DEFENDER PLATE CARRIER
- Product Review (submitted on July 5, 2019):
- I bought this vest to use as a hit vest for my off duty work when wearing a uniform is not necessary. I am right at 6' and 180lbs athletic build. This vest was way too big (even completely tighened up) if you are around my size and like your vest to be form fitting. Luckly my girlfriend has a great sewing machine and knows how to use it. I had her tailor this vest quite a bit. She took off about six inches from each side of the cumber-bun, removed the velcro and sewed the front flap down. I then installed those blackhawk molle snap things that allow you to open and close the vest externally on each side of the cumber-bun. I also revoved the shoulder pads because they would not fit after I tighened that thing up so it actually fit me. I use an old set of soft plates from a Safariland vest that do not fit very well (but are good enough for now). I think more modern soft plates would be much better because my everyday vest is a modern type and the plates looks like they would fit in there the way they are suppose to. Overall I like this vest a lot. It has a good feel and seems very durable. I use Blackhawk (strike platform for the serpa Glock holster) and Condor molle attachments on it; both fit well. My only complaint is obviously that in my opinion it comes way too big. I use a Condor plate carrier for my esapi rifle plates which I am also very happy with, although it also had to be tailored down to fit (it was even too big when over the top of a soft vest). I also wish the vest connected together from the outside rather than having to tear up that huge piece of velcro to attach the cumber-bun. If you have mags and a weapon on there it seems like it would be very difficult to do, as well as noisy if you were trying to put it on all sneaky style.