This is the second in a series of publications entitled “The COVID Chronicles“, and the first of several writings with the intent to grow the reader’s awareness on the topic of plate carriers; their features, designs, and materials.
While designs and materials differ, generally speaking, the elements of a plate carrier are somewhat universal. Its designs may include skeletonized or minimalist approaches, to full-on and enclosing coverage based on the plate carrier’s intended purpose and/or mission. Careful attention should be paid to ensure the features of a plate carrier address your goals.
Other aspects of the plate carrier that are important include the hardware, thread and webbing type, and methods of reinforcement (such as bartack, Box, or X-Pattern type stitching). The presence (or lack thereof) can effect price of the overall product as each represents an investment in cost to include into the overall design.