What to Consider When Picking Out a Plate Carrier

When it comes to tactical gear, it’s crucial to have the best. At DownRange Outfitter, we specialize in providing you with the highest-quality tactical gear on the market. Whether you’re at the range or in the field, it’s essential to have everything you need.

From protective gear to optics and tactical clothing, we have everything you might need. This includes plate carriers, which can be an essential piece of tactical gear in many situations. Because there are many options, here are four things to consider when picking out a plate carrier. Questions? Contact us today, and we’d be happy to help.

Chase Tactical Quick Response Plate Carrier

How Fast Do You Need to Be Able to Equip the Carrier?

Do you need it in a hurry, or do you have a little more time? How often will you be using the carrier, and how quickly do you want to be able to put it on? If you’re looking for something quick, many options fasten in seconds with minimal effort.

Chase Tactical Joey Pouch

Will You Need Pockets?

Most plate carriers don’t come with pockets, which means you will need to purchase them separately. While this isn’t essential for everyone, it’s important to consider if you’ll need additional storage or not.

Chase Tactical LOPC Lightweight Operational Plate Carrier

Consider Where You Will Be Wearing It

If you plan on using your plate carriers for outdoor activities, make sure they are comfortable. Many plate carriers are heavy and can be uncomfortable when worn for long periods of time. If this is the case, consider padded straps and adjustability options to help.

Eagle Industries Ergo System

Consider Mobility Needs

If you’re looking for a plate carrier that you can use when running or on the move, consider one with MOLLE webbing. This will allow for additional flexibility and give you more options for what to place where. Regardless of the situation, DownRange Outfitter has everything you need to stay prepared.


We hope this information helps you in your search for the perfect plate carrier. Whether you need something lightweight, heavy-duty, or a combination of the two, we have options that will work for you. So why wait? Start shopping now and equip yourself with all the essentials!

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