Banshee Plate Carrier


SKU: AR500Banshee




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

The Banshee Plate Carrier is one of the best 100% Made in the USA 500D Cordura Plate Carriers on the market at it's price point. Loaded with features, it includes everything you need and is a rock solid platform. We label the Banshee as one of our ProLine series, meaning it's built and designed for Duty use. The Banshee is a proven carrier, weighing in at only 2lb's 5oz giving you a light-weight platform to build your rig. Padded shoulder straps include a cover for the quick release buckles, also providing extra real-estate for gear and pouches.

Removeable wrap-around cummerbund has fully adjustable and is capable of accepting side plate Molle pouches on the inner-side of the cummerbund.

The Banshee compliments our Body Armor very well, and is designed to work with our Advanced Shooters Cut.

Click Here to view details on the AR500 Armor Advanced Shooters Cut (ASC) Trauma Plates

Includes a limited lifetime Warranty against defects!

Banshee Plate Carrier Specs:

Construction: 500 Denier Nylon
Weight: 2lb's 5oz
Size: M - XL fully adjustable sides and shoulders
Colors: Black, Coyote, and MultiCam
Armor Compatibility: Standard 10” x 12” Body Armor in both soft and hard variants


  • Slim light-weight profile
  • Designed to work with AR500 Armor Advanced Shooters Cut Trauma Plates
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Quick Release, Padded Shoulder Straps
  • Removable Cummerbund with inner and outer Molle rows
  • Fully adjustable side straps with quick release buckle
  • Made in the USA!


Manufacturer ShellBack Tactical
Rating filter N/A
Weight (LBS) N/A
Carrier Manufacturer Shellback Tactical (USA)
Plate Carrier Type Banshee
Cummerbund Cummerbund w/ side plate pockets
Carrier Construction Material 500D Nylon
Discontinued? Yes


Customer Reviews

The Best! Review by Nathan
Seriously, the best plate carrier that I've EVER had! I am a pretty tall guy at 6'2". I'm also pretty thin at 165lbs. As you can probably imagine, I had a very difficult time finding a carrier that would fit my slim stature. I had gone through several carriers before, but this is the only one that fit and BY FAR the best quality. I did have to tighten all the straps down as slim as they go, but it fits. Highly recommend! (Posted on 12/16/2017)
Its good BUT Review by TI
I have used this plate carrier for about a year and a few months plate carrier is pretty solid. the only few complaints I have is that since I am 5'5" the shoulder straps need to be sinched all the way down in order for it to fit properly. Also, there should have been a padding mesh on the front and back. it eventually starts to smell from perspiration even after washing. (Posted on 9/1/2017)
Would give it 5 stars but was missing cummerbund Review by Brent
I received the banshee plate carrier as a gift from a buddy of mine, was excited when I got it and then poof no cummerbund. I've been going back and forth with support with no answers except "we don't see the cummerbund separately" all I ask is to send me a replacement for something that is supposed to be included which was not.

Response from Kyle, Customer Service Lead at AR500 Armor:


We apologize for past customer service agents not showing a willingness to assist you in getting your Banshee carrier set up properly. If you could contact us, we would greatly appreciate the chance to make this right.

Please let me know if you are in need of any more help. Take care and have a great day!

Kyle Babbit (Posted on 12/13/2016)
Review from J. Luttrell Review by J. Luttrell
Love the carrier, if I could make one criticism it would be the rigity of the cumberbund. I don't like it as floppy as it is but overall I love it! (Posted on 8/7/2016)
Review from Travis Review by Travis
The Banshee is as expected, Great! Very tough and rugged construction, great fit, comfortable, and accommodates my AR500 plates like a charm. Didn't want to settle for something of inferior quality, man am I glad I went with the Banshee. If you're in the market for a plate carrier that doesn't cost an arm and leg, this is the one you want. Buy one! You wont regret it. (Posted on 8/4/2016)
Review from Gilbert Review by Gilbert
For the price, you can't beat it. Love it online and I love it in person. Great product. Would recommend it to anyone. (Posted on 8/3/2016)
Review from J Review by J
Very impressed with the carrier for the price. I would definitely recommend it, unless you are over about 6'2'' in which case it will be a little small for you. In fact I was so impressed with this carrier, we ordered one for each member of our SWAT team to carry in their car as a back-up active shooter vest. (Posted on 8/3/2016)
Review from Jordan M. Review by Jordan M.
Great Value, awesome carrier. does it's job! well made, comfortable. (Posted on 5/18/2016)
Review from John H Review by John H
Great product for the price. Made from quality material that will last the long haul (Posted on 3/9/2016)
Review from Gypsy Danger Review by Gypsy Danger
The PC is solid very good design. Price point is very reasonable as the quality of the PC is very high. Every member of the family should have one. (Posted on 2/19/2016)
Review from Mark Review by Mark
Well made carrier. Does what its supposed to do. (Posted on 2/18/2016)
Review from Adewale Review by Adewale
Great quality at resonsonable price. It is easy to adjust and fits well. (Posted on 2/10/2016)
Review from Cammo Banshee PC Review by Cammo Banshee PC
Website said shipped in 14 days, when ordered the invoice said please allow 3 days for shipping, and it took 6 days before it was seen as shipped at, needless to say I'm very happy that I will be receiving it soon, just hope the wife isn't home when it comes. (Posted on 2/5/2016)
Review from Ziggy Review by Ziggy
Great product! I'm 6'2, 240 lbs, and it fits me perfect. Adjustments are extremely easy, it's very light, and the minimalist style is perfect to deploy quickly for a low profile, quick option in any self defense situaton, whether it be active shooter or home defense. (Posted on 1/16/2016)
Review from Dj Review by Dj
Was better than expected. I'm a smaller guy. Fully adjusts to fit me. I always worry about that as I like it snug. This one adjusts perfectly at 5"9 165 lb.

