John and Mike from UW Gear are good people. I have been talking to them about gear for a while. They have a good, grounded, light infantry philosophy and they make really good gear. I’m hoping that as result of our discussions they will be developing a combined battle belt/chest rig gear concept that matches with my philosophy.
They do some great chest rigs and the idea of utilizing a fairly lightweight and low profile limited capacity chest rig, along with a full battle belt, gives a lot of utility. This gear could be worn either with or without a slick plate carrier. Imagine bugging out in a vehicle wearing your PC and a UW Gear chest rig under a light jacket. Then, when you’re conducting light infantry operations, you can wear the battle belt and chest rig combination, with or without the slick PC. Anyway, more on that as it progresses.
The only quibble I have with what John is doing in the video, is that I do not use the Tactical Tailor shoulder or waist straps on either ALICE or MALICE packs.The original straps and pad suffice. Even if I wanted to use tactical tailor straps, I would use an original ALICE pad. You simply do not need a waist or stomach belt with these rucks. As John shows, the ALICE rests on top of your rear battle belt pouches. I personally lower my battle belt slightly when wearing a ruck, perhaps a little lower than John has in the video. Yes, you may have to take a little more weight on your shoulders, but this is the infantry, not scout camp.
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