Operator II Plate Carrier-2lbs-Size M-XL-For 10x12 or 11x14 Plates
- Product Review (submitted on August 10, 2014):
Great plate carrier. I'm a little on the smaller side and it still fits me well. There is a little overlap of the side plate pockets and the main body of the carrier, but it should still work (I haven't been able to get my plates yet to test it). There is more than enough webbing to attach almost everything you would need for a mission. The extra thick shoulder pads are very comfortable with webbing on them as well and additional Velcro straps for hydration tube routing. The loose threads that stick out (and common with items of this type and there weren't many) are simple to take care of with a lighter.
I had a problem with the first carrier I ordered. One of the pieces of Velcro on the left side for the hydration tube wasn't attached properly. I called customer service and they immediately shipped out a new one with a pre-paid return postage label. Fantastic job.
The only thing I'm not a fan of is the Velcro closure for the front "Kangaroo" pocket. It's extremely noisy to open. If it had a zipper closure instead of Velcro, the noise problem would be eliminated. I realize that there are inserts for that pocket that will eliminate the need to open the Velcro, so I'll probably get one of those for that pocket.
The only problems I have is the lack of Velcro on the front of the carrier for closing the carrier, the need for more "loop" Velcro on the front, and the back of the cummerbund. Because I have to adjust it smaller, the corners on the overlap stick out. Also, having to adjust the shoulder straps so small, I have extra strapping sticking out the front of the shoulder pads. I just folded it back on itself and tucked it under the padding. If there was more "loop" part of the Velcro further down the front of the shoulder straps, this could be taken care of quite easily. Luckily, I have a friend who is a seamstress and will have her make the necessary adjustments to the carrier. Having to adjust the carrier so small, the elastic strapping at the back of the cummerbund is of no use to me. In fact, the elastic at the back is no use for me as well. I just took some 550 cord and laced it through the webbing on the two ends of the cummerbund and cinched it tight.
In spite of the mentioned issues (which are mostly due to my size, not the carrier itself) this is a fantastic plate carrier and extremely comfortable to wear. I've worn it for a number of hours every day since I've gotten it.