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Platforms / WTF Harness 04 in woodland camo
« on: September 24, 2019, 06:25:31 AM »
WTF's PIMPS (Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable) Harness 04
accepts WTF's various Accessory Panels for quick swapping of magazine
types while maintaining a single set of essentials. 3.1" wide shoulder
straps and a modular back panel spread the load over more surface area
thereby reducing user fatigue. Hydration and remote tank carriers may be
docked with the modular back panel.

Telescoping shoulder straps may be expanded from 2x2 PALS to 2x3 PALS
depending on the size of the user's body. Modular radio pouches and
similar are readily attachable to Harness 04 shoulder straps.

Fully articulating joints using milspec parachute cord allow Harness 04
to closely fit a wide variety of body types.

The modular back panel and shoulder straps are covered in loop for for
ID, IFF, morale, etc patches. Velcro brand One Wrap straps on both
shoulder straps and back panels effortlessly route hydro, commo, and
remote air lines.

PIMPS is laser cut from WTF's ACRONYM (Advanced Composite Rugged
Optimized NYlon Material) 500D laminate fabric. Parts are stitched with
milspec thread by skilled sewing machine operators. Matching printed
webbing and loop and ITW hardware used throughout.

Made in the USA. Harness only. Accessory panels not included. 9.2oz / 260g.

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Introductions / New to the forum, Latigo Customs
« on: June 12, 2019, 06:43:28 AM »
Hey all,

My name is Locke and I am the owner of Latigo Customs, a small gear company in Richmond, Va. I've been sewing since 2014 and started selling my products in 2015. I first started off doing basic uniform mods for myself, then had a few friends approach me for them, and some come for custom designed products. At that point, I decided to start selling. I've had a bunch of fun running a business, and I've learned plenty of things the hard way. I look forward to the information and lessons being shared here.

For those interested:
Latigo Customs website:
Latigo Customs instagram:
Latigo Customs Facebook:

It was down for a few hours today.  Back up and running  :)

Introductions / New to the forum, Shaw Concepts
« on: May 22, 2019, 07:45:42 PM »
Hello anyone taking the time to read this. I'm glad to have been referred to this resource and already want to ask a ton of questions. But about me, I am a recon marine who is getting out soon and has started making gear in the barracks. I definitely enjoy designing and making gear and hope to continue to do so in the future. If you'd like to check out my work you can view it on instagram @shawconcepts or at

Somethings I am looking forward to learning or getting help with from this forum are:
-Places to source materials like four way stretch fabric and this elusive National Molding Tactik Buckle
-Either learn how to make a good combat shirt for my own use or find someone who does it and support them
-Find individuals companies or groups to contract my designs for production batches
-Find rare camo fabrics to make dope stuff out of
-And finally spending hours going through these posts soaking up that knowledge

Feel free to mesage me here or on my instagram!

Platforms / PIMPS Turnkey 03 in M81 woodland
« on: May 18, 2019, 06:18:18 PM »
PIMPS (Practical Integrated Modular Platform, Scalable) Turnkey 03 (consists of Accessory Panel 03, Harness 02, and Waist strap 01) shown in M81.  MIL-W-5664 elastic stitched to laser cut ACRONYM holds five 20rd M4 mags or similar.

14.4oz / 408g

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Introductions / Re: Hello from Germany
« on: January 26, 2019, 02:51:15 PM »
Thank you for welcoming me!

Außerdem nett hier noch (weitere) Norddeutsche zu finden

Packs and bags / Proton Pack - Sling Messenger Bag
« on: October 29, 2018, 08:04:20 AM »
Adapted my pattern for a smaller waist/slingpack and elongated the body and widend it by an inch. I am digging it!

1680D nylon with 420 packcloth (teal) interior.

I'd love for an Industry professional section with intros much like ours, but for what their company offers.  Never really needed it as a small shop since I couldn't meet MOQs very often but in my new position, I'm always looking for new/different things to try. Best-way-to-contact info would be great since some companies are stellar about emails but suck at phone calls, etc.

I have never participated in one, but the open-source/collaborative design idea has always intrigued me.  Bringing a half dozen interested minds together on a single creation...still not sure the ins and outs of them or if they're a waste of time or not.

Open source CAD files for learning are awesome too.  I learn a lot from studying CAD files of products that I know as a finished good too, since I'm fairly new to the computerized design side of things.

i am also trying to figure out the simplest way to make a small back pack.

And oldie but goodie for pack making:

Packs and bags / Re: Backpack #8 a-tacs le-x
« on: August 27, 2018, 04:52:44 PM »

Hi guys, I made a little tutorial, I know it's not perfect but I hope it can help someone. If you have any suggestions please tell me because I want to make others tutorial. Thank you.

Packs and bags / Re: New Quad Zip build.
« on: July 15, 2018, 04:53:06 PM »
I just finished it.

There were a few rough spots and I messed up the pocket on top - i had to use ribbon to finish it. A mistake turned into a decorative feature.

When I make a pack, its hard to conceptualize and design from beginning to end. I find that I start with an idea and improvise as I encounter issues. Not easy...

Introductions / Greetings to everybody
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:05:53 PM »
My memory is terrible! I could have sworn I posted an introduction when I

Anyways. Here we go

I have a small sewing business located in Toronto Canada in which I mostly make belts for LE, MIL, and Civilian shooters. I've been sewing since the mid 80's. But, it's only been few years since I stepped beyond minor repairs and alterations. This forum has been a great source of valuable information on sewing and the business of sewing. Thanks for the letting me be a part of this.


Workspace, tools, machinery, and manufacturing / Re: Zig-Zag Timing
« on: May 31, 2018, 03:33:58 PM »
Take a look and join this yahoo sewing machine repair group, lot of smart people there can help fix issues.

Yahoo?  What is this, 1998?  ;)  Thanks, I just created a Yahoo account and joined the group.  Next step: get lost in the wealth of information....

Congratulations! Out of curiosity - are there more than  1 designers at EI or do you replace a lone person who left?

There are multiple.  I'm one of three.  Really looking forward to working with them, I discovered one of them designed one of my favorite packs of all times, so it's a little surreal to be working alongside people that have designed things that I own and absolutely love.

Tutorials and techniques / Re: In search of a (boxy) 3D corner tutorial
« on: December 23, 2017, 05:45:05 PM »
Best possible solution would be as WTF does and use a laser cutter, which melts the raw edges...unfortunately most don't have one handy. I snip the full seam allowance and I've never had an issue. We also use two layers of 500D on the bottom portion of the spine, which will likely take the most abuse, but I'd be equally confident in the tear strength of a single layer. Remember, either side of the snip, the material is sewn down to the panel, which prevents movement, and then bound with binding tape that overlaps, pulling the corner together. I use a 3/8" seam allowance and use 1" binding tape, which sews at about the same allowance. This hides the initial stitching and ensures the outside of the pouch has clean lines. I think it would take a tremendous amount of pressure to punch through that corner.

Here's the finished inside/outside corners:

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