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Ultra Vest Waistband Failure

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#1 PaulEdwards


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Posted 26 September 2004 - 03:13 PM

I've just had to fit another plastic 'waist band' for my ultra vest as the original one has cracked badly. The crack started at the bottom of the band where it is clamped by the vest spar and seems to be caused by the pivoting force created by the back straps. The straps are great for stability but they tend to pull up on the waist band causing stress points where the band is clamped at the front.

Has anyone out there had a similar problem and found a neat solution?

Maybe a more rigid type of plastic is needed or some kind of metal reinforcing at the bottom of the band?

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#2 Brad Hruboska

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Posted 14 October 2004 - 08:07 AM

On my old harness, I usualy just cut new ones out of black nylon, seemed to be a liitle more durable... or you could have walter klassen make you some kevlar pieces ( pretty expensive)....I rebuilt my vests several times this way.....
tip if you get a crack started, drill out the end of the crack it spreads the force a bit and slows the spread, good for those days away from a shop or any assistance....

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#3 TJ Williams

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Posted 20 November 2004 - 09:51 PM

A few years ago in the pre Klassen era I had similiar failure in my 3A vest while working overseas....Tapes like crazy to complete the job... then met with a saddlemaker who redid it in leather.. weighed slightly more... I still have the vest as a backup saddles never fail. maybe someone to talk too..
Best of Luck
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