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Alright, I’m gonna explain how molle webbing works and how you can attach specifically a GR1 field pocket to a GR1.
You’ll notice on the back of a GR1 field pocket you’ve got horizontal rows of webbing that is very similar to the horizontal rows of webbing that you’ll find on the exterior but also to the interior of a GR1.
Now, on the back of the field pockets, you’ve got vertical strips as well and so the trick it, you’ve gotta get these fully exposed if you want to utilize the attachment capabilities of these pockets.
Quick tip: that while doing this, you want to make sure everything is empty.
What you wanna do is line these vertical strips up one by one.
You want to sort of half put them through and then you pull them all through together at the same time.
Next step, you go back through the field pocket itself.
So working with molle webbing is as stationary as it gets. It can be a little cumbersome to set up but once it’s setup, it’s really not going anywhere.
Now go back through the webbing on the exterior of the GR1.
It’s important to do it all at one time or it gets really hard to pull everything through.
So at every turn, I wanna make sure that I cinch it down as much as possible and then I just start the same assembly line of going through this again.
This is the last one on the back of the field pocket.
So I get them all through there and I cinch them all down as much as possible and then I got one more on the face of the GR1 to go through.
If you don’t keep cinching them down, then you run out of length and then you wonder what you did wrong and what you did wrong is you didn’t cinch them down.
Then I got one final thing here, I tuck these in. There’s some hard plastic inside there that provides some rigidity so that you can still curve and tuck it into the top of each of them; do that for all four, sort of bend them and put in.
Alright, now that’s fully attached that is not going anywhere.
This is the same system that’s used by soldiers in war to attach pieces to their exterior body armor. Specifically with this pack it still stays pretty minimalist.
Then you’ve got an additional organizational opportunity to put whatever you might want or need on the outside of your ruck; just allows you to add more stuff. I mean this thing is as stable as it gets.
Cinch Straps & Molle Adapters Explained
You got some weight.
Your goal is to put that weight higher on your back closer to your big muscles, your shoulders and your back as opposed to your lower back; not good, don’t wanna do that over long distances.
So we’ve got a cinch system that’s gonna allow you to do that with some straps, whether it’s bricks or whether it’s steel.
It’s mostly assembled here:
This is like a cooking show except way cooler.
These are assembled so I’m just gonna show you how to do it.
#1. Slide it into the molle, it takes a little finesse, it’s not just for all you meat heads to show up and just break the plastic which is actually pretty hard to do but some of you meat heads can do it if you just brute force it.
You gotta just finesse it through just a little bit, you just bend it a little bit and you push it through and then you keep pushing and then you push and you push and then it’s not going anywhere.
So let’s talk about the steel.
After we assemble the cinch straps, put them through like this, you need one that’s horizontal and you need two that are vertical relative to the rucksack being of course north and south up and down your back.
You wear it north-south.
Ok so you just slide them through, take your second one, slide that one through as well…
through all three rows of molle webbing.
It allows you to disperse some of the load distribution across all three rows which is the preferred outcome.
So here we got steel, property of monster McCarthy.
So again, try to move this to the top and make it very stable. We’re gonna take this horizontal one and then fix it first... slide that through and pull it out the other side and cinch it.
Once it gets kinda close, what you wanna do is sorta lock it down and then cinch it. Put that strap out of the way. Then you’ve got the two vertical ones, slide those through, piece of cake. Once you got it set up and you just cinch that down as well, sort of drag it up and then; it’s about as hard as tying your shoes.
Anyone remember how hard that was back in the day?
It was really hard until it wasn’t and that’s kinda like what this is.
So when you ruck it, it’s very close, you can just zip it up and you’re good to go.
Web Dominator Sternum Strap Explained.
I’m gonna walk you through how to set them up, what they’re good for when you want them and when you don’t.
This one’s really, really easy. The image below shows how to install this. Basically, you want to make sure that this is going to secure your bladder hose down.
You just want the hose to not flap around and make you look like a gypsy camp. Gypsy camps are bad.
This one’s a little bit more complicated, it’s a little bit harder. It is just much tougher, harder plastic..
What you’re trying to do is just kind of finesse it in there just a little bit. Finesse is tough, you get that one in there and then you kind of drag that one back a little bit like that and then you just kind of push that up. Get it all the way through, take your little finger, your non meat-head thumb and get it in there, that’s not going anywhere and now you’ve got both of those set up.
The other side of the sternum strap connected into the molle webbing on the GR1 and now back to the Web Dominator.
I got this bladder hose and without the Web Dominator, it’ll flap in the wind; I’ll look like a gypsy. Just tie it down and I look together, I look like I know what I’m doing and that’s the goal.
Now a quick little tip: I put this on my left side, here’s why. You know, it all kind of dates back from the military but when you’ve got your rifle, this was my trigger finger which means I had my rifle like this right? So this, I would wanna be able to operate out of my non-firing, non-dominant hand and I can easily access my water source, that way I still have access to my rifle just in case I need to bring it up and engage the enemy.
Sternum Strap – it’s meant to disperse the load, the weight on your back, across your shoulders and you back a little bit differently.
The trade-off is that the tighter it is, the more it disperses it, it feels more like a training vest or a weight vest the more that you disperse it. However, it constricts your breathing a little bit so what you wanna do is over time you just can kind of adjust it and it smokes your muscles differently meaning sometimes you might wanna have it undone. The weight of the rucksack is just bearing down from top to bottom. Now, when you connect it, it disperses it just a little bit more and then you play around with it and you could smoke your muscles a little bit differently throughout your ruck. So that’s it for the Web Dominator and the Sternum Strap.