Zero-G Plates by 5.11 Tactical – Duty Belt Support

As an avid 3-gunner who has not yet splurged on a Safariland ELS belt system (I remain stoic that I do not need one, despite spending thousands on my firearms and ammo), I was intrigued to run across this little gem on 5.11 Tactical’s website. The Zero-G Plates are purpose-built weight distribution panels for duty belts.


Manufactured from carbon fiber (a material that seems to be used for all kinds of things), the Zero-G plates slide on to the belt, taking up minimal real-estate. Its shape is designed to distribute weight from the sides (where the handgun and ammo/radio are typically located), making belts more comfortable to wear long-term and less likely to move around under vigorous movement. The plates retain the velcro backing to ensure compatibility with dual-belt systems.

The plates are available direct from 5.11 for $109.99

Description from 5.11’s website, verbatim:


After four years of testing and development 5.11® is proud to announce the release of our Zero-G Plates, a revolutionary new modular load bearing system that dramatically increases the efficiency and comfort of your duty belt. Engineered to complement the body’s natural structure, 5.11 Zero-G Plates™ distribute weight evenly across the hips and down the femur, minimizing pressure against the spine and abdominal muscles while providing a stable and secure platform for all your gear. Crafted from low-profile non-reflective carbon fiber, 5.11 Zero-G Plates are tough, durable, lightweight, and integrate easily into your existing loadout while providing a clean and professional appearance.


  • 5.11 exclusive modular load bearing system
  • Amazingly comfortable, thoroughly professional
  • Promotes proper posture and reduces fatigue
  • Integrates easily with your existing loadout



  • Crafted from lightweight carbon fiber
  • Non-reflective
  • Overmolded for comfort
  • Inner loop-sided panel adheres to liner belt
  • Compatible with your existing keepers


Nathan S

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • Nicks87

    I can’t imagine how putting two pieces of plastic in between your body and duty belt could make things more comfortable. It seems counter intuitive. It might work for some people but it looks like the plates would dig into your hips/upper thighs.

    • Guest

      you spelled carbon fiber wrong

      • MR

        “P-L-A-S-T-I-C, Carbon Fiber”

      • Nicks87

        You’re right, I assumed they were plastic with a fake carbon fiber finish but for $100 they better be real carbon fiber.

    • Robocop

      it doesn’t look more instrusive than most of the plastic plating on certain pieces of duty gear. The UBL on a safariland holster is contoured plastic and I don’t notice it over an 8-16 hour shift. The clips on a baton holder or taser holster are far more instrustive IMO. I am planning on buying these at some point but for my duty set up and not for competition since the belt isn’t on long enough to cause discomfort.

      • Nicks87

        Well I hope they work for you. Some guys wear a leather or padded insert that does the same thing. I think that would be more comfortable than the 5.11 inserts. I dont wear my duty belt much anymore since I spend more time out on the range or in the office nowdays but I do have to qualify with it at least twice a year.

  • Bill

    General Rant: 5.11 is on drugs. A really great company, Royal Robbins, came out with a sorta-niche pair of pants, high quality, they caught on with certain agency, and, after being sold out, we have 5.11 making adequate at best stuff at zillion dollar prices. This is a good idea, done by a couple other companies, that doesn’t need to be made out of carbon fiber to work.

    I have sciatica and periformis syndrome (look t up, it’s literally a pain in the ass), likely due to carry pounds of stuff on my waist, but I had a friend cut and sew some pot-holders together (not the kind of potholders that anyone who’d spend that kind of money on for a couple pads would use) and bingo-bango, pads for under my duty belt, total cost: too little to remember, and cheap enough to replace when they goy overly funky or flat.

  • Conner

    The description states: “Compatible with your existing Keepers”. It does not accept my Safariland belt keepers! The keepers provided are small and somewhat difficult to get on, and don’t think they would hold up in a fight.
    As far as what it is designed to help “Promotes a Spine Safe Posture”, I will report back after wearing.
    Design looks good. But, for the price it should do as stated accept my belt keepers.