AR500 Armor® Micro Plate Carrier (1.10 lbs) - Made In USA

149 USD

SKU: AR500-Micro

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AR500 Armor® Micro Plate Carrier - (Carrier made of NON-Ballistic materials)

The AR500 Armor® Micro Plate Carrier is the industry’s leading option for running 8" x 10" body armor on both small and large frame operators! Built from the ground up to be rugged, comfortable, and versatile, our Micro Plate Carrier accommodates a wide range of applications and sizes.

The AR500 Armor® Micro Plate Carrier is an excellent option for small or female frames, or those looking to reduce weight but still gain protection of your vitals. Make no mistake, our 8" x 10" body armor still provides adequate coverage of your heart, blood vessels above your heart, and a good portion of your lungs even on larger individuals. It's a common misnomer than larger is better. When it comes to armor, protection and mobility are the ideal choices. The AR500 Armor® Micro Plate Carrier is compact yet effective for a variety of frames, youth to adult.

Proudly made in the USA, our Micro Plate Carrier features high quality stitching and has been engineered to last. Shoulder and side mounted ITW GT Cobra Buckles make donning and doffing a dull affair. The Micro Plate Carrier simply slides over your heard, or a single shoulder, and can be quickly buckled up and tightened down. As well as quickly removed by simply releasing a single shoulder and side cobra buckle. The Micro Plate Carrier features intentionally sized shoulder strap length allowing the widest range of compatibility of sizes possible, on both our adult and youth configurations. Once adjusted, simply loopback the shoulder strap and secure as needed. Mesh inner webbing with patterned channels improve air flow and comfort when worn for longer durations. Front & Back webbing designed for MOLLE pouches and front side upper and lower Velcro sections allow for ID patches top & bottom, or a lower mounted chest rig (with optional chest rig adapter kit).

The AR500 Armor® Micro Plate Carrier is the compact plate carrier you've been looking for, constructed to be comfortable, ruffed, and reliable! Compatible with all 8" x 10" hard and soft body armor and  trauma pads.

*Shoulder Pads Included!

New Variant now available! Micro Plate Carrier Slick Side: Our Slick Side variant does away with QD Cobra buckles on the shoulders & sides; replacing the top shoulder buckles with ITW Nexus loop locs; side buckles are replaced with ITW Nexus standard 2" buckles. All webbing on the back side of the Micro is removed and replaced with a 4" Velcro ID Panel. Front side webbing includes 3 bottom rows with Velcro, compatible with all standard mag pouches and chest rigs, accompanied by a 4" Velcro ID panel up top.

Micro Plate Carrier Specs:

Construction: 1000D Nylon and #92 Bonded Nylon Thread
Weight: 1.10lb
Configuration: Adjustable shoulder straps for a more comfortable and secure fit.
Colors: Black, Coyote, Olive Drab, MultiCam, and Wolf Gray
Armor Compatibility: 8” x 10” Body Armor in both soft and hard variants


AR500 Armor® Micro Plate Carrier Features:

  • Designed for the ground up for comfortable and versatility
  • Adult & Youth shoulder strap configurations
  • Light weight and compact, while still providing adequate coverage
  • Excellent for small of female frames
  • Removable Shoulder Pads included!
  • Reduce armor weight by running 8" x 10" armor and increase mobility
  • ITW GT Cobra Buckles allow quick donning and doffing
  • Intentional sized shoulder straps fit a wide variety of frames
  • Inner mesh lining improves comfort and air flow
  • Front & Back webbing for MOLLE/Pouch attachment
  • Velcro web sections for ID panels or lower mounted chest rig
  • 100% Made in the USA!


Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Weight (LBS) 2.0000
Carrier Manufacturer AR500 Armor (USA)
Plate Carrier Type Micro
Cummerbund No Cummerbund
Carrier Construction Material 1000D Nylon
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

Peace of mind at night Review by van
Bought my in wolf grey to wear with hard plates when I walk the track at night or hit the walking trail during the day. I put lots off reflective patches to be seen at night and a molle drink pouch + small first aid on it as well. I don't need a full size weight vest as this fits the bill perfect and has some armor protection as well. Will get the one that has back molle later on for camping. To bad it doesn't come in bright yellow or orange to really be seen at night. (Posted on 6/2/2019)
I had to review this because this PC is amazing. It serves as a low profile concealment carrier and then with all the relistate offers alot of room to create a multipurpose carrier. I can run 6 mags up front with a abdominal kit radio pouch a bladder and a small pack on the back. AWESOME! I would post pictures but the website won't let me. (Posted on 2/8/2018)
Review from Jonny Review by Jonny
If you are searching for a minimalist or 8x10 plate rig then don't hesitate to buy this. I only found one other serious vendor of an 8x10 option named Beez. They had very friendly customer service but they were about $50 more at the time.

