Condor Defender Plate Carrier
Condor Defender Plate Carrier
Condor Defender Plate Carrier
Condor Defender Plate Carrier
Condor Defender Plate Carrier
Condor Defender Plate Carrier
Condor Defender Plate Carrier
Condor Defender Plate Carrier

Condor Defender Plate Carrier

MSRP: $112.95

  • Adjustable shoulder strap with detachable shoulder pads.
  • Heavy weight webbing over the entire vest for modular attachments.
  • Internal sleeves for both soft armor and plate front and back.
  • Adjustable/detachable cummerbund with pockets for side armor, will fit up to 6" x 8" side panel plate.
  • Plate pocket measures 13-1/4"H x 10-1/4"W x 1"D
  • Emergency drag handle.
  • Lightly padded mesh interior for comfort and airflow.
  • Adjustable in girth and height.
  • Hook & Loop area in front and back.
  • Ballistic plate and soft armor are not included
  • Reviews
    32 Reviews
    69% (22)
    19% (6)
    9% (3)
    3% (1)
    0% (0)
    84% Recommend this product (27 of 32 responses)
    By Cory
    Akron, Ohio
    February 22, 2017
    Good product
    This carrier works great and fits well. Took a little bit of adjusting but turned out well.
    By C. Woods
    Denver, Colorado
    December 9, 2016
    Good armor carrier
    I've had several armor carriers in the past. This carrier is good quality. Like anything else if you use it a lot it will wear out with time, but for the price it's easily replaced.
    ProsQuick release Plenty of room for Molle gear Heavy duty velcro
    ConsWith consistant use the velcro will wear out.
    By William Dixon
    North Carolina
    November 6, 2016
    Plate carrier
    product very well made
    By Denny
    Dalton, GA
    September 9, 2016
    Condor Defender Plate Carrier
    I looked at other options and bought this because it was wider ( I wanted sufficient room to mount four Shotgun Ammo Pouches, 2 side by side and one row above the other.) While that idea worked fine, this is a big vest: I'm 6'6" and 265 pounds and it's plenty loose, even over a sweatshirt. This will work just fine for my purposes, but I'd suggest that if you don't have a big barreled chest, to look for something else.
    ProsLots of room on the front to mount MOLLE pouches.
    ConsSkinny guys shouldn't order this, there are better choices with other Condor vests.
    By John
    Sacramento, California
    April 13, 2016
    Great vest, well built, one size does not fit all
    I received the vest super fast! It was a good thing because I had to return it. The vest itself was very well built, the molle system is awesome and all over this vest. The Velcro is extremely strong and felt like it would old up for years! The only drawback to this vest was that it was a little big on me. I am 6' tall and weight around 200lbs. When I put this on the length from the sternum to the bottom of the vest was about an inch and a half too long. With my duty belt on, it sat on top and pushed my belt down. I attempted to adjust the shoulders a lot and it did not help much. I'm not heavy in my mid section so I had to tighten the cumber bun really tight, yet it was still too bulky on the sides and inhibited access to my firearm and taser. I would have loved to keep this vest and would have if they offered different sizes. It fit my soft ballistics very well and they measure 16X22. I had to return the vest and I ordered the EXO S/M to try out and I am hopeful it will fit. It wasn't the actual product that got the 3 stars, Condor makes great stuff, but it was the lack of sizing that ruined it for me. If you are big this would work for you, but if you are under 6' tall and less than 200lbs, it may be too big on you!
    ProsWell built, solid. Hook and loop was strong!!
    ConsNeed better sizing. Too long from top to bottom, sat on my duty belt....
    By Phillip Jackson
    New Madrid Missouri
    March 6, 2016
    Great product
    This is the exact product I wanted at a reasonable price.
    By Shane
    Mt.Vernon, IL
    December 10, 2015
    Exceptionally happy
    I am exceptionally pleased with this purchase. Quality item, good looks and easily adjustable. Definitely recommend.
    By David
    Woodstock, IL
    September 11, 2015
    nice for the price with some exceptions
    carrier is made of quality materials. I removed the padding inserts to make it thinner with plates and pads installed. the side plates pockets are on the cummerbund which is not secured to the back of the carrier so they tend to flop around when plates are installed. I finally had to just remove my side plates because of this. the side plate pocket should also be deeper. putting a standard 6x8 side plate in has a couple inches of plate exposed at the top.
    Prosgood price. quality materials. lots of Velcro fasteners. molle for days.
    Consside plate pockets cummerbund not the easiest to get out of or in to the carrier tends to buckle under the weight of inserted plates
