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)



24 Reviews

  • 5
    Plate Carrier (MEPC)

    Published by Tri on Dec 15th 2020

    I will be reviewing the MEPC along with the other accessories I purchased from Defense Mechanisms, including: MEPC cable management sleeves, 5 inch hybrid cummerbund, Side kick mag pouch. For reference, I am 5’7”, 130 lbs, 36 inch chest, 28 inch waist. The MEPC is the best carrier I have (previous include Ferro concepts Slickster, 5.11 Tac Tec plater carrier, and Eagle’s Scalable plate carrier). It fits perfectly the SKD tactical 10X12 Multi-hit carbine plates (0.55 inch. SKD Armor 10 X 12 Carbine Plate (Multi-Hit) (skdtac.com)) with room to spare for a soft pad if needed. The width of the carrier is just right, not too wide where it will interfere with buttstock placement. The internal strap pushes the plates high where they need to be and keeps them there. The back Velcro flaps are secure and protect the cummerbund Velcro attachments, giving it a smooth, seamless look. The chest zipper admin pocket is a welcome change and although you cannot stuff it with too much, it is a secure pocket with a welcome zipper instead of noisy Velcro. The shoulder straps are easily adjustable and feel just wide enough for support, and the cable management sleeves help with the comfort. They are not padded but they soften any of the Velcro edges from the straps. I purchased the 5 inch hybrid cummerbund with QD attachment and I love it. This is my first QD system and I love the quick release buckle tabs. Easy on easy off. Only time and hard use will show how the MEPC holds up. But it is a great start!
    There were a few threads here and there that had not been trimmed off.

  • 5
    Super capable slick rig

    Published by Trevor on Dec 9th 2020

    The MEPC is my favorite plate carrier so far, the straps are low vis and lay so flat so that a rifle stock can be seated on top of them without messing up your stock-weld. The built in admin pocket adds no bulk but is spacious, and there's enough estate on the front of the carrier to neatly hold a radio-PTT and some patches without having too much webbing.

  • 5
    Absolute best in class

    Published by IM on Nov 25th 2020

    Very pleased with this carrier. It includes so many subtle common sense improvements over similar designs, which results in a sleek, easy to use, minimalistic design. I'd highly recommend the hybrid tube cumberbund for best results.

  • 5
    Better than Crye JPC

    Published by Daniel Rivera on Nov 11th 2020

    Beats the Crye JPC due to inside mesh cushion comfort and better shoulder straps.

  • 5
    Exactly What I Needed

    Published by Michael on Sep 24th 2020

    This plate carrier checks all of the boxes for my requirements in a plate carrier. I am running 1155 plates in it and it took a little effort to get them in but it fits so perfectly snug now. Very comfortable and usable, especially if you buy some padded shoulder sleeves but the included padding is not horrible. The admin pouch is usable even with thick single curve plates installed. My plates are .9", I am not sure anything thicker would fit.

  • 5

    Published by Sebastian on Sep 3rd 2020

    So I love this plate carrier - best I’ve used. Only a few things - if you buy this (I bought the smallest one - for 10x12 plates) and want to use PatchPanel, go with a 5x3 patch on the front. I was recommended 6x3 and that’s what I bought but the edges are too wide for the carrier - I had to force the patch under the clips because if not, it would just fold and look real bad. Also, I had regular 10x12 plates in there with trauma pads and it was a really tight fit. Like I had to almost force them in there. Other than that, it’s great, I love it.

  • 5
    M.E.P.C. Woodland. Camo

    Published by J.S. on Aug 26th 2020

    Dealt with Jesse, (Thx+)

  • 5
    Mission Essential Plate Carrier

    Published by Scott on Aug 20th 2020

    Outstanding product, couldn't be happier. Fits my issued Hesco 10x12 plates perfectly....no sliding around or movement at all. Construction is solid and design couldn't be better. A great amount of versatility built into this. Zipper admin pocket at the top is very convenient and a nice feature. The ability to add/remove placards on the front is great, as you can customize your loadout/pouch items however you want. Also, the minimalist design makes it extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time. By far the best plate carrier I've used, wish I found this a long time ago. Highly recommend!!

  • 5
    Great Gear!

    Published by Ken Friedman on Jul 23rd 2020

    I’m very pleased with my Mission Essential PC. It’s much lighter than my other PC. Fits great. Love the buckles! Shoulder straps are wide but thin and flat so don’t interfere with mounting a rifle. Fits my 10x12 plates perfectly. Kudos to @kineticconsulting for the heads up!

  • 5
    The perfect balance of form and function.

    Published by J. Carino on Jun 26th 2020

    100% as advertised and more.
    This plate carrier provides adaptable intergration to any industry standard placards ( i.e. spiritus or haley strategic) while having some well thought out features that sets it apart from other carriers. Its dual capability of running low vis OR Overt is always an awesome option to have.
    Shoulder straps are perfect, comfortable and leaves space for effectively shouldering a rifle on either side and the overall fit is AWESOME. Can maneuver effectively in shoot houses with ease with this plate carrier compared to cif issue plate carriers . Holds all of my gear and Mbitrs tight. Zero battle rattle. Simple. Effective and end user friendly. Will absolutley buy another! ( definitley would like to see more a rear plate bag options w/ more molle intergration for back panels.)

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