AR500 Armor® Testudo™ Plate Carrier – Gen 2
When experience, persistence, and theory collide, man-made evolution flourishes. The AR500 Armor® Testudo™ plate carrier changes the game once again in its new Generation 2 form. Welcome back Testudo™. The larger companion to our Veritas™ modular plate carrier, we follow suit and stick with our core principals of professional grade armor carriers with unrivaled value and craftsmanship, using superior components. Now marking the second addition to our signature plate carrier line-up. You will not be disappointed.
Unique to the Testudo™, it is capable of accommodating either 10” x 12”, or large 11” X 14” body armor of any type. With a fully adjustable cummerbund and shoulder straps, the Testudo™ is versatile and viable for large or medium body types. Rugged side retention buckles and straps are included. Each side removeable for user adjustable level of retention and comfort, compatible with or without cummerbund installed. We retain a lightweight and durable profile by using genuine 500D Cordura nylon for construction. Strategic lower-offset rear shoulder mounts position the rear plate pocket higher, alleviating the traditional “low hanging” rear plate pocket as seen on carriers that lost sight of proper armor placement. Inner plate retention straps on both pockets further ensure ideal body armor ride height for optimal vital coverage.
3D Mesh Technology dramatically increases ventilation and air-flow for a cooling and comfort improving effect, located on both body facing inner linings, and the removeable shoulder pads. Shoulder pads also feature our tri-loop guides and attachment points. Soft loop Velcro lines all webbed sections for added versatility and mounting options. The heavy duty drag handle is fortified by engaging down the rear portion of the plate carrier. Reinforced Bar-tack, double, and double backed stitching throughout contract durability.
Dual admin pockets increase storage capacity, both featuring Hypalon easy-to-grip pull tabs for reliable access. The upper admin pocket features elastic divider retention straps while the lower is designed to accommodate our improved Kangaroo magazine pouch insert. Impact resistant buckles are manufactured in the USA and add at least four toughness points in critical areas.
The Testudo™ cummerbund front flap boasts generous Hypalon tabs for easy actuation and adjustment. Fully adjustable for girth and larger frames, the cummerbund has been reinforced with Hypalon eyelet pass-throughs and heavy-duty shock cord, allowing optimal expansion and retention when adjusted. Side plate compatible as sold, the built-in cummerbund side plate pouches accept 6 x 6”, or 6” x 8” side plates of any armor type.
Derived from years of customer feedback, experience, and understanding, the Generation 2 Testudo™ is all inclusive and on point, ready to protect the warrior out of the gate. Perfection delivered with no additional accessories required, except armor of course.
The Testudo™ front and rear plate pockets are compatible with our Trauma Plate Insert. This insert allows user configurable in conjunction armor systems to be created. The Trauma Plate Insert accommodates 6” x 6”, 6” x 8”, and 8” x 10” body armor, and attaches to a dedicated attachment point in each plate pocket. Trauma Plate Insert
Stay in The Fight. A Proud member of the Armored Republic.
The AR500 Armor® team sincerely thanks you for your trust and loyalty. In addition to our body armor, the Testudo® adds to our signature line of product we consider warrior ready. Gear you can undoubtedly trust. Let our Testudo® be your shield, and we’ll continue to serve you and deliver on all AR500 Armor® core values for the years to come.
Designed by AR500 Armor® in Phoenix, Arizona, Manufactured to our strict quality standards in Vietnam.
Multi-Cam Testudo™ model is constructed using all genuine Multi-Cam USA sourced material.
AR500 Armor® Testudo™ Modular Plate Carrier Specs:
Construction: 500D Cordura, 3D Mesh Technology, impact resistant buckles, genuine Velcro, and mil-spec webbing
Stitching: Reinforced Bar-tack, double stitching, and double backed stitching
Thread: High strength bonded thread
Weight: 3lbs 6.5 ounces
Colors: Black, Coyote, Olive Drab and Multi-Cam
Armor Compatibility: Standard 10” x 12” or 11” x 14” body armor in variants to include Steel, Ceramic, Polyethylene, soft or hard construction.
