cdnkelly wrote:Sig, sorry to be so harsh, sometimes I'm too overbearing, so take no offense of my comments. Also if you still working on your belt.
No worries cdnkelly, apology is accepted. I don't like seeing the bigger threads take a dive because an opinionated gentleman gets all mouthy about peoples gear choices. With that out of the way, and now that I don't have a desire to make you feel like a mouth breathing private on zero day, I can address your other concerns.
There is a lot of combat experience that has posted, and added to this thread. And while your observations are valid, I used the term 'Scout Belt' for a reason. While some of the places I go (and grew up) may look like Afghanistan, we are all in the good old USA, I don't have to worry about body armor, Kpots, and all the other things that go along with that. I don't have to carry a dozen loaded mags between my pack and first line. YES!! I know that my gear is reminiscent of the old ALICE gear, it was meant to be. I own a chest rig, but it is little more then a fun extra to me at this point. Is it quality? Yes. Is it functional? Yes. Does it function over my belt? Yes. Would it work if I had to wear armor? Not at all. If I had to wear armor, I would redo it completely, and probably drop almost all of it off. No hard water containers, limited ammo, FAK, multitool, fixed blade knife and pistol. The rest would move up to my chest, or the assault pack.
When I put this belt together, I wanted to have everything on my belt that I needed to hunt for a full day without going to my main pack. I wanted to be able to drop my ruck, and hunt within seconds. I accomplished that. Sure, it has changed and evolved since then, but the basic premise is the same.
GenII should be even better, when I get around to it. It will be more streamlined, and lighter. I just bought a new Eberlestock pack, and I am trying to make everything work with it. I may have to go to the assault pack to carry my tripod and spotting scope, but-I still dont want to give up the belt.