Shellback Tactical Banshee Elite 3.0 Plate Carrier
The Shellback Tactical Banshee Elite 3.0 Plate Carrier is the third evolution of our world famous Banshee Elite plate carrier. The Banshee Elite 3.0 plate carrier is packed with new upgrades such as quick release cummerbund buckles, laser cut Molle and a extendable drag handle. The new laser cut Molle design is located on the front, rear and cummerbund which reduces carrier weight and increases durability. The new quick release cummerbund buckles allow you to quickly don and doff your carrier and eliminates the hassle of dealing with traditional hook and loop cummerbund closures. The new drag handle extends to 34 inches which allows extra leverage when removing a casualty on the battle field. The Banshee Elite 3.0 Plate Carrier is proudly made in the USA and backed by our lifetime warranty. Be ready for the fight and order your Shellback Tactical Banshee Elite 3.0 Plate Carrier today!
Banshee Elite 3.0 Features
- Laser cut Molle platform on front, rear and cummerbund reduces weight and adds durability
- Two quick release cummerbund buckles to quickly don and doff plate carrier
- Rear drag handle extends up to 34 inches in length
- Constructed of durable 500 denier Cordura nylon
- Plate pockets load from the bottom hold 10 x 12 shooter or SAPI cut plates
- Two Shoulder buckles allow quick adjustments to raise or lower plate carrier for the perfect fit
- 3D Spacer mesh padding on front, rear and shoulder pads for ventilation and comfort
- Cummerbund features 6 integrated M4 magazine pockets
- Cummerbund features 2 pockets to insert Banshee Elite 3.0 soft armor panels
- Cummerbund features interior laser cut Molle panels to attach side armor plate pockets
- Front zipper admin pouch for small field gear such as notepads, pens and multitools
- Rear hydration pocket holds 2L hydration bladder
- Integrated nylon vertical strips to accommodate QASM buckles for chest rigs
- Loop panels on front and rear for ID placards
- Lifetime warranty
- Made in the USA
- Berry Compliant
Banshee Elite 3.0 Sizing
- Plate pockets load from the bottom and accept up to 10 x 12 shooter or SAPI cut plates
- 2 Shoulder buckles allow for quick adjustment to raise or lower plate carrier for the perfect fit
- Cummerbund comes in 2 sizes
- Small/Medium - 32 inches to 39 inches
- Large/XLarge - 39 inches to 46 inches
- How to Select a Size
- Measure the circumference of your body where the bottom of your plate would sit on your torso
- Take the measurement and add 2 inches to get your final measurement
- Use your final measurement to select from the sizing chart above
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I have been waiting 6 months for this item to be available for order. Shipped quickly and arrived well. Overall quality is top notch and appears to be a product that could last a lifetime. Fits well and is easy to customize. For critique: I recommend this company reach further to replenish their stock. These will certainly be sold. I asked multiple times and was told a few weeks each time. Long wait is fine for quality but be clear on the wait times. Didn’t get the color I desire and that’s disappointing but that doesn’t mean the quality of this item is affected. The new 3.0 latch seems to have an issue that could present itself over time. The latch part is held on by two small pieces of plastic. Over time this is a point of failure. How long is unknown. The mechanism is sewed on and I don’t know it this is something that falls under warranty. Also not sure if there even is a warranty. Wish I could get a discount on the IIIA soft armor inserts for purchasing this plate carrier. Satisfied with this carrier and will recommend this product to others.
I've worn a few plate carriers while in the military and for personal tactical training but had never purchased one before. I did a TON of research on every plate carrier I could find. After all of my research, it seemed to me that most other higher end ($350+) carriers were just trying to replicate the Banshee line. (The AR500 Valkyrie description literally says it's most like the Banshee carrier.) My thought was, why buy a product that is trying to replicate the Banshee when you can just buy the Banshee itself? This thing is absolute quality. It feels like every stitch in it was done purposefully and with care. I will say that depending on your body build, the mag pouches in the cummerbund are tough to reach. I'm slim but on the athletic/muscular side and I have a hard time reaching even the second (middle) mag pouch. The cummerbund pouches are still good to place other equipment in though so it's not a big deal. I'd recommend getting mag pouches to attach to the front of the carrier even though you have the cummerbund pouches. It'd at minimum help with speed of mag changes. I HIGHLY recommend this carrier. Once it came back in stock, I ordered right away and got it within the same week even though I'm all the way across country. BUY THIS THING!
I’m a small guy (140lbs, 5’10”) and finding a PC that fits snuggly is a challenge. This one does the trick. I can run easily without it bouncing all over the place. As everyone else has said, it’s very comfortable (as much as anything this heavy can be) and has lots of storage right out of the box. I comfortably carry the following for ~6 hours regularly: 6 mags for my AR, 2 mags for my handgun, my handgun, and a knife. Additionally, it’s difficult to describe but the way the shoulder strap and pad are designed makes it easy to shoulder a rifle comfortably. That’s never been the case for any PC I ever used previously.
