I just ordered the shoulder straps and hip belt from Dropzone. Can anyone provide me with any information on how to attach these best? Little bit confusing. How come army gear never comes with instructions..
Trying to describe how to lace up a 64 is like trying to describe and platypuss and have some one draw it, but I'll try.
What frame are you using? I'll assume a 64, but the ALICE is similar.
First step is to loop the bottom loop of the shoulder strap around the frame "wing" (circle hole on the ALICE frame) and pass the padded portion of the shoulder strap through the loop. It should now be attached to the frame "wing".
Now run top 1" straps through the locating slots on the top of the frame and back through the tribar buckle at the top of the shoulder strap.
I will get my art department on the job of producing instructions.
Sounds like you are getting it all figured out. Great!
The webbing has always been tight when using the metal buckles. You may wish to add some para cord "pulls" to the buckles through the hole. By lifting the buckle about 90 degrees as you are adjusting it the webbing should slide through easier.
It will become easier as it is used.
BAck in the days of cotton webbing, when the steel buckles were developed, they needed the tight tolerances to "bite" the cotton webbbing to prevent slippage.