ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier
ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier

ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier

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ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3: The Best Defense is a Good Offense

IMPORTANT UPDATE JUNE 27, 2024: Recently, a close US Ally contacted us about making modifications to ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 to meet the requirements of a newly issued plate carrier contract for their military. They specifically requested we make these changes in the MultiCam colorway. We were already working on these changes and modifications for a future version of ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3, but this contract requirement accelerated our implementation of these modifications. In line with our belief in empowered individuals, we are making these modifications to ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 in MultiCam effective immediately and available to all, ensuring that you can get your hands on the latest version without delay.

Updates are as follows:

1.  Shoulder strap width reduced to 1.5" for compatibility with 1.5” don/doff hardware.

2. Additional vertical SwiftClip slits create two different mounting heights for placards/QASM buckle accessories.

3. Additional negative MAPS row for Admin/EUD mounting optionality.

4. Internal Open Architecture Shoulder Straps for incredible “lay flat” shoulder strap angle of attack and comfort.

5. Standard MAPS spacing for upper portion of rear plate bag and half-spacing for lower portion of rear plate bag for precision pouch placement.

6. Vertically oriented lateral MOLLE slits for dedicated cummerbund routing.

Qore Performance has created the ultimate tool for elite, armed professionals: ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3. This advanced performance and survivability tool goes beyond traditional plate carriers by enhancing physiological capabilities and inoculating end-users against the harmful effects of the environment. ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 weaponizes temperature to go on the offensive and dramatically expand operational envelope access, providing unparalleled competitive advantages. ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 integrates patented ICEPLATE® and ICEVENTS® thermoregulation and hydration technologies, enabling operators to achieve maximum endurance and operational effectiveness in any environment. This capability is unique to ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3. For those seeking to dominate the enemy, ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 is not just the best option but the only option. Join us in Building A Superhuman Future® and equip yourself with the ultimate tool for performance and success.

This will depend on your use case.

Side Strap
Buy this if you want the slimmest, lightest, faster variant or if you want to use a different cummerbund.

AXL Equinox Cummerbund
- Buy this if you want a turn-key, out of the box load-bearing cummerbund with adjustability and quick-release capability.

If you have any further questions about ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3, check out our FAQ here.

ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 is not for beginners or hobbyists. You can buy ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 as a complete package. Please note that ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 does not have an FR rating.

Plate Carrier Cooling/Heating/Hydration: add IMS Pro Combo above

Exposed Armor Plates: good or bad? Here is the scientific and engineering truth behind exposed armor plates

IMPORTANT: click here for terms, conditions, and restrictions on body armor purchases.

Sizing, Armor Plate Compatibility

ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 is optimized to work with ICEPLATE Curve® for conformal fit with a Medium ESAPI plate profile. Armor plates with the following dimensions will fit:
  • 9.5" x 12.5" up to 1.1" for Medium ESAPI armor plate profiles.
  • 10" x 12" up to 0.75" thick for Medium SAPI plate profiles.
  • Shooter/Swimmer, ESAPI, and SAPI footprints

Complete Armor Packages

To purchase a complete ICEPLATE EXO® Armor Package, click here. To learn more about the difference between Level III+ C, Level IV and RF1 Elite hard armor plates, click here to go to our IceAge Insights article with full video. For best results, we strongly recommend running the DFNDR Armor Medium Level III+ C Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Hard Plates or the DFNDR Armor Medium Level IV Stand-Alone Rifle Rated Hard Plates with ICEPLATE EXO® and ICEPLATE® Curve with an ICEPLATE® MOLLE Sleeve Pro, as ICEPLATE EXO® is specifically designed to fit Medium ESAPI armor plate profiles.

SwiftClip or G-Hook Compatible
Laser-cut slits measuring approximately 7.5" on center for compatibility with SwiftClip or G-Hook equipped placards. 


