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S Long
(Izeloz) - M

Locale: Wasatch
Waist belt for pulk? on 01/01/2013 21:49:59 MST Print View

I am looking for a comfy, stand-alone hipbelt that I can modify and use to pull my pulk. Any ideas on what would work well and be comfy in this use? Thanks for any feedback.

Franco Darioli
(Franco) - M

Locale: Melbourne
Waist belt for pulk? on 01/01/2013 23:01:45 MST Print View

When a mate and myself build a pulk we used the Osprey Bio Form.
http://www.rei.com/product/764283/osprey-bioform-cm-ax-hipbelt
I insisted in having a quick release system given that there was the possibility of the pulk (or him) falling through the ice.
No shoulder harness was used.
Max weight pulled about 40kg
You can see it in this shot.
Pulk training
The "pulk" there is just for training, in Alaska a modified Paris sled was used .
Note PVC tubes and climing ropes were used, no metal bits.
(for field maintenance)
The connecting point is where the Iliac crest is.
We tried different spots that worket best.

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Waist belt for pulk?" on 01/01/2013 23:29:47 MST Print View

I went to the army surplus store and bought a web belt for about $10.00. Then I went to Home Depot and bought suspenders meant for a tool belt for about $15.00 and attached them.

I leave the belt a little loose so the load is distributed over my frame.

Edited by davidlutz on 01/01/2013 23:30:43 MST.

Greg F
(GregF) - F

Locale: Canadian Rockies
DIY on 01/02/2013 15:04:50 MST Print View

I am in the process of making one using 1" webbing, blue foam sleeping pad and duct tape. I am thinking about adding some duct tape loops to tie in to my day pack which I will use to carry water. But i haven't figured out how it will work. Just have to find some webbing and clips which are somewhere in my garage.

I also haven't figured out my anchor points yet but I am thinking sewing a loop using the left over webbinb should work.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
REI on 01/02/2013 15:22:44 MST Print View

Check REI. They have several brands of hipbelts.

I got an REI hipbelt to replace the cloth belt on a large day-and-a-half pack.

Cut about an 8 or 10 inch length of seatbelt webbing for each side.
Place them in a V configuration at the sides of the hipbelt with the rearward part on the outside. On this outside part of the webbing V is where you place a large brass grommet to pin your pulk shafts to the belt. It should be a fairly tight fit to reduce play when moving. Leave just enough room to insert the clevis pin for the pulk shafts. Be sure the shafts form an X from pulk to belt. Put a neoprene O ring around the X to hold the shafts in place. "X" configured pull shafts make turning corners much easier than parallel shafts. (Don't ask.)

You can have shorter shafts for snowshoeing and longer ones for skis.

Next mark on the hipbelt where the (heat sealed) ends of the belt rest.

Take the grommeted webbing and hipbelt to a shoemaker or awning maker and have it sewn EXACTLY with the webbing ends on the marks on the belt. A good box-shaped stitching of each webbing end will suffice. Uee nylon thread.

This has worked for our Nordic Ski Patrol rescue toboggans loaded with patients on a backboard so for sure it will work for a pulk. It does for mine.

Edited by Danepacker on 01/02/2013 15:27:04 MST.

Richard Fischel
(RICKO) - F
an article on pulk to person attachment on 01/02/2013 16:26:13 MST Print View

you might find interesting. http://www.wildsnow.com/2875/sled-pulk-polk-gear-skiing/

these guys have given some thought to the process and (maybe over)engineering solution. the comments section also has some useful information.

Randy Nelson
(rlnunix) - F - M

Locale: Rockies
RE: Waist belt for pulk on 01/02/2013 20:46:29 MST Print View

I tried just a waist belt and it worked fine on flat ground. But going uphill it would pull down too much. I went with a daypack with loops sewn into the hipbelt as seen in the doc at skipulk.com. Worked a lot better for me.

J P
(jpovs) - F - M

Locale: North Shore
Re: RE: Waist belt for pulk on 01/02/2013 20:51:52 MST Print View

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Edited by jpovs on 06/27/2014 22:33:22 MDT.