1Hello all, and welcome as the Charlie Mike Project reviews the TacTec Plate Carrier, by 5.11.

TacTec Plate Carrier is a plate carrier system with a weight distributing yoke and a quick release system.   It has a laser cut top with admin pocket, traditional molle lower and adjustable elastic sides.  The yoke, internal padding and elastic sides make this carrier one of the most comfortable I have worn.  It is available in four colors.  The one I have is black.  I have it set up as my active shooter vest with my level four plates, my IFAK and a trauma kit for patching bullet holes (I’m an EMT/Tac-Medic) and some other IMG_1379essential items.  All I need to do to b quickly, is simply slip it over my head and pull it down than grab my rifle and I’m ready to Sheepdog.

The TacTec Plate Carrier retails for $199.95. That is a good price considering what other plate carrier of similar quality will cost you.  The TacTec is well built the material is nice and stitching is strong.  The elastic on the sides is a good quality and has even begun to show signs of wearing out after over a year of use.

IMG_1381I found two minor issues with this plate carrier and this is how I fixed one of them.  First, the laser cut material is nice at first, but after a while the plastic material on the back delaminates and the cloth on the front deforms slightly.  This is only cosmetic and does not affect the performance of the carrier.  Second.  The lower half of the vest is held down only by three Velcro straps that attach to the underside of the carrier.  Also the molle is only attached to the first layer of fabric making up the front panel.  I usually run with a holster on my vest.  Because the bottom is not held down to the vest, the lower half has a tendency to pull up when I draw my weapon or a magazine.  I fixed this by sewing (yes, I sew) some hook Velcro to IMG_1380the underside of the panel and adding some loop Velcro to the elastic strap handles.  Now the panel sits snuggly and does not move.

The Charlie Mike Project gives full confidence in the TacTec Plate Carrier.  Despite the minor short comings mentioned above this plate carrier performs and is reliable.

If you like the TacTec Plate Carrier check out my other reviews of 5.11  and other products.  You can find the plaTacTec plate Carrier at at www.511tactical.com.

5.11 TacTec Plate Carrier













  • Comfort
  • Price


  • Pulled up on bottom half
  • Delaminated on laser cut material

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