Tried X-straps and H-straps today, and I swear H is much more comfortable and flexible.
Significant part of prototype is silly stolen from Zulu Nylon Gear product – M4 Reduced Signature Chest Rig.
Please notice that prototype has some redundant connectors – because some parts were ready from previously made pieces and now were combined into new.
Thanks to that, central part of H-harness could be crearly visible, look at “butterfly” on the next photo.
Suitable for micro rigs and placards, this harness use 4-point attachment instead of 6-point.
So there are two straps. One from front left to rear right is short, another from front right to rear left is long.
One is less reliable, two are more reliable. So – just run two straps on adapter to two D-rings on each side:
To clarify it, I’m worrying more about reliability of clips on pouch, than the durability of D-rings.
Currently doing nothing but playing around some weird deviant concepts of loadouts.
To make and old-school ammunition belt with modern modular pieces of gear.
Single vulnerable D-ring can be replaced with adapter as Maxped D-pouch, but it increases overall cost of solution. Would be better to replace it with paracord loop or two.
With all benefits of existing binocular harnesses (which also offer a good method of attaching mini/micro chest rigs), there are some disadvantages in their design.
Its straps become twisted – see picture below.
Recently I met in the internet two concepts of chest rigs’ harnesses, which I can describe only as “borderline genius”. So I was jealous as a devil and can’t eat, sleep and surf the web peacefully – until I figured a new concept combining both.
The main problem with my wanna-make chest rigs is the number of attachment points – as these rigs are supposed to be light, they have only four attachment points, not six, as heavier rigs do. So with six points its easier to both keep chestrig high (with upper and upper-side points) and anchor it on the waist (with lower-side points). It is far more harder with only four points, oh, so sadly to know.
After long hours of intense
-h-a-t-e- research, I decided to make upper points of four-point harness to work as traditional upper points on six-point harness, and lower points of four-point harness as both upper-side and lower-side points on six-point harness.
Some micro chest rigs are capable to attach directly to backpacks’ straps with lilltle adapters. For example, Civilian Lab Ventrapack, 5.11 VTAC Chest Rig, Shellback Go Time Chest Rig, and others.
Speaking further about chest rigs attaching to backpack’s straps’, there is a temptation to attach them directly on user’s body AND drive straps throught the back, not using the neck strap. Only one obstacle is present – usual harnesses are made with four upper attachments for buckles, while those micro chest rigs have only two (some of them).
Now this is a solution – binoculars harness:
It has two attachments for upper buckles, lower buckles are still used for strap belt.
What is the point ot using such a configuration? You can use chest rig on the go with loaded pack on your back, and use it solely then bearing light load. And harness never interfere with pack’s straps.
Update with derivative concepts:
Binoculars (chest rig) harness concept – Upper Torso Connection [binoculars], UTC-B
Mini/ micro chest rig harness concept – Upper Torso Connection [light], UTC-L