Today @ Down Range Gear

This customer had a problem with the side closures on his armor system. Apparently the manufacturer thought that a single overlap of hook and loop between two kevlar panels in an outer carrier laden with gear would hold up in the field. As might be expected, the sides come apart at the most inopportune times. Velcro is not the preferred method of closure for such a critical juncture. But you work with what you’re given. It turns out, the PALS Shock Cord Anchor, or a derivative of the design might solve the problem. This hasn’t shipped yet so the outcome is unknown until the customer installs the parts and puts the vest through it’s paces, but simple solutions tend to be the most likely to work.

Two sets of buckle systems were fabricated. The first is a standard PALS Shock Cord Anchor which uses a PALS loop to tether a buckle via shock cord. An ITW QASM secures the buckle on the other side of the opening. Thinking that elastic shock cord might not be enough, a second buckle system strapped into a length of webbing was included. It’s sewn into a triglide which has been slotted to slide onto a PALS loop. After the customer has received both systems and put them through their paces to determine which one is most appropriate, we’ll exchange the one that is least useful for another of the variant that works best.

Personalized, one on one interaction and individual attention in the service of your problem is what custom gear building is all about.

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6 comments
  1. Paul said:

    I really wish I had this when I was running a similar kit from AWS. That was my biggest complaint is that I couldn’t put stuff on the side because the velcro would come undone and fall forward. Nicely done.

  2. downrangegear said:

    Paul,

    Thanks very much. This workaround is no substitute for properly designed gear from the manufacturer but we were very pleased to be able to fill the need.

  3. Thanks so much to Down Range Gear for taking the time to listen to the problems I was having with the vest.
    They listened and provided me with two options to try out. I didn’t have to wait long to have the package at my door step either. The strap system ended up being the best solution.
    None of the big gear manufacturers had anything close to a fix for my vest and Down Range Gear proves that the “small” guys get it done!

  4. downrangegear said:

    Eric,

    It’s been a pleasure working with you on this. Thanks for the business!

  5. MANUEL said:

    I AM INTERESTED IN PURCHASING THE STRAP SYSTEM IN BLACK, AS I AM HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM. I WAS GETTING READY TO PUT SOMETHING TOGETHER WHEN I STUMBLED UPON THIS POST. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVINIENCE. THANKS

  6. downrangegear said:

    MANUEL,

    It’s a little busy right now and I’ve been turning a lot of customers away. A set of straps like you’re asking is quick and easy though and I should be able to take care of it in short order. Please shoot me an email at downrangegear@gmail.com

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