Sometimes I see modular platforms which include PALs loops wider than standard. It’s obviously GoRuck (1.9-2″ wide) and discontinued BOGear products (no info).
I’ve always wondered if it is rational in terms of convenience. One day I tried to figure the most versatile PALs loop width with aim to attach any pouches centered – with even and odd number of loops on them.
Surprisingly, the needed width is 2,625″ – 1,75 times wide than standard 1,5″ wide PALs loop.
Just made a prototype photos for EDCforums member:
1: clear PALs
2: Hook strip (coyote) under the PALs, ruler over the strip
3: Loop strip (white) begins to sneak into PALs
4: Ruler removed, hook&loop done
5: Patch attached
The necessity for a method to attach standard buckles for a PALs platform is obvious to me. So I’ve played with an idea to combine G-hook and T-shape adapter in one accessory unit.
Sorry for crappy pics, as usual.
Simply put, it is a wrapper around PALs loop, which is fastened with DTMF closure.
Had a boatload of things to take care of. Showing some beta-version.
Widely known pack inserts, or organisational boards, have variuous features, so I want to make one to be suited to my specific needs.
I want to have a possibilities:
- hold A4 papers in the flat pocket
- attach modular pouches to the front PALs
- put rigid insert
- (later) have a compatibility with Tom Bihn “Rails” system, Matroskya and TAD attachments
Here is a prototype made from (s)crap materials, as clothing fabrics. So, it has terrible sagging on the top of open pocket due to the weight of pouch with thermos.
My plan is to make V-shaped entrance to flat pocket in the next prototype, so pocket wouldn’t sag.
Sorry for long lack of posts, I’m still here and even reading the blogroll.
I’ve seen at least two commercial solutions which put velcro surface over the PALs surface. Can’t believe it could happen.
To make a single-cell wide three inches height velcro attachment point we need:
- strip of loop velcro 6 (six) inches long and 1 (one) inch wide;
- strip of hook velcro 3 (three) inches long and 1 (one) inch wide;
- strip of paper about 4 inches long and about 1.25 inches wide.
Slip a hook strip under the PALs, slip a piece of paper over it, put a loop strip over the PALs and slip its ends under the PALs over the paper. Pull out the paper. Ha! Kiss your PALs goodbye, you’ll never get them back again, velcro will stay forever on them. Though, narrow knife or ruler can help, but it is questionably.
I’ve seen many examples of wrapping the cord around zipper pulls to make them silent – but it will be really silent, if wrapped from both sides of puller.
The only restraint – cord must be thin enough to come through the hole three times. So 550 cord is inappropriate.
Make every pouch 4 (four) PALs wide a Matroskya pouch! Just make a simple adapter and install it on soft clip:
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Concept picture in previous post seemed unclear, so I made a paper model of one-piece soft PALs clip.
As you can see, PALs configuration on the pouch (two-space-one-space-two) is rare to meet, but the idea easily suits the widely known config – two-space-two.
It (five inches long) is compatible with specific PALs setup on the pouch – two-space-two, commonly found on Maxped pouches and some other manufacturers. See illustration:
Though, the longer version (7 inches) will be compatible with another PALs stup on the pouch, never found on any pouch: two-space-one-space-two. I’ll make some for testing purposes in future.