If you have a plate carrier (PC) with an exterior cummerbund, you know how loud the hook and loop flap can be when you taking the PC on and off. You almost need hearing protection to lift the flap. Thankfully, unlike firearm suppressors, a Plate Carrier Silencer is inexpensive and easily available from Ares Armor. While I have no day to day need to practice sound discipline, this does look like an easier, quicker way to don your plate carrier.
The Plate Carrier Silencer is a clever piece of gear that can be fit to just about any PC with a MOLLE external cummerbund that is secured with a hook and loop flap. It consists of 2 side release buckles and a wedge. Here is how it works… The wedge has the male buckles attached to it and you sandwich it under the flap that secures the cummerbund. The female side of the buckles are attached to the cummerbund via the MOLLE webbing.
Once everything is in place, you can now use the buckles to bypass the hook and loop. Instead of lifting the flap to don and doff the PC, you leave the flap secured on one side, slide the vest on or off, and use the side release buckles to open or close the cummerbund. It looks very simple. This is sold as a product designed to maintain sound discipline but it seems like it would make getting into your PC quicker and easier as well.
You can check out the Plate Carrier Silencer on AresArmor.com.