About the carrier itself:
Fit- I'm tall 6'4'' and skinny. I have a 40 inch wide chest and long midsection. The shoulder straps are maxed out, but lots of room left for the side strap length. I'm guessing it could fit up to a 38 inch pant waist size (I'm a 31 inch waist).
Quality- Fantastic stitching, durable, great color (wolf grey).
Ergonomics- This is the main reason I chose this platform. Lots of good reasons to switch to the micro size. I will list a few here. 1) Weight: My final weight of my rig with a triple AK Mag pouch, and a first aid kit comes out to 17 LBS! My previous 10x12 setup with a Condor sentry was about 31 lbs! I'm using level III AR500 steel plates. Though you decrease your surface area protection by 25%, you also decrease the weight by nearly HALF! Do the math. This is a reasonable tradeoff in my opinion. 2) Mobility: I practice systema, and one of the tenets of systema is movement, this includes lower acrobatics. I can effortlessly practice my rolls and movement drills without fatigue or bulkiness shifting around. 3) LOP: The cut allows for proper shouldering of the rifle without adjusting length of pull (good for ak stocks).

If you are looking for an alternative to the 10x12 one size fits all dogma, get the micro. If you don't like it, just give it to a small frame family member. It all works out. Hope this helps you. (Posted on 8/6/2016)
Review from Kevin Mai Review by Kevin Mai
Well made carrier with quality fabric. It is on the small side hence micro but perfect trade for maneuverability. I'm not a big guy (5-5") so the regular carriers with 10x12 plates felt too cumbersome, I felt like I was bogged down. These accept the smaller plates which are lighter but still protects the vitals. The size smaller size allows you to be agile while operating your rifle or side arm. Conceals very well with soft armor underneath a normal plaid/flannel shirt. I am confident that this carrier will hold up through time and can take a beating if necessary. (Posted on 7/25/2016)
Review from SL Bell Review by SL Bell
I have three of these (Slick Side) with hard plates and Trauma Pads (front and back). I have one for each member of my family, if not for one issue I would have rated this an "Excellent". The only problem I have with this carrier is the back upper strap loops will turn from their horizontal position to vertical, and after wearing it a while you feel the small bulge of material dig into your shoulder blades. I have to find some way to fix this, I may have to run an extra stitch or two in that area, hopefully that will help.

These are great carries and supper for the price, it does take a while to get them after you order them, but I would rather wait to get quality than something fast and cheaply made.

This is a minimalist carrier with plates but as mentioned before it does cover the vital areas, but just for a little more piece of mind I also go the Abdominal Ballistic System, which now gives me full coverage and still a light weight and with the ABS adapter kit it is very easy to put on or remove as wanted. If you have the $$$ I would highly recommend getting one. (Posted on 6/20/2016)
Review from Rich Review by Rich
The carrier is well built, durable and comfortable to wear. I got it in wolf grey slick side with front and back trauma pads. It is minimalist but covers the vitals. It is small enough by itself to wear with a light windbreaker or loose fitting sweatshirt jacket over with no printing. I got a Blue Force Gear "Ten-Speed Triple M-4 Pouch" also in wolf grey to put on the front of this carrier. The combination is excellent. With nothing in the pouches the front is completely flat. When wanted or needed, you can put 30 rnd PMAGs or pistol mags or a tourniquet, flashlight or any number of things in the front pouches. Light enough at 10 lbs to have handy or wear for long periods of time. Better to have a minimalist carrier with you or on you than big plate carrier rig that is so heavy it is not with you or on you. This plate carrier is small enough to even put on a child in an emergency. I haven't had it long but I have worn it for a few 12 hour days and the shoulder pads work well for long wear. This is the perfect carrier to throw on over a soft vest to give you rifle plate protection when the threat level rises. The price point and light weight make it a must for any duty bag. (Posted on 3/21/2016)
Review from Gordon Thomas Review by Gordon Thomas
Seems like a very well constructed carrier for the money. the size is perfect for a person who is smaller or is looking for a smaller rig. (I got this for the former, she just doesn't know it yet)

The 'wolf gray' is an awesome color and I am overall very pleased with it.

Thanks again AR500 (now tell me how I explain to the mrs. how I bought her a set or armor and a carrier....) (Posted on 1/23/2016)
Review from Shawn Crawford Review by Shawn Crawford
LOVE this micro! I got this for my bugout gear for the family and it fits my son and wife perfect! It actually covers most of my vitals perfect too! I am 5'8" 190lbs...if that helps anyone...wife is 5' 110lbs. I HIGHLY recommend this chest rig if you are looking to fit a small framed person or child or if you are looking for a minimalist rig. Love AR500!!!! (Posted on 10/7/2015)
Review from Matt Hutson Review by Matt Hutson
Great carrier, adjust easily and stays adjusted. The product details says that only the bottom 2 molle rows are hook and loop when in actuality every row is Velcro. Not just the bottom two. Plates fit very well and stay in place. Only down fall to the carrier is when adjusting shoulder straps the excess strap is bundled up and can't be tucked easily under the shoulder pads, leaving a bundled knot. Other than that I highly recommend this carrier for SHTF bc of the 10 pounds it shaves off your kit and allows for a very high level of mobility. (Posted on 9/8/2015)

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