How do I wear IcePlate Classic and IcePlate Curve?


Justin Li

Originally designed for the US Army in 2016, our IcePlate line of wearable water bottles that warm you up or cool you down can be found on the backs of tens of thousands of safety professionals in a variety of industries in addition to US and Allied military personnel. From metals to coffee to helicopters, IcePlate Curve now protects tens of thousands of safety professionals people across dozens of industries and applications in an equal number of countries. This diverse pool of military, law enforcement and safety professionals has driven us to create an equally diverse ecosystem of Vests and Carriers for IcePlate Classic and IcePlate Curve.

This article is about standalone systems to wear/use IcePlate Classic and IcePlate Curve, but if you want to know how IcePlate works with backpacks or armor, check out our articles on IcePlate Backpack Compatibility and IcePlate Plate Carrier Compatibility. If you are a travel enthusiast or road warrior, then this article on The Best Carry-On Water Bottle for Travel/Flying might be more helpful.

If you are in a hurry, here is a quick video showing just SOME of the ways to carry your IcePlate Classic (Safety not included, scroll down for Safety):

ICE (IcePlate Carrier Exoskeleton)

Best for: Military, Law Enforcement, Security Contractors, Force on Force Training, Cross Training/PT

Markets: Military, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, Security Contractors 

ICE IcePlate Carrier Exoskeleton in Multicam lightest and strongest plate carrier in the world

ICE is the new standard in military and special operations plate carriers. Nearly two years in development, ICE provides the end-user to natively integrate multiple performance-enhancing technologies never before seen in a body armor system: Conductive Cooling, Evaporative Cooling, Conductive Heating, and Hydration. 

ICE can be used with Medium ESAPI hard or soft armor plates and/or with IcePlate Curve. ICE is incredibly versatile and because it is skeletonized and ventilated in every direction, it can be used as a chest rig with hydration/cooling/heating IcePlate Curves worn in place of armor. However, when armor is required, Medium ESAPI hard armor plates can be worn with or without IcePlate Curve, depending on your specific mission requirements.

IcePlate Carrier Exoskeleton ultralight minimalist vented plate carrier with integrated hydration

ICE can also be used to carry two IcePlate Curves in-lieu of armor for CBRNE/HAZMAT/EOD applications.

IceVest HiVis Safety Vest

Best for: Safety professionals who need high visibility, hydration, cooling & heating

Market(s): Enterprise, Commercial, Industrial, Energy/Natural Resources, Government, Quick Serve Restaurant, Utilities, Public Transportation/Infrastructure, Oil & Gas

IcePlate Safety Vest helps Chick-fil-A Team Members #StayFrosty

The IceVest HiVis Safety Vest is the result of a unique collaboration with a group of Arizona Drive-Thru Restaurant Operators to combine multiple work functions into a single piece of kit. Shortly after the program launched, these Quick Serve Restaurant Operators referred us to Dutch Bros Arizona and Dutch Bros West Valley who were also looking to combine the powerful personal cooling capability of IcePlate with their own Safety Requirements to keep their teams safe in the drive thru.

IceVest HiVis Safety Vest is a powerful, multi-purpose HSE (Health, Safety and Environmental) and productivity tool.

We use 4.3 oz. polyester in Safety Yellow and genuine 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material for high visibility and durability. This 3M Scotchlite Technical Data Sheet has more detailed information such as certifications and care instructions. HiVis StayFrosty Vest is also available in Black for users and applications who do not need Safety Yellow colors or high visibility.

With these premium materials, IceVest HiVis Safety Vest meets internal Safety Requirements:

"A yellow, high-visibility reflective piece (for example, reflective strap or vest) securely buckled/fastened over shirt. Safety wear must provide increased visibility of Team Member from every angle, so reflective features must provide 360 degree coverage."* IceVest HiVis Safety Vest features body-facing 300D black nylon to limit IcePlate condensation in humid climates for a clean look & reduced maintenance with the ease of being machine washable for easy care (IceVest HiVis is hang dry only). Webbing Ears help prevent pressure points while providing for convenient modularity by allowing for the easy replacement of individual components as they wear out from daily use and need to be replaced. We integrated a large 5"x4" chest-height Safety Yellow loop field for additional branding or identification placards to help with customer or team-facing messaging requirements. There is a PVC IcePlate zipper pull for easy IcePlate replacement on the bottom of IceVest. The IceVest is made in America from domestic and imported materials.

multi function utility tool belt for IceVest HiVis

The ToolBelt is loaded with purpose built pockets for unparalleled productivity. The Large Radio Pouch holds Motorola XTS or Harris MBITR radios or other large accessory items for enterprise and government customers. We also included a Small Radio Pouch for iPhone, Galaxy Smartphones or Motorola TalkAbout FRS radios or similar. For law enforcement or Range Safety Officers, we included a Medium Mag Pouch that can hold one 5.56mm Patrol Rifle magazine or auxiliary batteries (such as Anker PowerCore 26800) or SOARescue MedMag First Aid Kits. A Pen/Stylus/Flashlight slot rounds out the utility pockets. The ToolBelt is available in two sizes: S/M (up to 36" waist) and L/XL (over 36"waist).

