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Compared to other plate carriers on the market with similar features and USA Made - For the same features many others charge you $350-$500+

This is a feature packed - Premium Tactical Plate Carrier at a reasonable price -Order yours today

The BANSHEE 2.0 ELITE Plate Carrier Gen2 (AKA Banshee 2.0).  This new unique advanced plate carrier was created from feedback and input from customers, military and law enforcement on what they wanted to see in a plate carrier.  Unparalleled comfort, mobility and design. The shoulders on the Banshee Elite are fully adjustable and padded, slightly wider than the original banshee the shoulders lay flatter on your body and have a hidden quick release buckle. The shoulders front and back have Hypalon material with 4 slits that is pliable allowing for easy access to the buckles. The bottoms of the Hypalon shoulders are not sewn down allowing for easier routing of comm wires or hydration lines.  New Update - The shoulders include a set of our Banshee Ultimate shoulder pads with all Elite carriers.

The front and back of the Banshee feature 6 rows of PALS webbing and pile tape for flags and other identifiers. The interior of the front and back carrier on the body side are also comfort padded with 3D mesh sewn in an airflow pattern allowing for heat disbursement. Rifle plates are loaded from the bottom front/back and secured with a hook/loop closure. The drag handle on the Banshee Elite is sewn through and secured down with hook and loop.

Update - The front of the BANSHEE ELITE is feature packed. On the top of the front of the carrier is an Integrated Admin Pouch now with a zippered gusseted pocket to secure items. This admin area allows for storage of small items, tools, batteries, chem lights etc. On the front of the carrier on each side are 2 vertical nylon strips to accommodate QASM buckles to accommodate chest rigs. The front flat closure stops at the bottom and does not run under allowing for fast easy donning and doffing. 

The Banshee Elite plate carrier comes standard with the Banshee Elite Cummerbund that is removable and fully adjustable. The cummerbund has 6 interior pockets (3 each side) that will accommodate .223 5.56 AR style magazines.  The pockets have adjustable bungee pull tabs.  Exterior and interior of cummerbund have 3 rows of PALS webbing to accept side plates or other pouches. The pockets can also fit a Motorola type XTS type radio.

Update - The cummerbund was lengthened slightly to give you better adjustability especially when used with magazines in the cummerbund.

Staying with successful concept of the original Banshee this carrier is one size fits most.  Also standard is a secondary nylon strap system with quick release buckles (also removable) if the cummerbund is not needed. The front pocket of the carrier has a hook and loop kangaroo pocket to allow for accessories and magazines.  Accommodates Banshee 2-mag pouch.

Update - The back of the carrier in a separate pocket from the plate pocket opens and can accept a 2 liter hydration bladder.  Integrated option to add hydration.

USA Made-Full Berry Compliant - Backed by our Lifetime Warranty.


  • 500D Cordura
  • MULTICAM has matching webbing and loop/Velcro
  • Advanced plate carrier that is feature packed.
  • Extreme versatility with several PALS web attachment points covering the front, back and shoulders of the vest.
  • Fully adjustable and padded front and back shoulder areas. Padded with 3D mesh.
  • Banshee Ultimate shoulder pads come standard/included
  • Separate pocket from the plate pocket on rear opens and can accept a 2 liter hydration bladder
  • Hypalon shoulders with 4 slits for comms/hydration open at bottom
  • Two areas of loop for identifiers
  • Fits over soft body armor/Uniforms
  • GEN2 Update - Integrated admin pouch now has a gusseted zipper pouch closure vs the previous hook/loop
  • Integrated kangaroo pouch
  • GEN2 Update - Banshee Elite 2.0 Cummerbund now slightly longer for greater adjustability when using magazines (6 integrated pockets with Hypalon strips inside) PALS webbing interior/exterior
  • Front and back interior of carrier padded with 3D Mesh sewn with an airflow pattern
  • Integrated nylon vertical strips to accommodate QASM buckles. To add a chest rig if needed.  QASM Buckles not included
  • Heavy duty bar tacking at key stress points
  • Wire, antenna or hydration hose guides 
  • Low profile/lightweight
  • Plate pockets load from the bottom and will accept up to 10x12 Level 3 and 4 ESAPI OR SIMILAR PLATES and Plate Backers
  • Quick release buckle secondary securing system
  • Drag handle lays flat- secures with hook and loop
  • Made in the USA
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Need Level IIIA soft armor - The Banshee Elite fits the Banshee Soft Armor package.
  • Lifetime Warranty

Pouches, magazine and other gear shown on the BANSHEE ELITE for demo only and not included with carrier.


