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Curious what everybody is wearing for their every day patrol carriers. I know the Strandhogg is very popular but I work for a small county and 500 bucks for a carrier just isnt possible for me. So curious what is out there carrier wise for under 200. Needing something molle w/  a cumberbun or molle on the side of some sort. and a Drag Handle is a must.

Thanks in advance

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I wear a Velocity LPAC. I wear it under my uniform shirt because of policy but it allows me to wear plates and soft armor every day for the past year very comfortably. I think the LPAAC would work for you since it is scaleable and has molle. If you contact them you can send them a trace of your soft panels and they will make one that fits your specific panels in most cases. Took about 30 days and mine cost me $218 last summer (2018).

Thanks,

Bill

For patrol with soft armor, I use a Safariland Bothell 2.0 which allows me to run a full-size front plate and a small plate in the rear (a full-size made me look/feel like a turtle) which is $200.  You'll just need to buy whatever MOLLE pouches you need, but it allowed me to move everything but my pistol and Taser up onto my vest... so liberating...

For just plates I use a Velocity Systems LWPC which will also come in under $200, but you have to add some type of carriage for which I use a Haley Strategic D3CR.

I work 12-hour patrol shifts in the Bothell and have worn the LWPC for what has seemed like forever and a day plenty of times.  Both comfortably fill their roles.

This outer carrier is for soft armor, has molle on the sides, has a drag handle, and is in the price range (before adding pouches). 2 chest pockets for phone, wallets, or FI cards, internal plate pockets, and BUG pouch. Front zipper for on/off.  I've worn mine for under a year and others in my unit have been wearing it 2 + years without issue.

curtisblueline(dot)com/Safariland-PROTECH-Oregon-City-Armor-Carrier?quantity=1

The Velocity Systems LPAC and LPAAC are where it is at for patrol work. Ideally, you will use Velocities armor cut as well. The cut is optimized for mobility and free arm movement.

I choose VS all week long and twice on Sunday. There is no comparison to Tactical Tailor... Although Tactical Tailor is better than it used to be.

Another consideration is to go with a scalable set up like the APC or LWPC. Run IIIA backers and cummerbund armor, then add plates only  as needed.

That has the advantage of superior mobility, lightness and breathability even compared to the LPAAC.

But buying the soft armor yourself will put you over your preferred budget.

JF posted:

This outer carrier is for soft armor, has molle on the sides, has a drag handle, and is in the price range (before adding pouches). 2 chest pockets for phone, wallets, or FI cards, internal plate pockets, and BUG pouch. Front zipper for on/off.  I've worn mine for under a year and others in my unit have been wearing it 2 + years without issue.

curtisblueline(dot)com/Safariland-PROTECH-Oregon-City-Armor-Carrier?quantity=1

The Bothell 2.0 is the next thing down the line from the Oregon City. It has 3 rows of MOLLE around the front and sides with useful pockets up top on the chest. It also has the plate and BUG pockets.

It’s the heat. 

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