    By Adam
    Meadville, PA
    July 27, 2015
    Quality Product
    I read a few reviews and watched videos reviewing this product before I bought it and everything I read and saw put it in the moderate range of value for this vest. I got in it and although being my first plate carrier I really enjoy it. I am 6' tall and 180lbs and it fits me well with out plates in it. I have worn it around the house and doing yard work to get used to it and break it in and I have not any problems with discomfort. I will eventually get plates and do more running and training with this vest but over all I am happy with it. it is thick and does cause a lot of sweating but I was aware of that before buying and it's a non issue for me. there were no loose threads or bad stitching, the drag handle functions as it should. I gave it a 4 star rating because while I like this vest and plan on keeping it for a long time it could be a little thinner or could be more breathable.
    ProsGood Stitching Thick Front/back and side plate carrier lots of area for attaching gear moderate weight
    Conscould be lighter Thick, causes sweating
    By Brandon
    April 3, 2015
    Seems very durable/well built. Great option for folks shopping with a budget. I personally haven't experiened any fit issues that alot of folks mentioned...
    By morris
    palm bay florida
    March 30, 2015
    Great vest - I am 5'10 and 260 pounds - fits great. my plates went in easy. holds all my gear. highly recommend
    Prosgreat fit - holds a lot of gear. fits my plates I already have
    Consslip over - would prefer side open to get into
    By ggrazzi
    March 30, 2015
    Good Plate Carrier for the money
    This is a well made carrier, and it also nicely fits all the molle pouches I purchased.
    ConsThe carrier is a little stiff when purchased and has to be broken in.
    By IC. AK.
    Portland, OR.
    November 10, 2014
    Condor Defender Plate Carrier
    Very good for the prise.
    By Jason
    October 15, 2014
    everything I expected
    It truly is everything I expected. Awesome quality and is cumfertabl too. good deal.
    By Mike
    October 6, 2014
    Good, not great.
    First the personal particulars: 6' 2" 220-230; suit jacket: 42L; BDU: LL; That being said Im a little out of shape since the Marines. I have this plate carrier adjusted down to fit snug over a technical/combat shirt, and prior to adding plates, mag pouches, etc. Mostly for personal defense, I do work for the DOD and I feel if I was deployed/stationed OCONUS and dropped 15+ lbs this thing might feel loose. I adjusted the cumber-bun as tight as it would go in the back and left about a 2-3 inch gap in the front between the velcro flaps. This puts the side plate pockets under an inch from front/back pockets on either side. I had to adjust the shoulder straps some to bring the front plate high enough to rest on my chest and cover the vitals propperly and comfortably. I dont think this could be adjusted down for someone smaller than 200lbs, even myself if I got back down to Marine Corps weight @ 185ish, without hitting the gym and bulking up. Otherwise, awesome piece of gear for your personal/professional kit.
    ProsVery well constructed; stitching, velcro and plate pockets for multiple armor configurations. MOLLE webbing forever! Great for larger guys with need for full size plates and lots of adjustment.
    Consnone so far
    36 Questions & 60 Answers
    from California asked:
    April 2, 2017
    In the Q&A it's confusing. You have one customer service answer saying this vest will not accept soft armor and the vest is only designed for plates. Then another service rep saying it accepts soft armor. In the description it also says it accepts soft balcs soft armor. So which is it? Does accept soft armor or not?
    1 Answers
    I am sorry for the confusion, hopefully we can clear this up. If you are talking about this type of soft armor then no it will not fit: If you are talking about this type of soft armor then yes it will fit: Or it can use hart plats such as this: I think the confusion is that the two reps who responded were thinking of different types of soft armor.
    Customer Service
    on April 3, 2017

    from California asked:
    April 2, 2017
    What sizes does this fit? It doesn't give a size from what I read and contrary to the stigma of one size fits all or most is hogwash. I'm a big guy. Before I purchase something I want to know it will fit me well.
    1 Answers
    If you click through the pictures there is a diagram showing the front and back measurements.
    Customer Service
    on April 3, 2017

    from Boston asked:
    March 28, 2017
    Will this outer carrier work with american body armor soft armor...? Will it slide into this carrier
    1 Answers
    Unfortunately it will not, this is designed for plate armor.
    Customer Service
    on March 29, 2017

