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Qore Performance – IcePlate


Quore Performance’s IcePlate is a 50 oz. water bottle designed to be worn between a base layer and body armor. When frozen, the IcePlate provides up to 140 watts of cooling over 2-4 hours when front and back plates are worn. Another benefit of IcePlate is that it can be utilized as a hydration pouch, so users aren’t carrying additional weight as far as water goes. Additionally, some preliminary testing by Qore showed the IcePlate absorbed impact energy which helped to prevent back face deformation when worn behind soft armor.



43 Responses to “Qore Performance – IcePlate”

  1. AJ says:

    Huh, neat. Are they planning to mold curves into them to match the plates? How does it attach?

  2. Gerard says:

    Does this work with beer?

  3. William says:

    I’ll clock 30 years Army service this year and I’ve seen and handled a lot of products over the years. While the Army has made a lot of progress in modernizing soldier kit over the past 15 years, the Qore IcePlate is one of those rare products you come across that you immediately recognize as revolutionary. Every Soldier and Marine, police and SWAT officer, and anyone that wears ballistic protection should have these plates. There’s nothing else like this anywhere–thermal regulation, hydration and protection in one reusable, lightweight and affordable product. This is a perfect example of American ingenuity at its finest and makes traditional hydration bladders look antique by comparison.

    • Joe says:

      Bro, you can tone down the fact you work for them because it’s showing…

      • jbgleason says:

        LoL. Beat me to it.

        • William says:

          Should I have made some useful comment like filling it with vodka or not having enough room in my freezer instead? No, I don’t work for Qore or have any financial connection with them at all. I do know when I see a great product, though.

          • Guy says:

            Have you ever humped a ruck? Because this looks uncomfortable and-even worse- heavy. Water is heavy, fyi.

            • William says:

              Thank you for the opportunity to elaborate, Guy.

              1) Yes, I’ve humped a ruck with armor–a lot. Everyone’s who’s done it knows it’s hard and hot work. Perhaps you do, too. I’m sure you know that just wearing armor for long periods generally sucks, and especially so when it’s already hot out.

              2) It looks uncomfortable and heavy to you? It weighs 12 oz empty and conforms to your plate carrier. You should try it. Beats canteens and bladders which won’t cool you down and generally just get in the way.

              3) Yes, that’s a great observation, water IS heavy. It’s one kilogram per liter to be precise, and you usually have to carry it anyway. So why not use it for more than just drinking? Now you can lower your body temperature and keep hydrated–no added weight. That’s the whole point.

  4. Bill says:

    I don’t think there’s room in my freezer…

  5. maresdesign says:

    Interesting concept. However, The sloshing sound would get annoying after a while.

  6. Kaos-1 says:

    Sapi or swimmer cut ?
    Dumbest thing I’ve ever seen.

  7. Dan says:

    Sorry to rain on the parade here, but I don’t think having this to replace soft plate backer is going to work, mainly because you’re going to drink your protection away.

    So I guess using this combined with a lvl4 plate would be ok, except now you are pushing 4 inches of thickness before ancilleries are added.

    I have no doubt this has a place, military is not it. Law enforcement I can’t speak too..
    Enlighten me if I am off base here

    • IcePlate’s primary purpose is to provide cooling and hydration without adding additional weight. Ballistic protection is an additional benefit mostly for soft armor users. At just 1” thick, even two IcePlates (100oz. total) actually reduces the overall operator profile by 30-50% compared to legacy bladders which are 3-5” thick: http://tiny.cc/thin_plate.

      The cooling also significantly reduces the amount of water required to stay hydrated (in-field customer use suggests this could be as much as half), so one IcePlate could actually provide enough water for users depending on mission length.

  8. .308 says:

    one of the dumbest things I have ever seen in this sphere.. I always find it humorous when these body armor cooling systems claim they reduce back face deformation.. it doesn’t matter! The body armor is designed to stop specific threats, period. Whatever jerry can or mesh you add to the vest doesn’t count.. period. I hesco barrier also helps with BFD..

  9. Center Punch says:

    This this thing works y’all. Recently gave it a few test runs in VERY hot conditions. You WILL BE SURPRISED how much cooling it offers. And you have cold water to drink while it lasts. Who cares if you drink up the deformation protection?? I guess the main question here is “will this help my core temp stay below critical when it’s too f’ing hot out, and I have to be working in the heat?”. The answer is “yes”.

    • How long did it stay cool?

      • Center Punch says:

        Depends on heat of course. Lasts much longer by donning at start of incident or work effort. I had cooling/cold water for just under three hours in 90f + w high humidity and moderate effort. Also, you have to know what it’s like to work in environments like that with a “feels like” temp up at 130 to fully appreciate the cooling effect of the ice plate. Warmer temps and higher activity levels will give you a shorter cooling life span. But… The results are undeniable.