Very well made. Blown away at quality. Vest was super hyped, but it went past what I expected. Buy this, won't be disappointed. Pro carrier. (Posted on 12/8/2015)
Review from Chris Review by Chris
Awesome company. Great products that are affordable. Only one compliant regarding the carrier. Per Shellback tactical, AR500armor is not an authorized dealer... Your carrier will not be covered by their warranty (Shellback tactical) if you purchase from here. Found that out after I already made my purchase. *** AR500 Armor® Note, all Banshee Carriers offer the full warranty, please contact for more info** (Posted on 11/29/2015)
Review from JJ Review by JJ
I bought this in other colors in the past, they just put it on sale here @ ar500armor, really been wanting this in multicam color for a while. It's great, wished the molle webbing had multicam on them, but will be covered with pouches soon enough. (Posted on 11/15/2015)
Review from Mark Price Review by Mark Price
My rating takes into account the reasonable cost of the carrier; and, for the money, it can't be beat. It does have one issue that I'd change. The kangaroo pouch is about 3/8 inch too narrow for the any 3 mag pouch insert; and, it is totally lined in velcro, making it useless without a liner. They should change this to a lighter amount, perhaps three one inch lines or a big elongated "x". (Posted on 11/11/2015)
Review from Danny Review by Danny
The product is top notch. The material and construction are superb. Top-Tier military personnel recognize it when I wear it. It easily stands up to the harsh environment, while maintaining an awesome level of comfort. (Posted on 11/6/2015)
Review from Cory McClure Review by Cory McClure
Very excellent plate carrier, but it needs some accessories to make it a full-time "professional" plate carrier. I am not military or law enforcement, however I do wear this plate carrier almost every day and I train with it weekly for many hours. The first carrier I received was sadly defective and developed a rip running across the top of the kangaroo pouch. I returned the plate carrier for no charge and AR500 gave me a new one promptly.
Now, I have had this new only for about two months versus the old which I had for about 5 so hopefully we don't have the same rip occur. That however is why I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. There are a couple other things to know about this carrier: It is a small framed carrier, meaning it fits smaller/thin women or men (like me) very well, however you sacrifice space on your kit due to it being a smaller carrier. And finally the main thing to know is that the shoulder straps that come stock with the plate carrier are very uncomfortable if you are wearing 30 lbs or more of steel armor and mags for more than 2 hours. So, what is required is the Shellback Tactical Banshee shoulder pads. these pads are not cheap at $40, but they make this plate carrier into a legit operational piece that you can run for many hours. The kangaroo pouch also does not work very well for fitting AK mags though I have mine rigged up quite well, but it took some work and figgitting with it. So, for the price, get it! But, know that for a "serious" kit you need to spend extra money. And you HAVE to make sure that it is fitting nice and high on your body or else it will slide around and make that weight even harder to manage. That's it! (Posted on 10/11/2015)
Review from Jesse Moore Review by Jesse Moore
Very pleased with this product. Great quality at a reasonable price. I also bought the operator vest for my wife and she is just as pleased with hers. We bought the contour Ill+ plates and everything fits well together. (Posted on 10/8/2015)
Review from B.P. Review by B.P.
This is by far the best plate carrier I've ever had! Functions very well and fits perfectly. I am 6'3, 200lbs, athletic build, and the Banshee carrier fits just fine. Not too tight and not too loose, so don't be worried if you're a bit bigger up top. All around great product! And the wolf gray color is sweet! (Posted on 9/16/2015)
Review from Ben whelton Review by Ben whelton
I purchased this product before deploying and it is the best carrier ive used by far. The front and back are perfect for my frame. 5'10 205lbs. Allows tons of mobility , provides fantastic vital protection while staying significantly lighter then most rigs.

