Wednesday, March 7, 2012

New 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier Prototype

Perhaps one of the most exciting things that I came across at Shot Show 2012 this year was the announcement of the new Tac Tec Plate Carrier from 5.11 Tactical

 This is definitely NOT just another copy of the plate carriers that are already out there. I was informed that Chris Kyle, of Craft, who also authored the best-selling book, American Sniper, was one of the key developers to work with 5.11 on this project. 
There is ample surface area for adding morale patches, department patches & nametapes to the laser-cut velcro MOLLE chest panel that also serves as an integrated admin pouch.

Speaking of integration, the new 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier can hold up to eight AR15 magazines without the need to add a single pouch.  The operator also has the choice of running cover flaps or going with a bungee system.  Or a mix of the two, as seen here to show versatility. 
 On the back of the 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier, there is even more real estate for patches & name panels, along with an innovative drag handle and of course, MOLLE, MOLLE everywhere.
One last feature I'd like to point out is the generous amount of padding used on the interior of the vest to help alleviate some of the discomfort from having to support the weight of the heavy ballistic plates which are inserted into the front and back panels of this plate carrier. 
Not only is there more cushioning than I've seen in a lot of plate carriers out there, but the developers have used a unique honeycomb mesh design to allow more breathability for the operator to remain at a cooler body temperature.

The 5.11 Tac Tec Plate Carrier is due out in the Fall 2012 (August/September).  
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