“Serving those who serve us for over 50 years.”

Nate’s Leather Custom Fit Load Bearing Vest Carrier

Price: $199.95

Available Options

* A: Back Panel - Length:

back panel length

Please specify the Back Panel Length in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

Upload a Picture of Your Back Body Armor Panel with a Measuring Tape Showing the Width at the Widest Point:

If the photo upload is not working it is ok! You can email the photos to one of our customer service reps after the order has been placed. Please process the order without the photos and we will take care of them after the order is submitted. 

* B: Back Panel - Height:

back panel height

Please specify the Back Panel Height in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

Upload a Picture of Your Back Body Armor Panel with a Measuring Tape Showing the Height down the Middle:

If the photo upload is not working it is ok! You can email the photos to one of our customer service reps after the order has been placed. Please process the order without the photos and we will take care of them after the order is submitted. 

* C: Back Panel - Wing Height:

bp wing height

Please specify the Back Panel - Wing Height in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

* D: Front Panel - Length:

fp length

Please specify the Front Panel - Length in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

Upload a Picture of Your Front Body Armor Panel with a Measuring Tape Showing the Width at the Widest Point:

If the photo upload is not working it is ok! You can email the photos to one of our customer service reps after the order has been placed. Please process the order without the photos and we will take care of them after the order is submitted. 

* E: Front Panel - Height:

fp height

Please specify the Front Panel - Height in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

Upload a Picture of Your Front Body Armor Panel with a Measuring Tape Showing the Height Down the Middle:

If the photo upload is not working it is ok! You can email the photos to one of our customer service reps after the order has been placed. Please process the order without the photos and we will take care of them after the order is submitted. 

* Chest Measurement:

Chest Measurement

Please specify the Chest Measurement in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

* Mid-Abdomen:

Measure abdomen at the widest portion of your mid-section.

* Front to Back Measurement:

ftb

Please specify the Front to Back Measurement in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

* Waist Size (in inches):

Please measure around your waist, just above your duty belt. Please give us this measurement in inches. 

* Vest Gap:

vest gap

Please specify the Vest Gap Measurement in inches:
(view Instructions tab below for clarification)

* Height:

Please Enter Your Height. Examples: 5 feet 7 inches , 6 feet 2 inches, etc.

* Weight:

Please enter your weight in pounds.

* Vest Color:
* Would you like a Baton pouch added onto your vest?:
Please provide the Length and Width of your Baton (When it is closed) below:
* Would you like a Handcuff pouch added on your vest?:
* Would you like an OC / Pepper Spray pouch for your vest?:
Please provide the Length and Width of your OC Pouch below:
* Would you like a Flashlight Pouch added onto your vest?:
Please provide the Length and Width of your Flashlight below:
* Would you like a Magazine Pouch (Single or Double) added onto your vest?:
* Would you like a Taser Pouch on your vest?:
* Would you like a Hidden Backup Gun Holster on the inside of your vest?:

Concealed handgun holster sits on the inside of your load bearing vest so you can always keep a backup weapon within reach.

Hidden gun holster on inside lbv image

* Would you like a Cell Phone Pouch added onto your vest?:
* Would you like a Radio pouch added onto your vest?:

When you select your radio pouch size, please consider the height of the radio pouch compared to the height of your actual radio (not counting the antenna). For example, If your radio is 5 inches tall to the top of the Frequency knobs, you may want to order a pouch that is 4.5 inches tall so the top of the radio sticks out a little. The image below shows an example.

LAPD blue sample vest carrier

Please provide the Length, Width, AND Thickness of your Radio below:

Do not include the antenna in the measurements, only the body of the radio

* Would you like a Tourniquet Pouch added onto your vest?:
* Would You Like to Add Level 4 Armor Insert Pouches to your vest?:

These Level 4 armor insert pouches allow you to insert Level 4 armor into your vest without needed to remove your Load Bearing Vest AND it still allows you to access all of your items on the front of your vest (magazines, handcuffs, radio, OC, custom pouches, etc.)  

* Would You Like to Make this Vest Compatible with "Body Worn" brand Body Cameras?:

BodyWornimage

To make your vest compatible with a Body Worn body camera, we will insert the specially designed Grommet and zipper to the front of your custom load bearing vest. 

