Chest rig/pack for radio with variable incline

Chest rig/pack for radio with variable incline

I’ve got inspiration from some eye-opening discussion on the “payess-book” about nine months ago. Enough time to incubate a prototype. Search-and-rescue equipment is very interesting topic and demanding challenge.

So the concept is:

– pouch for the radio is mounting directly on the rig, staying close to the body and bouncing less;

– mounting a radio in the pouch slanted, so antenna will not poke the eye;

– easy alterating the rig incline from left to right shoulder.

Here I show the screenshot that sparked the idea:

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Triangular pouch from one-piece pattern

Triangular pouch from one-piece pattern

Inspiration can be taken from nearly any source. Two impressions combined and sparked my imagination: triangular pencil-case of my kids and tutorial video seen lately on topic of simple flat pouch with one-piece construction. Let me be clear, I like promotion of DIY skills. But newcomers must be encouraged to evolve, to gain an advance. So even first pouch should be simple as easy, not simple as stupid.

My take on simple sewing projects – below.

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Chest rig modification concept – weight on sides

Let me speak from my heart. I have a dumb hobby (honestly; and not only that one) of making gear setups just imaginary, not making it real. Sometimes it is for learning purposes, frequently for geardo reasons, rarely to give an advice. Currently it is just that case.

Some regular guy need a load-bearing solution:
– compact to fit loaded in weapons’ safe
– distributing weight less front and more sides (sure, he is aware of PT importance)
– spacious enough to fit 2 or 4 AK 30-seat mags, trauma kit, radio, multitool, light, knife, gloves, weapon license

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Admin pouch with paracord PALs and rigid inner flaps

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.

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Dirt-cheap detachable chest rig

Dirt-cheap detachable chest rig

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.

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One-piece soft clip for PALs attachment

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:

one-piece soft pals clip

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.