AR500 Armor® Testudo™ Plate Carrier Features:
- Professional grade craftsmanship and components
- All Inclusive, complete, and ready out of the box
- 3D Mesh Inner Lining and Shoulder Pads
- Soft loop Velcro surface on all webbing for versatility
- Upper & Lower Admin Pockets w/ Hypalon tabs and Elastic Dividers
- Adjustable Shoulder Straps & Removeable Shoulder Pads
- Impact Resistant made in the USA buckles
- Adjustable and Removeable Cummerbund w/ Hypalon Pulls, Eyelets, and Shock Cord
- Adjustable and Removeable inner side retention straps, can be worn in conjunction with cummerbund for added retention
- Easily adjusts from Medium to Large body types
- Built in side plate pouches
- Inner plate retention straps for proper armor vital coverage
- Offset rear shoulder strap improve armor placement
- Low Profile Reinforced Drag Handle
- Genuine Cordura 500D Nylon
- Reinforced stitching and bar-tacks through all high stress points and webbing
|Carrier Manufacturer||AR500 Armor (Vietnam)|
|Plate Carrier Type||Testudo Gen 2|
|Cummerbund||Cummerbund w/ side plate pockets|
|Carrier Construction Material||500D Nylon|
- Incredible Product Review by StrategicalDroneOperator
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- Nice, but not perfect Review by Zach
I am a little upset by this, but I wouldn't expect a refund for this issue. Therefore, I am rigging up a better way of securing and stabilizing the plates with the sides of a 5 gallon bucket and Gorilla Tape...classy, haha.
Finally the shoulder straps are really close together and rub my neck. I could see this causing some pretty serious chafing after not too long. The plate carrier is very stable and doesn't slide around at all, so I suppose thats the price to pay. I don't have a solution for this yet...rabbit fur?
All in all, I wouldn't buy again, but it's not bad enough to intentionally bash the product. 3 stars. (Posted on 6/3/2018)
- Outstanding! Review by CD
- Light, comfortbale, unobstrusive... completely worth it. Review by Matt
The package I bought came with multi-caliber rifle and pistol magazine pouches as well as an IFAK. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the IFAK came completely stocked with everything we get issued for our IFAKs in the Army. That stuff isn't cheap. It even came with scissors. The rifle and pistol mags are well made and just what I was looking for. They are just as good as any other magazine pouch you'll get from more expensive brands like Tactical Tailor.
Customer service. I called AR500 customer service a couple of times and they were responsive, helpful, and extremely courteous. When a company has customer service like that, it says a lot about the company as a whole.
There honestly isn't one crticism I can find about this carrier, plates, or accessories that came with the promotion deal I bought. I wasn't asked to write this review nor am I receiving some sort of incentive from the company for doing so. I just genuinely love this carrier. I've worn a lot of bulky, overweight, and obtrusive carriers in my day. For the price, this product is an absolute steal. I will definitely be going to AR500 for all of my future carrier and plate purchases.
(Posted on 3/31/2018)
- So Nice I Bought it Twice Review by Chuck
Honestly considering buying it a third time for one of my buddies, who is about six foot four, and has the same problems as me finding plate carriers that feel secure. At the price that AR500 offers them, you honestly cannot find a better entry-level plate carrier for your budget builds. (Posted on 3/5/2018)
- Just Get It. Review by T
- Very pleased Review by Mike
- very solid rig Review by mark
- Great plate carrier Review by EMT40SW
- A+ Quality Review by Kevin
- Awesome carrier Review by Martin
- Finally a 11 x 14 7 6x8 plate carrier for the medium sized guy! Review by Ray
Don't hesitate, this plate carrier can comfortably carry 10x12 - 11x14 and 6x6 - 6x8 with no problems! (Posted on 12/18/2017)