    That Guy
    from Phoenix, Arizona asked:
    November 12, 2016
    5'7. 145lbs. On the skinnier side. Will this vest fit? I tried on a friend's EXO carrier in s/m and there was about an inch of space between beltline and bottom of vest. But rest of the vest felt fine, just a little short.
    4 Answers
    No this will not fit It is longer than the exo but it is made for guys who are heavier I am 5'9" at 300lbs and have the cummerbund at its tightest I believe the exo would be better for you. Incidentally when you put the vest on it should stop about 2 inches above the nave . Hope this helps.
    on November 14, 2016
    from Randleman, NC
    I'm 6'1'' 210 and I have the belly band pretty tight. It's snug on me. It may be loose on you but the belly band shouldn't overlap for snug fit. If you tighten up the shoulders straps you could use your pants belt.
    on November 14, 2016
    from Broken arrow, OK
    I'm 6"0 ft ...250lbs and this is a vest for bigger guys I put it on and it fits me good but that's with the straps tighten pretty much all the way. The vest sits about an inch above my belt line and have plenty of space for me inside. If your not on the bigger side I don't recommend you get it because it will be too big but it is a really good vest and good material just sucks that condor doesn't make size difference for this vest.
    on November 15, 2016
    from El centro
    All vests are different: I'm 6'6", 270 pounds and this vest is almost too big for me. I bought it specifically because it has more vertical rows for attaching pouches than similar vests (and it handily fits two shotgun ammo pouches side by side that are not possible to fit on some other vests). This is a good vest for the big, barrel chested guys - I'd suggest you'd find some other vests will fit you better.
    on November 15, 2016
    from North Georgia

    from Illinois asked:
    July 15, 2016
    I see that this vest is one size fits all. I am 5'10" and weigh about 150. Will this vest fit me or will it be too big since I am on the smaller end?
    1 Answers
    This will work for you pretty well.
    Customer Service
    on July 18, 2016

    from chi il asked:
    July 14, 2016
    Will this carrier work with soft armor and 11x14 plates? I plan on having both installed for max protection. Thank You.
    4 Answers
    This can accept hard and soft armor. It will accept Large or X-Large SPEAR/BALC cut soft armor, up to 10.25" x 13.25" front and back plates, and up to 6" x 8" side plates.
    Customer Service
    on July 14, 2016
    It's awesome and it's good and holds more Molle pouches
    on July 14, 2016
    from Winslow, AZ
    Sorry thought is was a feedback ha but yes it might probably fit it will fit 14 but 11 will kind of fit
    on July 14, 2016
    from Winslow, AZ
    I have 10x12 installed. Condor says large SAPI will fit which are around 10x13.
    on July 15, 2016
    from Wichita, KS

    Cody Martin
    from Georgia asked:
    May 20, 2016
    I currently wear the Propper 4PV Concealable vest for work. Will the plates in the Propper vest fit in this vest?
    1 Answers
    As long as the plates you are using do not exceed the pocket on the Condor vest: 13-1/4"H x 10-1/4"W x 1"D
    Customer Service
    on May 23, 2016

    from MN asked:
    April 15, 2016
    I am 6'2 300 lbs. I wear a soft vest when I'm on patrol and I need a plate carrier for when the SH*T hits the fan. What should I go with? Defender? Exo? Which one??? Thanks!
    1 Answers
    These two are pretty much the same vest. The only big difference is the EXO has a pocket in front. Other then that they are the same fit.
    Customer Service
    on April 15, 2016

