The Join or Die Kit


Flash Sale | Get a Testudo Kit, Get Another Free

“We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.” — Benjamin Franklin, 1776

  • Two armor kits. Arm yourself, arm your wingman.
  • First kit: Comes with the Testudo Gen 2.
    • Mesh padded. America's favorite carrier.
    • MOLLE rows with Velcro loop on them.
  • Second kit: Comes with the Testudo Lite.
    • Slick & sits close to the body. Preferred by some.
    • Fully adjustable cummerbund.
    • Laser-cut MOLLE rows.
  • Both kits: Come with Heritage armor. Stops 7.62 mm FMJ rounds (M80 Ball).
    • Durable, multi-hit capable, 20-year shelf life, with FragLock.
  • Also come with two Join or Die patches (made by Gadsden & Culpeper).

Upgrade your package below with A2s and/or Trauma Pads.


  • 1 x Testudo - Gen 2
  • 1 x Testudo Lite - Gen 1 
  • 4 x Level III Heritage Plates
Product Configuration
Testudo Carrier Color *
Black Coyote
Testudo Lite Carrier Color *
Black Coyote
Add Trauma Pads? (+$64) *
No Yes
Upgrade to A2s? (+$168) *
Heritage A2 (Also BOGO)

* Required Fields


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    The Testudo Gen 2 is made mostly of 500D Nylon, with bar tacks reinforcing all stress points and PALS webbing covering the outside for attaching your MOLLE-compatible pouches, holsters, and accessories.  The generous padding also prevents chafing, making for an armor setup that’s easy to wear for long periods of time. The adjustable shoulder straps, made of nylon, also help you fit the carrier as the low offset makes the rear plate pocket ride at the proper height. 

    One of the biggest advantages of the Testudo is its cummerbund: A sash around the lower half of the carrier that both gives you side-plate pockets for extra armor and gives you full adjustability to tighten the carrier to a perfect fit. This adjustability makes the Testudo more than a “one-size-fits-all” solution since the size itself can be changed to best suit you. 

    The Testudo Lite Gen 1 accepts all 10” x 12” plates and is laser-cut from laminated Nylon. The Hypalon® shoulder straps and pull tabs, meanwhile, are low profile and secure. Cut from the same laminated Nylon, the cummerbund gives you a customized fit and can also accommodate our padded side plate pouches.

    Finally, both the plate carrier and cummerbund feature PALS webbing for all MOLLE-compatible pouches and accessories.

    The flat Heritage Plates provide Level III rated protection against 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (.308 Winchester) at a velocity of up to 2,780 FPS, and special threat tested to stop 5.56mm M855/SS109 (Green Tip) at a velocity of 2,780 FPS. Multi-hit capable and a steel alloy blend material with exclusive FragLock™ Base Coating- this Heritage Plate provides durability, rifle-rated protection, and 20-year shelf life.

    Upgrade your kit with Trauma Pads or A2 body armor. The Trauma Pads mitigate energy transfer. The A2 plates are lighter & stronger.


    • 1x Testudo - Gen 2
    • 1x Testudo Lite - Gen 1
    • 4x Level III 10"x12" Flat, Base Coat Plates

    Upgrades Available (all discounted)

    • Trauma Pads
    • A2 Body Armor


    • Material: 500D Nylon
    • Supported Plate Size: 10”x12” & 11"x14"
    • Size: For body types M to 3XL
    • Weight: 3.6 lbs
    • Features: Built-in Cummerbund with side plate pouches, kangaroo pouch, and admin pouch
    • Manufactured: Vietnam (Armored Republic)


    • Material: 500D Nylon
    • Supported Plate Size: 10”x12”
    • Size: For body types M to XXL
    • Weight: 1.3 lbs
    • Features: Velcro web sections for ID panels; Swift Clip rig compatible
    • Manufactured: Vietnam (Armored Republic)


    • Material: AR500 steel alloy blend, with FragLock Coating
    • Protection: 7.62 mm FMJ, steel-jacketed bullets (U.S. Military designation M80) with a specified mass of 9.6 g (147gr) and a velocity of 2,780 ft/s (+/- 30 ft/s).
    • Capability: Edge-to-edge multi-hit protection 
    • Form: Flat
    • Dimensions:
      • Weight: 8.5 lbs
      • Thickness: 0.34" thick
    • Plate Carriers: Testudo, Valkyrie, & Invictus
    • Shelf life: 20 years
    • Manufactured: United States



    • Material: Ballistic steel alloy blend of 650 hardness on the Brinell scale, with FragLock™ Coating
    • Protection: 5.56x45 M193, 5.56x45 M855/SS109 at 3,000 FPS (+/- 30 FPS) and 7.62x39 (ie AK-47), 7.62x51 M80 NATO Ball (ie .308) at 2,850 FPS. Not rated for AP rounds.
    • Capability: Edge-to-edge multi-hit protection 
    • Form: Curved
    • 10" x 12"
      • Base Coat (5.5 lbs, 0.25")
    • Dimensions & Compatibility:
    • Shelf life: 20 years