Blue Force Gear’s MOLLEminus Technology has proven to be an incredible seed of an idea from which a variety of killer products have grown. The latest addition to the MOLLEminus family, PLATEminus, was teased at SHOT Show 2013 and is being officially launched today at Warrior Expo West.
Here is what Blue Force Gear has to say about PLATEminus:
SAN DIEGO, CA—April 24, 2013—Blue Force Gear® launches PLATEminus™ at the ADS Warrior Expo West Show at the San Diego Convention Center. PLATEminus features Blue Force Gear’s Patent pending MOLLEminus™ technology: MOLLE minus the weight, MOLLE minus the bulk, MOLLE minus the complexity.
PLATEminus is Blue Force Gear’s latest addition to their MOLLEminus product line. Available in sizes medium and large, PLATEminus is designed to fit any SAPI/ESAPI style armor plates, with or without plate backers. It has an inner plate pocket constructed of color matched CORDURA® and Tweave to provide camouflage and signature reduction. PLATEminus utilizes MOLLEminus technology with voids and slots laser cut out of one piece of ULTRAcomp™ laminate instead of layers of sewn nylon and webbing as the MOLLE platform.
“We designed PLATEminus with simplicity in mind,” said John Felushko, Blue Force Gear’s Product Line Manager. “PLATEminus is simple to put on with single pull forward side straps, simple to customize due to full MOLLE compatibility and simple to size – just buy your SAPI/ESAPI plate size.”
The MOLLEminus design provides the thinnest, strongest, lightest modular load carriage of individual combat equipment: half the thickness of a dime, over 4 times as abrasion resistant as air textured nylon and formed from a single piece of Blue Force Gear’s proprietary ULTRAcomp™ laminate. PLATEminus is compatible with all legacy issue MOLLE pouches and for the ultimate lightweight plate carrier combine PLATEminus with pouches featuring Blue Force Gear’s revolutionary Helium Whisper™ attachment system.
Blue Force Gear’s proprietary high performance laminate, ULTRAcomp, far exceeds the military standard air textured nylon in tear and abrasion resistance.
About Blue Force Gear, Inc.
Blue Force Gear® designs the best weapon slings and leads the lightweight equipment revolution with its Ten-Speed™ multi-use pouches. They also reinvented MOLLE to be the world’s lightest with their revolutionary MOLLEminus™ technology and Helium Whisper™ pouch attachment system. Unrivaled innovation and attention to detail set Blue Force Gear apart from others in the tactical equipment industry.
Blue Force Gear, Ten-Speed, Helium Whisper, MOLLEminus, ULTRAcomp, and PLATEminus are trademarks of Blue Force Gear, Inc. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
PLATEminus is being released in Multicam initially. However, Coyote Brown and Urban Wolf (gray) colorways will be available soon. The Urban Wolf color should lend itself well to concealed/low profile use.
I should note that the plate pocket is constructed from of tweave (a stretchy, soft-shell jacket like material) and Cordura. That camo patterned material that you see in the MOLLEminus void and slot pattern is part of PLATEminus’ plate pocket. Your plates will not show through the voids. You do not need special color matched plates in order to maintain full camo coverage.
PLATEminus looks and feels like this is where MOLLEminus Technology has been heading all along. MOLLEminus’ weight reduction potential is staggering when dealing with something with as much surface area and PALS webbing as a plate carrier. PLATEminus weighs only 335 grams. That is just less than 3/4 of a pound. Most chest rigs weigh more than that. A single AR-15/M-16 magazine weighs more than that. Think about that for a second and then imagine the additional weight saving potential if it is paired with BFG’s Helium Whisper pouches!
You can order your own PLATEminus at BlueForceGear.com.