January 29, 2015 at 3:56 pm #13810
I have used a drop leg holster in combination with a 2 (side by side) M16 magazine subload (more than two is too thick in my opinion) in previous deployments. These were attached to my riggers belt I wore as a BDU belt.
Obviously between the weight, your movement, and subload straps this will work to pull your pants slowly down. Even tightening belt to uncomfortable levels will not solve this.
Some type of suspender is required, but what can be worn above t-shirt, below BDU shirt, and still be comfortable with other gear? There are a few manufacturers that have produced these, but most are too complicated and expensive.
The M-1950 Suspenders I have worn on multiple deployments were comfortable and easy to use.
M-1950 Suspenders, Trousers
The olive drab shoulder straps and loops are made of cotton elastic webbing. The hook tabs are made of cotton webbing. The slide buckles are made from corrosion-resistant steel or brass. The hooks are made from corrosion-resistant steel or round brass wire. The ferrules (bushings) are formed from stainless steel or brass. The slide buckles, hook, and ferrules have a black chemical finish.
Description of Item
The olive drab suspender straps are scissor-back style (cross over in the back). The suspenders have two slide buckles and two hooks which attach to the trousers.
Simply put suspenders on over t-shirt, slip hooks between BDU pants and belt, hook under bottom of belt.
Once adjusted the cotton elastic webbing provides a gentle counter force to weight of subloads. It stretches with your movement and you will not even notice them after a day of use. The hook is wide enough to not damage belt through wear.
I have never worn out a pair, keep two on hand so you can hand wash and air dry one, while wearing the other.
Average cost is from $1.00 to $3.50 for one pair.
Search: M-1950 SuspendersJanuary 31, 2015 at 8:00 am #13843Brian from GeorgiaParticipant
Every time I lean over, my stiff BDU belt pokes out from under my LBE belt, even though I wear it low on my hips. This ought to be a good solution.
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Team CoyoteJanuary 31, 2015 at 8:55 am #13847AnonymousInactive
belt keepers……January 31, 2015 at 11:15 am #13858
Belt keepers are certainly an option.
The reason I prefer the suspender option is that this keeps my gear attached to riggers belt and pants pockets supported when I am not wearing other “battle rattle.”
In addition I still adhere to a variation of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd line gear notion.
In my opinion there is no one size fits all solution to the various gear needed.
We explore various options until we arrive at a solution that works for us, even then there is a evolution as we gain experience and seek that unobtainable perfect solution.
YMMVMarch 31, 2015 at 3:10 am #15871MaxKeymaster
This is not Max’s response/content. Just a glitch from the transition to subscription.
Don’t know if these are issue items anymore. I used them in the “90’s and bought them surplus then. As stated they are great over a t-shirt or polypros and under a blouse. At the time I hooked them to the belt loops. That way you could open your belt and pants without them coming down as when they are hooked to your web belt. The belt loop attachment I used is not ideal as there is a chance they might get ripped off. I didn’t do it but always thought that I should have sewn a heavy fabric or paracord loop for the suspenders inside or outside the waistband of the trousers for the suspender hooks. I always wore a larger waist size so there was extra room for good air flow and plenty of room for layering that could hang below the waist band. With the suspenders and the blouse covering everything it didn’t look odd. It made for a very comfortable setup that was adaptable for hot or cold weather. As stated earlier you won’t even know you’re wearing them when you get them adjusted right. Give it a try. You will like them.June 5, 2015 at 9:06 am #18155Jim D.Participant
Have you looked at the Spec Ops Combat Belt Suspenders, look like an updated version of the M-1950.June 5, 2015 at 9:25 am #18156
Have you looked at the Spec Ops Combat Belt Suspenders, look like an updated version of the M-1950.
SpecOps makes decent gear and those are definitely a updated version.
At their current price of $38.25 it’s a bit pricey when compared to the M-1950 Suspenders. I would also think that those quick release buckles might cause problems when under a Battle Belt, etc…
I am sure they would be durable and last, but I personally will stay with the originals.June 5, 2015 at 1:11 pm #18157Scott GParticipant
Somewhere I think I have some of these. No I need to go look.
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CRCD #1 AlumnusApril 10, 2016 at 5:18 pm #26079
Average cost is from $1.00 to $3.50 for one pair.
I consider this still to be a great accessory that lasts forever for cheap investment.March 26, 2017 at 11:31 pm #42827wheelseeParticipant
I ran a loop of 550 cord on each side of my BB. Many years ago, developed sciatica that keep under control by keeping wallets out of back pockets (primary reason why I wear cargos). So even though not much on the belt, I’ve found after wearing all day, my sciatica wants to flare-up. Viola!! These suspenders do the trick, taking just enough pressure off my butt cheek to prevent flares.
And I’ll second Joe, for ~$1 each, one of the most cost-effective pieces of equipment I have.
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