Paraclete LVBC (Low Vis BALCS Carrier), SKD Exclusive
In early 2013, SKD started a series of meetings with Paraclete in order to develop new products that the market has been needing in light of the vacuum created by the departure of Eagle Industries. The first product to be produced from this joint venture is the Paraclete LVBC, or Low Vis BALCS Carrier.
The Paraclete LVBC comes in S through XL, and is available in 4 colors: Black, Ranger Green, Coyote and Multicam. Made with lightweight high-quality US fabrics, the LVBC gives the Soldier, LEO and security contractor a top-tier armor carrier option at an entry-level price point.
Made to hold BALCS spec soft armor, the Paraclete LVBC has an internal harness in both the front and the back that is designed to hold a plate securely up near the top of the carrier. Each LVBC size also indicates the corresponding ESAPI plate that will fit securely in the LVBC harness, i.e. and LVBC Small will fit an ESAPI Small, but not an ESAPI Medium. Most Commercial 10" x 12" plates will fit Medium LVBC's and larger, but not the LVBC Small. The SKD Armor 10x12 plates are just under 10" x 12" and WILL fit in the LVBC Small.
The Paraclete LVBC is precision cut to fit BALCS armor inserts perfectly. The opening for the LVBC is on the exterior of the carrier to remove any high seams which may cause discomfort, leaving a completely smooth surface on the interior. The BALCS armor inserts that we carry from both Velocity Systems and Point Blank fit precisely with no excess material (if you have issues with your soft armor fitting, they are not BALCS spec). Also, older RBAV inserts from Paraclete will not fit because the wings are longer than BALCS spec. When installing soft armor, first make sure you have the correct insert with the correct carrier (front and back are different). Push the BALCS inserts all the way to the top of the respective carrier, and fold the wings in to allow it to pass through the opening. Once the wings are unfolded into sides of the carrier, wiggle the corners and massage any high spots on the inserts to make sure that everything is fitting flat and correctly.
Due to the standardization of sizing with Point Blank's in-house sizing system, the labels on the Paraclete LVBC shows printed sizes that differ slightly from our described sizes online. The following is a breakdown that will show you the ordering size (and BALCS size) versus the corresponding LVBC label size:
S= SM R
M= MD R
L= LG R
XL= LG1 R
The Paraclete LVBC offers adjustability in the shoulders as well as the cummerbund. The soft elastic cummerbund attaches to the front of the carrier, but also secures to the rear carrier under a retention flap so the cummerbund can be removed and replaced as needed. Made in USA, the Paraclete LVBC represents the latest and most updated Low Profile BALCS armor offering on the market.
For plate carrier fitting advice, please see the SKD Blog post: How to Choose the Right Size Plate Carrier
I’m lanky at 6 feet tall and 165 pounds. The small vest fits small esapi plates perfectly. I have about an inch overlap on the sides without soft armor installed and plenty of room for adjustment. Fits snugly and comfortably. I opted to go down a size as I am in between a small and medium. I normally wear a medium IBA/IOTV and it is a bit cumbersome. I have plenty of mobility with this small vest and the plate covers what it is supposed to. Super well made and arrived fast.
This low vis carrier fit snugly and rides comfortably with minimal adjustment. Great quality as always from SKD. Inserting the armor was easy and it rides very securely. I would buy this again.
Excellent. A little bit smaller than expected, but very well made and slimline
Thank you for the fast shipment over the holidays. I love my low vis carrier
Only 1000 Characters to say how good this is? Fine. LVBC GOOD. If I had a complaint or suggestion, it would be to widen the cummerbund to help tame the upper corners of the wrap. This could just be my new, very stiff .06 inserts. I used a wide elastic 'belly band' holster for my BUG to make it work.
Exactly what I ordered and sizing matches no issues. I have size small balcs armor and I ordered small in carrier size and they are accurate sizing.
I wear small so I use small BALCS armor but for some reason the Paraclete LVBC's small carrier was too small. I then ordered the medium and found that to be too small. I then ordered the large and it is able to hold my size small BALCS armor, finally. Now that I have found the correct carrier-to-armor fit, the carrier is too big for me. I had high hopes for this because I was looking for a good low vis carrier and this one looked promising. The small carrier was very comfortable but too bad it doesn't hold small BALCS armor panels. Maybe the staff has armor panels that correspond to size with this carrier. If they do, I'd like to know which brand of armor they used.
I will admit I thought the LVBC didn't fit my BALCS inserts. After emailing customer service, they talked me through folding the wings on my inserts to get them in, and now I can't believe the fit. I wish my girlfriend fit me this tightly.... this perfectly... This is easily the best low-vis BALCS offering on the market for this price. The quality is awesome!