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 removable 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 removable 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.
- (1) Testudo Plate Carrier
- (1) Pistol Magazine Pouch
- (1) Rifle Magazine Pouch
- (1) Universal pistol holster
- (2) AR500 Armor® Level III 10" x 12" ASC Flat Base Coat Plate
AR500 Armor® Testudo Gen 2 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™ Gen 2 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 & removable Shoulder Pads
- Impact Resistant made in the USA buckles
- Adjustable and removable Cummerbund w/ Hypalon Pulls, Eyelets, and Shock Cord
- Adjustable and removable 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
|Name in Bundles||No|
|Plate Carrier Type||Testudo Gen 2|
|Carrier Manufacturer||AR500 Armor (Vietnam)|
|Cummerbund||Cummerbund w/ side plate pockets|
|Carrier Construction Material||500D Nylon|
|Largest Supported Plate Size||10" x 12"|
- Most excellent Review by A. Ward
Fully sold on how the shoulder straps are located, especially on the back. I have a thicker neck and while the straps do sit tight they are not annoying at all.
The Multicam option is indeed true multicam and will match up well for those of you who are "Crye or die". I like a flat front (can never get low enough into the ground when needed) and am impressed with how well the cumberbund carries weight -I have an MFAK and 2 cat-7s, glo-sticks and flashbang/frag pouches along with a heavy retention bungee just on the cumberbund and no deformation whatsoever.
Love the plate carrier! Wonderful set-up and the actual armor appears to have higher QC than others I have seen. I'll need to order some additional plates so I can test in direct comparison to other III+ I have.
I'm just waiting on the abdominal armor I ordered later and then am probably going to ditch/sell 3 other p[late carrier brands that I have as I just love the fit/feel and versatility of the Testudo.
Great job and incredible bargain AR500, you rock!
(Posted on 8/23/2018)
- 100% satisfied Review by John
- Top Notch Quality Review by Matt
Customer for Life!!!
Thanks to all of the staff at AR500!! Great job guys/gals =)
(Posted on 6/12/2018)
- Quality Review by Alexander
- Superb Review by Jake
- best bang for buck Review by Omar
- Excellent!! Review by LEO-0352
- Excellent Quality Review by John