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Does anybody have a good recommendation on a plate carrier? I missed the $99.00 sale on the following:
Would very much consider used item as well if you guys know of a good source, thanks!
What’s your budget all in? What’s the use? That’s the big item I had to figure when I did mine. Im working on something saving for it and I’m probably going to just get a STT.1 package from SKD tactical. It’s $500 for a carrier and level 4 plates. One stop shopping has appeal for me.
Hate to keep promoting it but Primary and Secondary has done a few pretty good podcast on armor. I found those to be an excellent primer.
I'll tell ya, there are so many good options for plate carriers at all price points! As mentioned above you need to have a budget in mind to get the best you can afford and you also need to know what your main use is going to be. I know that may sound like a silly question but the use will determine the style of carrier you get. Vehicle mounted ops, foot patrols, static defense, concealed, etc? Are you going with 10x12 plates or 11x14 plates? Do you want options for side plates?
Personally I wanted a low profile design that allowed for more freedim of movement and some concealability. I run it with a triple mage shingle up front and thats it. But I wanted some versatility to pull that mag shingle off and add a micro chest rig to the front for a different mission profile.
Here's mine laid out...
I run in it, train in it, have taken courses with it and it has held up great.
I have BAM level III plates in mine with upgraded spall blockers on them. Total weight with plates and 4 mags and radio is 23 lbs.
So in short, thats the best answer I've got from my own experience.
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I'm a huge proponent of First Spear products; I've had a total of three (two bought from their site, one from SKD Tactical). My current PC is a FS Strandhogg in Ranger Green, and I love it. It'll run you about $450, but I think its worth it. It's comfortable, quiet (no velcro) and easy to don/doff. Professionally, I've used both the RBAV and IOTV; the RBAV was my preferred of the two, since its smaller, rides better, and isn't as heavy. The IOTV is a monstrosity that I wouldn't wish on anyone. I'd still take the Strandhogg over both of those.
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I'll preface this by saying I've got no experience wearing plates, so I can't really offer specific advice here. But, that said, I've always been drawn to a more minimalist style.
The top carriers on my list are the BFG Plateminus, Ferro Concepts Slickster, First Spear STT.1, and the SKD PIG plate carrier.
For plates themselves, I was going to look at the Shotstop Duritium stuff sold by Max over at MVT. There might better out there, though. The big thing is just to avoid steel plates for reasons of weight and safety.
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