One of the most commonly over looked pieces of tactical equipment is the plate carrier. Often times plate carriers are purchased without much research ultimately dissatisfying the customer or with proper research it is realized that a decent plate carrier is unaffordable. However, designed with the civilian prepper in mind Infidel Body Armor has released the Bellator plate carrier made available for the everyday citizen.
Plate carriers are a perk to have during almost any outdoor activity. From sport shooting to hiking plate carriers are not only designed for protection but for load bearing as well. Various modular accessories can be optimized to carry all sorts of gear and tools for a hands-free experience. For example, radio pouches can be attached so that communications are easily accessible during mountain hikes or medical pouches can be customized and fixed for first responders to aid during a crisis.
The Bellator plate carrier is available in the most popular colors; black, tan, and multicam and has 360 degree MOLLE webbing so that virtually any sort of utility pouch, ammo pouch, medical pouch, or even hydration bladder can be securely attached. Sewn into the back of the plate carrier is a drag handle designed for dragging the wearer with ease in case of injury. Inside of the cummerbund is additional MOLLE webbing for side utility pouches in case the wearer would like to insert side armor plates. The shoulder pads have loops for routing additional equipment or a hydration tube.
The plate carrier itself is made from 92 weight thread and the density of the fabric’s weave is 1000 dinear Cordura (1000D). All materials are American-made from start to finish as well as this plate carrier is Berry Compliant under the Berry Amendment meaning the Department of Defense (DOD) gives special preference in procurement to domestically produced, manufactured, or home-grown products.
The Bellator plate carrier is adjustable from sizes M-XXL and is even water-resistant. Adjustments can be made for sizing by loosening or tightening the elastic found in the cummerbund. At the bottom of the plate carrier nearest to the naval are two openings which can be found on both the chest and the back. These openings are for hard or soft armor plates sized at 10”x12”. Closed cell foam pads can be found inside the plate carrier on the chest and back for additional ease of comfort in case hard armor plates are worn.
Whether hard or soft armor plates are chosen, or even no armor at all, the Bellator plate carrier is designed to be breathable in hot, dry, or humid climates. This is made possible by the closed cell foam pads which raise the plate carrier to sit roughly half an inch off the wearers’ chest and back allowing for fresh air circulation. There are four foam pads located inside the plate carrier and all are adjustable as well as removable.
Compared to other plate carriers the Bellator plate carrier is extremely cost friendly and includes a life-time warranty. The Bellator is priced just around $200 and is shipped directly from Royse City, Texas with enough in stock so time is saved not waiting. The Bellator plate carrier is manufactured by Beez Combat Systems in Utah and made available through Infidel Body Armor. For more information about Infidel Body Armor visit the website or check out their Facebook page.