Product Reviews

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  1. Well made & Feature Packed 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Sep 8th 2016

    The Banshee Elite 2.0 carrier is built to last just like it predecessor, but with packed features that I did not want to sacrifice for a lower cost. Although I work mostly plain clothes, I decided to do a test run and wear it with my assault load out configuration. I must say it was easy to move and drive in, and way cooler and more comfortable than my soft level 3a concealable duty vest. The 3D mesh kept me about as cool and dry as you can possibly be during the suffocating August heat and humidity of southeast Louisiana. That sweltering heat I just spoke about in the sentence before is the same reason I like the option of a place to put a hydration bladder, in the event you are assigned to a stationary guard post during a hurricane with no A/C !! Currently I am using AR500Armor.com level III+ plates, front and back, which weigh-in at 18lbs alone. This handled these heavy plates extremely well and distributed the weight much better than my high school back pack filled with books. I found ample hook and loop Velcro on the front ant back for patches, which is nice if you are a LEO, or just someone who likes patches on their rig. I have spoken to many people who stated the kangaroo pouch is all but useless, but I found it to be a great feature for holding mags, when used in conjunction with some inserts. That mags being kept in the kangaroo pouch helped keep things closer to my body, so that I don't walk around looking like I have an inner tube stuck around my chest. The carrier covered all the areas I wanted covered and still provided access to to full duty rig. I used to carry a 5.11 bug out bag, but have consolidated everything in thier onto the carrier, which also stops really fast lead things flying at you, kind of a plus in my book. I am in the process of buying a level 3a cummerbund and front/back plate kit so that I can lighten up things for possible maritime operations where I would utilize a Mustang style PFD. To make a long story short, yes it's well built, yes it has tons of feature, but I really bought it because it looked cool and had an even cooler name!!! Lol. Although I can get in and out of it pretty quickly, I would like to see some sort of a "rip cord" type feature that would allow you instantly drop off the whole rig should the situation arise. An extended extraction handle would not hurt either. Anyway I looked at and tried out quite a few carriers before landing on this one and am very happy I did. Also the customer service at Shellback Tactical was not all that vocal, but made stuff happen, without beating around the bush. I'm very satisfied with the quality, ruggedness, features, and the customer service. I guess a few good things do come from the west coast after all!! Lol. JK.

  2. Most comfortable plate carrier, ever. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 20th 2016

    Fully loaded with plates, magazines, and assorted gear. I wore this for an entire training day, in July, and barely knew it was there. It fits so well that it feels almost like a costume prop instead of a mission essential piece of gear. If you want a serious plate carrier, look no further, don't settle for cheap imitations. This is the armor you will want to wear that won't get in your way.

  3. Meh...didn't solve shoulder pad bulk; still awkward to shoulder a rifle 4 Star Review

    Posted by on Jul 11th 2016

    I previously owned the first generation Banshee plate carrier. While the additions of the Trelleborg HANK fabric (that's that matte, rubbery material used in the shoulder pads and pouch pull tabs) is cool and there are a few well-executed features on the 2.0 that are nice, the price tag is still a little steep - considering that a Crye Precision JPC 2.0 can be had for just a little bit more money. In terms of what I don't like: (1) most-notably, the Banshee 2.0 still suffers from bulky shoulder pads with the plastic clip-in buckles hidden inside. It makes it very difficult to shoulder the rifle, which is kind of important. (2) While the elastic pull tabs in the cummerbund are a nice-to-have in order to be able to run extra AR mags on your sides, plan on the rough texture of the pull tabs scratching up your skin on the inside of your upper arms if you're wearing a short-sleeve shirt. This could've easily been remedied by using Whiskey Two-Four Laser Cut Enhanced Shock Cord Pull Tabs ($20/set of 6) Unfortunately there's no way for the end user to swap these out as the knotted ends of the shock cords are pulled through an eyelet and sewn inside from the factory. The overall design of the shoulder pads still leaves me wondering why it's comprised of three parts rather than other carriers' more simplified setup. (3) ST included a spot to put a hydration bladder, but there seems to be too much material at the top and the velcro closure bunches up and adds more bulk to an already husky plate carrier. Ultimately I had high hopes for this, but it's a bit overpriced and still has the same bulky shoulder pads.

  4. Best Carrier I've ever owned 5 Star Review

    Posted by on Jun 26th 2016

    This carrier will blow your mind! I've looked all over and at many different models. TYR and First Spear to name a few, but those are priced extremely high. If you're on a budget and need some quality gear... ShellBack is the place where you need to get your carrier from! Much improved over the original model and comes with a built in hydration pouch; also with the upgraded pads makes this carrier even more comfortable. This will be the last carrier you'll ever have to buy.