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(Opinion) Weight balance / distribution of your setup?

April 18, 2017

We've previously discussed about fancy options of gear that were originally made for 'real operators' , which we received comments that there was not enough 'green info' in it, hence we decided to write a dedicated paragraph on something more practical and not click baiting. 

 

 

Today we are going to discuss about weight balance and weight distribution of your gear, we all know gym time helps one carrying more gear, but what if you are carrying the wrong gear or carrying them the wrong way? So let's say it's a short milsim game you are attending and you should be carrying on you more or less the list below:

 

  • 6x Mid cap magazines (to say the least, some carry more than 6)

  • 1x Pistol backup magazine

  • 2x Smoke grenade / Sound device

  • 1x Radio

  • 1x Speed Loader

  • 1x Bag of BBs

  • 1x Bottle of Gas / Co2 capsules / HPA air tank

  • Snack bars / energy supplements

  • 2L of water

  • 1x Simple medic kit / IFAK

 

Question is, how should one distribute the weight of these item across the body so it doesn't become front heavy or overly cumbersome? 

 

Do:

Place items where they could be easily reached

Carry only what you need

Carry water and food

Distribute weight evenly across the setup

 

Don't:

Over stack of items on each other

Carry items that have questionable purpose in the field

 

So lets say we have a standard Molle plate carrier and a Molle belt, where should we place our items to make it balanced and not cumbersome?  (This could vary from person to person!) 

*The key concept is to keep the weight distribution centered and balanced on both sides, stacking magazines on top of each other might let you carry more magazines on one side, but once you are on an unstable platform or hitting the dirt, it's gonna affect your balance and ability to get back to the standing stance.

 

On the plate carrier:

Front:

3x Rifle magazines

Map

Pen

 

Side (Cummerbund):

1x Radio

1x Rifle Magazine

1x Smoke grenade / sound device

 

Back (Kangaroo pack / Hydration pouch):

2L of Water

Snack and supplements

1x Smoke grenade

1x HPA air tank (if you use HPA)

 

Belt:

1x Pistol magazine

1x Rifle magazine

1x Speed loader

1x Medic Kit / IFAK

Dump pouch

 

Supply bag:

1x Bag of BBs

Green gas / co2 capsules / backup HPA tank

Extra food / water

 

(One may ask: If you count, there's only 5 rifle magazines in this list? The last one is on the rifle....duh?)

 

At the end of the day, each person might have different preference as to where to place their gear, we are only trying to introduce to the concept of keeping the weight distributed across the body and having them centric to the body, as your arm could only reach so far and having to find your piece of equipment under stress often leads to unpleasant results.

 

We do also suggest using pouches that keeps retention without using flaps as it may slow you down in the process of a firefight. Hydration pouches are also great ideas as it eliminates the need to access to your bottle and the need to unscrew the cap. 

 

 

 

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Founded in 1998, we are the first, largest and most reliable international retailer specializing in airsoft and wargame equipment.