AR500 Armor® Testudo Gen 2 General Issue Package - Carrier & Plates

231.2 USD

SKU: Testudo-General-Issue

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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 Gen 2 Plate Carrier
  • (2) AR500 Armor® Level III 10" x 12" ASC Flat Base Coat Plates
  • Package includes other various options based on your selections



Manufacturer AR500 Armor
Rating filter No
Weight (LBS) 20.6000
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 11" x 14"
Discontinued? No


Customer Reviews

This is my second review after wearing this plate for several weeks. Review by Caleb
Ok, second review as promised. I have spent several hours in many different conditions in this plate. I wear it to competitive shooting matches, when I go for runs (for added weight), hiking in the mountains, coyote hunting etc. It is as comfortable as it could possibly be, I broke my collar bone last year and back packs make it ache, not so with the plate and carrier. I HIGHLY recommend this package! (Posted on 4/11/2019)
This will be 1 of 2, I just unboxed. Review by Caleb
I was honestly worried it wouldn't fit right. I'm a fairly small guy (32" waiste). I got it out and messed around with the cumberbund and the straps. Either way it fit extremely comfortably. Personally I like the cumberbund much more, I love that it comes with both options though. I'm going to wear it for a week or two and post a second review. I want to add shipping time was really fast, thanks guys! (Posted on 3/12/2019)
Awesome package Review by Jeff
Quality of carrier and plates is very high. Fit is very adjustable and is comfortable. Shipping was fast. I will be using this at work and will feel a lot better having this protection. (Posted on 1/10/2019)
Very good and armor Review by James Verified Purchase
Very good price for this type of armor (Posted on 1/8/2019)

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