SKD-TAC PIG plate carrier offers comfort and protection
The shoulder straps on the PIG is one of the easiest to adjust on a carrier; even while worn this is accomplished with simple SRB buckles and webbing
SKD has been working on their PIG plate carrier for quite some time, so it is great to see all the work and wait paid off. The project started as mostly modifying the Eagle plate carrier with improvements and when it ended up not quite good enough, SKD wasn’t satisfied with ‘half-assed’ and thus the PIG carrier became its own monster. As a pre-warning, most of the issues I had were due to my small size since the PIG PC only comes in one size. Those of a more “normal” stature or larger will likely have even better accommodation.
Another big plus is the design intent to have the carrier ride up high which is certainly my preference. Not only does a high ride cover more vital areas, it also gives more clearance for a battle belt... (in my best ‘Most Interesting Man on Earth’ voice: “I don’t always like getting shot, but when I do, I’d rather take it in the gut than the chest any day”). There are dedicated hard armor compartments and each has a simple Velcro flap bottom that allows the user to securely adjust plate ride height. The interior sides of these compartments have hook and loop that make first time setup a little difficult, however makes for a great tight fit to many armor sizes.
The shoulder straps on the PIG is one of the easiest to adjust on a carrier; even while worn this is accomplished with simple SRB buckles and webbing which are accessible up front. So they don’t dangle, the straps attach with Velcro and are generally out of the way even with upper frontal pouches attached. As a great attention to detail, loop Velcro is on the sides even further down than the upper ID zone so when I crank the PIG down to my small size, I still have room to secure the straps. On that note, to get tight enough I actually had to make use of the placement adjustable shoulder strap SRB buckles. Using G-hooks, there are webbing slots all the way down the shoulder straps to allow further strap length adjustment. I about maxed out the tightness on mine where the shoulder straps ends come in contact with the front panel a little bit causing some scrunching, fortunately no noticeable comfort drawback.
Each shoulder strap has two, two-inch wide elastic loops great for routing hydration tubes or communication wires. I like how they aren’t too tight making them easy to utilize without having to adjust connections. These G-hook connection points offer great mounting points for other accessories such as slings mounts available now and perhaps even packs in the future.
Easy On, Easy Off
Both the front and back main panels have large loop Velcro areas on the upper portion great for patches, name-tapes, or big ID panels. The loop Velcro is sewn right onto the PALS so you don’t have to worry about being cheated out of mounting real estate. The back has one of the best drag handle designs I’ve seen to far. Large and filled with rubber tubing it makes for an easy and effective grab point which is important in the heat of battle. On other designs if there is anything preventing an immediate grab, such as can’t find it or connected to something else, the grabber will just grab something else.
Some Noise Issues
Overall, I think the PIG PC is a great full-featured plate carrier. It cuts down on the extra bulk full coverage vests have while still having flexibility to add on extra armor when desired. The high ride and overall shape offer solid mobility and range of motion. Using a combination of lightweight materials and padding makes the comfort level highly appreciated when wearing all day. For only coming in one size, the PIG PC does an excellent job being adjustable to many body and armor sizes.
Highly Monkey recommended after surviving two weeks of training with Tactical Response.
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