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AR500 Armor® Testudo™ Lite Plate Carrier

104 USD

SKU: testudo-lite-plate-carrier

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AR500 Armor® Testudo™ Lite Plate Carrier

The Testudo Lite™ is a lightened and more streamlined version of our Testudo™ Gen 2 carrier.

It retains nearly all the capability of the original, from fitting 10” x 12” or 11” x 14” front and back plates, as well as the ability to run side plates in the cummerbund and a full complement of MOLLE gear.

Like it’s full-featured namesake, the Testudo Lite sports a lower pouch designed to accommodate our improved Kangaroo magazine pouch insert, but removes the upper admin pouch on the original plate carrier.

The Testudo Lite cummerbund front flap boasts generous Hypalon tabs for easy 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. The cummerbund comes with side plate pockets which accept either 6” x 6” or 6” x 8” side plates of any armor type.

The Testudo Lite features the same American-made, impact resistant buckles, but eliminates the bulk and weight of the padding, 3D mesh, Velcro® on the MOLLE webbing, and side waist-strap and buckles, (meaning it can only be used with the cummerbund).

AR500 Armor Testudo Modular Plate Carrier Specs:

Construction: 500D Cordura®, impact resistant buckles, and mil-spec webbing
Stitching: Reinforced bar-tack, double stitching, and double backed stitching
Thread: High strength bonded thread
Approximate Weight: 2.5lbs 
Colors: Black, Coyote, Olive Drab and MultiCam®
Armor Compatibility: Standard 10” x 12” or 11” x 14” body armor in variants to include Steel, Ceramic, Polyethylene, soft or hard construction.

Designed by AR500 Armor® in Phoenix, Arizona, Manufactured to our strict quality standards in Vietnam.

MultiCam® Testudo™ model is constructed using all genuine MultiCam USA-sourced material.

AR500 Armor Testudo Lite Plate Carrier Features:

    • Adjustable shoulder straps & removable shoulder pads
    • American-made, impact-resistant buckles
    • Adjustable and removable cummerbund w/Hypalon pulls, eyelets, and shock cord
    • Easily adjusts from medium to large body types
    • Built in side plate pouches
    • Inner plate retention straps for proper armor positioning
    • Offset rear shoulder straps improve armor placement
    • Reinforced, low-profile drag handle
    • Genuine Cordura® 500D nylon
    • Reinforced stitching and bar-tacks through all high stress points and webbing


Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Approximate Weight (LBS) 2.5000
Carrier Manufacturer AR500 Armor (Vietnam)
Plate Carrier Type Testudo Lite
Cummerbund Cummerbund w/ side plate pockets
Carrier Construction Material 500D Nylon
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