My first plate carrier, so no real comparison to others. But I like it so far, great features and padding in the right spots. With the matching IIIA soft armor inserts-which fit perfectly-it feels great. I was able to fit both the IIIA soft armor inserts and 1" level IV plates (SBT was out of stock so I bought SAS NIJ Listed Level IV multi-hit ceramic) in it but the cummerbund then became really tight and hard to get the last part of the cummerbund to overlap into the front to buckle the last buckle. Haven't tried it without the soft backers (they aren't technically needed since the level IV plates are stand alone) but that would probably work better. Once buckled it was comfortable but for some reason it was hard to get the end of the cummerbund to want to bend the right way and insert into the front. Maybe just needs some break-in time. I may try a larger model cummerbund for the plates+soft armor setup to see if is easier/faster to don. I was close to the high range of waist for the smaller size cummerbund and it is pretty easy to don with just the IIIA soft armor inserts.
The response time on knowing if it was in stock and how fast my order shipped was really great.
i will start off with i ordered my carrier on sunday and it shipped monday and i received wednesday. great shipping speed. poorly packed though. literally just stuffed in a cardboard box. i was a bit disappointed that the patch is not included for 400 dollars. the carrier is super quality and seems very durable. i just received it so i cant speak towards the durability 100% but the materials are nice quality. the qd cummerbund is a nice upgrade and is easily closed and opened with the pull tab. the pull tab had shrink tube around it to prevent snags which i thought was a great idea. im 6 foot 175 pounds and athletic build. i cannot adjust the shoulder straps enough with the shoulder padding to get the carrier to sit high enough on my chest or back. the back also droops much lower than it should and you cannot independently adjust the front and back like some other carriers. the weight of my ifak causes that side shoulder strap to loosen easily with any movement. the shoulder straps do not retain tension under any load at all and i dont even have my plates in. simply sitting on my hanger will cause the straps to come loose within the matter of minutes. i would recommend taping the strap to itself to prevent it from slipping loose. this however is my only compliant and im sure i will find a work around.
Love the 3.0 no complaints so far. It’s comfy, light and breathable. Plenty of space to do what you need pouch wise. Definitely recommend
I bought this a few days ago and it arrived yesterday - Kudos to the shipping time. It was awesome! I'm a big guy, meal team six and all that. I weigh 270lbs(down from 315) and am 5'8, and this thing still fits. Having said that, I had to loosen it all the way and it's still a little hard to breathe in it. If you're bigger than that, lose some weight before you pull the trigger on this. The quality is excellent and the carrier is extremely comfortable. It's probably due to my size, but the integrated side mag pouches are a no-go for me. Aside from that, they're kind of hard to get mags into even I'm not wearing it, the cummerbund is a little stiff. I'm sure it'll loosen up. I definitely trust this product with my life, and I'm glad I ordered it. Also, I asked for a some cool patches and stickers and Shellback totally followed through. Love it!
Pros: O Very well built plate carrier with good padding integrated throughout O Intelligent design keeps the carrier slim creating a smaller profile also makes it easier to shoot prone. O Intergrated pouches are useful, lessening the need to get more pouches O cummberbund and shoulder clips allow quick access if injured) Cons: O Price* (I believe integrated features save money in long run, just seems like big initial investment) O Pay attention to size of cummberbund when in doubt go bigger I have owned two of the original banshees ( 1 black, 1 multicam) for a several years. I always thought they were very well made. Both performed well. I recently went to training that focused on prone shooting in full kit. It pointed out some issues with my old setup that made it difficult. I began looking for a new carrier that would make it easier to prone out. I looked at several different companies comparing price, material and features (pouches, padding, etc.). Eventually I selected the Banshee 3.0. I am very impressed with the laser cut molle I’ve gotten to test other laser cut carriers and I believe this is much more well made. The padding integrated throughout is very comfortable. The admin pouch, hydration pouch and cummberbund mag pouches are great. I use one of the mag pouches to place my radio in, works great. For medical purposes the entire plate carrier can be removed in seconds by pulling Shoulder clips and cummberbund clips. I really have no criticisms just things a buyer needs to be aware of. The size matters for the cummberbund. Take the time measure yourself. If in doubt go bigger. Now the price, on first view it seems expensive BUT when you look at all the features that are included I would say this saves you between $100 to $200. The admin, hydration pouches would be close to $70 to $100 The pads along with cummberbund pouches would be another $70 to $100. Best plate carrier I’ve ever owned and I’ve owned/used several (for military and lake enforcement). I think this will be the last carrier I will ever buy, since I plan on being done in the next 10 years.