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)



48 Reviews

  • 5
    GREAT Carrier

    Published by SP on Mar 25th 2021

    Very comfortable carrier. I’m running Hesco L210’s in a Medium carrier with a Haley micro rig. Planning on putting the Haley flat pack on the back soon. I’m a small guy, 5’ 7” & 155 lbs. I was worried the carrier would be to big/small but it’s perfect. So if you’re a smaller guy don’t be afraid to get it. Just make sure you get the right size carrier for your plates and you’ll be 100% good to go.

  • 5
    Plate bags

    Published by Scott on Mar 10th 2021

    Best carrier out there

  • 3
    Plate carrier

    Published by Michael A Hallet on Feb 27th 2021

    I got the xl carrier and it was a real struggle to get the plates in. Overall the carrier seems decent enough, I like that it’s lite(will have too see what the long term wear and tear is like) the hook and loop is some of the grippiest I have seen.

  • 5
    Plate Carrier

    Published by Chris on Feb 26th 2021

    Lightweight & super comfortable. I got the mc black and it looks great.

  • 5

    Published by Sian Busby on Feb 9th 2021

    Coming from a condor plate carrier, this is a huge upgrade. It distributes the weight better and it is noticably more comfortable.

  • 5

    Published by Erik P. on Feb 3rd 2021

    I was looking at the ferro, velocity, and a few other brands for a minimalist style carrier in Ranger Green , but they are always sold out. Heard about DM from a buddy, decided to purchase a full kit. First, it says 3-5 week before it ships..I got it in less than 2 weeks! Second, quality is top notch and it’s very modular. Don’t hesitate to purchase you won’t be disappointed!

  • 5

    Published by Mr Jones on Feb 2nd 2021

    In my opinion the best low viz carrier that takes a velcro cummerbund. Looks amazing and is very comfy.

  • 5
    Phenomenal Plate Carrier

    Published by Anthony on Jan 28th 2021

    I’ve been running both Ferro Concepts Slickster and HRT Tactical PCs and the Mission Essential place carrier has been my favorite so far. Extremely minimal, modular, and has been the easiest PC to setup so far. The build quality is top notch. Used in conjunction with their modular placards, this is an ideal civilian PC for someone who wants to be prepared for the worst.

  • 5
    Ranger Green MEPC

    Published by Doug on Jan 22nd 2021

    Excellent piece of gear and very well made, levels of comfort always very from person to person but this rig is very comfortable to me and seems too distribute the weight rather well for being more of a minimalist carrier, 1155's fit perfectly with the internal plate retention straps and keep them nice and high in the plate bags, I ordered a few other pieces from Defense Mechanisms including the AR 3 mag placard and a few other pouches with the carrier and the quality is outstanding with excellent retention on everything... needless to say I'm looking forward to see what else these guys come out with next.

  • 5
    MEPC Ranger Green! best in class!

    Published by Chai vang on Jan 21st 2021

    Basically my go to plate carrier rig. It's modularity allows the user to customize it as a slick/slim/load it/ plus its interchangeable with any placards/cummerbunds that accepts velcro etc. I wore/tested it under my north face jacket and hoodie and hardly noticeable. Ranger green was my choice and a neutral color as well, its color and nylon material is solid and well stitched. I also ppreciate how the shoulder straps are completely velcro so you can customize it to your ride/height or add shoulder addition, the another cool feature I appreciate is that this PC comes with a drag handle and the quick snap release vs the Ferro concept's SLICKSTER. Interior: it has a padded breathable mesh on the inside for added comfort. Admin pouch: it has a strong zipper and the pocket is deep enough and can fit a full size phone.

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