Weight: 15.2 ounces (plate bags, Shoulder Shrouds, Side Strap) to 23.2 oz (AXL Equinox Cummerbund)
Size: Medium
Attachment Mechanisms: MOLLE, Velcro, SwiftClip, G-Hook
Armor Plate Compatibility: Medium Shooter/Swimmer or ESAPI (9.5” x 12.5” x 1.1”)
Medium Shooter/Swimmer SAPI (10" x 12" x 0.75")

Materials: ICEPLATE EXO ® laminate, Velcro®, Nylon 12, Shock Cord, 500D Nylon outer (IRR compliant)

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1 x Front Plate Bag
1 x Rear Plate Bag
2 x Tri-Fold Shoulder Shrouds
1 x MOLLE Placard
2 x Swift Clips
2 x Side Strap
1 x 48" length of 1/8" Shock Cord


1 x Front Plate Bag
1 x Rear Plate Bag
2 x Tri-Fold Shoulder Shrouds
1 x MOLLE Placard
2 x Swift Clips

2 x AXL SPC Tubes Adapter
2 x AXL Equinox Retainers
2 x AXL Wedges
1 x AXL Equinox Cummerbund
1 x 48" length of 1/8" Shock Cord
1 x 25" length of 3/8" Shock Cord
2 x Extra Cummerbund Pull Strings





  • Cooling - Fill and freeze ICEPLATE® Curve for up to 70 watts of conductive cooling per ICEPLATE® Curve - an unrivaled performance edge.
  • Heating - Fill ICEPLATE® Curve with hot water for up to 52 watts of conductive heating power per ICEPLATE® Curve and an incredible competitive advantage in even the harshest climates.
  • Hydration - Each ICEPLATE® Curve holds 50 fl oz (1.5 L) of water.
  • One-Way Valve - The one-way valve allows air into ICEPLATE® Curve (drinkable option only), improving flow rate by more than 100% for an effortless drinking experience.
  • Integration - Each plate bag is designed to accept ICEPLATE Curves or Medium ESAPI profile armor plates. When using armor plates with ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3, add IMS Pro Combo for internal or external mounting of ICEPLATE® Curve.



  • Convection - Stand-off, omnidirectional ventilation facilitates Convection (evaporative cooling).
  • Hydrolysis Resistance - Will not absorb/retain water, sweat.
  • Anti-microbial - Totally permanent, ICEVENTS® are antimicrobial at the molecular level, meaning the characteristic cannot be washed away.
  • Integration - ICEVENTS® Aero Ventilated Shoulder Pads evenly distribute load across your shoulders, reducing unnecessary strain. ICEVENTS® Classic Ventilation Pontoons (one pair included) provide stand-off ventilation between your body and your plate bag. Use one pair per plate bag as desired. 

Above: ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 shown with internally mounted IMS Pro Combo for plate carrier cooling/heating/hydration.



For bulk Corporate/Unit/Agency orders of 100+ units or to request a quote, please click here.


Setting up your plate carrier largely depends on personal preference and operational requirements. The setup can vary based on the type of mission, the gear required, and personal comfort. For guidance on optimizing your setup for specific scenarios, such as minimalistic or home defense configurations, visit our comprehensive guides on plate carrier setup, minimalist plate carrier setup, and home defense plate carrier setup.

NIJ Level III+ plates are classified as hard armor. They are specifically engineered to stop rifle rounds, which are significantly more powerful than handgun rounds typically addressed by soft armor. Level III hard armor plates provide essential protection to vital organs by deflecting high-velocity ballistic threats that soft armor cannot.

DFNDR Armor Level III+ C plates are constructed from Fiber-Lite Laminate combined with ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), bound by a resin matrix. This composition results in a hard, stand-alone armor system that includes Spall-Tek to mitigate spall and deflection of projectile fragments. These materials ensure that the armor not only offers superior ballistic protection but also remains lightweight and durable.

