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 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)

Handmade in Winona, MN


57 Reviews

  • 5

    Published by William G Tack on Jul 23rd 2021

    Very well constructed and received in timely manner. I like it!

  • 5

    Published by Devin on Jul 19th 2021

    This is one of the best carriers I’ve used and at a great price point. It’s almost infinitely adjustable, and with all the available cummerbund options, it can fill almost any role. The mesh liner is exactly the right amount of padding without becoming overly bulky. I only have two small criticisms of the carrier, both related to the shoulder straps. The first is that I wish DM would integrate some sort of D ring to the front plate bag to allow the shoulder straps to move. I have an average sized neck, and it very slightly digs in, although I do want to point out that I am using pads, not just strap socks. The second is starting to nitpick, but I would like to see the underside of the shoulder straps covered in loop Velcro instead of mesh. It would prevent the shoulder pads from sliding around on the strap, provided the pad has hook Velcro on the inside. Overall, very pleased with the MEPC. It’s scalable for really anything. It’s minimalist and lightweight in design, while still retaining what I would consider to be necessary features. I like that all the pieces come a la carte, so you can use a front panel from a different manufacturer if you prefer, and the same for the cummerbund.

  • 5
    Small Plates Fit Nicely!

    Published by Joshua F on Jul 16th 2021

    Excellent craftsmanship with this plate carrier. The attention to detail even on the cummerbund is noticeable vs the slickster carrier that this is replacing. Size small 3810 Hesco plates look and fit very nicely in the DM carrier vs the slickster which had some slop in it.

  • 5
    Comfy. Easy. Affordable

    Published by Brian C on Jul 16th 2021

    For the price and features available it’s a no-brainer. Definitely needed some shoulder pads, but otherwise fit and finish is top notch. Fits my medium plates with enough room for some backers and little to no wiggle room. Ordering was straightforward and the shipping timeframe was half of what was indicated. If you need a new carrier, you won’t be disappointed with this purchase

  • 5
    5Star Plate Carrier

    Published by teddyR on Jul 4th 2021

    Just got my MEPC (ranger gr) & couldn’t be more satisfied. I was waiting for practically a year on the other brands that’s always out of stock. So glad they were, after further reviews the MECP is a better product in terms of the features for the cost. The quality is top notch & fit is excellent. Tremendously satisfied with my purchase & would most definitely choose this PC over the other options out there. Fit is tight, I got the medium & able to fit lvl3+ 10x12 sapi with trauma pads (extra comfort a plus). I got the molle back to run hydration. It’s a difference of $10 as apposed to having to pay more for a molle panel attachment that the other brands sell separately. Lead time was great (2 weeks). Advice: get the shoulder sleeves as well.

  • 5
    Plate carrier

    Published by Joseph on Jun 22nd 2021

    Love the size material and camo. I just think maybe just a hair wider for p.e plates I run a medium and it was a fight to get them both in. Other than that awesome product.

  • 4
    Good for the money

    Published by Taylor on Jun 18th 2021

    Light weight, durable, and minimalist, great carrier an be decked out for more than just a minimal rig. im 6ft 160lbs the carrier fits like a glove with the elastic cummerbund.

  • 5

    Published by Jt Lawson on Jun 18th 2021

    Super durable feel. Yet really thin. Fits great are light as can be. Awesome

  • 5
    Awesome Base to Build Upon

    Published by Mack on Jun 18th 2021

    It was time to upgrade my old carrier... which just didn't do everything I was looking for. I love the modular design DM offers, which let me build it the way I wanted instead of a "one size fits all" solution. The thing I've learned over the years is what works for me probably isn't what's best for you - or anyone else. Regarding this carrier itself: it's comfortable and let's me be as minimalist or maximalist as the job dictates. DM built it faster than anticipated and shipping was quick.

  • 5
    Value for money is spectacular, very well mare and thought out plate carrier.

    Published by James C on Jun 2nd 2021

    This was exactly what I was looking for in a plate carrier. It fits well, is quite comfortable, and highly adjustable. I would definitely recommend some shoulder pads if you intend to carry exceptionally heavy loads for long periods of time. The option for a Molle back is extremely welcome, and something not seen from the big companies outside of expensive, and often proprietary, add on options. Overall, the MEPC ticked all the boxes for what I was looking for in a plate carrier. All at a lower cost with shorter lead times.

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