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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Banshee 3.0: Serving as a Marine Corps infantrymen, I’ve used several different plate carriers in my years. This has been by the far the best well rounded one on the market. The durability and survivability this officers is amazing. After wearing it for long periods of time, you don’t feel the normal wear and tear on your body as you do others. I would highly recommend this to anyone. The laser-cut molle is significantly better than the older stitch style. The internal padding that it offers on your chest and back, help significantly keeping sweat from staining into the carrier. It allows comfortability for long periods and it truly goes above and beyond it for the price. I’m in the market to purchase two more of these bad boys soon.
The Banshee Elite 3,0 Tactical is an excellent plate carrier that provides high quality construction with features that offer extreme appeal. Upon arrival, a thorough examination confirmed the carrier to be exactly as advertised. I am concerned that the quick release latch system may be problematic over time. We will see. I would recommend a larger cummerbund option for larger frames. I am 6'3" and 255 lbs. My chest measures 46". I am fit and active, but a large framed male. The XL cummerbund was ordered and fits, but not comfortably. The new design is rigid and not as user friendly as the Banshee elite 2.0 system. I researched the web, this site, and many competitors before rolling the dice on purchasing this carrier due to a lack of information addressing what I just wrote. A quick change replacement latch system would be desirable and worth researching to improve this offering. A larger cummerbund offered for this model would also be desirable. Utilization of this carrier worn over soft body armor on larger framed males is not optimal with current cummerbund offerings as explained above. If Shellback were to research, develop and offer the above items, they would be purchased by many adding desirability to this new offering. The price as offered is more than I would spend on this carrier again without the addition of a larger cummerbund at a minimum. The option of a replaceable quick release latch system capable of being replaced in the field with a spare on hand would be even better. I write all of the above to help better guide prospective purchasers attempting to decide on which carrier to purchase. Unless a larger cummerbund is offered for this rig, larger males should stick with Banshee elite 2.0 with their largest cummerbund offering which provides an additional six inches of adjustment. Regardless, Shellback offers quality gear that is dependable. Purchase from them and you will be glad you did so. Hope this information helps.
BLUF: Buy it now before it goes out of stock. Welp, if you want the highest quality, and fastest on/off plate carrier on the planet, then look no further. Figure out your cummerbund size and order it. You won't regret it. I had it fully adjusted in 5 minutes. I agree with another review the aft most mag pockets (one on each side) are harder to get to for a reload. You can easily carry mags in that location but IMHO it is a lot slower reload from those pouches. BUT those aft mag pouches are great for other gear (radios, etc). You'll still want to add a few mag pouches to the front for the quickest reloads. When you consider ALL the pouches, the EASY access to the quick connect/disconnect buckles and all the other great features that come with it, the price point is excellent. Don't believe me, go spec out the others and don't forget to add in ALL the pouches that come with this carrier. Worth every penny I paid. Did I mention they shipped very fast with great service. Thanks guys for the extra ST patch!
So, I fit the description of someone in the Gravy Seals, and I am overweight. This is snug, but fits and holds the plates I purchased to cover my fat organs. It gives me incentive to wear them around and start losing this damn weight.
Quality made. Cummerbund height makes use of the side pouches inoperable... unreachable.. maybe 1 out of 6 spots I can get to, but my rotator cuff hates me for it. It would be perfect If the cummerbund was cut lower and provided more movement. Although if you’re running a belt it’s mostly unnecessary anyway I suppose. The removable shoulder pads are helpful but can shift and become an annoyance. Other than that it’s jam packed of features and a nice kit.
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.