To maintain the integrity and performance of your armor plates and plate carrier, store them in a dry, cool environment out of direct sunlight. Regularly inspect for any signs of damage or wear. Clean the carrier as per manufacturer instructions, avoiding harsh chemicals that could degrade the materials. For the plates, a damp cloth can be used for cleaning. Always follow the specific care guidelines provided with ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 to ensure maximum longevity and protection.

In the United States, it is legal for all law-abiding civilians to purchase and own body armor. You have the right to protect yourself and your family. Keep in mind, certain states, like California and Illinois, have proposed legislation to restrict civilian ownership, though these measures have not been enacted. Body armor owners need to stay informed about local state laws to ensure compliance. Always check the latest legal requirements in your jurisdiction before purchasing body armor.

ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 brings significant enhancements for improved wearability and functionality. 

The shoulder straps are now crafted with a single layer of EXO Laminate, reducing stiffness and incorporating quick-release features. The front plate bag has been redesigned with less material and more strategic Velcro® placements for better fit and usability, fully compatible with EUD/ATAC systems. The rear plate bag has expanded compatibility with MOLLE accessories, and the plate closure flap features a new lock-up system that conforms better to plate curvature. Finally, the quick-release cummerbund now includes AXL Equinox technology for increased structural rigidity and ease of use.

For more information on the upgrades, scroll up to learn more!

Absolutely! ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 is perfect for prepared civilians looking for exceptional personal protection with the best plate carrier on the market.

ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 weighs 15.2 ounces dry. When you add the AXL Equinox Cummerbund, it increases to just 23.2 ounces, maintaining a lower weight profile compared to other popular plate carriers.

The majority of users will find the Medium size optimal. Your front plate should align with your Sternal Angle and be centered along your mid-clavicular line. Position the top of your back plate roughly an inch or two vertebrae below your Vertebra prominens and the bottom one to three inches above your navel. 

This varies slightly based on individual height and torso length. For more detailed guidance, check out this article.

Yes, ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 features both front and rear plate bags suitable for plates or ICEPLATE®s. You can attach up to three IMS Pro Combos on ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3: one on the body-facing side of the front plate bag, one on the body-facing side of the rear plate bag, and one on the world-facing side of the rear plate bag. For extreme conditions, it’s possible to equip the front plate bag with IMS Pro as well. 

For additional configurations, check out this article.

Over 80% of our customers use a Medium size, which offers the best fit due to the curvature of the ESAPI plates, enhancing body contour compatibility.

Level III plates typically offer ample protection for civilians, law enforcement, and some military personnel against most threats. However, Level IV plates provide an extra layer of protection where necessary. 

For a detailed breakdown of plate levels, check out this article.

The choice between a plate carrier and a chest rig depends on specific needs, conditions, required gear, and personal preferences. 

For a comprehensive comparison, check out this article.

Yes, most armor plates are designed to endure exposure to the elements. 

For more information, check out this article.

Part of the beauty of ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3’s design is that it will keep you cooler than traditional plate carriers.

For maximum cooling, using an ICEPLATE® Curve in both front and rear plate bags is recommended, which can actually make you cooler than wearing no plate carrier at all!

Yes! ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 is compatible with Shooter/Swimmer Cut plates.

Absolutely! ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 accommodates 10x12 SAPI plates, although adding extra Velcro to the bottom plate retention flap may be necessary for plates thicker than 0.35 inches.

ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 is exceptionally suited for maritime operations due to its lightweight, quick-release, and water-shedding capabilities.

With our ICEPLATE EXO®-CRH Adapter Kit, you can fully transform your ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 into an ICEPLATE EXO®-CRH setup!

All IMS variants work well with ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3, but the IMS Pro is specifically optimized for use with ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3, offering maximum performance.

We actually recommend it! You can equip IMS Pro on both the front and rear configurations of ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 for ultimate versatility of your plate carrier setup.

For recommendations on accessory combinations and setup strategies with ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3, check out this article.

