Collection: PLATE CARRIERS Tactical Plate Carriers & Body Armor Systems

Plate carriers are what we’re really referring to with the term “bulletproof vest.” Tactical plate carrier vests hold ceramic, composite and steel body armor plates. People often use the term “body armor” synonymously with body armor plate carrier vests. 

With tactical plates inserted, offers only the best tactical plate carriers to protect wearers against small arms fire, shrapnel, ricochets and similar life-threatening hazards. Plate carrier vests with body armor inserts make up a true body armor system – the same tactical armor trusted by military, law enforcement, security personnel and overseas private contractors. 

Tactical Plate Carrier Vest Types

Plate carrier vests come in different options and sizes for use under various potential threats. Depending on your operation, environment or situation, you can choose from different styles, from minimalist tactical body armor for undercover and plainclothes operations to heavier constructed tactical armor for protection against high velocity, heavy caliber rifle fire.

Light Ops

Spartan Armor Systems’™ Spartan DL Plate Carrier is an example of a plate carrier vest that can be discreetly worn beneath a shirt or jacket. Concealmenttactical plate carriers aren’t designed to support heavy body armor plates. These tactical plate carrier vests are perfect for lower caliber, fast-moving operations and low threat level environments. Although lightweight plate carriers do not accommodate side plate protection, they hold various types of Spartan frontal armor plates, including our AR550 Single Steel Plate and Flex Fused Core™ IIIA Soft Body Armor.

Heavy Duty Protection

On the other hand, tactical plate carriers that hold heavy duty body armor plates can be worn outside of your clothing. When you attach removable MOLLE mag pouches, like our Condor Kangaroo Triple Mag Pouch, these plate carrier vests become the base of operations for all of your tactical gear, such as spare magazines, communications gear, handcuffs, flashlights and similar items.

Spartan Armor Systems Plate Carrier Vests

We design all of our tactical body armor systems for mission accomplishment. Durable, modern, practical and customizable – built by those who have been there and experienced the need for premium protection.

Our Sentinel Plate Carrier is designed to hold heavy armor. Constructed from tough 1,000-denier Cordura® fabric, this tactical body armor vest will accommodate AR550 Shooter’s Cut front and back steel plates, as well as AR550 side panels for 360° protection.

Need something a bit more robust? We got your six.

If you want the best tactical plate carrier available, check out our Warrior Assault Systems’ Dynamic Combat System (DCS) Special Forces Plate Carrier. Made from 500-denier Cordura, the DCS tactical plate carrier vest is a perfect match for holding our 10” x12” Shooter's Cut steel core or ceramic body armor, both of which are available in protection levels of III and III+. You might also enjoy our MOPC Condor Plate Carrier. The Condor MOPC Plate Carrier fits various level inserts like our Spartan Armor Systems™ 10″x12″ AR500 Omega™AR550Armaply AR650 Shooter’s Cut armor platesSAS IIIA Soft Armor, and our Level IV composites. The Condor MOPC Plate Carrier provides hook and loop panel for all armor compartments (front, back & sides) and includes emergency drag handle, detachable shoulder pads and front map pocket.

Regardless of the type of armor plates, it’s recommended that trauma pads be worn behind tactical plate carriers. Although they don’t offer ballistic protection, trauma pads lessen the impact of bullets felt by the wearer when a bullet strikes your tactical armor.