    Oscar Rosales
    from Texas asked:
    March 18, 2016
    I currently use a Bullet Safe (size medium) soft armor outer carrier. Will the soft armor inserts be able to fit inside the carrier?
    1 Answers
    As long as your armor measures less then the carrier. The carrier measures 13-1/4"H x 10-1/4"W x 1"D
    Customer Service
    on March 29, 2016

    from Nc asked:
    January 25, 2016
    Does this come with plates or do y'all have one that comes with plates
    1 Answers
    No, this carrier does not come with plates. We do not sell and carrier/plate packages.
    Customer Service
    on January 27, 2016

    Brandon D.
    from Conyers GA asked:
    December 26, 2015
    I am about 185lbs about 511 in height. My job requires a carrier that would be comfortable for a all day everyday kind of wear. I would like to buy a condor carrier but i don't know which one would be best for me. I am however leaning towards the defender any recommendations?
    4 Answers
    I don't see why this one wouldn't work, but i'll check with others who have purchased this to see if they have any recommendations for everyday wear as opposed to this one.
    Customer Service
    on January 18, 2016
    I bought this to carry my soft armor panels from my concealable carrier. It's a good starting point, but I had to modify the straps on mine. I am 5'08" and 170lbs. The carrier sits way to low, especially if you wear it with a gunbelt. To get the vest to sit high enough I had to really adjust the shoulder straps down. To the point that the straps extend past the molle Velcro panel, and the first row of molle under that. The strap had to use the loop Velcro on front of the ID panel to hold the shoulder strap in place. To make up for this, I took the hook fastener material off of the shoulder straps and re sewed the material higher up on the shoulder strap. I basically shortened the shoulder straps by 6 inches to make it work for me. For the price, the carrier works with some tinkering. It's well made for the price, but the shoulder straps are really not designed to adjust the carrier to hold the armor in the right position on most any average sized torso. There are some reviews out there that make note of this. But, it represents a good starting place, if your not afraid of possibly having to tweak the vest to fit the way you want it to.
    on January 19, 2016
    from Southport, FL
    I am extremely satisfied with this carrier. I don't wear mine everyday but when I put it on it fits in such a way as to be extremely comfortable. The adjustments allow for a precise fit. It feels like I'm not wearing anything at all.
    on January 20, 2016
    from Mt.Vernon, IL
    I'm 5'11" and 250 and this vest was too big for me.
    on March 31, 2016
    from California

    Tyrone Hickson
    from Maryand asked:
    September 21, 2015
    I'm 6'5 and 285lbs. Would this carrier work for me?
    1 Answers
    I don't think this will fit you to well. It's a one size fits most, and you are on the larger end of most with just your height alone, so you may need to look for one that comes in additional sizes. Might try the Exo Plate carrier, that one has a L-XL size that may work better for you and it's located here -
    Customer Service
    on September 22, 2015

    Matt W
    from Newark, New Jersey asked:
    May 22, 2015
    How does the vest secure on each side? I have a Point Blank outer carrier and it has Velcro on each side to adjust how tight the vest is. Is this vest the same way?
    1 Answers
    Yes, this vest is adjusted by lifting the bottom panel and readjusting the Velcro for a tighter or looser fit.
    Customer Service
    on May 26, 2015

    from MD asked:
    May 11, 2015
    I am 6'1" 200 pounds. Will this vest fit me and not be too loose?
    1 Answers
    It will fit just fine. There will be a little extra room however once you put the plates in there, it will be more form fitting.
    Customer Service
    on May 13, 2015

    from Miami,Florida asked:
    April 4, 2015
    Will my 10x12x1 rectangular plates fit in this?
    1 Answers
    Yes we do show that your plates should fit just fine in this carrier.
    Customer Service
    on April 6, 2015

    from Havertown pa. asked:
    March 1, 2015
    In the pictures of the carrier. They show the old style cumber bun without hook and loop. This would not allow mag pouches to sit securely to front bib. Does this have the updated one? If not it's a deal breaker. If so please update your pictures. Thanks
    1 Answers
    Yes we would have the updated version of this carrier.
    Customer Service
    on March 2, 2015

    from columbus, ohio asked:
    February 23, 2015
    What soft armor can you use with this carrier? Specifically what cut of soft armor? I know small panels will fit. I'm curious if BALCS cut would fit.
    1 Answers
    Yes the balcs cut should fit just fine.
    Customer Service
    on February 24, 2015

