Best Plate Carriers 2023: IcePlate EXO, Crye Precision (JPC 2.0, AVS, SPC), Spiritus Systems LV-119, Ferro Concepts FCPC V5, Agilite K19, Velocity Systems SCARAB LT
by Justin Li
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In our continuing effort to raise awareness for the value of an empirical approach to equipment analysis as well as sharing the importance of thermoregulation in boosting human performance, we started our Technical Plate Carrier Review series earlier this year. We've compiled the entire series here, in addition to the IcePlate EXO® Ultralight Ventilated Plate Carrier data we promised in the video itself for easy reference. We figured that would be easier than being frustrated by the YouTube algorithm.
We intentionally omitted our IcePlate EXO® Ultralight Ventilated Plate Carrier because our goal is education. It isn’t to just shill our own plate carrier. IcePlate EXO® makes up less than one percent of our unusually diverse business. For those of you who are new to Qore Performance, we live for Building A Superhuman Future. It is why we exist. This means we help customers be the greatest version of themselves, to create competitive advantages where none previously existed. To accomplish this, we design, build, and manufacture thermoregulation and hydration solutions that weaponize temperature to improve performance and survivability for a wide range of end users. Our customers include military, law enforcement, prepared citizens, pilots, outdoor enthusiasts, and dozens of America’s greatest companies which we all know and love. You might have even seen some of our products while in line at your favorite drive thru. Anyone in the mood for some awesome coffee or fried chicken?
We fully submerge the plate carrier in water for 60 minutes, then let it hang dry for 60 seconds. The scale is always zeroed for the weight of the container bin. All of our wet weight tests are conducted in our climate controlled office (~70F) to account for evaporation, sunlight and other external factors that require consistency.
First, we’ll use our FLIR camera to take surface temperature reading of the body facing side of the plate bags. Next, we’ll place a single, fully filled IcePlate Curve, fresh out of the freezer, into the plate bag of each plate carrier. Then, once we’ve closed the plate bag, we’ll place a Tencate Level III hard armor plate on top of the plate bag for 30 seconds to simulate the effect of putting on the plate carrier. We are using a shorter exposure time to make sure we test efficiency and not capacity. Finally, we’ll remove the Tencate Level III hard armor plate from the subject plate bag and take a new FLIR surface temperature reading. The difference between the two readings is the Thermal Transmittance of that plate carrier.
Thermal Shift (Big Numbers = Good, Small Numbers = Bad)