  10. Rearmount says:

    This will work nicely in my YETI cooler to keep things cold. And function as an emergency rehydration device if all my beer’s gone, too.

  11. Interesting.

    The WHITE color seems to clash with a lot of camo schemes.

    The zip tie attachment approach seems primitive but if it works…

    I wonder if one can use other tubing or is it proprietary?

    • The white/translucent color is for users who want to see their water. This was based on end-user feedback we received regarding the importance of trust when it came to water sources, namely ROWPU. We just launched Wolf Grey this last week for those who prefer a low-vis option.

      The tube is permanently attached to the IcePlate bottle: https://www.instagram.com/p/BIBF5PejRc_/

      However, we designed the bite-valve end of the tube to be open-source so that users can attach whatever accessories they prefer.

      • Dellis says:

        As a civi I most likely won’t be in need of this, although South Texas is friggin hot, I am not in a job where I have to wear kit all day so if and when I do wear it it’s part of a training day at the range or a class but I will say it’s great for a rep to brave the critics and come on and reply with thoughtfulness and a willingness to field questions/concerns.

        Kudo’s for that!

      • Eddie says:

        Have you considered Coyote color with a clear window on the side of the plates? Not sure if this would compromise strength, but would offer low visibility option with the ability to see water level. Just throwing out ideas.

  12. SamHill says:

    So are we actually thinking that the military, police or housewives are really going to dedicate freezer space for these all the time?

    • PNWTO says:

      Time to get the boys together and “tactically acquire” a fridge for the team room.

  13. Greg says:

    Will there be a cold weather duty model, for coffee and hot cocoa?

  14. Chris says:

    I have no military or police expiriance so I have no opinion on how this would work in those areas. I am a welder though in the south west and needless to say it gets hot on a 110 degree day while laying on preheated metal while laying down beads. I would be interested in getting a superlight plate carrier and trying this out under my leathers.

    • Chris, thanks for your interest. We offer Industrial QD Straps for applications exactly like yours. This configuration is in use by foreign government customers and domestic oil & gas customers who have purchased them for construction & field workers.

  15. AlexC says:

    I just bought one for my friend’s birthday. He is a firefighter and will love it. Right now he wears a camelbak on his chest, this should be better.

  16. Junior says:

    I am a SWAT Operator, and although the ability to cool seems useful, I cannot think of many times that I have deployed from my house (where I actually have a freezer). Additionally, in the SWAT and DOD world, we wear plate carriers (with level III or IV plates), so this product would not be helpful as a ballistic aid, and I assume it doesn’t defeat rifle rounds anyway, especially once you drink the water… I can see this application on the range, or during training maybe, IF you were to have access to a freezer nearby.
    For a patrol officer, it might work for a few hours, but certainly not an entire shift. Just my two cents…

    • Junior,

      First, thank you for your service manning the thin blue line, sir.

      For teams/units who do not deploy from their homes, we have two options. The first is this Insulated IcePlate Cooler Bag: http://www.qoreperformance.com/products/insulated-iceplate-cooler-bag

      We have also partnered with Pelican to offer some of their heavy duty coolers with IcePlates for team/unit/agency purchases. IcePlate was engineered from the start to carry 30% more water compared with even the most efficient water bottle in the same space: http://www.qoreperformance.com/products/iceplate-pelican-package

      A couple other thoughts: IcePlate was designed for hard plates, primarily as a cooling and hydration solution. The back face deformation attenuation is a bonus. It’s also very efficient for carrying water because it keeps it close to your body and thins your overall operator profile by as much as 50% while making the load easier to carry: https://www.instagram.com/p/BJbowESjbcK/

      The SOF and SWAT operators with whom we worked to develop IcePlate highlighted this is a big deal for CQB/VBSS/MOUT in particular where a thinner profile greatly aids in maneuverability

      We’ve had SWAT customers tell us that IcePlate kept them cool for 4-5 hours, so two IcePlates per shift would do it.

      • Center Punch says:

        For LE SWAT. Teams. If I can add a couple thoughts here to Junior and anyone one else with similar thoughts: Scenario #1. deploying from the office, you grab the coolers and stuff them with frozen ice plates. Don when putting all your gear on at staging area. Scenario #2. You’re out and about and the bell rings – your buddies or someone else brings them out from home or the office. Scenario #3. You’re at home on a weekend or days off. You have to grab food and water anyway- so take a few more seconds to throw the ice plates from your freezer in that cooler you always carry with you anyway.

        The point here is not to look for reasons NOT to use it, but how can this ice plate system help in those instances when they’ll make a huge difference. Granted, you won’t use them of every deployment, but if you work in hot environments, I can guarantee there will be times when it will help your cooling.

        When “Camelbak” systems first came out, there was a learning curve too. Now everyone in the world has at least two or three. Ok – so I exaggerated a little. Point being, the difference between the 1% ers of warriors out there and the rest of the world, is they are going to rationally look at something new and then try it out to see if it works.