Blue Force Gear hit it out of the park with its original, lightweight PLATEminus plate carrier. But with every product, there’s always room for improvement.

As a direct result of feedback from both beta testing and customers of the PLATEminus, Blue Force Gear has unveiled the all new PLATEminus V2, also known as PLATE 2.

The new model builds upon its predecessor by adding what Blue Force Gear says were the two most requested features: side plate pockets and a cummerbund.

PLATE 2 is the built with the same fully MOLLE compatible MOLLEminus platform as the original PLATEminus. The platform provides fully modular load carriage capability, but significantly reduces weight and bulk over traditional armor carriers.

Like the original model, the PLATE 2 has fully enclosed plate pockets that protect the plates and provide maximum signature management by eliminating black plates or the need for additional “socks.”

The PLATE 2 is built around the SAPI or ESAPI armored plates.

The PLATE 2’s side plates are fully enclosed with a unique and effective double fold. The front of the side plate pockets are also MOLLE compatible to mount magazine pouches, trauma kits or utility pouches.

As a new feature, the cummerbund is fully adjustable and features military grade Ten-Speed elastic. The multi-use cummerbunds can double as a magazine pouches or hold similar sized items such as trauma dressings.

The overall length is adjustable by the back panel and also the side plate pockets. PLATE 2 ships with a standard two-cell cummerbund, which will work for most sizes (chest size 38 inches to 45 inches), but is compatible with the LMAC Side Closures for smaller or larger sizes.

The PLATEminus V2 retails for $350 and is now available for preorder.

For more information on the PLATEminus V2 and other products from Blue Force Gear, please visit

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