The Tactical Plate Carrier Vest Buying Guide

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The Tactical Plate Carrier Vest Buying Guide

For years tactical gear enthusiasts and self defense thinkers have invested in tactical plate carrier vests. Understanding possible situational uses, especially in recent times has resulted in a major surge in these vests even more. Unlike bulletproof vests or chest rigs, a tactical plate carrier vest gives users the ability to adapt and enhance their tactical gear over time. In this buyer's guide to tactical plate carrier vests, we will highlight some of the important features to look for when purchasing your plate carrier. 


Bullet Proof Plates

Most people invest in a plate carrier vest to carry ballistic plates. Bulletproof plates can range in sizes and functionality and should be considered before investing in your tactical vest. Due to the array of vests out there, certain plates won't serve every vest the same. For instance, the Kevlar type plates in military ballistic plates tend to be sewn into military surplus vests. These type of plates won't be a great fit for most plate carriers out there due to the size. Standard size 10 x 13 plates should fit most if not all plate carriers and provide users protection of their vital organs. 11 x 14 bulletproof plates work with some vests but smaller lightweight tactical vests have trouble fitting these size plates. Lastly, side plate are essential for some users, and some vests are not equipped with pockets to carry these style plates. 



Most importantly, your vest needs the ability to adapt. Whether you are playing airsoft, heading to the shooting range or want something as a grab and go defense option, customizability of your vest is a must. Many vests have built in magazine pouches sewn in, with MOLLE layering the entire vest to give added features and adaptability. This is a nice feature and can save tactical enthusiasts money as they build their vest. Whether your vest contains built in pouches or is equipped with built in pouches, it is important that more can be added either on top of the pouches or swapped out with current pouches. If the vest is built like a chest rig or a cross draw vest, then adaptability becomes nearly impossible. 

Adaptability is so important because it allows you to build your vest based on situational needs. Whether it's adding extra magazine pouches and gun holsters or being prepared with tourniquet and first aid pouches. Every user has a preference for their vest set up and the ability to build and adapt remains critical in the buying decision. 



Lastly, users need the ability to properly adjust their tactical vests based on fit. In addition to body size, the addition of accessories on the vest may cause different adjustments for individuals. The top straps of the vest is where users will need to adjust to ensure plates are sitting in vital areas for proper protection. In addition, the ease of accessing certain items will factor into these adjustments. Lastly, most vests have straps on the side to give individuals a proper fit around the belly and chest area. This fit ensures the plate carrier remains in tact while on the move. 


Now that you understand what to look for in your tactical plate carrier vest, the decision to buy is here. A Vital Plate Carrier Vest is one of the best selling tactical vests on the market. Basically a blank canvas for your tactical gear, this plate carrier is covered in MOLLE webbing all over, allowing users to truly build their vest as they see fit. This vest is so popular because of the front, back and side pockets built in to carry ballistic plates. If side plates are not a must, then the Modular Plate Carrier Vest or the Lightweight Plate Carrier Vest are also two great options. 


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