This post wraps up the series on chest rigs and the Chest Rig/ Armor Interface Kit by examining how one particular order concluded. To reiterate, the customer wanted to attach his Mayflower Research & Consulting UW Chest rig directly to his IOTV without the use of the original harness. This had to be done in such a way as to preserve the original configuration of the chest rig, allowing it to be used with the harness as an option.
In all, there was an exchange of a total of 41 email messages to and from the customer spanning Feb 15 – Mar 3. A lot of it was squaring away the details and having options approved. The chest rig was in my possession from Feb 25 to Mar 3. While working out the numerous options took up some time, actual work on the rig probably took less than an hour.
Based on the criteria provided, several options were proposed to the customer and the results are reflected below:
The customer went with an option that utilized ITW Surface Mount buckles to provide vertical support and shock cord anchored to the IOTV to replace the harness. As with anything, this was a compromise, but a good one considering that at least part of the concern was in preserving the original configuration of the chest rig.
The only drastic modification was severing the permanently attached waist strap and retrofitting it with a side release buckle to mirror the opposite side. The waist strap was then fitted with a compatible SR buckle allowing it to be used should the customer have the need to run the rig without body armor and with the harness.