New backmount vest (Klassen Lite)
Posted 13 February 2004 - 12:15 AM
Posted 13 February 2004 - 11:58 AM
Walter Klassen has posted info on his new lightweight backmount vest and an upgrade to his support arm for the socket block. Anyone test this stuff out yet? I'm curious how different Walter's light vest is from the Action Products backmount design.
I've tried out his new Lightweight harness about 2 weeks ago. Its got all the same key features as the Deluxe harness (air bladder, memory foam, excellent workmanship, etc.). The harness is overall smaller than the Deluxe and I found that this created some pressure between my shoulder blades when I used the harness with heavier cameras(35mm). I think it would be ideal for a lighter camera such as video cameras but for film uses I still prefer the Deluxe as there is more surface area so the weight/pressure is distributed over a larger area. Other than that, the Lightweight harness felt just as good as the Deluxe. The other major change is also the "door" design. The harness has only one "door" making it easier getting in and out of the harness. Mind you I never had any problems getting in and out of the Deluxe harness.
Walter's new Lightweight is very different from the Action Products. Walter's Lightweight is essentially a pared down version of his Deluxe. It is still constructed using the same materials and techniques of the Deluxe. The Action Products version is a non-rigid vest in the sense that they don't use a carbon fiber shell like Walter does.
Posted 13 February 2004 - 01:28 PM
Posted 13 February 2004 - 02:36 PM
Thanks for your interest and thanks Larry and Eric for talking about your experiences.
In response to feedback from the operators who tested the "Walter-Light", all ordered models will have a wider upper-back. This way operating with a heavier load won't cause this pressure on the shoulder blades. It's a small adjustment and will have a minimal effect on the weight.
I'll keep an eye on this thread and would be happy to answer any other questions.
Posted 14 February 2004 - 02:41 PM
Posted 09 March 2004 - 03:14 PM
So I've decided that it's time to seriously consider a back-mounted vest. But here's the dilema that I'm sure we all face; the DSD has become the industry standard, but $9k is A LOT for a vest. I know, it's a lot cheaper than career-ending back pain, but...
So, then there's $7,750 for the lightweight version. Well, if I'm going to spend that much, what's another $1250.00?!!!java script:emoticon('')
Lastly, there's the ActionCam, at $3700. I know this has been asked before, but can anyone give a comparison between this vest and the DSD's? I haven't tried either, but I hope to try demos of both. Thanks, Max Fischer
Posted 10 March 2004 - 09:56 PM
Just my 2 cents.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 04:23 AM
It's actually $8500.-
As you know Max, I own a Walter Klassen build Vest, (is that the politically correct definition? as all DSD and Klassen F/X are build by him). And I tried one of Brian's (ActionProducts) early models. That experience actually pushed me over the edge to go ahead and purchase the DSD. It was nicely put together and fit quite well until I put weight on it, the moment I picked up the rig it turned into a painful experience. I don't know if he has done any improvements since then, I very much hope so.
As they say, you get what you pay for. Why did you go with the PRO rig instead of the Glidecam Gold? Works pretty much the same... doesn't it? Or does it?
Is it a lot of money? Yes.
Is it worth it? Hell yes.
Also Walter's service is an asset that you can't compare to prices. Hand's down, great product and craftsmanship, even greater costumer service...
But then again...
Try both and make up your own mind.
Posted 12 March 2004 - 06:55 AM
I´m using my DSD here in the incredibly hot and humid conditions in Thailand and I have used my original front-mounted IIIa vest before in similar conditions in Cambodia and I can onl say: DSD has saved my life!
I have tried the vest from Action products, when it came to Holland. Mark the Blok has bought it and is happy with it, I think.
But it could not really compare to the fit and comfort of my DSD.
I´m happy I made the right choice for me!
Rob van Gelder, Bangkok, Thailand
Posted 16 March 2004 - 11:30 PM
Posted 17 March 2004 - 02:23 AM
Posted 17 March 2004 - 06:51 PM
Posted 22 March 2004 - 06:38 AM
From another operator on another continent same praise as above must be said. Had a fantastic time in Toronto fitting my harness and was fortunate enough to meet the people behind the magic, so again, thanks Walter and your very professional crew.
Joel Olsson, Stockholm, Sweden