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Are you a civilian interested in personal protection or a member of the police or military? Then you may or may not know the importance of a well-equipped plate carrier setup. A plate carrier is a critical piece of gear that provides protection to the wearer by holding ballistic plates and essential equipment. In this blog post, we will dive into the world of plate carrier setups, sharing insights, tips, and recommendations to help you find the perfect fit for your needs.

Understanding the Basics

Before we jump into the nitty-gritty details, let’s start with the basics. A plate carrier is a vest designed to hold ballistic plates, providing protection against projectiles and other threats. The choice of plates and setup depends on the level of protection required and the individual’s needs. Plates come in various sizes, cuts and threat levels so you’ll want to explore our options to see what works best for you. We recommend HighCom plates as they offer a 10 year warranty but look at AceLink for a more budget friendly option. 

Selecting the Right Plates

The first step in setting up your plate carrier is selecting the appropriate ballistic plates. Several factors need consideration, including weight, protection level, and cost. Ceramic and composite plates offer lightweight options at the cost of thickness, while steel plates provide robust protection at a lower price point but with the added risk of spalling.

Remember, the weight of the plates will affect your mobility and endurance, so finding the right balance is crucial. Consider your activities and operational requirements to determine the most suitable option for you.

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Building a Modular Setup

Modularity is key when it comes to plate carriers. This allows you to customize your setup based on your specific needs and mission requirements. Here are some essential components to consider for your plate carrier:

Front and Back Plate Bags

The front and back bags of your plate carrier will hold the ballistic plates. These bags should provide a snug, secure fit, so the plates themselves don’t slide around. Our carriers are offered in multiple sizes to accommodate for different plate sizes and shapes.


The cummerbund is the side panel of the plate carrier that goes around your waist. It helps stabilize the carrier, provides lateral protection, and allows for the attachment of pouches and accessories. Our HRAC and RAC Carriers come standard with a simple adjustable cummerbund while our LBAC Carrier comes standard with a Rigid MOLLE/Tegris Quick Release version. Both the HRAC and RAC accept our optional Quick Release cummerbund.

Shoulders and Straps

Shoulder straps are responsible for keeping the plate carrier in place and help support the weight of the plates. Look for padded shoulder straps and adjustable tension straps to ensure a comfortable fit without compromising range of motion. Quick-release buckles are also something to consider for easy donning and doffing. Our LBAC Carrier comes outfitted with QR buckles on each shoulder strap.

Placards, Back Panels, Pouches, and Accessories

Placards, back panels, pouches, and accessories play a crucial role in carrying vital equipment. Consider your mission specific needs, such as magazine pouches, medical kits, hydration, or communication equipment. All our carriers accept placards while the LBAC and RAC only come standard with rear back panel zippers. Our HRAC carrier can also accept these back panels with our optional Zip-On Panel MOLLE Adapters. All carriers accept all accessories as well.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Finding the right fit for your plate carrier is essential for comfort, mobility, and overall effectiveness. Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect fit:

Finding the Perfect Fit

Finding the right fit for your plate carrier is essential for comfort, mobility, and overall effectiveness. Here are some tips to help you achieve the perfect fit:

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Measure and Adjust

Take accurate measurements of your chest and waist before purchasing your plate carrier. Refer to our sizing guide to ensure a proper fit. Once you receive your plate carrier, make necessary adjustments to the straps, cummerbund, and shoulder pads for a snug yet comfortable fit.

Range of Motion

Try on your plate carrier and perform various movements to assess its impact on your range of motion. Squat, kneel, and crouch to ensure that your plate carrier does not hinder your agility or ability to perform essential tasks.

Test and Refine

Wear your plate carrier during training exercises and simulations to identify any areas that need refinement or adjustments. Listen to your body and make necessary modifications to enhance comfort and functionality.

Considerations for Different Users

It’s important to note that different users have unique requirements when it comes to plate carrier setups. Here are a few considerations for specific users:


For civilians interested in personal protection, a plate carrier provides added security in potentially dangerous situations. Seek lightweight and concealable options that can be easily integrated into everyday life. Our HRAC and RAC carriers are both great options.

Law Enforcement and Military

Law enforcement and military personnel often require plate carriers that can withstand extreme conditions and prolonged use. Focus on durability, protection level, and the ability to carry essential gear tailored to their specific roles. Our LBAC carrier would be more ideal for these types of roles as it offers load bearing capabilities with all day comfort, quick release buckles and a rigid, MOLLE cummerbund.

Wrapping Up

An adaptable, modular plate carrier setup is a crucial part of your personal protection or professional gear. By understanding the basics, building a modular setup, finding the perfect fit, and considering the unique requirements of different users, you can create a plate carrier solution that precisely meets your needs.

Remember, the key to an effective plate carrier setup lies in finding the right balance between protection, mobility, and comfort. Stay safe, stay protected, and always be prepared for whatever comes your way!

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