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#1 kip ross

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 01:10 PM

The chest and waist belts on my Flyer vest are something I?d like to replace. I lengthened the chest belts because they were to short for my GIANT chest. However, they are thin and tend to twist around (think licorice stick), so a more rigid belt/webbing stock would ideal.

And, the waist belt is starting to show fatigue, in that it?s getting curly on the end corners from repeated on/off/on/off etc. Sooooooo, would the vest ratchet buckles (Tiffen item # msc-079901) foot the bill as far as suitable replacements for the current belts?

I see nothing on the Barbizon site regarding these doodads.

Thanks for any input.

I will contact Tiffen and Barbizon on Tuesday, as well.

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#2 Brandon Thompson

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Posted 14 January 2007 - 06:40 PM

The chest and waist belts on my Flyer vest are something I?d like to replace. I lengthened the chest belts because they were to short for my GIANT chest. However, they are thin and tend to twist around (think licorice stick), so a more rigid belt/webbing stock would ideal.

And, the waist belt is starting to show fatigue, in that it?s getting curly on the end corners from repeated on/off/on/off etc. Sooooooo, would the vest ratchet buckles (Tiffen item # msc-079901) foot the bill as far as suitable replacements for the current belts?

I see nothing on the Barbizon site regarding these doodads.

Thanks for any input.

I will contact Tiffen and Barbizon on Tuesday, as well.

Kip Ross


I don't know if the ratchet belts will work or not, but I remember either Peter Abraham or Frank Rush telling about bigger straps for larger operators.

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#3 PeterAbraham

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Posted 28 January 2007 - 08:46 PM

Indeed, I am working with Kip on this. He is saying the straps are folding over, something I've not seen before. ( I don't doubt him, I met and trained him ). The Big Boy straps are for men and women who want to order a Flyer vest with longer straps for the chest and waist. Added charge, I gotta check what that is.

At the other end of the scale, Tiffen makes the Compact " Laura " Vest for the Steadicam Flyer, for shorter and slimmer operators. Quite the hit, because it offers the snug fit the rest of us demand.

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