ALPC Adaptable Lightweight Plate Carrier

Gadsden Dynamics
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The Adaptable Lightweight Plate Carrier (ALPC) is a minimalist, modular plate carrier constructed from the highest quality 1000 denier Cordura. Many carriers are made with 500 denier (lighter) Cordura, which in our opinion does not provide sufficient durability for long lasting use. Both front and rear plate bags split in half and secure around your plate, allowing the front base to be swapped out for any of our front base layouts.

alpc base options

We offer the ALPC to fit the following size plates in SAPI and SHOOTER style cuts (the ALPC will not properly fit Swimmer style plates): 

  • Medium
    • 9.5" x 12.5" x 1.25"
    • 10" x 12" x 1" (for 10x12 plates, thickness is very important, any plate thicker than 1" will not fit)
  • Large
    • 10.25" x 13.25" x 1"

Note: The ALPC is designed to fit plates following the SAPI sizing convention. Plates that do not follow this convention may not fit properly. Please consult the above dimensions carefully before ordering to ensure your plates will fit our carrier.

The bases of the ALPC are universally sized, so whether you purchased a medium or large, the bases will be the same. The tops are what determine sizing. 

The standard front top has a 4"x6" loop velcro panel with vertical PALS webbing on either side which fit QASM buckles (included) for attaching swift clip compatible chest rigs. The enhanced version has 4 columns and 4 rows of loop velcro PALS webbing instead of the 4"x6" loop panel.

We offer three front base options. You can purchase additional front bases HERE:

  • Loop base: 4"x10" loop fastener panel
  • PALS Loop base: 6 columns, 5 rows of PALS webbing (MOLLE)
  • 3556 base: 3x 5.56x45mm rifle mags
  • 3R3P base: 3x 5.56x45mm riflem mags and 3x pistol mags

The standard rear bag is a minimalist bag while the enhanced version has loop PALS on the top and standard PALS webbing on the base. The enhanced rear bag can be used to attach a hydration pack, assault pack, or any other MOLLE compatible items.

The Mag Pockets cummerbund is constructed from 4" elastic and has integrated mag pouch cells (Short size fits 3 per side, Long size fits 5 per side) that fit 5.56x45mm rifle mags and many other items. The cummerbund can be adjusted through the rear bag cummerbund pocket and attaches to the front base using 4" First Spear tubes.

The MOLLE cummerbund has laser cut MOLLE loop panels for attaching radio pouches, side plate bags or other accessories. It is the preferred cummerbund for use with our side plate bags if you wish to run side plates. 

Cummerbund Sizing

The best way to measure for the cummerbund is just under the pectoral muscles.

  • Short: 32" - 38"
  • Long: 40" - 46"

The ALPC comes with shoulder pads that provide extra comfort.





Lead Time:
5 - 10 Business Days


  • 5

    Posted by Eli Vasquez on Dec 26th 2023

    I like the fact the the ALPC is both modular and customizable. Its components are available a la carte so that the end user can build exactly what they need. The “Front Base” is the key part of the ALPC’s modular design. This part is somewhat like a standard placcard or cummerbund flap in how it is affixed to the front plate pocket. It is available with a number of load carriage options and can easily be swapped. Overall, it’s a great plate carrier 100% made in the USA.

  • 5
    ALPC Multicam

    Posted by Mike Harper on Nov 6th 2023

    Great quality product made from good materials. Fits SAPI plates snugly. Would recommend.

  • 4
    Pretty damn good

    Posted by Tristan Winstead on Feb 1st 2023

    Fitment was near perfect, being a slimmer dude i was concerned i wouldn't have enough adjustment on the cumberbund but thankfully it was just fine. Comfortable fit stays secure while maneuvering. only problem is that the placard buckles do not align with the buckles on the carrier making the straps splay outward more time will be needed to see if this effects the lifespan of the placard. Overall great carrier.

  • 5
    Excellent carrier

    Posted by Tray Muse on Jul 18th 2022

    This is my second plate carrier, but first quality one. I couldn’t be happier. The fit and build quality is A1. I use my just as a concerned citizen and couldn’t ask for more. I have the molle panel with G-CODE mag carriers.

  • 5

    Posted by Michael E on Jul 8th 2021

    Purchased this along with the underground partisian and tourniquet holder a few months back. All is well made and sturdy construction, minimalistic but fits the purpose you require through tailoring the options. USA quality and got it for a great discount during the fathers day sale. My only Cons are (just opinions) is that the velcro on the M81 woodland version is solid black and not woodland unlike the UP rig I got in mcb had mcb velcro. Which is just nit picking and again a opinion. And the shoulder pads could provide more padding, which is no issue with quality just preference. The great thing about ordering gear through here is the wait is usually only a week at most, and orders are fulfilled and shipped very fast from my experience. Thank you guys.

  • 5
    Excellent Quality, very well made. Materials and craftsmanship are excellent. Looks great.

    Posted by Dick Wheeler on Apr 29th 2021

    I've got this unit all set-up. I am very pleased with it. I especially like the side fasteners on the cummerbund. This unit is right on par with typical equipment from other well know suppliers like Condor, Voodoo, 5.11, and others. I highly recommend gear from Gadsden Dynamics.

  • 5
    Plate carrier review

    Posted by Russell D. Friday on Apr 13th 2021

    Well this is my first carrier and I’m very happy with it. After fitting it and taking it for a spin at the range I have no problem shouldering my rifle and doing weapon transitions. Just gotta get used to the heavy plates lol. “More training required” Love the quick release cummerbund, I thought I ordered the carrier with the drag handle but obviously not, that’s the only thing I have an issue with but overall it’s a great carrier that fits well to my body type not being a large guy.

  • 5

    Posted by Jonathan C. on Mar 1st 2021

    I have ALPC Lightweight carrier in MCB and it is awesome. Everything in the carrier is very well made and it is really comfortable all around. I am very pleased with my purchase.

  • 5

    Posted by Matthew Salyers on Feb 11th 2021

    After looking for a plate carrier I stumbled upon the ALPC. It mirrored many other brands but it was in stock and made here in the USA. I was a little hesitant to order due tot he way the plates insert in the center versus the top or bottom like traditional carriers. However I pulled the trigger and I’m pleased I did! The carrier came prompt thanks to the new shipping plan. The carrier itself is made very well. The cumber band with the slide quick release is nice. The ability to run gear in the cumber-band loops is a plus. The included shoulder pads are comfortable. My carrier has the hesco 210s and it fits the ALPC perfectly, I added my placard and after getting a workout out and a range session (total time in carrier 2.5hrs) in I’m thrilled I purchased it. Nothing moved, lightweight and forgot I had it. Very versatile and best of all in stock while supporting a small business. If your on the fence pull the trigger and don’t look back!