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#1 David Williams

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:03 AM

The left shoulder buckle exploded on the job today. Kind of surprising considering I only had a grand total of 7 odd Kg on board. Close inspection shows no obvious distortion or wear in the broken item, and the sled was resting in the sweet spot while I waiting my call for a live to tape show. It just went pop, and my camera tried to head butt the wall.
These buckles are pretty light weight, considering the constant pressures the under go. Looking at it now, it has all of @ 1.5mm of plastic between the rivet hole and fresh air. It broke right there of course. That's all that's holding the whole chest plate to the shoulder buckles? They are also riveted on, so you can't inspect them for wear and replace them without drilling out the rivets.
I was able to wire the vest together and carry on, and now I'm looking around for some decent quality buckles to replace the originals. I found that Fastex are actually based in Melbourne where I am, so they may be my best bet. Anyone have any other recommendations for shoulder buckles for a Flyer-LE vest? I'd recommend any one else with a Flyer replace there buckles as soon as practical, because they are not particularly good if mine is representative of the general quality :(

http://www.fastex.co...tic_buckles.htm
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#2 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 16 March 2009 - 03:06 PM

I have found that with Fastex style buckles if they are put under load while not completely closed it will cause them to snap. They also wear out after a bit of abuse which is what they are likely to see on a steadicam vest. When I was looking for replacements(not for a flyer LE vest) I was having trouble finding a place online to get the ones I wanted but the US distributor happily sent me free samples.

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Posted 17 March 2009 - 03:39 AM

I have found that with Fastex style buckles if they are put under load while not completely closed it will cause them to snap. They also wear out after a bit of abuse which is what they are likely to see on a steadicam vest. When I was looking for replacements(not for a flyer LE vest) I was having trouble finding a place online to get the ones I wanted but the US distributor happily sent me free samples.

~Jess


Aww, don't tell me that :) I was pleased to find one right near by! Ah well, thanks. I will pop in and have a look at their range, they have a few. There might be some suitable ones...I'll keep looking around though.
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 11:31 PM

Tiffen stepped up and offered warranty replacements. Thanks Michael!
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