Testudo Gen 2 Plate Carrier & Armor Basic Loadout

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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.

Package includes: 

  • (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
Weight (LBS) N/A
Manufacturer AR500 Armor
LeadTime 6 Weeks
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"
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

Most excellent Review by A. Ward
Very well constructed plate carrier. Molle is solid and there is more than enough to attach your gear in the right location. Plate retention (with trauma pad) is rock solid compared to some other platforms I've used.

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
This is my first body armor setup and I am thoroughly impressed by the quality. It tightens down really well so there isn’t any bouncing when running. It has tons of storage for trauma pads and if you need to store a few extras. The magazine pouches are sturdy and hold a variety of magazines. I would recommend this plate setup to anybody. (Posted on 7/10/2018)
Top Notch Quality Review by Matt
It was like Christmas opening the box. I knew the product would be solid but I'm impressed with the quality. It took a long time to get but it's worth the wait. This stuff is top notch. I won't buy this type of gear from anyone else.

Customer for Life!!!

Thanks to all of the staff at AR500!! Great job guys/gals =)
(Posted on 6/12/2018)
Quality Review by Alexander
Just got it in, to start, it was extremely easy to set up, sizing it then getting the plates in were as easy as 1-2-3. The padded sholder pads make it rest easy on the shoulders. The mesh really gives it good air flow. This system really is the best for the price. You could pay $400 to $500+ for a system that has all the same bells and whistles as this one, or you could just buy this one. Would highly recommend. (Posted on 6/2/2018)
Superb Review by Jake
I was worried about what I’ve read in regard to the shoulder straps being close to the neck and rubbing. That has not been an issue and is quite comfortable. Bit scratchy when putting on (ears) but around the neck it’s no issue at all. I like it riding higher on my traps for better weight distribution, so it’s a trade off. As for the carrier and plates. The carrier is true multicam and very nicely built, the padding is very nice and absorbs the weight tremendously, with tight fitting on the molle and fully adjustable. I’m 5’10”, 185 with an athletic build and it fits great, even if you had some extra weight, you’d be fine. I got the level 3+ lightweight shooters cut, 10x12, multi-curve plates and they’re perfect. I can’t really say much about them other than the online reviews say enough. They’re awesome. Trauma pads were a must, if spending this much, might as well add padding for a small cost, relatively. The quality is excellent across the board and will recommend this set to anyone. The only thing I don’t like are the mag pouches and holster. I’m not a fan of a holster on the carrier, especially horizontal. The mag pouches are... Meh. The quality is good and the molle clips included are solid. But, I don’t care for the velcro covers and not a huge fan of the style. I’d pay a few extra bucks to have the option of adding HSGI tacos, which are my preference. Overall, awesome set up and highly recommend, just wish this set has the option of changing the mag pouches and maybe cost cutting on the holster by removing it. (Posted on 5/15/2018)
best bang for buck Review by Omar
Completely satisfied with the product. I purchased 2 and will purchase more in the future. Superb quality. (Posted on 4/22/2018)
Excellent!! Review by LEO-0352
I typically don't write reviews but I believe this is absolutely worthy of one. So here it goes. I am a former infantry Marine and current LEO. I purchased this carrier for personal and professional use and I must say, it's incredible. I don't consider myself an expert in gear, although spending 8 yrs in the Corps, I know good gear when I see it. This does not disappoint. The craftsmanship is top notch, as well as the customer service. The stitching is robust where it should be and the cordura is a brand you can trust. I elected to go with the level IV kit and, hope I never have to test it out, but it's made in the USA and feels extremely well crafted. The interior buckles are nice, and sturdy but do yourself a favor, get the cumberbund. The plates don't slide around and fit very snug. Mine are the 10x12. The mag pouches and holster are great! However, the holster snaps are a little loose, and when using the thumb break, may result in the anchor to the break itself unsnapping and falling off. All in all, it's a must have in my book. AR500, you ha e a customer for life! Well done! (Posted on 12/18/2017)
Excellent Quality Review by John
I received my Testudo Gen 2 w/ basic level 3 loadout and I must admit, The OD Green color and quality of this carrier is outstanding. I am 5'11'' with a thin athletic build and the fit is good if not a little big (especially without the plates in). Highly recommend this system, very solid construction. (Posted on 12/11/2017)

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