    Mike Cuevas
    from Los Angeles asked:
    February 14, 2015
    My issued carrier has a pocket for a square trauma plate. Does this unit have one also?
    1 Answers
    Yes this carrier has a plate pocket internally to work in conjunction with soft Armour.
    Customer Service
    on February 16, 2015

    from IL asked:
    December 26, 2014
    What is the size of the velcro on the rear of the vest? What size of patch will fit?
    8 Answers
    There are three velcro strips on the back of the vest. In total you have an area 11.5" X 2.75". Hope this helps.
    on December 29, 2014
    from Buckeye, AZ
    it's 3" tall by about 11" wide
    on December 29, 2014
    from Woodstock, IL
    Both the front and the back velcro is 3" tall by about 12" wide. The tactical tailor 3x10 back patches that LAPG sells are a perfect match for either side.
    on December 29, 2014
    from Nevada
    The loop panel on the back side of the best is 12 inches wide by 3 inches tall. Patches or panels taller than 3 inches will still attach to the loop panel well, but will hang down and cover of the MOLLE webbing below.
    on December 29, 2014
    from Burkburnett, TX
    My police patch is 4 X 10 1/2" and it fits perfectly.
    on December 29, 2014
    from Chicago, Illinois
    We have installed 3 x 9 patches on both front and back with no problems at all!
    on December 30, 2014
    from Wi
    I was able to fit a raid sized police patch on both the front and back panel.
    on December 31, 2014
    from Florida
    It's about 12x3 inches. The velcro is sewn onto the Mollie strips...
    on January 3, 2015
    from San Diego

    from California asked:
    December 8, 2014
    What size is this vest carrier? No size was noted in the product display.
    1 Answers
    This vest is a one size fits almost all as the vest is fully adjustable in height and width in both the shoulders and cummerbund
    Customer Service
    on December 9, 2014

    from Milwaukee, Wisconsin asked:
    July 31, 2014
    Will 11x14 plates fit in if?
    1 Answers
    The plate pocket on the front has dimensions of about 14.5" x 12", so your plates would fit, but it would be very tight.
    Customer Service
    on August 1, 2014

    from Tacoma, Wa asked:
    May 13, 2014
    Does this plate carrier conform to BALCS/SPEAR SOCOM standards for plate sizes (ESAPI and IIIA soft armor)? The pictured measurements appear to suggest this, however I wanted a confirmation. Is this CIRAS or not? Thanks!
    1 Answers
    I'm not familiar with those standards, but it does fit standard 10x12 square plates and I think up to 10x13. The balcs, I bought special made for this vest from
    Desert Sheep Dog
    on May 13, 2014
    from California

    from na asked:
    April 22, 2014
    does the condor defender plate carrier have a system to secure soft armor inside?
    1 Answers
    This item can work with both hard plates and soft body Armour.
    Customer Service
    on April 22, 2014

    from Dallas,TX asked:
    April 22, 2014
    Is there a way to secure the soft armor once it is inside the sleeves or will the armor just be moving around loosely in the sleeves . I have measured my soft armor panels and will have at least 3" of extra room on most sides of the vest and don't want it just flopping around.
    1 Answers
    once you have put the carrier on and sized it correctly to you making the correct adjustments in the should and girth area the soft armour should sit tightly in the carrier and not move around.
    Customer Service
    on April 22, 2014

    from hawaii asked:
    April 19, 2014
    does it accept 10x12 plates?
    1 Answers
    yes this item can accept 10x12 plates
    Customer Service
    on April 21, 2014

