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Lightweight Webbing Reducer
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Daryl and Daryl
(lyrad1) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest, USA, Earth
Lightweight Webbing Reducer on 01/27/2012 11:30:42 MST Print View

Here's a lightweight webbing reducer that shows promise. Haven't done much testing with it, however.


The photo shows a small white piece of plastic sheeting making the transition from 2" wide webbing to 3/4" wide webbing. The plastic piece is cut (with scissors) from a roll of plastic roof flashing from Home Depot. The plastic cuts and sews easily.

Why do this?

(1)It will allow me to use, in this case, a 3/4" buckle and 3/4" webbing on a waist belt that would otherwise require 2" wide buckle and web. This saves a net of 3/4+ ounces of weight (after adding back in 1/20th of an ounce for the white plastic triangle).

(2) The myog plastic triangle is lighter than available reducing buckles that I have seen.

(3) One can make any size reducer at home. A 4" wide light waist belt, for example, would fit the waist more evenly if a reducer was sewn in between the (typical) 2" wide buckle and 4" wide belt. Most waist belts I have seen aren't very tight on the top and bottom if the waist belt is wider than the buckle.