In the field its performing great while going through the harsh conditions of where we operate. All around awesome product. (Posted on 9/8/2015)
Review from Dave Review by Dave
Great carrier for small or medium build men/women. I had to send mine back because it looked like a sports bra on me lol. I'm by no means a huge guy. I'm 6' and weight around 229. It's just that my frame is large. Do you homework before buying. (Posted on 8/18/2015)
Review from ScurveTeamSix Review by ScurveTeamSix
Great piece of kit! Buy it! (Posted on 8/16/2015)
Review from Jarrod H Review by Jarrod H
I'm very pleased with the quality. It's easy to put on and take off, it's lightweight and affordable. It has plenty of molle webbing which allows you to customize it however you choose. I just wish that they would offer an option to get soft armor with it in a combo like they do with the plates. I think that would have made it a better deal. Overall I'm very pleased with the product and wouldn't hesitate to purchase from AR500 again in the future. (Posted on 7/9/2015)
Review from Eric Review by Eric
Excellent plate carrier!! Well built and comfortable (Posted on 6/8/2015)
Review from Bruce Review by Bruce
The quality is first class, but I bought mine I guess at bad times, took almost three months to get it. I do feel for the price, it should come equipped with side plate carriers (Posted on 5/28/2015)
Review from Kasem Haggans Review by Kasem Haggans
My first plate carrier was a good choice. I love the material & the way this fits me. Definitely will be purchasing another one. (Posted on 3/12/2015)
Review from Ryan Bunn Review by Ryan Bunn
The banshee is awesome. I also own the concealed model, and that's the one I wear IIIA plates in at work. Got the banshee to carry rifle plates outside of work and man does it fit like a glove! I do enjoy the concealed model for at work but the extra materials on the banshee are just great! (Posted on 3/8/2015)
Review from Thai Higgins Review by Thai Higgins
The product is well worth the money plus comes with lifetime warranty through shellbacktactical. Very heavy duty but flexible and comfortable. Shipping was quick. Customer service was amazing. Compared to other carriers people may avoid the price point. But with it having a lifetime warranty and the quality and durability it comes with its worth it. And I've used others and did not function like this in training in actual use. Thank you again for this product. 100% recommend. (Posted on 3/6/2015)
Review from GCH88 Review by GCH88
I ordered the Banshee Plate Carrier and outfitted it with 3/8" level III AR500 plates. I already wore the carrier and plates to a Carbine Level I class in Midland, TX. Trident Tactical Solutions owned and operated by former Navy SEAL Jason Pike. The setup was amazingly comfortable and very durable. I wore it for about 5 hours straight and was not fatigued in anyway. I highly recommend the setup. (Posted on 2/24/2015)
Review from Chris Review by Chris
Very comfortable and can be adjusted to fit just about anyone. (Posted on 2/9/2015)
Review from Preacher Review by Preacher
I'm a civilian, but that doesn't mean I don't deserve good protection! I bought the Banshee PC because of solid reviews on YouTube (Sootch00 primarily), and I'm not disappointed. This is a high quality rig and I'm proud that it's made in the USA! Stitching is incredibly tough and straight, and the Molle and hook-and-loop fields are top notch. I love the cummerbund and it holds the carrier to my body snug without wobble. Pairing this with the horizontal holster and HSGI Taco mag pouch system is a match made in heaven. Very nicely done. Well worth the wait! (Posted on 1/20/2015)
Review from Bill Review by Bill
well built and looks like will hold up under
extreme conditions. (Posted on 9/15/2014)
Review from Daniel Edwards Review by Daniel Edwards
Looked great online, looks even better in person!!!! Love it. I'm 6'1 160 (a tall slim guy) I originally was about to order the Operator II but it looked a little big for me, but when I saw this one it made me think. After about a week I went for it. Now that I have it I'm MORE than confident I made the right choice. So to all the TALL & SLIM, GET THIS PLATE CARRIER!!!!!!....Also the ladies love it...just saying

Thank you AR500Armor (Posted on 9/15/2014)
Review from Matt Review by Matt
Ideal low-pro armor carrier for a patrol cop, who doesn't have to carry 50lbs of support gear, 8 magazines, and frags. Very high quality, adjustments stay put unlike the Eagle carrier it replaced. Does the job and isn't overpriced. (Posted on 9/9/2014)
Review from Mickey H. Review by Mickey H.
I'm 6'3", 230 lbs with a large chest. I have worn this rig with a full setup and four plates for two years. At least 5 days a week for 8-10 hours. The only complaint I had was the shoulder straps started to dig in a bit. Problem solved with HSGI shoulder pads. The stitching is superior to Tactical Tailor and is very robust. No complains at all. (Posted on 3/25/2014)
Review from Derek Review by Derek
This plate carrier is rugged, intuitive to use, and not bulky. Also, I'm a smaller guy (5'11", 170 lbs) and I can adjust the sizing down to fit me without issue whereas other plate carriers would have me swimming in them. Once again have to stress the excellent stitching and positioning of the molle and velcro. I look forward to putting some AR500 plates in here shortly! (Posted on 11/22/2013)
Review from Brandon Fish Review by Brandon Fish
This is my second plate carrier and set of plates, I love it!! Very comfortable everything stays nice and compact on your body! The AR500 plates are very nice with the new coating and the body molding on them! I would recommend both carrier and plates to anyone!

Thanks for making a great product and being a solid US company!

Brandon F (Posted on 5/1/2013)
Review from Randy N Review by Randy N
Amazing product unfortunately i didnt know about at the time because i could have saved some money great price on the banshee. This plate carrier is well made and solid and accommodates most size body types. these stitching and build quality are superb. high quality for a very low price. (Posted on 2/8/2013)

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