By David Crane
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December 16, 2013
Last updated on 12/19/13.
While we're on the subject of Crye Precision plate carriers, we should probably mention the Crye Precision JPC (Jumpable Plate Carrier) lo-pro/lo-vis minimalist plate carrier, which in our opinion, is arguably Crye's most versatile plate carrier. The Crye JPC plate carrier bridges the gap between a full-capability plate carrier and a lo-pro/lo-vis minimalist plate carrier, and provides a decent balance of weight, size and load carriage in the Crye Precision line. If you need the lightest and most minimalist (Crye) plate carrier that can run side plates, you go with the Crye Precision Airlite EK02 or EK04. If you need the (Crye) plate carrier with the most load carriage and modularity possible, you go with the Crye Precision AVS (Adaptive Vest System). But, if you want balance in your life, the Crye Precision JPC is probably the vest for you.
If you want a meticulous analysis of the Crye JPC, DefenseReview (DR) recommends you check out Military Morons' JPC review, but we can cut to the chase right here with the Cliff'sNotes version of the bottom line: The JPC is a well-designed plate carrier capable of carrying a full combat loadout, but, due to the die-cut Hypalon-type shoulder straps and minimalist profile, it won't do it as comfortably or as well as a larger carrier with standard nylon, padded shoulder straps like the aformentioned Crye AVS or Crye Precision CPC (Cage Plate Carrier). Remember, (just about) everything's a compromise.
However, if you need lo-pro/lo-vis/minimalist profile AND load carriage, and are willing to put up with a bit less comfort and adaptability/modularity versus the AVS and CPC, then this the Crye Precision JPC is a solid choice, and probably the best of all worlds in the Crye Precision plate carrier line. Then again, DR hasn't run the Crye Precision AVS (or the JPC, for that matter), yet. The AVS looks to be a good bit bulkier than the JPC, but it also looks capable of carrying significantly more weight with greater comfort and durability.
For the record, we here at Defense Review aren't big fans of Hypalon-type shoulder straps for plate carriers, let alone all/full-Hypalon-type cutaway MOLLE plate carriers like the AirLite EK02/EK04 vest(s), but we do understand the desire for plate carrier designers/developers to want to use it for lo-pro/lo-vis/minimalist designs. We get it. We're just not crazy about it/sold on it with regard to comfort and durability for long-duration missions/operations. They do have their place, though.
Editor's Note: We've included our photos (shot by yours truly, your humble correspondent) of MilitaryMorons (MM) running the Crye JPC (Jumpable Plate Carrier), and what appear to be SOD Gear Para-One combat/tactical pants with Hyde Definition PenCott camouflage pattern (unconfirmed/unverified) at the range during a Mike Pannone/CTT-Solutions advanced tactical carbine class (which DR also attended), so you can see what the vest looks like with a reasonably full loadout, including tactical hydration.
Company Contact Info:
CRYE Precision LLC (FEDEX and UPS Shipping Address)
Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Ave.
Building 3, Suite 807
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Email: [email protected]
Crye Precision LLC (USPS Shipping Address)
Brooklyn Navy Yard
63 Flushing Ave., Unit 252
Brooklyn, NY 11205
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