C.A.R.R. Backpack Transforms into Mobile Trauma Kit, Plate Carrier – SHOT Show 2018

The Concealed Armor Rapid Response backpack from Wraith Tactical.

Over in the tactical wing of SHOT Show, I expect to see a lot of products that are gimmicks. I also expect to see a lot of things that are a bad idea, even if they are in Multicam.

So it was with some apprehension that I was sent to learn about a bag. Fortunately for me, this one turned out to be a winner.

The Wraith Concealed Armor Rapid Response (C.A.R.R) pack is one of the most innovative products I have seen to date. It looks like a square backpack, but these looks are very deceiving.

With the pull of two straps, the Wraith deploys like a transformer, turning into hard armor plate carrier. Including full-size rifle magazines, med kit, accessory pouches, and the works. How? I’m still not really sure, and I made the booth guy do it several times.


  • Measures 12″ wide x 16″ tall x 6″ deep closed
  • 3D spacer mesh improves comfort and airflow
  • Accepts 10″ x 12″ soft and hard armor
  • 100% water repellent
  • 3D mesh inner lining
  • “Pre-tensioned” webbing for easier attachment
  • Front side vertical webbing for chest rig adaption



The straps pull down and away, and with a twisting motion, the front panel deploys. This exposes the back panel, while the front pulls over your head. Buckle the previously hidden fasten buckles, and you are in a full-size plate carrier in seconds.

This has a lot of applications, from Police responding to an active shooter, to low visibility Special Operations deployments. There is a full-size medical bag option as well, giving the team Medic a similar capability.

This is a really cool product, that you are going to have to see to believe. Watch the video, and prepare to have your mind blown.

The optional utility bag.


The C.A.R.R. pack retails for $319.95.  The optional Utility Bag insert goes for $79.95.  Medical supplies are not included.  Visit Wraith Tactical to learn more about the C.A.R.R.

About the author: Clay Martin is a former Marine and Green Beret, retiring out of 3rd Special Forces Group. He is a multi-decade and -service sniper, as well as 3-Gun competitor and Master ranked shooter in USPSA Production. In addition to writing about guns, he is the author of “Last Son of The War God,” a novel about shooting people that deserve it. You can also follow him on twitter, @offthe_res or his website, Off-The-Reservation.com

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  • Mark E Johnson January 25, 2018, 9:59 am

    Looks like a great product. Questions: what is the life expectancy of the ceramic plates? 5 years? Are there replacements for those and at what cost?

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