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 hundreds of thousands of professionals in a variety of industries in addition to US and Allied military personnel. 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):
Best for: Military, Law Enforcement, Security Contractors, Force on Force Training, Tactical Games, CrossFit/High Intensity Interval Training, Patriot Games
Markets: Military, Law Enforcement, Fire/EMS, Security Contractors
IcePlate EXO (ICE) is the new standard in military and special operations plate carriers. Nearly two years in development, IcePlate EXO (ICE) allows 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. It is the only plate carrier in the world that can actually boost your physiological state/capacity.
Above: IcePlate EXO (ICE) is an ideal plate carrier for fitness competitions and training because it is specifically designed for IcePlate Curve hard hydration bladders for plate carrier and body armor cooling/heating/hydration.
IcePlate EXO (ICE) can be used with Medium ESAPI hard (like these DFNDR Armor Level III and Level IV options) or soft armor plates and/or with IcePlate Curve because they share an identical geometric profile. IcePlate EXO (ICE) is incredibly versatile and because it is skeletonized, hydrophobic, and ventilated in every direction, it drains and repels water with incredible ease and speed (hence the open bottom corners). 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/IMS Pro, depending on your specific mission requirements.
Above: IcePlate EXO (ICE) in Wolf Grey with DFNDR Level III hard armor plates front and rear with an IMS Pro Combo internally mounted for conductive cooling/heating/hydration. IMS Pro mounts to IcePlate EXO (ICE) internally or externally.
Above: IcePlate EXO (ICE) accepts any combination of IcePlate Curve and/or Medium ESAPI armor plates like those from DNFDR Armor, making it the only plate carrier in the world with integrated body armor cooling, heating, hydration and ballistic protection.
IcePlate EXO (ICE) can also be used to carry two IcePlate Curves in-lieu of armor for CBRNE/HAZMAT/EOD applications.
Best for: Professionals who need Class 2 hivis with cooling, heating, hydration
Market(s): Enterprise, Commercial, Industrial, Energy/Natural Resources, Government, QSR (Quick Serve Restaurant), drive thru, Utilities, Public Transportation/Infrastructure, Oil & Gas
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 built to the safety compliance standards outlined in ANSI 107-2015.
Built from an incredibly durable, yet lightweight structural mesh, IceVest HiVis Cooling/Heating/Hydration Safety Vest (Class 2) is so breathable, it makes for a perfect year-round, all-climate ANSI 107-2015 Class 2 high visibility safety vest solution. IceVest HiVis Cooling/Heating/Hydration Safety Vest (Class 2) can be worn without IcePlates as a regular hivis Class 2 safety vest. This is ideal for temperate days when supplemental cooling/heating are not required and is easy on the budget too. This is the last safety vest you will ever have to buy. IceVest 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.
Above: IceVest HiVis Cooling/Heating/Hydration Safety Vest (Class 2) is the world's most powerful, most versatile cooling safety vest in HiVis Class 2.
Best for: QSR (Quick Serve Restaurants), drive thru, walking, day hiking, travel/amusement parks, auto mechanics, car washes, Range Safety Officers (RSOs), landscaping, construction, food packing/processing, farming
Market(s): QSR, Recreation, Firearms Training, Food, Agriculture, Construction, Automotive
IceVest Black Cooling/Heating/Hydration Multi-Purpose Utility Vest is a versatile Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) PPE tool that inoculates commercial and recreational users against environmental risks on the job or on the trail by keeping core temp down (cooling) or up (heating). The most powerful cooling/heating safety vest on the market and the only cooling/heating vest with hydration in the world, IceVest Black combines multiple utility functions into a single piece of kit, enabling users to realize their full potential.
IceVest Black also feature SwiftClip adapters so users can clip in their IceCase iPad Cooling Cases for hands-free use/carry on the job. This functionality is also found on IceVest HiVis Class 2.
Above: IceCase iPad Cooling Case with SunShield is the world's most powerful and most useful iPad cooling case.
Above: IceVest HiVis Cooling/Heating/Hydration Safety Vest (Class 2) with SwiftClip connectors for hands-free carry of IceCase iPad Cooling Case.
IceVest Black is NOT designed for Military, Law Enforcement, Security or Defensive applications. For MIL/LE applications, use IcePlate EXO.
Best for: QSR (Quick Serve Restaurants), drive thru, walking, day hiking, travel/amusement parks
Market(s): QSR, drive thru, recreational
IcePlate Hydration Backpack carries a single IcePlate Classic or IcePlate Curve on the back. It can be used for cooling/heating only or for cooling/heating/hydration and features the same SwiftClip strap interface found on IceVest HiVis Cooling/Heating/Hydration Safety Vest (Class 2) and IceVest Black for hands-free carry of our IceCase iPad Cooling Case. It is perfect for petite and/or female team members who find wearing an IcePlate on their chest to be uncomfortable.
Best for: military and law enforcement plate carriers in need of plate carrier hydration, plate carrier cooling and/or plate carrier heating while preserving the ability to preserve their plate carrier MOLLE field for mounting additional kit without worry of bladder compression or bladder rupture.
Market(s): Military, Law Enforcement, Private Security, Contractors, Fire/EMS
Above: IMS vs. IMS Pro. What is the difference? Click here to find out.
The all-new IMS and IMS Pro replace our incredibly popular IMS Flex with a range of new features and improvements to deliver our most capable Sleeve yet. Designed from the ground up for IcePlate EXO (ICE) compatibility, IMS Pro is also universally compatible with any plate carrier on the market today thanks to the hook on one side and loop Velcro on the other with MOLLE on both sides. Dual side MOLLE + Velcro facilitates mounting on the inside (Cooling, Heating, Hydration, Impact Protection) or outside (hydration only) of any plate carrier with any combination of MOLLE and/or Hook and Loop Velcro.
By contrast, IMS is made from traditional 500D nylon with four permanently attached MOLLE straps for the ultimate in fixed, external hard cell plate carrier hydration only.
Designed specifically for use with IcePlate Curve to deliver hydration with the thinnest profile on the market at just 1" thin, IMS and IMS Pro are the hard cell hydration and body armor cooling solutions for tactical professionals in austere, no-fail environments.
For a full breakdown comparing and contrasting IMS vs. IMS Pro, click here.
Best for: Body Armor Users
Market(s): Military, Law Enforcement, Private Security, Contractors, Fire/EMS
Above: IcePlate Curve mounts to any plate carrier (Velocity Systems SCARAB LT shown) on the market today using the Side Release Armor Straps.
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. Size medium armor plates account for more than 80% of both US Military armor plate inventory as well as private sector commercial production. In other words, medium plates cover 80% of the population. That is why IcePlate Classic and IcePlate Curve come in medium.
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 IcePlate EXO (ICE) we see today and everything in between.
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:
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. While IcePlate Curve and IcePlate Classic are not designed specifically for this application, it can be done for special fitness applications like The Tactical Games and Crossfit. 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 Classic is shown here in an issued First Spear Strandhogg rig worn by a SWAT team in Southern California:
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, IcePlate Sleeve, IcePlate EXO, 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.