Getting the right fit. Adjusting the carrier properly. And protecting your organs.
Do you already have your plate carrier? Jump straight to the right fit!
What should your Plate Carrier cover?
Carriers are not meant to cover your entire torso. In a combat situation, the main goal is to get out of the line of fire and not get shot. The plate carrier comes as a last resort to protect the majority of your vital organs.
What Size should your Plate be?
The size of the ballistic plate is the first thing to consider. Usually, the 10×12″ is the most adequate size for the vast majority of people. This is also the size we have designed our airsoft products to be. Depending on your chest size you might need to go above with an 11×14″ plate or below with an 8×10″
The later 8×10″ option is also useful if you prefer higher mobility in exchange for limited protection. It all depends on your preferences and in what situations you intend to use your plate carrier, such as security detail or emergency situations.
The Proper fit
Rule of the thumb: Your plate carrier should copy your ribs.
A lot of people and even “professionals” can be easily mistaken and wear the Plate Carrier wrong – covering their abdomen. It must be worn high and stop at the top of the sternum.
This will allow the plate carrier to protect your heart and vitals while allowing you to keep mobility. You must be able to easily make side-to-side movements and to lean in any direction with ease. The general aim is to give you the essential protection with as much mobility possible.
Adjust the straps tightly so that the plate carrier does not move around when moving and running yet not so tight that it can obstruct your breathing and mobility.
The Back & Side Plates
The ideal height for the backplate is the same as your front plate. Try to match it as much as you can with the carrier’s front one while maintaining a comfortable setting and mobility. If your plate carrier has side plates, they have to be adjusted to be centre mass.
- Protection x Mobility Equation.
- Carrier up high above sternum.
- Back plate same height as front.
- Adjust it tight and comfortable.
- The plate carrier is meant a last resort! Avoiding the line of fire should be the first call.
We are also preparing a blog post your Plate carrier pouch/accessories setup! Stay tuned.