2. SETTING UP THE PLATE CARRIER
BUT BE AWARE!
1. There’s no such thing as the overall best setup, because it depends on what you do, what you need and how you use it. Yes, you can get some ideas from examples of others, but it will be rare to have it 100 % the same as someone else’s is.
2. The second thing you need to be aware off, is that you will have to make compromises when setting up your plate carrier. Meaning there will always be some things you would’ve liked to see differently, but that don’t seem to work in some way.
3. And the third thing is that you will make changes when progressing further to make it fit your needs better. Because some things might interfere when using your carrier in the field or on the range and that’s also one of the reasons why training in full gear is so important. So you become aware of those issues and you can make adjustments for when it matters.
Just so you know, we ourselves mainly do force on force activities and that’s where our experience comes from. So that being said, we can now go over to the setup process.
BEAR IN MIND
For military and law enforcement it’s highly possible you need to deal with certain unit restrictions or guidelines which you will need to consider. But if you’re a civilian like us, you can take it in all directions you want. However, whatever you put on your carrier, make sure it’s only stuff you really need. You don’t need to fill every MOLLE loop that’s available. It will only make you more bulky and slows you down.
As for us personally, we always keep three key things in mind, namely easy access, efficiency of movement and minimal stuff. Once our setup doesn’t meet one of these three specifications, it’s back to the drawing table and keep making adjustments until we get it right.
3. CONFIGURING YOUR SETUP