First displayed at SHOT Show in 2010, the Crye Precision Jumpable Plate Carrier (JPC) went into production in 2011. I would guess many people first saw the JPC on Soldier Systems Daily (SSD) in this report. As an avid follower of SSD, it was certainly my first look.
It’s difficult to convey the paradigm shift the JPC represented when it was released, but it set the bar and inspired a whole new generation of minimalist plate carriers which punched well above their weight.
Enter the JPC 2.0
It wasn’t until 2015 that Crye launched the JPC 2.0 – again recorded by SSD:
It was an instant hit, giving users some of the versatility of the Crye AVS but in a more stripped down package. It’s meant to be more scalable and modular than the original JPC – combining some of the gold standard AVS’ features – and I think it does a good job of that.
JPC 2.0 Review
In conjunction with my review, it’s worth reading Crye’s JPC 2.0 Operator’s Manual.
I’m using TFT Training Plates in the following pics, which I reviewed here.
Like the JPC, the JPC 2.0 is sized by the wearer’s plate size. I use medium plates, so I use a medium JPC 2.0. However, I’m just on the edge of the cummerbund sizing (the medium comes with a S/M cummerbund).
Here’ s heads up on some of the JPC 2.0’s salient features:
What’s immediately obvious about the JPC 2.0 as opposed to the original JPC, is that it dispenses with the latter’s fixed front flap in favour of AVS Detachable Flap and Mayflower style placard interchangeability.
Placard use is achieved using the large loop Velcro field on the front of the carrier and the webbing loops, above it. Just add the appropriate female Fastex buckles to the loops.
For my placard, I’ve added a Spiritus Systems Micro Fight chest rig. You can read my review of that, here.
As well as third party attachments which follow this standard, you can of course use AVS Detachable Flaps – as mentioned earlier. These don’t require Fastex clips.
There is, however, a popper at the base of the front plate bag for additional security.
Flipping the carrier over, two more enhancements are exhibited in the form of the drag handle and parallel zips for securing Crye Zip On Panels. There’s also a decent swathe of PALS.
My training plates were easy to install.
Both front and rear plate bags employ a simple Velcro flap containment system at the base. The real gem, however, is the Tweave stretch fabric at the sides of the plate bags.
The plate bags also feature a generous segment of spacer mesh at the top inner face, for breathability.
There are a couple of other details which are not in use in my iteration of the carrier. I won’t go into any detail about these features, except to point them out. Please consult the Operator’s Manual if you wish to know more.
Being deceptively comfortable, the shoulder straps are also worth a good look; quite apart from their e-doff functionality.
Terminating at front and rear plate bags with a Hypalon-type material, the shoulder straps pivot and conform well with movement. They are also highly discrete, which makes shouldering a weapon second nature.
The shoulder straps are covered in Tweave stretch fabric wraps, which are secured with Velcro. For me, this small detail is a decent improvement over the closed-loop tubular wraps of the JPC.
Both adjustment of the straps and routing cables and the like is easier for me with the JPC 2.0, because of the Tweave cover’s Velcro opening. However, you do lose the One-Wrap style routing loops of the standard JPC – if you like that aspect.
The ride height of the carrier is controlled at the shoulder straps as usual and for this purpose the straps are a two part affair, secured with Velcro. Like all features of the JPC and JPC 2.0, it’s a simple but effective system.
For me, the only superfluous new feature of the 2.0 is the e-doff at the shoulder straps. However, while I can’t ever see myself using this, I’m sure it’s a nice to have for those at the sharp end.
The AirLite Skeletal Cummerbund is composed of a webbing sandwich containing a hidden stiffener. It is fully MOLLE compatible on its inside face as well as outside. It exhibits a Velcro loop field on the inside for adding accessories next to the body, and Velcro hook at the front plate bag ends, where it secures to the carrier.
Adjustment of the cummerbund for size is achieved at the rear plate bag. The S/M cummerbund which ships with the medium plate carrier is adjusted to its limit in my iteration. However, this gives me a solid fit in just a T-shirt; the bungee lattice stretching when further layers are worn.
Not everything is standard about the cummerbund, however. It terminates at the front plate bag with a JPC 2.0-specific webbing handle, because it is part of the 2.0 emergency doff (e-doff) system.
This has another positive consequence. As well as doffing, it makes the cummerbund a little easier to don than the original JPC.
How it Wears
Do you like plush padding and the feeling that your carrier surrounds you like an amniotic sac (e.g. Crye CPC)? If you do, then the JPC series of carriers is probably not for you. Equally, the JPC 2.0 doesn’t feel as stripped down as the First Spear AAC.
But, for those who prefer a middle of the road (in a good way) stripped-down carrier, the JPC 2.0 may strike just the right balance between light weight, ventilation and comfort.
The other consideration is duration of use and how heavily laden it’s going to be. This isn’t a long range recce plate carrier; compromises have been made in that respect in order to make it compact and JUMPABLE. There truly is a clue in the name, here.
Having said that, for a plate carrier of its ilk it really is very wearable. You’d be hard pushed to find a lite carrier as forgiving. After a jaunt of up to 24 hours, it’s unlikely you’ll be looking for alternatives.
JPC or JPC 2.0?
Like pretty much all of these questions, whether you choose the JPC or JPC 2.0 comes down to personal preference. I can only say that I prefer the 2.0 because for me it’s more versatile. That’s largely down to the lack of fixed front flap and instead its compatibility with AVS Detachable Flaps and Mayflower style placards.
Is it worth paying a significant amount extra, for what some might refer to as the luxuries of the 2.0? Only you can decide how much you want the additional features.
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