Plate Carrier

Tough Hook


  Tough Hook


A coat hanger… Not that exciting, except this isn’t your normal coat hanger. It’s been designed specifically for plate carrier/body armor. You can use it for other heavy gear, anything that has straps. You could hang ropes up. Or even pull ups with its over 150lbs weight rating.

Much like everything that’s great, it was born out of necessity. An Army veteran came up with the idea for this because all of the alternatives weren’t cutting it. He put his product on kickstarter and raised over $17,000 of his $11,000 goal. Clearly he wasn’t the only one who thought it was a good idea.Tough-Hook-1-284x300

After talking to my friend who’s a veteran, it seems the go to for storing body armor is either in a corner on the floor or tape three coat hangers together to hang it up. On top of being over engineered with its tough I-Beam construction, it has flared ends to keep shoulder straps from falling off.

“That’s all cool but what about carrying to my car, or wherever I’m gonna move it to?” you might ask. They’ve got you covered. Instead is having to hold onto the hook with all that weight they’ve integrated a handle on the underside of the hanger. And because of that, it's usefulness doesn't end at the closet. You can use it to carry your gear to the car, range, work, or wherever you think you want it at. All you have to do is spin the hanger inside the vest and you have a nice, wide grip to carry it with. It’s just like carrying a briefcase, except it contains SAPI plates instead of documents.

The only thing I wished this had was an accessory hook. As it is, you’d just have to put your ears or gloves on your vest or in a dump pouch.


Firearms Insider Reviews - 8 Key Points

Claim to Fame: Holding/transporting plate carrier/body armor.

Target Market: Military, LEOs, home defense, anyone who owns plate carrier/body armor

FNBs (Features 'N' Benefits):

  • Comes in a variety of colors to match your plate carrier
  • Built in carry handle
  • Made in the USA

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available?:

  • Black
  • Tan
  • Green

What others are saying?: 

Price point:

I need it now! Availability:  Amazon is the best bet because you can get free shipping with Prime.

Our Rating:

Pros + Our Rating + Handle for carrying + Wide to prevent strap deformation + Tough as H*** + Inexpensive + Army veteran created + Made in America + Lifetime Warranty

Cons - No accessory hooks/attachment points - Very Specific application


Score: 9.0 Amazing 90

Tactical Tailor - Fight Light Plate Carrier

DCIM104GOPROThe second I opened up the package I put it on and wore it. Unfortunately I didn’t have any plates in it yet. The next day I went to my buddies house and stole the plates from his vest. Along with some of the gear he had on it so I could give this a good test. Over the next few weeks I’ve thoroughly tested this, even wearing it to the gym and doing five miles on the treadmill. Although it is heavier and warmer than not wearing it, I love this vest. It’s designed to be lighter than their other vests and lighter than most others. The inside of the vest has some nice padding to cushion your chest from the plates and allow some airflow. It has nice pockets for the plates and it comes with removable side plate carriers, when removed there’s still Molle attachments on the cumberbund.DCIM104GOPROIt’s covered in molle and has velcro on the front and back. On the front there’s an admin pouch that’s pretty big. There’s also some pouches on the side plate carrier that my friend said could be for soft armor, I used it for holding my electronics. The front and back are held together by four side release buckles. On the shoulders, they’re wrapped in elastic to cushion and protect the buckles. The ones on the cumberbund are protected by cordura that wraps around it and has molle on the inside(towards the wearer) and outside. It’s extremely quick to put on and secure. The cumberbund is comfortable but its not too adjustable. In the back it is attached with some heavy duty elastic so that it can stretch out but you can’t make it any tighter. They say to order the vest in whatever size your plates are. The communication/hydration routing loops are elastic so they can accommodate just about anything you can feed through it. The drag handle on the back is sewn about every two inches down the back and it runs the whole way down the vest. I had my brother pull me around for a bit to give it a good test and it works. It rode up a little but it wasn’t really uncomfortable and in a situation where I’m being drug I don’t think that I’ll be that worried.

Firearms Insider Reviews

Claim to Fame:Tactical Tailor quality but 30% lighter

Target Market:  Military, LEO, and people who want a lighter vest

FNBs (Features & Benefits of this product)

  • DCIM104GOPRO30% lighter
  • Admin pouch
  • Adjustable SAPI side plate pouches
  • Cushion that aides in airflow
  • Drag handle runs full length
  • Tons of Molle
  • Elastic comm/hydration routing loops

What other aesthetic options or finishes are available? It’s available in ATACS, black, coyote brown, MultiCam, PenCott BadLands, PenCott GreenZone, and Ranger Green. You can see the all at

What others are saying? 4.8/5 “I think it’s pretty amazing TT can create such well thought out, quality applications at the prices they do.”

Price point (MSRP versus actual retail) MSRP = $325-335 Retail = $308

I need it now! Availability (Where can I buy this TODAY?) The only options I know of are and

DCIM104GOPROOur Rating (What we say about it) + Comfortable + Light + Many Cammo options + Flash flame protection + Removable side plate pouches + Cushion for airflow and impact protection - Adjustability down sizing

Score 9.5