.

The K-Zero Plate Carrier from Agilite is a standout tactical gear option that combines durability, functionality, and comfort. With its robust construction, adjustable fit, modularity, and emphasis on user comfort, the K-Zero Plate Carrier delivers exceptional performance in demanding environments. Whether you’re a military professional, law enforcement officer, or an avid enthusiast, the K-Zero Plate Carrier is a reliable and versatile choice that ensures optimal protection and usability.

• 500D CORDURA ® Mil Spec Tactical Nylon
• Proprietary Mil Spec hardware
• Kevlar® Coated Neoprene
• Laser-cut Squadron™ laminate
• Laser-cut Velcro ® MOLLE overlay panels
• Integral closed-cell comfort foam
• Weight: 1.74Lbs (0.79kg)

• Most comfortable low profile plate carrier on the market
• Placard-compatible
• Proprietary “V” design spreads weight over maximum surface from shoulders to center mass area to avoid pressure points.
• Strategically placed low profile closed cell padding gives you an unprecedented amount of comfort, without adding bulk.
• One-size fits all low profile cummerbund included, so you can guarantee a perfect fit and allows you to adjust it by yourself on the fly while wearing it.
• Cummerbund allows you to switch between either velcro flaps or quick release buckles (quick release buckles not included).
• Rear loop back flap is compatible with the Agilite Warfighter Cummerbund or any other hook and loop based cummerbund.
• Built-in cable management elements in shoulders and front and rear plate bag.
• Free cable management kit included.
• AMAP III Assault Pack Compatible.

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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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