Certainly! ICEPLATE EXO® Gen 3 can be effectively paired with just ICEPLATE® for these fitness applications. 

For additional setup ideas, check out this article on fitness uses of ICEPLATE EXO®!

Customer Reviews

Based on 29 reviews
Richard Machamer (Trenton, US)
Instagram Handle: @rickmachamer
The biggest innovation in plate carrier design since QD cumberbunds

You can run armor pates, ice plates, or both. I use it for the range, CrossFit, and on the job. Freeze the ice plates and, as they melt, you can drink them allowing you to stay hydrated without the need for a bladder taking up room in your assault pack. Easily the best tactical gear purchase I have ever made.

John Vougiouklakis (Athens, GR)

ICEPLATE EXO® Ultralight Minimalist Plate Carrier

Keith Anglin (Maple Ridge, CA)
Instagram Handle: K_anglin
The Canadian

My experience with the iceplate exo ultralight minimalist plate carrier so far I would say is an 8/10, functionality is great the carrier lives up to its name and truly is a minimalist plate carrier, temperature control, thus far has been great I look forward it the summer months and picking up an iceplate curve and testing that out as I normally run quite hot and having something to keep me cool while training is going to be a game changer. Really what came down to the 8/10 would be from putting the system together and when installing the fizzle sticks one broke on install so I just ended up just securing the elastic to the MOLLE which works fine just isn’t as pretty. Other than that one little hick up I have been very happy the rest of the set up was straight forward and easy. Great product Qore Performance.

Hi Keith,
We are sorry to hear that you broke your SizzleSticks during assembly. Of note, SizzleSticks are strength optimized as part of the “system” that is them being installed inside of ICEPLATE EXO® plate bags. That said, if your SizzleSticks broke due to a manufacturing defect (generally less than 0.1% of product sold for full transparency, but it occasionally does happen), we’ll be happy to replace them for you under our Forever Warranty to make sure you get the most out of your ICEPLATE EXO® experience. However, if they broke for a reason not related to a manufacturing defect, we sell replacement sets on our website for your convenience here:
We hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any additional questions. #StayFrosty

Oscar Carnovale
Instagram Handle: Oscarnovale
Great but something is to be reviewed.

Great but I think that in the upper part of the front panel it would take more soft system instead of velcro to be able to put the mount atak as in this system it is very low and almost impossible to use as in contact with loaders and then having a quick opening system for cummerbund Rather than the usual velcro that not the maximum at night as it is quite noisy.

Hi Oscar,
Thank you for taking the time to leave an honest account of your ICEPLATE EXO® experience. As noted on the product page above, we discontinued the quick-release system from the Gen 1 ICEPLATE EXO® at the request of our military customers who preferred to have the MOLLE real estate for comms. That said, ICEPLATE EXO® is compatible with the Crye Precision AirLite Cummerbund if you want a quick-release mechanism. Details can be found here:

As for EUD integration, we optimized ICEPLATE EXO® for maximum athletic performance and the most ergonomic EUD/ATAK integration which can be found here:
We hope this helps, but please let us know if you have any additional questions. #StayFrosty

Watchman on the wall (‘Aiea, US)
Iceplate EXO and IMS Pro combo

Customer service was super helpful in responding to my request for assistance based on my needs. Shipping can be prohibitively costly to non-contiguous states, so I needed to get it right the first time. I got the system for my son who works in Army aviation in a hot environment. The gear is state of the art! Expect to pay for quality, innovation, and functional comfort, but I wanted the best for my son, and we got it. His issued gear is like Flintstonesian flak jacket junk compared to Qore’s minimalist engineered gear. He wears it at work mostly as a weighted vest for conditioning and also to habituate a level of everyday comfort should he ever be deployed. He also does runs and hikes with the system, trying various configurations with the IMS Pro hydration plates. They work and stay cold all day! He feels the Exo Plate carrier is a tad smallish as it only comes in one size. Maybe some sizing options will be considered in the future. Comprehensively meets all of my expectations. Only for those who want the best.
(The Ice Plates hydration cooling system will serve its purpose if he gets deployed to Maui. Looks to be hot and dusty in Lahaina…)

