The plate carrier world isn’t exactly small anymore. With the rise of the plate carrier over the standard full-sized armor carrier the market responded with a wide variety of options. Seeing plate carrier evolve from what I used in Afghanistan in 2009 to what they’ve become in 2017 has been fascinating. It’s shown me just how far we’ve come in the tactical realm. That being said, it can be tough to separate out the crap from the quality with so many options. That’s what we plan to do today, we are going to see what category the Ambitec USAF Plate Carrier falls into.


Ambitec Specs


The Ambitec USAF Carrier is a modular design outfitted with features we all know and love. This includes a generous helping of PALS webbing to attach and detach accessories, a modern supportive design, and the ability to accept both hard and soft armor. The Ambitec USAF carrier is built from 500D Cordura, a lightweight, water-resistant, and tough material. It comes in Black, OD Green, Multicam, and Coyote. The design incorporates a modular cummerbund and is cut to accept any type of SAPI plate. It also fits my Premier Body Armor curved steel plates without issue.

The front of the carrier has a Kangaroo pouch built in to allow the storage of admin gear, small electronics, or three AR 15 magazines. The armor compartment is divided into two pouches. This prevents the hard armor from touching the soft armor. The reduced friction ensures the soft armor doesn’t begin to fray. By the USAF designation, it’s easy to tell this design was built for the United States Air Force but is in no way limited to just Airman use.

Putting in On

Ambitec USAF Plate Carrier Putting It On