Great Fit! Review by Steven Verified Purchase
I was wary of sizes only going up to XXL, as I like 4X shirts because they don’t feel tight. I have a wide and long torso. I have the ab plate carrier coming with my other set-up which will be perfect for me. This carrier fits great; with plenty of room to adjust shoulder straps as well as the cummerbund. I’m impressed with the quality and adjustability of this plate carrier, it has Molle everywhere as well as Velcro. I love it! Only took 2 weeks after ordering with a build-up coat plate as well. Awesome job AR500ARMOR!! This actually arrived ahead of my full set I ordered 2 months ago. Can’t wait to review that one as well. (Posted on 5/1/2020)
Amazing!! Review by Brenden Verified Purchase
Alright to start this off I got my carrier after 3 days of putting in my order, when it was expected to have a 1-2 week lead time. So far the quality is amazing for the price and the comfort even though being the lite version with a lot of the padding taken out still fits very nice. For my build it does seem a bit big but I’m sure that can be fixed. 10 out of 10 on the testudo lite, ar500 did a amazing job. (Posted on 4/10/2020)
Amazing! Highly recommend! Review by PatMcG Verified Purchase
I’m absolutely blown away by the craftsmanship and quality of this plate carrier & plates! It’s everything I expected and MORE! I will definitely be buy other colors and variations. The Testudo Gen2 is my next buy for sure! I highly HIGHLY recommend AR500 armor, their products are 1000% on point! Believe me, it’s well worth the lead time wait! Plus I received my plate carrier & plates a week before the 8th week, so it came decently early! (Posted on 4/8/2020)
Best plate carrier I've ever owned Review by James Verified Purchase
This is the second plate carrier I've owned and as it sits it the only kind I'll ever buy and because it's only $100 I can afford to keep buying them. It fits damn near perfectly and with the MOLLE on the front, back and sides I can attach pretty much everything I need. The padding on the inside keeps it comfortable yet it can still let air in so i don't over heat. I often find myself wearing mine sometimes up to 18 hours at a time and my chest and back remain comfortable. Because the group I train with goes out into environments that contain sharp rocks, broken wood and other sharp objects I was worried about the durability but the second day of the training weekend I was comfortable with taking it off and just letting hit the ground knowing the material wouldn't rip or tear. The only downside is I've lost a few pounds since I bought it and I can't figure out how, if possible, I tighten the back part of the cummerbund. Other than that this plate carrier is the pinnacle of plate carriers. I highly recommend it to anyone whether it's your first plate carrier or your hundredth. (Posted on 2/1/2020)
Perfect for 11x14 ceramic plates Review by CR
I paired this carrier with a pair of Battle Steel 11x14” Level III+ plates. At first the didn’t seem like there were going to fit, but they squeezed in super tight. Now every inch of the carrier is armored instead of having that 1” unprotected border that 10x12” plates leave. Even fully loaded with side plates, mags, a pistol, and a small med kit (all in all about 22lbs), the shoulder strap pads and elastic cummerbund feel very comfortable, and do a good job of keeping the weight balanced. (Posted on 1/21/2020)
Decent Carrier, missing some information Review by ROBERT
Purchased 11/22/19

Overall quality is very good, pretty comfortable. I'm able to wear this 6+ hours no problem.

My only complaint is AR500 does not list what size side plates fit. My 6x8 side plates do not fit. you could definitely squeeze them in but you risk poking holes in the corners (my plates have very rounded edges too!)

Please update the description stating the cummerbund only fits 6x6 side plates or make the side pouch 1/2" wider (Posted on 12/9/2019)
Love it Review by edgar
I recently purchased this carrier and I use it on duty for the Houston PD and I love it. It does carry the 6x8 side plates i dont know if they fixed the problem before but as of now it does carry the 6x8 side plates. Only thing i slightly did not like was the fact it has built in side plates. took a lot of adjusting to get it in the right position. Other than that it stays tight to your body and for such a simple design it works for me. (Posted on 11/27/2019)
It's pretty good Review by Jayden Verified Purchase
Absolutely love this carrier, it is my first carrier but the only problem is when you have the back plates in the plate inside the carrier sticks up and makes you look silly, other than that the carrier does its job and is a great product for the price it is. (Posted on 11/1/2019)
Good Review by Zach
Ordered this carrier and was told the lead time was 17 weeks. A week after ordering, it was at my door. Good job AR500. My only complaint is that in the above picture, the Molle on the outside of the cumberbund appears to also have Velcro. Mine does not. This is not a huge deal, just something I noticed. I am 6’4 and 170. That being said this carrier does not adjust as snug as I would like. However with trauma pads inserted or even another thin layer of clothes on, it should be fine. Overall I am happy (Posted on 8/27/2019)
Best plate carrier buy Review by Wokndedfan Verified Purchase
I love this plate carrier. I already have 2 & going to get one more. It goes on & off too easily. It’s comfortable. I’m also getting the level 4 Stand Alone Plates ($199) for them as well. This set up is best bang for your buck. (Posted on 7/18/2019)
Make Review by Jaden
They don’t show it in the pictures but the cumberbund has Velcro on the outside so the cumberbund is more secure but they also don’t state that the side plates only hold 6x6 plates which is kind of lame (Posted on 4/24/2019)
frist plate carrier i ever bought and so fat i love it. Review by joshua Verified Purchase
the color i picked was coyote and let me say it's so brown. i bought 1 10x12 for 112 with a free side plate level lll+ couldn't be happier! (Posted on 2/28/2019)

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