Voodoo Tactical Armor Carrier Review

Despite the fact that the trunk of my Crown Victoria Police Interceptor resembles a scaled down version of our Tactical Room, I have gone out and bought a Voodoo Tactical 20-8399 Plate Carrier to add some serious protection to my kit.

Bailout bags are all the rage. I prefer a bailout load-bearing vest for patrol work, for that time when you need extra ammo, medical equipment, and basic tools in a critical incident.  I’m now going up the ante and say an armor plate carrier is the best bet of all three options.

When working the street, we wear soft body armor.  It should be NIJ Standard 0101.06 Level IIIa.  The armor is accompanied by a duty belt, upon which we hang a handgun, ammunition, and all the other toys.

In an active shooter or similar scenario, law enforcement is duty bound to respond and stop the killing.  We must arrive quickly, but be ready for any threat.  These two concepts are in conflict.  “Quick” and “ready” compromise each other.

Since we are already wearing body armor and have the gun-belt on, I believe a MOLLE equipped rifle plate carrier with utility pouches will add a fast layer of specific protection over an officer’s duty uniform.  In this case, Quick = Ready.

I picked up the Voodoo Tactical Plate Carrier for under $100.00 from an on-line retailer.  I threaded on a quad pouch for my AR-15 magazines.  I have a medical pouch that will fit at seven o’clock on the back.  A 6” X 6” utility pouch will ride up front at two o’clock.

I’m lucky to have two lightweight Protech Level III 10” X 12” ballistic plates that fit snugly into the Voodoo carrier.  The Voodoo carrier is roomy enough for both soft body armor and rifle plates.  I know.  As a test, I loaded mine up with front and back soft panels and front and back hard plates.

There are two rectangular side holders under the arms for smaller plates, should you desire more lethal coverage.  For my final set-up, I inserted the rifle plates into their compartments.  In each side holder, I placed a soft body armor trauma plate, just for insurance.

I have a medium frame.  The Voodoo plate carrier pushes the limit of size for me.  It seems to run in the medium-large-nearly XL range.  It has lots of Velcro and straps to adjust the rig to your particular dimensions.

Other features include an inner support elastic waistband, padded waist and shoulder supports, and hook and loop areas on the chest and back for department patches.

The 20-8399 Voodoo armor carrier is well made, and the MOLLE stitching seems even and sturdy.  The construction values may be overkill, as I won’t be wearing this carrier that often (crossed fingers).  But it will get some hard knocks and abrasions in the whirlpool of junk in my Crown Vic’s trunk.

I have been on the downrange end of an angry man’s gun…more than once in 24 years on the job.  Since that gun has been a rifle on several occasions, I think having at least Level III plates prudent.

I know–rifle protection is not cheap, but technology is always changing.  As an example, Armored Mobility, Inc markets their SAPI-3 10” X 12” Level III plates, which tip the scales at 3 lbs, for just $425.00.

That is half what you would pay for similar armor a few years ago.  SAPI-3’s are not stand-alone, but are recommended to work in conjunction with IIIa panels, which you would be wearing anyway.  There are other armor options.  I bring this one up because I got a look at AMI’s SAPI-3 at SHOT Show 2012 and liked it.

The Voodoo Tactical Armor Carrier now resides in my cruiser.  I am very satisfied with my SHTF armored vest, at least until the personal electronic force field comes along.


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16 Responses to Voodoo Tactical Armor Carrier Review

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  2. Dominick says:

    How did you get that hatchet on there? I have a punch knife with a similar sheath but have to use a zip tie to secure it to my vest.

    • Randall says:


      If you click on the link above to the SOG Fasthawk, there’s a smaller photo of the new sheath, which is MOLLE compatible.


  3. Matt says:

    Where did you get the front “Police” ID patch panel? I have been looking for one that size everywhere so that I can run it with that and an american flag on my SKD PIG PC that I run for SHTF in the trunk of my patrol car. Thanks in advance.

  4. Dave says:

    I am from Tampa, currently working in Saudi Arabia and my boss wanted me to look into purchasing 20 sets of plate carriers for my security dept. We have plates and soft armor but the holders themselves are crap…my question is can you show pics of how the soft armor inserts and hard plates and what the pouches look like. I don’t want the plates falling out the bottom of the hanger because of some weird setup or crappy Velcro.

    If you can send those pics I would appreciate it Dave

    • Randall says:


      I’ll try to email you some photos when I can…


      • Navy Supply P.O.G. says:

        This is more of an off-hand gear-whore question. I found this site called Galati International. Their armor/plate carriers seem decent but not well heard. Any experience with this brand?

  5. austin says:

    Is there side pouches for 6′ by 8′ side armor? ?

  6. Hayden says:

    You mentioned a gun belt. Do you mean a belt other that our duty belt or is that your term for your duty belt?

  7. Joe Rivas says:

    I am a 35 year veteran. Due to recent events with active shooters… many of us around the country have purchased rifle plates vest/carriers. I recently purchase a Voodoo Tactical X-Light Gen II Plate Carrier 20-7202001329.
    VooDoo Gen II plate carrier is junk!, I returned 2 vests for the same issues. Never got the chance to wear it, except for fitting adjustments. Avoid this due to poor stitch quality. The plate pouches and cumber bun pouch need to be double stitched, the velcro tears away if you use it. Paint ball or modeling maybe the only use for this vest. Avoid EBay seller ” ljiflg ” LEO’s avoid this vest! Just purchased a London Bridge carrier, paid more but definitely worth it. Don’t sell yourself short, pay a little extra.

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