The rig I’ve posted previously can be worn with 4-point harnesses, using simple waist strap on the 5th and 6th points for more stabilization.
But these points can be utilized also as attachment points for pouches (and perhaps even gunbelts or warbelts, not tested it yet).
Recently new attachment system from PocketUp emerged and kickstarted my thinking about another method of pouch attachment.
Frankly, I do not trust hook&loop fastener enough to relay on it at outer pouch attachment. But I like very much “soft hook” DTMF and put it in any niche I can.
So behold, the nameless yet pouch attachment system with DTMF and sort of daisy chain.
We learn from failures more, than from successes. Recently I made an “admin” or possibles pouch, which supposed to be brilliant, but ended ahem barely capable.
My initial idea was to construct a narrow and thin pouch, fitting the upper staps on front of plate carrier, or any confined surface.
Compact chest rigs that integrate into the backpack’s straps are not new – D3CR+FlatPack from HSP (read – VOCR from EGL), Ventrapack from CivilianLab, to name a few. I’ve always wondered how pricey they are, noticing the small dimensions and overall amount of labor put into them.
Now, let’s make one for the price of pouches, set of Chinese-made rectangle carabiners and pair of soft snap-button PALs attachment clips.
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.
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.
Make every pouch 4 (four) PALs wide a Matroskya pouch! Just make a simple adapter and install it on soft clip:
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.