Crye Precision made a name for itself by producing high quality and unique items for the serious shooter. The Crye Precision CAGE Plate Carrier is one of those innovative designs with the needs of the end-user at the center of design and function. Having examined one at the SHOT Show this year I can definitely see why the Crye CPC would be such a popular selection.
Plate carriers have become increasingly popular body armor options in recent years, no doubt due to several military Special Operations units going to the lighter and more maneuverable design. However, there are several other reasons that plate carriers have become a go-to option in law enforcement. [More on this at the end of the article.]
Crye Precision CAGE Plate Carrier Features
The Crye CAGE Plate Carrier offers a well-padded interior for a comfort level that exceeds most competitor options. The CPC exterior has plenty of MOLLE attachments allowing the individual officer to customize their kit as preferred. Hydration packs can easily be attached to the rear plate carrier, and there are Velcro loop attachments on the shoulder straps to secure hydration tubes.
The CPC offers integrated magazine and accessory pockets to increase the load-out capability of the carrier while keeping the overall profile as slim as possible.
- Designed and manufactured in the USA
- Low profile carrier configuration
- Versatile “load-out” options using integrated pockets, Molle, and hook & loop attachments
- Capable of accepting soft and hard armor inserts (sold separately)
- Quick-release design
- Designed to be paired with the Low Profile BLAST Belt™ for efficient load carriage
- StKSS system transfers vest weight to the user’s hips
- Built-in cummerbund accepts soft armor panels and 6″x6″ plates
- CPC™ plate bags (sold separately) stretch to accommodate different plate thicknesses and have integrated magazine and admin pouches
- Drag strap at the top of the rear plate bag
- Plate bags are sized independently and ordered separate from CPC Carrier
- Weights – SM: 3.8 lbs.; MD: 4.0 lbs.; LG: 4.2 lbs.; XL: 4.6 lbs.
- Colors – Multicam; Ranger Green; Coyote
- MSRP – $561.00.
The Crye Precision CAGE Plate Carrier quick release system will drop the carrier from the officer in seconds, allowing for immediate treatment for any trauma. The following pictures show the process of activating the quick release option. The CAGE comes with easy to follow instructions on how to re-weave the release cord to fasten the carrier back to its original configuration.
The Crye Precision CAGE Plate Carrier provides a very good model of what a plate carrier should be. In addition to simple front and rear plate pouches, the CAGE goes the extra mile by including side panels that will accept soft body armor or additional ballistic plates. Crye Precision has done their research in developing a plate carrier that offers long-term comfort to the officer, as well as innovative integrated pockets and a quick release feature.
I would argue that the CAGE Plate Carrier is one of the top of the line plate carriers available on the market today, however, the price tag (even before adding ballistic plates) may exclude this carrier from all but the largest agencies, or individual officers willing to drop over $1000 to complete this plate carrier. And that is too bad because this is a very nice plate carrier.
I strongly suggest taking a look at our Active Shooter Plate Carrier article for some lower-priced alternatives to the Crye.