Mission Essential Plate Carrier - MEPC

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The Mission Essential Plate Carrier (MEPC) keeps a minimalist design at its heart while packing in key features that enhance usability.  500D Cordura construction gives the carrier strength while keeping weight to a minimum.  Carrier sizing matches plate size, not user size.  Each plate bag will fit up to a 1.2" thick combination of plate and backer.


  • Zippered admin pocket
  • Chest MOLLE/Loop field for ID Patches or use with Navigation Boards
  • Included QASM buckle for placard use while also allowing G-Hook placard compatibility
  • Integrated low profile drag handle (On MOLLE Version only)
  • Rear Loop panel and MOLLE field for ID Patches and PID marker placement
  • Rear cover secures cummerbund attachment
  • 3D mesh liner for enhanced comfort
  • Overlapping shoulder straps allow a wide range of adjustment and increased strength over competitors
  • Internal Plate adjustment straps ensure proper fitment of a variety of plates
  • Compatible with all Velcro mounted cummerbunds


  • 8" x 10" - Fits 8" x 10" Plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • Small - Fits Small 8.75"x 11.75" plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • Medium - Fits Medium 9.5"x12.5" and Commercial 10"x12" plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • Large - Fits Large 10.25" x 13.25" Plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)
  • X-Large - Fits XL 11" x 14" Plates (SAPI, ESAPI, Shooter or Swimmer cut)


  • Front Admin Loop Panel: 6" Width, 4" Height
  • Front and Back Bottom Loop Panel:
    • 8x10: 9.25" Width, 4.5" Height
    • Small: 9.75" Width, 5.5" Height
    • Medium: 10.75" Width, 5.5" Height
    • Large: 11" Width, 5.5" Height
    • XLarge: 12" Width, 5.5" Height
  • Slick Back Loop Panel:
    • 8x10: 8.5" Width, 3.5" Height
    • Small: 8.5" Width, 3.5" Height
    • Medium: 9.5" Width, 3.5" Height
    • Large: 10" Width, 3.5" Height
    • XLarge: 11" Width, 3.5" Height

Handmade in Winona, MN


*Due to possible unforeseen industry supply shortages, OCP laser cut laminate may be substituted for Multicam in certain cases.*

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23 Reviews

  • 5

    Published by Michael Rodriguez on Sep 21st 2023

    This is a great plate carrier, I chose this because I wanted something minimalist but still scalable, and this seemed like the perfect choice. Has not disappointed and is comfortable for any setup. I have used this carrier in airsoft as well, and it performed as I expected. My current setup is HSP TRMP, Hydration, and medical pouch with DM’s structural 3 inch cummerbund. This carrier is a perfect in between for minimalist and load bearing, can do both jobs well, but minimalist better. Top notch quality and design, but make sure you don’t get wide shoulder pads for this carrier, I did and made it uncomfortable. Best priced and modular carrier on the market I believe, would buy another carrier from these guys again.

  • 5

    Published by Calvin shaff on Sep 14th 2023

    Recently bought mission essential plate carrier, it's the fourth plate carrier I've owned, and it blows every other plate carrier I've tried out of the water. It's insanely comfortable, I've had level four plates this whole time so I assume the uncomfortability came from the added weight but it wasn't, I could wear this plate carrier all day with level four plates. Hands down best plate carrier on the market

  • 5
    All the hype is real

    Published by Jupiter on Sep 3rd 2023

    This thing works and kicks ass while doing it. I'm not a team guy, I run a light setup for ranges and deployments, but I do need comfort. If I have to wear a piece of kit for 10-12 hours a day every day for 6 months, I will spend whatever it costs to be comfortable. If I was going to order this all over again I would get the shoulder pads added to my order right off the jump with whatever pouches I needed and call it a day.

  • 5

    Published by JAC on Aug 16th 2023

    Outstanding quality and fast shipping

  • 5
    Great Plate Carrier Regardless of Price

    Published by Happy Customer on Aug 15th 2023

    This plate carrier does a great job of being very modular, allowing it to serve a plethora of roles. It is slick and minimalist enough to be used under clothing, it can tolerate load, and has held up nicely with durable stitching and materials. I appreciate that it’s American made, but is very affordable while maintaining a high level of quality. It is compatible with other brands allowing the purchaser to fully customize their equipment to whatever context they are applying it to allowing the user to not be forced to source the entire setup from one company. With that said, the add-on’s provided by DM are well thought out and affordable while providing top notch quality control. I would recommend this plate carrier to anyone as its design allows it to be applied across virtually any scenario a piece of equipment like this could be used for.

  • 5

    Published by Joshua S on Aug 7th 2023

    I got the XL ranger green rear molle setup with the 4" elastic cummerbund L-3XL with first spear tubes and cable management shoulder pads. This is my second MEPC and of course is great just like the first one. It was listed as a needing to be made to order with a 2 to 4 week ship time. I was very pleasantly surprised when I got the notifications 1 week later that my items were being shipped out already. I received everything 2 days later. Keep up the great work Defense Mechanisms!!

  • 5

    Published by G on Aug 3rd 2023

    Not a disappointment. Fit and finish was perfect. Bought an XL to accompany plate size. 6'2/ 205lbs. I have not had the opportunity to run it through the paces to date. Though, I have donned it for a couple of hours on few occasions around the house/yard. For summer it provides adequate ventilation pending set up. With cable management shoulder pads purchased I can easily see wearing this carrier for a shift, patrol, or good time larping very comfortable..Running GT2 plates 11x14 multi curve. Stitching in all the right places. No neck chaffing or hotspots with just a t-shirt on. Rifle shouldering and transitions are a non issue for me. The team at Defense Mechanism has produced a great product. So I say Thank you to them. Hard earned money well spent. I will be doing more purchasing from DM in the future. Keep up the good work!

  • 5
    An amazing plate carrier

    Published by Jackson Klein on Aug 1st 2023

    This plate carrier is phenomenal with it's options for cable routing, placard attachment, and overall modularity. Not to mention it is the most comfortable plate carrier I own

  • 5

    Published by Jason on Jul 30th 2023

    EODFISH review put me on this one. Lots of fine carriers out there, I'm glad I ended up with this one. Top quality craftsmanship and materials. It's not totally slick but modification is pretty open ended and it plays well with most placards and cummerbunds and their prices are fair for the quality. Thanks DM!

  • 5

    Published by Chandler on Jul 9th 2023

    This plate carrier is phenomenal. Quality of materials is excellent and the modularity and customization options make this one of the more versatile carriers on the market. Run it in a minimalist setup or load it out, it’ll handle the job wither way.

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