AR500 Armor® Guardian Plate Carrier - Made In USA

154 USD

SKU: AR500-Guardian

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AR500 Armor® Guardian Plate Carrier - (Carrier made of NON-Ballistic materials)
The AR500 Armor® Guardian Plate Carrier takes the highly desired features of our Micro Plate Carrier variants and adapts them to industry standard 10” x 12” body armor!
Designed as a rapid deploy-able quick-detach plate carrier, the Guardian series plate carrier feature Quick-Detach and fully adjustable shoulders and side straps via ITW GT Cobra buckles. This design provides enough real-estate via webbing for the necessary essentials while simultaneously reducing weight and bulk. The Guardian Plate Carrier can be donned and doffed in seconds with little training, and can be worn over existing soft armor and other gear. Designed for complete integration (in both standard and slick variants) with modern chest rigs (such as the HSP D3), and modular pouches through built in vertical webbing.
Color matched inner mesh lining improves air flow and comfort while wearing the Guardian Plate carrier. All webbing features a soft loop front ID Panel for Patch, Chest Rig, and Velcro pouch compatibility on both sides of the carrier. The heavy duty drag handle is low profile and snag free, with durable bartack stitching. Removable shoulder pads are included and constructed with the same padded mesh inner lining for improved comfort. Each shoulder pad features dual loop guides for attachments such as hydration tube, radio, tourniquet(s), or D-Rings.
Proudly made in-house in our Phoenix, Arizona Manufacturing facility the AR500 Armor® Guardian Plate Carrier features high quality components and has been engineered to last.
Guardian Plate Carrier Slick-Side Variant: 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 4 bottom rows with soft loop Velcro, compatible with all standard mag pouches and chest rigs, accompanied by a 4" Velcro ID panel up top.
Guardian Plate Carrier Specs:
Construction: 1000D Nylon and #92 Bonded Nylon Thread
Approximate Weight: 1.4lb 
Colors: Black, Coyote, Olive Drab, MultiCam, and Wolf Gray
Armor Compatibility: Standard 10” x 12” Body Armor in both soft and hard variants
AR500 Armor® Guardian Plate Carrier Features:
  • Designed from the ground up for comfortable and versatility
  • Light weight and compact, while still providing adequate coverage
  • Removable Shoulder Pads included!
  • ITW GT Cobra Buckles allow quick donning and doffing *(Only the Molle Version)
  • 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
  • Made in the USA


Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Approximate Weight (LBS) 1.4000
Carrier Manufacturer AR500 Armor (USA)
Plate Carrier Type Guardian
Cummerbund No Cummerbund
Carrier Construction Material 1000D Nylon
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

great quality Review by Robert
Good feel, fits well, came earlier than expected :) (Posted on 9/23/2017)
Exactly what I needed Review by Tyler
I use this plate carrier everyday. I workout and run in it. Holds the plates securely and fits my torso snug. I have the cobra buckle version. I didn't want a cumberbun because I live in 90 degree weather on average. The carrier doesn't get too hot. My HSP D3 chest rig adapted perfectly with the guardian using AR500's adapter kit. (Posted on 5/17/2017)
EXCELLENT Review by Gibor Chayil
So far so good. I am VERY impressed with this minimalist plate carrier. I purchased the AR500 Guardian Plate Carrier in Multicam and the Standard Molle. The construction is perfect and the buckles rock. I am running the AR500 Armor® Patented Lightweight 10” x 12” Level III+ ALSC Body Armor Curved with Extra Build UP, front and back. Very nice set up and I will continue with my review after some field testing with Todd Nielsen Training and Combative Tactical Training. (Posted on 1/9/2017)
Review from AE Review by AE
i just received my carrier in about two weeks even though lead time was stated at 5 weeks, which is awesome.

Most importantly, the Carrier is Amazing! I have a First Spear Molle that was on sale for $300 and this is just as good quality if not better.

I'm 6'2'', 260 and was concerned about the durability of the side straps, but these things are solid. I'd recommend this carrier for anyone who wants a good balance of concealability and functionality. Very High Quality (Posted on 8/10/2016)
Review from Anthony k Review by Anthony k
I'm a pretty small dude I'm only 5'4" with a 30" waist line I feel like the 10X12 plates might be a bit too big will this take the smaller 8X10 or do you guys think the 10X12 will fit me (Posted on 7/11/2016)
Review from Miguel Santiago Review by Miguel Santiago
Can anyone explain me what is this ,and this one come whit the pads (Posted on 3/16/2016)

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