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Post  Gear Whores Anonymous on Fri Sep 28, 2012 3:44 am

I was in the market for a low profile plate carrier, especially one that was sub-$80. I wanted something low profile, light, and simple. I looked at all the popular brands and found some good vests but nothing really met all my criteria. I stumbled upon BCS (Beez Combat Systems) via the GWA site and it came recommended. So I decided to give them a shot.

Their low profile plate carrier was exactly what I was looking for. It was simple, light, and had a price tag of $69.

Notable features:
-Velcro for Name tape,ID, blood type...etc.
-Top load front and back hard plate – supports SAPI cut plats.
-2" quick release waist buckles on each side.
-Velcro across the front of the rig for mag pouch or chest rig attachment.
-500 or 1000 denier Cordura
-MIL-Spec thread.
-Optional shoulder and side molle pads available.
-Available in Multicam, AU, FG, Coyote, Khaki, RG, OD, Woodland, Black.
-Made to order and they ship fast.

Product link:
http://www.beezcombatsystems.com/BCS-Plate-Carrier-Low-Profile-BCS-PC-L.htm

I opted for the 500D lighterweight nylon
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Plenty of velcro real estate, the top for patches and bottom for velcro add-on pouches, if need be. Quick and high speed setup
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The large hardware make it feel more secure but I would like to see smaller buckles in order to keep the vest "super low profile"
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The craftsmanship is good, straight stitches and quality materials. The velcro panels I noticed could have been cut straighter though
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Back of the vest
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Shoulder straps are reinforced, I have full confidence on the vest performing
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Vest laid out
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As mentioned above the vest utilizes a top load system for the plates
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Here is the vest outfitted with armor. This setup has MINIMAL weight, the vest itself is LIGHT!
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If you're opting for a lightweight kit setup nothing beats a low profile plate carrier combined with a chest rig. You get the added benefit of less fatigue and more maneuverability. Not only for combat applications but something compact like this makes it easy "stash-able" for a SHTF situation. With the price tag of only $69 you absolutely can't go wrong especially with it being made to order and being made in the USA.

Pros:
-Available in every color imaginable
-Made to order for you, fast
-Made in the USA
-Affordable price tag without compromise on quality
-Lightweight, compact
-Plenty of velcro

Cons:
-Large buckles can get uncomfortable and harder to conceal

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