AR500 Armor® Testudo™ Plate Carrier - Gen 2
- Product Review (submitted on June 3, 2018):
I really like my plate carrier, though is doesn't hold the larger side plates securely at all. The cummerbund and side plates flop around a lot until you actually secure them. Once secured, they hold great. But this really slows down the rate at which I can don my gear. Especially when the side plates FALL OUT!! The velcro that actually holds the side plates in the cummerbund will not hold the larger plates securely. While they are flopping all over the place while you are trying to swing the plate carrier over your head (super safe with 2 pound steel plates, haha) they will occasionally fall out.
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.