    from Chicago, illinois asked:
    January 18, 2014
    in the velcro section, it looks like it can double as molle? am i seeing things? could i mount a BlackHawk STRIKE CQC Ambidextrous Platform on that section?
    9 Answers
    Yes it's molle and yes you can mount that platform. I've attached a pic of it on this vest.
    on January 18, 2014
    from Mexia, Tx
    Yes it's molle and yes you can mount that platform. I've attached a pic of it on this vest.
    on January 18, 2014
    from Mexia, Tx
    No, you aren't seeing things, the Velcro section can double as MOLLE I have magazine pouches mounted to that section on my vest
    on January 18, 2014
    from Panama City, Florida
    The Velcro section is molle as well. I'm not sure about that gear, but if its molle, it'll fit.
    on January 19, 2014
    from ca
    It's both, Velcro and Molle. You can attach all different kinds of enhancements. I personally did not attach the Blackhawk Strike CQB, but I don't see any reasons why it wouldn't fit.
    on January 19, 2014
    from Colorado Spgs, CO
    Yes you can. I purchased the same product and mounted mine just below the Velcro area. I think you could mount in that area but it would be pretty high. Mine works great just below that area and still had room for magazines and other items.
    on January 19, 2014
    from MELISSA, TX
    In the velco section, the velcro is broken up into three "rows." On the front, the top and bottom "rows" of velcro are MOLLE compatible (the middle "row" is sewn down.) On the back, the top and bottom "rows" are sewn down and the middle "row" is MOLLE compatible. You should be able to mount a STRIKE CQC platform using that velcro MOLLE, but since I haven't done it, i'm not 100% certain.
    on January 20, 2014
    from Prattville, AL
    The velcro section is indeed Molle webbing. I have several external pouches and even a KBar attached there, with plenty of room for my velcro patch in the center. Hope that helps.
    on January 22, 2014
    No, you are not seing things. The Defender Plate Carrier has the loops on the velcro and a STRIKE holster will fit perfect in this area.
    on January 23, 2014
    from Groesbeck, TX

    Juan cifuentes
    from Chicago, IL asked:
    January 18, 2014
    How would I know what size I would need for the soft body armor I have? Should I measure my soft body armor
    1 Answers
    these plate carriers come in one size only and are fully adjustable and should adjust to your soft body armor just fine.
    Customer Service
    on January 20, 2014

    from Illinois asked:
    November 14, 2013
    Will this plate carrier accommodate concealable soft armor that law enforcement uses/wears under uniform?
    1 Answers
    This plate carrier can accept soft body armor.
    Customer Service
    on November 14, 2013

    from PA asked:
    September 10, 2013
    what are the sizes of the velcro patch panels on the front & back of this vest?
    1 Answers
    12" x 3"
    on September 10, 2013
    from Stafford, VA

    August 12, 2013
    Hi, I have the ABA soft armor panels that wrap completely around my torso! Will this carrier fit my panels?
    1 Answers
    This Condor Plate Carrier will fit soft armor, but it will not fit soft armor that wraps all the way around your body. The front and back portion of this carrier are not a single piece. You can see the dimensions of the front and back portions on the product page.
    on August 12, 2013

    April 21, 2013
    How do rigs like this come apart to take on and off?
    1 Answers
    To put this plate carrier on and off, you would want to pull up the flap in the front which would give you access to one of the side flaps which you could then pull on to open the side. That way you would not have to pull the entire plate carrier over your head.
    on April 21, 2013

    March 20, 2013
    I am a large person, will this fit a 42-44 inch waist?
    1 Answers
    When fully extended, the bottom of this Condor Plate Carrier has a 52" circumference, so it should fit a 42"-44" waist just fine.
    on March 20, 2013

    March 6, 2013
    Will this vest fit a male with a 34 inch waste? I recently purchased a similar vest and was too big.
    1 Answers
    Yes, when loaded up this vest should fit an individual with a 34" waist. I tried it on with nothing on it and it felt fine, it is adjustable. (I have a size 30 waist).
    on March 6, 2013

    March 4, 2013
    I am going to be using both hatd playes and trauma panels with this vest. Do the hard plates go in the outside pocketed area or do both hard and soft plates go on the inside pocketed area?
    1 Answers
    Hard plates go on the inside pocketed area of this Condor Plate Carrier.
    on March 4, 2013

    Julio Zuniga
    January 21, 2013
    Does this vest have belt loops to attach to your belt?
    1 Answers
    This Condor Plate Carrier does not have loops to attach to a belt.
    on January 21, 2013

    Mike Hanftwurcel
    November 26, 2012
    Hello, will this carrier accomodate ballistic soft panels as well as hard plates. I currently have a body armor that I wear under my uniform but am looking an external carrier that will accomodate my ballistic panels that wrap around my sides. Thanks.
    1 Answers
    Yes, this Condor plate carrier will accept both soft armor and plates and will hold two side plates.
    on November 26, 2012

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