Armor Plate Carrier
Built by Cannae, a company that knows how to make heavy-duty tactical gear. The Vakarian™ plate carrier comes fully configured out of the box.
It includes everything you need to get going, in whatever configuration your mission requires:
• Single-stage placard with 5.56mm and 7.62mm inserts included.- Elastic cummerbund with pockets to accommodate 5.56 and 7.62 magazines, flashbang, radio, tourniquet, IFAK, and more.
• Dangle pouch with room for extra storage, and bottom plate mount.
• Comfortable padded shoulder straps with hydration/cable pass-through.
• Shotgun-shell/battery holder.
• Retention bands.
• Velcro panel on outer surface for mounting IR identifiers, patches, and additional placards.
• Padded plate bags.
This is all fully adjustable, so that ultimately the Vakarian can be used in many different configurations – including as a covert carrier. It is, simply put, the most modular and adaptable armor plate carrier available anywhere.
The Vakarian was designed for true 10×12″ plates, and works extremely well with both the Storm and Mantis armor systems. Other sizes are not available at this time.
“This is a component of the armor sample or armor panel whose primary purpose is to retain the ballistic panel and provide a means of supporting and securing the armor garment to the user. These carriers are not generally ballistic resistant.”
This is a fairly broad definition, but there’s not a lot of variety. Carriers come in only two basic types: Overt carriers designed to be worn over clothing or a uniform, and covert or minimalist carriers designed to be, if not concealable, at least capable of being worn underneath clothing.
With few exceptions, soft armor carriers are always of the covert/minimalist variety, and are made of soft fabrics and mesh.
Hard armor carriers — usually called plate carriers or PCs — are usually of the aforementioned overt type. These are usually made of heavy nylon, often Cordura brand nylon, and are of fairly robust construction. Over the years since their introduction, they have come to include many features, and modern plate carriers can feature:
• MOLLE Webbing, so that placards and other accessories can be mounted to the carrier
• Kangaroo pouches
• Hydration pouches
• Velcro panels and placards
• Cable guides
• Load distribution systems, via integration with a belt
• Quick release buckles or pullcords
• Fabric treatments to reduce infrared reflectivity
And more. That’s not an exhaustive list by any means. Very few carriers feature all of those things, but many — the Vakarian included — feature most of them. Current-generation military-issue plate carriers, such as the USMC’s “Plate Carrier Gen III,” are generally of this fully-featured variety.
On the other extreme, there are plate carriers which consist of little more than a light fabric bag with shoulder and side straps. Covert, and extremely light, but also light in functionality.
The Vakarian is a rare example of a carrier that can easily be used in either overt or covert configurations. It’s light and low-profile enough for concealable use, but it comes standard with every bell and whistle that overt carriers feature. It’s suitable for any mission.
Another consideration is this: The plate carrier, like the helmet, has become a platform for mounting accessories and gear; in some cases it’s more valuable as a platform than it is as protective equipment. In this respect, it can bring to mind the “bump helmet.” And just as bump helmets are judged on their accessory-mounting platforms, plate carriers are often judged on the quality of their webbing, stitching, and feature set.
When selecting or inspecting a carrier, be sure to inspect the stitching. 8 stitches per inch is a good target. Load-bearing points and interfaces should be substantially reinforced. The MOLLE/PALS webbing, if there is any, should be regular and within military specification. Stitching, rather than options or materials, is often the difference between an airsoft-tier armor carrier and one that is legitimately military-grade — and it can make that much of a difference.
Manufactured by a company renowned for their skill at building heavy-duty tactical bags and equipment, the Vakarian carrier boasts ultimate top-tier build quality. One less thing to worry about.