Esteban (El Paso, US)
Foundations of Performance

How many times how we ever pondered on the thought of the great architecture, sky rise buildings, logistics and efficiency. All these objects can only be executed with solid foundations. The IcePlate Exo is just that and more, I've had the chance to test this system for more than year already. Not only do I used daily at work but also put it to stress on my off-roading adventures. The IcePlate Exo has stood my test of time and every week without a doubt either through sand, mud, snow, and rain does it keep performing. As a stand-alone unit the IcePlate Exo is extremely light weight and helps optimize the weight for other essentials. Paired with the IcePlates this plate carrier does what it is supposed to and that is to carry water efficiently. As an avid off-roader being able to optimize cargo is essential and having water on myself at all times helps clear space in compact areas. This system allows optimal cooling energy for at least 4 hours of summer Texas heat. That mean less stress on the body and more hours trailing down the desert. The team at QorePerformance have done it right by built a foundation of performance, one to which you can only built from.

Will Warner (Carmel, US)
Instagram Handle: will_warner53
Innovative Light Carrier

This is probably one of the best carriers to buy on the market today. You get exactly what you pay for in a carrier that’s meant to protect you from rounds and heat catting. The Ice vents are ingenious and the ice plate itself is something that everyone needs to be using these days rather than a bulky hydration pack running on the back of your plate carrier. It’s crazy to me the amount of people that have not heard about QORE Performance yet and the quality of their equipment. But soon they will. This carrier is super light being that it’s a skeletonized plate carrier but the material used is super strong. I’m going to Africa on a deployment for a year and the Iceplate Exo is going to be my saving grace from the heat and any other dangers.

Hi Will,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share an honest account of your IcePlate EXO® experience. We are stoked to hear how much you love your setup! #StayFrosty

Oto (Grand Prairie, US)
My new favorite carrier

There's not much to say about it other than this is one of if not my new favorite carrier. The only thing I would improve on is on the material used to make the vent pads or "pontoons". They do work and definitely make a difference in air circulation but they are a bit rough around the edges, literally. Maybe I am just a snowflake but I have had to hastily throw my carrier on and ended up with a few scratches on my face from the pontoons.

Lucas Boss (Crandon, US)
Excellent product quality, bit pricy

I have absolutely nothing bad to say about this. I was very skeptical with now minimalistic this was before purchasing, once I got it, I put it through the tests, I could not rip or tear any of the seams. Material is very durable, love it. Only down side is the price, I have a few other top tier brand carriers and I can get the same quality at about a $200-$300 savings.

Hi Lucas,
Thank you so much for taking the time to share an honest account of your thoughts on IcePlate EXO (ICE)! We know the value of a hard-earned dollar and this knowledge is embedded in everything we do. We never take it for granted. However, we thought it was important to highlight that while the market has lots of great, high-quality plate carrier options (too many IOHO), IcePlate EXO (ICE) is unique as the first and only plate carrier in the world designed with both active (conductive cooling/heating of IcePlate Curve via IMS Pro) and passive (IceVents Aero Shoulder Pads, IceVents Classic Ventilation Pontoons + internal laser-cut MAPs) thermoregulation systems with the ability to run either hard armor plates or IcePlate Curves in the plate bags (in either drinkable or cooling/heating only configuration, for duty or training use). These advanced capabilities are expensive to develop and deliver, so we totally understand that IcePlate EXO (ICE) is not for everyone. Here are some links to resources that might provide additional insight:


Carl Stacy (West Linn, US)
Perfect Lightweight Carrier

It was better than I expected. I needed a lightweight carrier to go with my plates and the molle makes it very versatile which is perfect for setting up my vest depending on the location I am working at that day.