Crye Precision, a Brooklyn, New York-based company that designs and manufactures gear for tactical operators, is introducing their new AirLite Plate Carrier EK01.

The EK01 from Crye Precision is designed for users who need a lightweight plate carrier built to withstand extended wear, mission after mission. This ultra minimal carrier is perfect for low-visibility operations. It is easily adjustable and immediately drains water. In addition, it comes with attachment loops for the AirLite Chest Rig, and it includes optional plate camo covers. The EK01 fits all standard SAPI (Small Arms Protective Insert) cut plates. It comes in four different sizes: Small (9.2 ounces), Medium (9.8 ounces), Large (10.4 ounces) and Extra Large (11.2 ounces). The manufacturer suggested retail price for the AirLite Plate Carrier EK01 by Crye Precision is $170.00.

AirLite is a patent-pending material system that Crye Precision has designed with a goal of producing a lightweight carrier. In traditional vests, the carrier itself accounts for a majority of the overall weight. Crye Precision flips this concept on its head by combining the base fabric and a modular attachment system into one light material. AirLite cuts the weight of non-armor portions of an item by 40%. Indeed, it is a durable, lightweight, strong solution perfect for applications where reduced weight is a priority. See below for additional details.

Features: Crye Precision AirLite Plate Carrier EK01

  • Feather light
  • SM = 9.2oz
  • MD = 9.8oz
  • LG = 10.4oz
  • XL = 11.2oz
  • Ultra minimal, ideal for low-vis or overt ops
  • Comfortable stretch closure
  • Easily adjustable
  • Drains water immediately
  • Attachment loops for AirLite Chest Rig on front
  • Includes optional plate camo covers
  • Fits standard SAPI cut plates (for swimmer-cut plates, see EK03,EK04)

Crye Precision manufactures high-performance, long-wearing gear. For more information about the AirLite Plate Carrier EK01 and the full range of products currently offered by Crye Precision, please visit

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