Mission Essential Plate Carrier

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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, 3" 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, 14.5" 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

Additional Details

Made to Order


91 Reviews

  • 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.

  • 5
    Plate Carrier

    Published by Matthew on Sep 2nd 2021

    Runs a little small. I wear a medium at work and that's what I ordered but its defiantly a small. Doesn't fit military medium plates very well as a medium but perfect for a low profile/car vest.

  • 5
    MEPC Carrier

    Published by Taylor Jensen on Aug 31st 2021

    I have run several plate carriers up to this point. This carrier is by far the best I have used and I find it to be the most comfortable to wear for long durations, as in 8+ hours per day at times. The design and features that this carrier offers are far better than most carriers, and some of the most popular brands as well. Everything on it is well thought out feature-wise and is tested thoroughly. I like that the carrier is very modular and easy to change out the cumberbund if needed to fit your mission or role. It is all tested by guys who really use their kit, Jesse and Tim are great people and really test their gear before bringing it to market. Their carrier has solved every problem I have run into with various other carriers that I have used. If you want a good plate carrier at a very reasonable price get this one.

  • 5
    I sold my Fero Slickster for this

    Published by Huy on Aug 25th 2021

    I bought two systems at first to compare. I had this plate carrier in Ranger green, and Ferro Slickster in grey. I sold the slickster for a grey version of this because that's how much I like the fitment and design. The DM cummberbund I ordered with the this plate carrier also fits more snug than the AandA tactical SEACU cummberbund on the grey set up. Not bad or better, just different.

  • 5
    Lightweight and super comfy!

    Published by Andrew Raby on Aug 25th 2021

    Ive only had this carrier for a short time, but i can already tell that its gonna be one i like a lot! I ordered the padded MEPC cable management sleves for a little more comfort and the obvious of managing my radio cables .. but its not a necessity with this carrier! All in all, 5 star in my opinion!! Ill be ordering more from DM in the future!!

  • 3
    Plate fitment

    Published by Keith on Aug 24th 2021

    Medium carrier would not fit sapi multi curve plates. Recommend using the next size up.

  • 5
    MEPC Plate Carrier

    Published by Joshua Bell on Aug 24th 2021

    Great carrier, ran it for the first time a couple nights ago. Very comfortable and lightweight. I'm running the 4 inch elastic cummerbund as well fits great with no issues.

  • 5

    Published by Isaac on Aug 7th 2021

    DM nailed it. Color, fit, and finish is quality. Admin picket is a great addition that most carriers don't have. No extra fabric and material where you don't need it like many others out there. The overall design works great and is comfortable. Size medium fits hesco l210s perfect.

  • 5
    Great Plate Carrier

    Published by Shane Thideman on Aug 6th 2021

    Fits Hesco L210 plates well, easy to adjust. comfortable to wear.

  • 5
    You need to just Buy It!

    Published by DDC on Aug 6th 2021

    I’ve had other minimalist plate carriers. The ones made in America for $99. The quality of DM’s is so far superior. The medium fits my Premier sapi cut 10x12 poly plates like a glove with hardly any excess at the shoulders. Took very little work to get in the bags and retention is amazing. No slop. The weight savings compared to steel plates is drastic. I paired with the 4” elastic cummerbund with QD and the system is rock solid even leaving enough room to gasp for breath. It moves with me. The pockets on the cummerbund will hold additional AR Mags and it will also fit my baofeng radio. I will be ordering the shoulder straps for cable management and because the Velcro on the shoulders do dig into my neck a bit. Not complaining it’s only scratches when donning and doffing. Overall this is a 10 out of 10 for fit and functionality. When I purchased, the lead time was about 10 days. Pretty impressive for something made to order. I also ordered the 3 AR mag placard, flat pocket w zipper for multi-tool and write in rain notebook and placard wrap. The admin pouch is a nice touch too. I keep a sharply, extra sets of batteries for weapon lights and Rds, and cheap ear pro in there and completely disappears. Everything is ranger green. The pics appear to be more brown than the actual color so keep that in mind. Not an issue since most of my kit is ranger green so it matches perfectly. It still looks good with my multicam blue alpha gear range belt. If you’re being hesitant, just pull the trigger and order this thing. Highly recommend.

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