Mission Essential Plate Carrier

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The Mission Essential Plate Carrier 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" thick combination of plate and backer. For plates thicker than 1" thick, simply size up to the larger plate bag. 


  • 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)
  • Medium - Fits Medium 9.5"x12.5", Small 8.75"x 11.75" 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, 3" Height
  • Front and Back Bottom Loop Panel:
    • 8x10: 9.25" Width, 4.5" Height
    • Medium: 10.75" Width, 5.5" Height
    • Large: 11" Width, 5.5" Height
    • XLarge: 12" Width, 14.5" Height
  • Slick Back Loop Panel:
    • 8x10: 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

Additional Details

Made to Order


80 Reviews

  • 5

    Published by Pete on Dec 7th 2021

    Quality is excellent and carrier is easy to adjust. I recommend getting the large size as it accommodates a greater variety of plates. Value is good for what you get. Placard clips easily fit a Velocity Systems/Mayflower placard already issued to me.

  • 5
    Great plate carrier

    Published by Lee on Nov 9th 2021

    This is only my second plate carrier that I have owned. I found this company from a youtube review and decided to give them a shot. The fit and quality is great. Stitching is even, and seems very strong. I have some Safe Life Defense plates that fit perfect. Carrier is comfortable on the shoulders. With the addition of the padded shoulder pads it would be more comfortable for extended wear.

  • 5

    Published by Cody on Nov 4th 2021

    Awesome kit, glad I upgraded from my old condor PC. This is a night and day difference.

  • 5

    Published by Kacper on Nov 2nd 2021

    Great carrier for the price and amazing quality

  • 5
    Started at the bottom, now we're here

    Published by Radar on Oct 3rd 2021

    First intro into plate carriers was a cheap Condor sentry I bought some years ago. Slapped some ESAPIS I had laying around from an old interceptor vest I have. Wanted something better so I went full bore and the MEPC seemed to fit the bill nicely. It is leagues better than the Condor. Yeah, they both carry plates, but the comfort of the MEPC is far superior.

  • 5
    Great quality carrier

    Published by Anthony on Sep 28th 2021

    Very well made, quality is top tier. Shoulder straps are easy to adjust, and appreciate the "hidden" strap pouches on the back plate to keep excess out of the way. Only thing I wish I did different was order a larger carrier instead of a medium. It barely fit my lvl 4 Hoplite 26006-2 plates, took a while to persuade them in. I'd recommend going a size up if you're going to run lvl 4 10x12 multicurve plates, and save the headache of that.

  • 5

    Published by Chris on Sep 28th 2021

    Absolute perfect fit for my Hesco L210s using first Spear Backers in size M bags; snug but not a chore to stuff them in. Traded in a Ferro Concepts Slickster for this; plates had a lot of slop and no lifting strap. Very pleased. about 1" shorter and 1/2" narrower plate bags than the Slickster. Flap over rear cummerbund attachment a huge plus. This is basically a Spirtus / Slickster hybrid. Best w/ 4" cummerbund. I didn't get a DM, and instead used a Coyote Tactical cummerbund w/ 5.5" front bag attachemnts. I'm going to trim them down a bit. I assume the DM cummerbunds are just as good as the bags. If i didn't have the cummerbund already, I would have gotten the DM without hesitation. I would definitely recommend the shoulder straps sleeves w/ padding; I'm 6'3", 198lb, 43" chest and I benefit from the extra padding w/ the way the shoulder straps lay. And the L210s aren't heavy by any means. I bought mine in RG, but would definitely buy again in M81.

  • 4

    Published by MJ on Sep 16th 2021

    The MEPC has a lot of great features that are often overlooked on other carriers. The zippered admin pouch, modularity, and plate adjustment straps are very well thought out. One of the best features is that the shoulder straps tuck in to the rear plate bag, so they're not flopping out in the open. That being said, highly recommend the cable management sleeves to keep velcro rub away from the neck/shoulder area. The mesh is very comfortable and overall the carrier feels well built and secure. It is not the lightest PC but there are a lot of features built in and ready to go.

  • 5

    Published by Shaun K on Sep 13th 2021

    Medium Carrier was JUST large enough to fit AR500 Lvl4 ceramic, which are specd at 1”. It was a very snug fit, but I was able to squeeze them in with some “gentle” persuasion. Great fit/finish. Easy to adapt for any circumstance.

  • 5
    Best carrier I've found

    Published by Kenneth Logan on Sep 11th 2021

    Let me start by saying I'm not law enforcement or military, just a concerned citizen. I have tried several carriers, and the MEPC is my favorite. I'm running it with a trexarms placard, and a 4"elastic cummerbund. I do wish I had went with the QD option, but it is good enough for what I need. I can wear this plate carrier all day, training, rolling around, in and out of vehicles, it breathes so well. Better (IMO) than the Trex-arms AC-1.

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