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Benny BC
05-16-2013, 04:26 AM
I'm seriously thinking about getting a HPG Kitbag, but not sure if it's my thing. After chatting to a mate I foraged around my pile of kit & came up with something similar. Although not as refined & less features it'll give me an idea of whether the Kitbag is my thing.

I started with one of these: http://www.platatac.com/utility/spam-large-pouch/w1/i1002595_1024382/
Two of these: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-2-Molle-Lashing-Pack-Straps-DCU-Alice-Army-USGI-US-/251243819237?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a7f4c70e5
Four of these: http://milspecmonkey.com/store/tactical-gear/hardware/accessories/itw-1-repair-buckle-srb

Did a little of this:

http://i1061.photobucket.com/albums/t469/BennyBlank/Bushcraft/Accessories/DSCF3538.jpg (http://s1061.photobucket.com/user/BennyBlank/media/Bushcraft/Accessories/DSCF3538.jpg.html)


& ended up with this:
Note the female SR's on the lower front corners, these come into play last & will be explained further on.

http://i1061.photobucket.com/albums/t469/BennyBlank/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020234_zpsfc86c38b.jpg (http://s1061.photobucket.com/user/BennyBlank/media/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020234_zpsfc86c38b.jpg.html)


http://i1061.photobucket.com/albums/t469/BennyBlank/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020235_zps51abf27f.jpg (http://s1061.photobucket.com/user/BennyBlank/media/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020235_zps51abf27f.jpg.html)


http://i1061.photobucket.com/albums/t469/BennyBlank/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020236_zps25226e58.jpg (http://s1061.photobucket.com/user/BennyBlank/media/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020236_zps25226e58.jpg.html)


Rear of pouch. I attached the modified male SR's to the top of the vertical molle straps & female SR's to the lower pals.

http://i1061.photobucket.com/albums/t469/BennyBlank/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020233_zps85b8dea6.jpg (http://s1061.photobucket.com/user/BennyBlank/media/Bushcraft/Personal%20Load%20Carry/P1020233_zps85b8dea6.jpg.html)


The rig dons & sits much the same as the old school battle bra. The molle lashing straps run from the top & cross over at the rear to join to the opposite lower SR buckle where the rig is tightened to the desired height. Both tails have male SR's reeved & are taken around the rear & attach to the lower front female SR's & are tightened again to stop the rig bouncing when moving at a faster pace.

Really any reasonable sized molle pouch could be turned into a chest rig with this kit. I'll see how it works out. I have no intention of using this for concealed carry so won't miss that feature at all.

robcollins
05-16-2013, 10:53 AM
Pretty cool. You could also easily fashion a lift kit to get it to ride with a backpack, which is nice because it helps stabilize both. Initially I thought the Koala harness was tough to get into, but it's grown on me and now I don't leave home without it. Mr. Smith's good ideas being applied to other platforms just makes sense. Good one, Mate!

BuckarooMedic
05-16-2013, 11:03 PM
Great work, "necessity is the mother of invention" as they say. I did the exact same thing with a HSGI Admin Panel. I added a couple of magazine shingles to the front of it and had a great, very low profile mini chest rig. Now I use my KU Koala.

Take care

LMT66
05-17-2013, 12:47 AM
Nice job. If it works, it works and saves some $.

I used a G1 Claymore as a poor mans TG1 a few summers back. I think I used straps off a Scout and some hardware from my bin box.

Benny BC
05-17-2013, 06:19 AM
Thanks guys. I'll update in the future when I've given it a good run. I've just found another smaller pouch that can be adapted, similar size to the Koala Lite. It might get more use than the big rig.

bankay
05-17-2013, 01:38 PM
Nice set up :)

I just did something similar recently that is essentially an admin pouch that can then just be added to my Koala front or directly inside. The admin pouches are nice because they are stiff, have some structure, and really do have a lot of useful pockets and loops built in.

I tend to use that and the Koala in shoulder bag/bandolier set up for everyday because that instantly makes it look more civilian. It's also a lot easier to take on and off.

robcollins
05-17-2013, 03:26 PM
Nice set up :)

I just did something similar recently that is essentially an admin pouch that can then just be added to my Koala front or directly inside. The admin pouches are nice because they are stiff, have some structure, and really do have a lot of useful pockets and loops built in.

I tend to use that and the Koala in shoulder bag/bandolier set up for everyday because that instantly makes it look more civilian. It's also a lot easier to take on and off.

A dock & lock #11 fits pretty nicely on my Koala, they're $30, (I initially thought $12 as the site doesn't show the price correctly unless it's in the cart) could also make a good stripped down Koala-ish kit-bag type pack, it has 3-bar sliders to attach a harness to.

stealthfan
05-23-2013, 04:34 AM
wow, great idea. I've got so much Platatac gear collecting dust these days.