Blue Force Gear PLATEminus V4 (Side Plates)

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MOLLEminus is a revolutionary load carriage platform that is fully MOLLE compatible while being the lightest on the market. The same way Blue Force Gear made the lightest MOLLE pouch attachment - Helium Whisper™ - system with one piece Helium Whisper backers, MOLLEminus™ is a MOLLE compatible platform constructed out of one piece of ULTRAcomp™ The MOLLE field has been changed to all slots which gives greater flexibility in mounting pouches and maximum signature reduction without having another layer of material underneath.


Less parts and better material allows for a lighter Plate Carrier system.


Built with one sheet of the high-performance laminate ULTRAcomp.


Compatable with Helium Whisper & Traditional MOLLE attachment systems.


PLATEminus 4 by BFG

The PLATEminus 4 combines the advanced technology and superior design to bring you a full featured plate carrier that can be worn slick and light or fully kitted out. For the latest version of this product, check out the PLATE-6.

The PLATE-4 is a light weight plate carrier that is perfectly suited as a low profile carrier or a fully loaded MOLLE compatible plate carrier. The carrier is built with ULTRAcomp® - an extremely durable, battle proven high performance laminate that has been laser cut for a precision down to the thousandth of an inch. The laser cut MOLLEminus™ slots are fully MOLLE compatible that saves weight and bulk over traditional sewn MOLLE webbing. The latest generation of MOLLEminus provides a greater range of adjustment of pouches over the first generation ‘slots and holes’ and also minimizes snags on clothing or other gear.

When worn, the PLATEminus is surprisingly light - only 640 grams or less than a pound and a half empty. With plates, the whole setup is very thin, secure, and snag free for very easy wear and use whether it is under an outer garment, in a vehicle, or training at the range.

Size Selection Based on SAPI / ESAPI Plates Sizes

The PLATEminus 4 carriers SAPI or ESAPI armor plates with or without soft armor backers in an enclosed tweave plate pocket. Other nonstandard sized steel or composite armor may fit depending on the size. Remember to size the carrier in the options to the plate size, NOT the user physical size.

Medium 9.5" wide x 12.5" high x 1.25" thick -For Medium SAPI / ESAPI plates
Large 10.25" wide x 13.25" high x 1.25" thick - For Large SAPI / ESAPI plates

Side Plate Pockets (6”x6”)

The side plate pockets that fit 6” x 6” hard armor side plates secured with a Ten-Speed® cummerbund for a more secure fit and to hold extra mags or equipment. If you are interesed in a low profile version without side plate pockets and adjustable side straps for low threat environment, please checkout the PLATEminus 3.

BLIP™ feature on the Side Plate Pockets

Blue Force Gear Ball Loaded Index Point, or BLIP™ for short, is a feature found on all Blue Force Gear lidded pouches and select plate carriers like the PLATEminus V4 Plate Carrier. BLIP was born in the freezing rain on a Blackwater range. It was there Blue Force Gear realized that when you can’t feel your fingers, it’s very difficult to get a grasp on a flat piece of webbing and distinguish a pull tab. The ball doesn’t rely on friction; the bones in your fingers positively engage it. BLIP’s form is both easy to pull and impossible to miss.

Ten-Speed® Cummerbund Straps

These inner straps made of Ten-Speed Military Grade Elastic with a Hook and Loop system in place on the back panel to side pockets. The cummerbund can be completely removed for best adjustment to body type and size (see the bottom of the page for more details). The military grade elastic also helps with better flexibility and movement, as the material is flexible as well. It also has two multi-use pouches (as seen in the Side Plate Feature Image holding an M4 Mag), which depends on how much of the Cummerbund is exposed.

Display your Patches

The carrier is fully adjustable for the user size with adjustable hook and hoop secured shoulder straps and adjustable side straps. A large pattern matched loop field on the front can be left empty or used to display name, department, or flag patches.

PLATEminus 4

Fully MOLLE compatible minus the weight and bulk




ESAPI & ESAPs Plates with soft armor backers. Other similar sized armored plates may fit.


Pulling the BLIP™ feature on the Side Plate Pockets to open or close side Pockets for best fit, along with adjustable shoulder straps.

Plate Size

Medium: 241 x 318 mm (9½ x 12½ in)
Large: 260 x 337 mm (10⅛ x 13¼ in)


 0.64 KG's (1.41 lbs)


Constructed from ULTRAcomp® high performance laminate
Ten-Speed® cummerbund (on Plate Pockets)


MOLLEminus™ Technology fully MOLLE compatible

Download Spec Sheet

PLATE-4: PDF and Power Point


Cage Code: 3X9S8 | Duns Number: 152028291

Additional Information on Adjustment for Personal Fitting

With the use of the adjustable Ten-Spee® Military Grade Elastic Cummerbund Straps, adjustments to fit your personal body type is easy. Below is an overview of how adjustment works    

Front Adjustment 1

When you pull the BLIP open on the side plate,  you can release the ten-speed straps or pull forward to tighten.   

Front Adjustment 2

Once the ten-speed siding is in place, simply close the side panel and the Velcro® Brand will lock in place. 

Back Adjustment 1

Before placing on, you can determine how much length you want on the ten-speed straps to be (generally, larger body types will have less under the back panel)

Back Adjustment 2

Once the ten-speed siding is in place, simply close the back panel and the Velcro® Brand will lock in place.


As with all Blue Force Gear - the PLATEminus 4 it is made with excellence in the USA and carries our limited lifetime warranty from Blue Force Gear.


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