IceVest Class I Safety Vest cooling heating hydration

IMS Flex (IcePlate MOLLE Sleeve Flex)

Best for: users who want external hard cell hydration for plate carriers to mount additional kit without worry of bladder compression failure

Market(s): Military, Law Enforcement, Private Security, Contractors, Fire/EMS

IMS Flex durable external hard cell hydration for military and special operations

We have evolved our IMS Flex design considerably from the original IMS4 and IMS6 designs developed in partnership with Granite Firearms Training. IMS Flex was built in response to requests we received for an external IcePlate Curve carrier that delivers lightest in class, hard cell hydration that preserves your MOLLE field under heavy loads (AT4s, mortar base plates, commo, guilt from skipping PT etc.) and won't break under stress. IMS Flex is the thinnest profile external hydration solution on the market today. IMS6 now features six full rows of MOLLE. Designed specifically for use with IcePlate Curve to deliver hydration with the thinnest profile on the market at just 1" thin, IMS Flex is the external hydration solution for tactical professionals in austere, no-fail environments.

MIPSS (Modular IcePlate Sleeve System)

The Modular IcePlate Sleeve System (MIPSS) allows you to attach IcePlate to the inside of your plate carrier without the need for external armor straps. MIPSS is the brainchild of the professionals at SOARescue who identified the need while working as SWAT and Army Medics in late 2016 into early 2017. Looking for a way to address the numerous heat injuries suffered by the officers and Soldiers under their care, Ben and Andrew knew IcePlate fit that bill. They saw a unique opportunity when they studied their issued ProTech Body Armor (Heavy Vest) because it had loop field strips on the inside. Ben then had the lightbulb moment where he saw an IcePlate-specific sleeve designed to connect to the loop filed already on his ProTech body armor. The Modular IcePlate Sleeve System was born.

MIPSS (Modular IcePlate Sleeve System) mounts IcePlate Classic inside plate carriers with loop velcro

Side Release Armor Straps

Best for: Body Armor Users

Market(s): Military, Law Enforcement, Private Security, Contractors, Fire/EMS

Armor Straps for IcePlate Classic and IcePlate Curve

The Army requirement for universal body armor compatibility is what led us to the shape you see today in IcePlate Curve: a medium ESAPI plate. We designed IcePlate Classic and IcePlate Curve with Integrated Strap Loops so it could be secured to the shoulder straps of an IOTV (or any other body armor system with shoulder straps) using our Side Release Armor Straps without the need to remove your armor. This simple mechanism gave IcePlate universal mounting capability from IOTV to the minimalist designs like our ICE (IcePlate Carrier Exoskeleton) we see today and everything in between.

IcePlate Armor Straps connected to Velocity Systems APC Plate Carrier

The Side Release Armor Straps use IcePlates Integrated Strap Loops (patent pending) which give end users the ability to secure IcePlate Curve to their armor using almost any field-expedient resource: 550 cord, folded-over tape (medical, electrical, duct, Gorilla or 100 MPH), boot/shoe laces, nylon webbing, string or a length of just about anything else you can find in the field. We wanted IcePlate Classic and IcePlate Curve to be usable in the direst circumstances because as the most indestructible (and modular) hydration source (and the only cooling tool) ever created for tactical users, the probability of IcePlate Curve being around in a tough situation was high. We had to make sure it had utility to compliment its durability. SWAT LEO @seven_ty_nine provided us with a great example of how to use field expedient resources to lash your IcePlate to your rig:

IcePlate SWAT user @seven_ty_nine with the Velocity Systems APC

Inside Plate Bag

Depending on your specific armor plate/plate bag combination, you may be able to run your IcePlate Classic or IcePlate Curve inside your plate bag with your hard or soft armor plate. IcePlate Curve comes with Medium ESAPI conformal geometry and can easily be worn inside a plate bag with hard armor plates using carriers with larger plate pockets like the 5.11 TacTec or the TacticalTailor LowVis MBAV pictured here:

IcePlate curve inside plate bag behind armor plate

IcePlate Classic is shown here in an issued First Spear Strandhogg rig worn by a SWAT team in Southern California:

IcePlate Classic worn inside First Spear Strandhogg Plate Bag

If you own IcePlate Classic, this internal carry method can still be used sometimes thanks some DIY ninja skills from one of our early customers. IcePlate Classic can be molded to match the contours of your hard armor plates thanks to this technique pioneered by IcePlate user and tactical medic @angry.canadian. This does not apply to IcePlate Curve since it comes pre-formed to the exact contours of a Medium ESAPI hard armor plate.

Between the Side Release Armor Straps, IMS Flex, ICE, IceVest HiVis Safety Vest (also available in Industrial Black), there is a carrier solution for nearly every IcePlate application. Contact us on LiveChat, email us or call us at 703.755.0724 with any questions.


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