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
    Plate carrier

    Published by Huntington on Jun 2nd 2021

    This is a must if you have body armor. I got a cheap Chinese condor when I first got plates, big mistake. This is by far superior in every way. I'm a slim guy so I looked like 5lb of taters in a 20lb sack, as did everyone else, but shouldering a rifle was an art form in that POS. This one feels incredible, perfectly setup to be both a concealed carry or open. Only wish the cumberbund could be combined at purchase, seemed pricey, I would buy again though. Handles my steel plates perfectly (Ar500) so its viking approved.

  • 5
    Great quality

    Published by Tim on May 28th 2021

    Great quality product. Definitely worth the wait. Haven't had a chance to run it yet, but I can see this carrier giving some of the bigger names out there a run for their money.

  • 5
    Phenomenal Carrier!

    Published by Mike R on May 24th 2021

    I bought this and another more popular "slick" carrier, and this one hands down was the better choice. The carrier fit the plates (10x12 Velocity Special Threat) much better, and the internal strap to cinch down the plates before closing the carrier were a game changer. The Defense Mechanisms is simply a better design and is very well made.

  • 4
    Great carrier

    Published by Alan L. on May 17th 2021

    The carrier is great although the Cummerbund purchased separately XL-4x seems a bit too loose. I figured I am solidly built and would need more room.

  • 5
    This is the one

    Published by T on May 10th 2021

    I've had a number of PC's from several of the major brands over the past decade. Some I've liked, some I haven't. The MEPC is my new favorite. It matches or exceeds all of the current popular PC options on the market. Comfortable, low-profile, extremely modular. DM really hit it out of the park with this one.

  • 5
    Plate carrier

    Published by Spite on May 6th 2021

    Love this carrier! I have had many high end carriers, This is the best I have ever owned. Amazing construction and quality control. Keep up the great work.

  • 5
    First good plate carrier

    Published by wyatt on May 5th 2021

    Yeah this thing is amazing I haven’t owned or tried on the trex arms, the overt, or the slickster but this thing is killer!! Very comfortable might buy shoulder pads mainly for hydration routing (only real complaint) very good nice product

  • 5
    Mission Essentials Plate Carrier

    Published by Art Imla on May 5th 2021

    The quality and construction exceeded my expectations. Fits great and feels like something that will do everything I need and more. The only thing to remember is to be sure to add some shoulder pads not for comfort on the shoulder but to keep the Velcro from rubbing against the neck and head when donning/doffing the mepc.

  • 5

    Published by Frankie Bag O Donuts on Apr 26th 2021

    Great quality, extremely low profile. stitching and materials are top notch, worth the wait for the supreme quality.

  • 5

    Published by HB on Apr 20th 2021

    Well thought out and well built. Easily concealable if needed but rugged enough for hard use. I look forward to running this rig more in the future and ordering some more gear. If you’re a big dude and want to run 11x14 plates, then this is a solid option. I have other carriers that are only good for 10x12 plates and they’re tight in there. 11x14s fit nicely for more coverage.

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