* Would You like to add a Velcro / Sewn-on Police or Sheriff Patch to the Back of your vest?:
* Would You Like to Have Molle Webbing on the Side Straps?:
* Would you like to add an American Flag Patch to your vest?:
* Please Select Your Name Tag Option:

We can embroider a name tag  for you and have it sewn or attached with Velcro to your load bearing vest. If you send us an embroidered name tag made from an outside source it can be sewn onto your vest. However, we will not be responsible if the material colors of your name tag and the color of the load bearing vest do not match. 

Please Enter Additional Name Tag Notes Below:

If you requested an Embroidered Name Tag, Please enter here what Name you would like on the name tag.

* Would You Like to Have a Pocket Sewn on the Inner Lining that can Hold a Soft Trauma Plate?:
* Would You Like to Have a Velcro Retention Piece Sewn on to your Vest that will Hold your Radio Antenna in place?:

The velcro retention piece we offer can be added onto your vest and hold your radio antenna securely in place, so it stays out of your way while on duty. The picture below has a sample of this for your reference. 

LAPD blue sample vest carrier

Nate’s Leather makes the vest carrier you need.

These exterior vests are not sized small, medium, or large; they are custom fit to you specifically.  Nate’s custom fit outer vest carriers are made to accommodate the body armor panels you own   and are made with pouches to hold your magazines, handcuffs, OC spray, taser, tourniquet, etc. These pouches can be positioned where the officer would like them and according to your department’s specifications. For over 30 years we’ve been proud to hand-craft our vest carriers in the USA using only the highest-quality materials. These carriers are effortless to put on and take off, with side straps that allow you to loosen the vest and cool off. They are the perfect vest carriers for extreme comfort anytime of year. Our vests will meet your needs for comfort and quality.

A study from the University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire has shown that police officers that wear load bearing vest carriers experience significantly less hip and lower back pain than those that wear only a duty belt. Our load bearing vest carriers (also known as external carriers) are proudly made in the USA and keep you safe while you protect others. Our load bearing vests are made to exactly fit each officer's bulletproof vest and perfectly match the officer's uniform.   With just a few simple steps, we ensure that you'll receive a product that helps to reduce your hip and back pain. We are an industry leader in load bearing vest carriers and custom vests.

We take pride in our American Made products fully stand behind our products. If there's something you'd like that you don't see, please contact us.

Be safe out there.

Note: We can not accept returns on custom items. 

First you will need the following:

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Front and back ballistic vest panels
  • Pen or pencil
  • Email address you use
  • Camera (you can use your phone to take a photo)

Chest Measurement

Using the tape measure, measure your chest as shown in diagram 1.A. Write down the measurement.

Chest Measurement

Diagram 1.A - View Larger

Back to Front

Measure your vest from back to front as shown in Diagram 2.A and Diagram 2.B. The measurement should go from the bottom of the back panel of your vest, over your shoulder, to the front of your vest. Write down the measurement.

diagram2a

Diagram 2.A - View Larger

diagram2b

Diagram 2.B - View Larger

Vest Gap

Measure the gap from the bottom of your front panel to the top of your duty belt as shown in diagram 3.A. Write down the measurement.

vest gap

Armor Measurements

Next, take your front and back panels out of your carrier vest. Using the tape measure, find and write down the following measurements:

  • A. Measure the length of your back Ballistic panel as shown in Diagram 4.A
    bp length

  • B. Measure the height of your Ballistic back panel as shown in Diagram 4.B
    bp height

  • C. Measure the height of one side wing of your Ballistic back panel as shown in Diagram 4.C
    bp wing height

  • D. Measure the length of your Ballistic front panel as shown in Diagram 4.D
    fp length

  • E. Measure the height of your Ballistic front panel as shown in Diagram 4.E
    fp height

When you have finished these steps, please fill in your color preference and measurements in the fields above. Round your measurements up to the next inch.


Once you submit your order online, we will send you a follow-up email requesting the following photos:

  1. We will need two pictures of the Officer in uniform wearing his or her body armor: one picture of the officer facing forward towards the camera and one of the officer turned to the side wearing his or her body armor. Please be sure the entire body armor vest is visible while being worn on the officer.
  2. We will need photos of both of the Officer's ballistic panels: one photo of the front panel and another photo of the back panel.
  3. A photo of the items you want pockets made for, laid out on front vest panel in the position you would like the additional pockets. For example: if you want a radio on the right side of your vest carrier and a flashlight on the left side, place them accordingly.

Your order will not be completed until you send the photos listed. 

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