As a follow-up to my previous post: this chest pack is still a bit of a work in progress but has been tested and works as is. I didn’t want the non-IC-705 owners to feel left out 🙂
The Condor T & T pouch is a frequently reviewed favorite of hikers and hunters – YouTube videos abound. The key feature is the way the pouch opens from a chest plate, or just straps, to form a tray. I expect you could modify other clamshell pouches of other sizes with an adjustable cord to do the same thing. I haven’t seen other pouches built to do this, yet.
The “tray” section contains a number of MOLLE loops as well as some loop material. This makes it easy to fashion your own radio attachment system. I have been using some hook material fastened to the back of KX2 for now, but am working on something that locks in, rather than tempt fate.
A Buddistick can be easily inserted in the chest plate as it was on my IC705 chest rig.
When closed, it protects a KX2 well. The fit on mine is relatively tight, but that is because I have a Buddistick adapter plate permanently mounted to the KX2 for HT operation.
A few things worth knowing so one doesn’t need to engage in an arduous voyage of self-discovery:
- The tray can be made more stable by inserting something stiff in the pocket of the bottom case half.
- And probably more important – the case is floppy if not secured to the chest plate at the outer loop positions. Four in the middle won’t cut it, because the back of the pouch will bend with the weight of the rig.
- By ensuring there are attachment points on both sides of each string, the string can’t pull the top away from the plate.
I think the pics tell the story. I still prefer running the IC-705, but having the radio protected by a case that can contain all the dedicated accessories is a big win for the KX2. So is having everything available off the shelf.
SO many choices 🙂
Very cool! Thank you, Scott. I love how you’ve used these off-the-shelf pouches and chest packs to make what ends up looking like a very custom system!