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Core Plate Carrier w/ Level IIIA Cummerbund Armor


Level IIIA Cummerbund
First Spear Tubes™Rapid-Release Technology
Fits 10"x12" Plates
Reinforced Drag Handle
Rugged, Durable Design
Armor Plate Not Included
Ranger Green
MultiCam Black
Multicam Arid
Multicam Tropic
Ballistic Chart

all materials & products sourced & manufactured in the usa

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This is the last plate carrier you will need for a very long time.

premier body armor core plate carrier.  Level IIIA cummerbund.  accommodates Level III and level IV rifle plates.


Balancing durability and high-speed performance, the Core Plate Carrier delivers all the duties of a solid plate carrier; lightweight/high speed, extreme durability, modern technology, and compatibility with any type of armor. The Core Plate Carrier is the foundational chassis for every mission.

Seamlessly integrated traditional molle webbing and velcro-covered laser-cut molle sections, make carrying a heavy kit just as natural as going lite. A chest placard can be easily attached to the full-field of velcro on the front of the plate carrier, and medical gear, hydration bladders, and more can be added on the rear. Both the outside and inside of the cummerbund feature traditional molle webbing so you can add gear on either side.

The Core Plate Carrier is meant for those looking for a high-performance, American Made PC to be the foundation of their tactical kit. Read our PBA Blog: A Guide for Your Plate Carrier Setup to learn more! 


  • Includes a pair of Level IIIA cummerbund armor inserts
  • Accommodates all 10"x12" PBA Plates (sold separately)
  • Adjustable cummerbund with First Spear™ Rapid-Release Technology
  • 100% Made in the USA
  • Reinforced "man down" strap
  • Weight With Cummerbund Ballistics: Small/Medium 4.2 LBS, Large/XL 4.4 LBS, 2XL 4.8 LBS
  • Laser cut Molle
  • Constructed of a domestically sourced 600 Denier Polyester
  • Three internal pockets for spall liners, body armor plates, and a trauma pad
  • Machine washable carrier

    image of the level IIIA cummerbund for a plate carrier setup.
    The core plate carrier is outfitted with FirstSpear® Tubes™ Rapid-Release Technology.



    The Level 3a cummerbund soft armor inserts are tested against and successfully stop the following. To learn more about the NIJ body armor standards, visit our Understanding Body Armor Ratings blog.

    the discreet executive vest is NIJ certified level IIIA threat level protection


    • Quick fulfillment! All in stock orders leave our facility within 1-3 Business Days
    • No international shipping at this time
    • We are unable to ship to Connecticut & New York due to shipping restrictions
    • Easy returns and exchange policy


    The Core Plate Carrier has laced paracord located at the back of the vest to provide comfort and adjustability. When adding plates to the carrier, it will naturally have a more snug fit. If you are between sizes, we recommend sizing up.

    sizing for the core plate carrier vest, designed to carry rifle-rated body armor plates


    Is body armor legal?

    Body armor is legal to own in all 50 states (but we can not ship it to the state of Connecticut or New York).

    What if I'm between sizes? Or on the border for the next size up?

    While the carrier itself fits true to size, inserting plates will cause the carrier to have a tighter fit. Because of this, we recommend sizing up one (1) size if you are between or on the border of two sizes. The laced paracord in the back of the vest can help provide the most comfortable fit.

    Where do I insert the cummerbund armor?

    If you lift the full-field of velcro on the front, you will find the cummerbund straps. Lift the cummerbund strap from the front of the vest and you will find an entrance point for the level 3a soft armor inserts.

    Which internal pocket do I place my rifle-rated plate in?

    While there are three internal pockets to the Core Plate Carrier, you will place the rifle rated plate in the middle pocket that has a reinforced velcro strap to ensure your armor plate does not shift. The front pocket can be used for a spall liner if you're operating with ICW plates or Steel Plates. The rear internal pocket gives the option of using a trauma pad.

    Can I wash my vest?

    The outer carrier is machine washable. Simply remove the ballistic cummerbund panels and any trauma pads or plates, then we recommend washing the carrier on gentle. Lay the carrier flat to dry.


    Law Enforcement / First Responder / Military discount available

    Please seeTERMS & CONDITIONSfor additional details regarding lead time, shipping, warranty & return policy.


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 31 reviews
    C. Simpson
    Great company & Products

    This will be my second plate carrier. My first setup was a Condor pc and ar500 level III steel plates. Those plates weigh about 10lbs a piece, and we’re only curved perpendicular, so it was a lot of weight at the core of my kit. I purchased the Core plate carrier with 2 level III+ multi-curve Stratis plates. I am very happy with my purchase.
    I am so excited with how light the plates are. The whole set up seems even to light, but once you add all the other crap it’s perfect. I am very impressed thus far with Premier Body Armor. With my initial purchase I earned enough reward points to pay for 2 spall panels (to use as trauma pads). With each purchase there has been a thank you card that is actually signed by Alex Stewart. I’m imagining this is true for each purchase. That is one of the most exceptional things I’ve seen from a company. Keep up the good work.

    C. Simpson

    Jessie Wock

    I'm very happy with the carrier. The armour could have been sized one size up (I am a small framed individual). The carriers are one size fits all (which fits perfectly for me and my larger friends). Overall I am happy with my purchase, I cannot verify that it stops 44 mag, but I wouldn't doubt it. If any critique, specificy that the armor is being sized, rather than the carrier, as I thought. Great product overall.

    Brandon Heiss
    Great Plate Carrier with Extra Protection

    Construction and fit of this plate carrier are great, although I would recommend looking at buying a size up from what you think you may need. Once all the plates are in, the size works out to be quite a bit smaller than what the sizing guide may lead you to conclude. I really appreciate the cummerbund armor, which allows this carrier to be more protective than an average plate carrier without being as heavy and restrictive as a full vest.


    Seems to be of high quality and very well made. Hope to never need it!

    Jose Garcia
    Great material

    Awesome feel all around just wish I would’ve ordered a bigger size