AR500 Armor® Testudo™ Plate Carrier - Gen 2
- Product Review (submitted on March 5, 2018):
After my initial armor build got taken off my hands by an overenthusiastic urban entrepreneur, I decided to invest once again in the Testudo carrier, and I have to admit - even (effectively) paying for it twice, this remains one of my favorite plate carriers I've ever used. At 6'2" and around 220, I sometimes have a bit of problems finding carriers large enough to be comfortable (or feel secure), but the Testudo manages to sit well across my shoulders and comfortably wrap around me for a very snug and secure fit. After taking the most recent one to the range, I can confirm that it's incredibly comfortable to shoot from using one of the ASC plates for extended periods of time, and it actually breathes really well after you heat up in it. It also takes a beating, and after muddying it up, I left it in the hot sun for an afternoon with no ill effects whatsoever. I've also managed to fit 8 mags into the front pouches, my sidearm, and a few pouches on the side, as well as carry my backpack, all without feeling terribly weighed down because the weight in this carrier is managed so well.
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.