29 March 2011

Crye Precision Jumpable Plate Carrier (JPC) Review, Part II

Back in December, I posted my initial review of Crye Precision’s popular Jumpable Plate Carrier (JPC).  I have finished “kitting” it out over the last couple of months and I thought I would share with you what I did and why.  I am attending a couple of classes by LMS Defense and EAG Tactical in the next couple of months, so I'm sure there will be changes made as this project evolves.

Front Panel:  I didn’t put anything inside the mini admin sleeve above the mags and behind the panel of Loop tape because it bowed it out too much and it seemed like it would interfere with magazine removal.  Time will tell I guess, YMMV.  I’m running nothing but Magpul P-Mags in the integrated magazine pouches on the cummerbund retention flap.  On the front of that, I have a new 1 ½” SOFTT-W Tourniquet center line so it is accessible with either hand.  The tourniquet is held in place by a Blue Force Gear Tourniquet NOW strap.  It is flanked by two single-cell BFG Ten-Speed Mag Pouches for when  the need for more mags, bangers, whatever, is needed.  The ITW Nexus Grimloc is a back up to the Tac Link on my left sid to hang my gloves on.
Below the magazines is an EMDOM, USA Recon Waist bag (fanny pack) attached with three long MALICE clips.  I am using it as an IFAK.  Once again, it is center line and accessible from either the left or right.  Contents of my IFAK has been supplied by Austere Provision Company, CSM Gear, and RSKTKR Medical, As of right now, the content is as follows:  
  • 1- OLAES 4" Modular bandage
  • 1- QuickClot Combat Gauge
  • 1- QuickClot ACS+
  • 1- HALO Chest Seal
  • 1- Nasopharyngeal Airway tube & lube
  • 1- CPR face shield.
  • 1- Pair of latex gloves
  • 1- RSKTKR Down Casualty Card
  • 1- IR Chem light
  • 1- Blue Chem light

Cummerbund, Left side:  I have two Eagle Industries 1911 FB mag pouches and an ITW Nexus Tac Link.  I’m looking at getting a small radio pouch to put on this side; something to hold one of the smaller Motorola radios and/or a Talk-A-Bout.  Any suggestions?

Cummerbund, Right side:  For right now, I have a SPEC-OPS Super Sheath holding a Surefire G2 with the TNVC Q5 Cree LED lamp installed.  220 lumens at your fingertips.  Beside it is my old trusty shears and sheath from CSM Tactical.  Seeing that I am right handed, I didn’t want too much mounted on this side to interfere with the drawling of my sidearm.

Rear Panel:  On the back of my right shoulder, I have the Cejay Neptune personal beacon/strobe I wrote about here.  I attached it using a custom made strap and some Hook & Loop.  The top of the plate bag has a three-cell BFG Ten-Speed pouch for flash-bangs, extra magazines, Guinness, you name it.  If it fits, it’s good-to-go.   

Below that is my long awaited Eclipse Gear 9x5 General Purpose pouch holding my Source Hydration .75L Kangaroo bladder.  I really liked this pouch because it carried on the modularity theme of the Ten-Speed pouches due to the elastic retention inside the pouch.  It will hold items like even more flash-bangs, 40mm grenades, etc.   

The bands are too small for the standard M-18 smoke grenade though.  Can’t have everything, I guess.  The pouch is big enough to store more than just the bladder.  A broken down MRE, a section of a VS-17 panel, or any item that we used to carry in our butt packs (for those old enough to remember that beloved piece of gear).  

Last, but not least is my custom made sling that is routed through the outside columns of PALS, secured using simple ITW Nexus tri-glides and a side-release buckle for attachment to my bang-stick.  The double sided 1” Multicam webbing is guided over the shoulders under the provided shoulder sleeves that came with the JPC.  Think of it as a poor man’s BFG MOLLE sling, just without those huge plastic end keepers.

A special thanks goes out to those companies that helped me in building this beauty:
I hope you enjoyed the review.  Feel free to post any comments or questions you may have.


  1. Thanks for the 2nd part of the review. Your first review was what led me to pick up the JPC. So far, mine is slicked down, but I do like the look of the BFG mag pouches you have on yours. I may end up using something like that. Also I found that if you are using the admin pouch, magpul mag assists on your AR mags help w/mag removal. I haven't had any issues with it snagging on the admin pouch.

    Anyways, just wanted to say nice rig!

  2. Also, I did add a radio pouch... ATS small radio pouch: http://www.atstacticalgear.com/cgi/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=ST-7094

    Low profile and fits the smaller type FRS radios.

    What plates do you have in yours? I have a size small so my jpc is tiny. And since it rides higher than my other PC I'm trying to figure out what company makes plates that would fit the jpc best. Thanks!

  3. Medium ESAPIs with Crye soft armor inserts. Thanks for posting.

  4. Adam, I was over across the street in some of the guys kit room yesterday and what do I see? These PC's scattered all over the place. I really like the way you run the real estate on your front flap. Those BFG single elastic cells look like they are really useful in that configuration...very well thought out!

  5. where did you get that cover for the TQ?

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