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
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!
|Carrier Manufacturer||AR500 Armor (USA)|
|Plate Carrier Type||Micro|
|Carrier Construction Material||1000D Nylon|
- Peace of mind at night Review by van
- BEST MINIMALIST CARRIER! Review by Kyle
- Review from Jonny Review by Jonny
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
- Review from SL Bell Review by SL Bell
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
- Review from Gordon Thomas Review by Gordon Thomas
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
- Review from Matt Hutson Review by Matt Hutson