January 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm #13620BuddyParticipant
Has anyone purchased custom webbing from either JayJays or Dixies Corner, both come from the UK? Apparently, its good stuff and you can custom build your layout. Looks perfect for a rifleman and fixes some of the drawbacks of issue plce webbing.
I was hoping to get a set from either builders and get a soft pistol holster sleeve sewn into the right side in between the rifle pouch and the belt.
LEGAL British immigrant, who embraces the freedoms of the US Constitution and lives happily in good old South Carolina(one of the last free states).January 23, 2015 at 9:01 pm #13621AnonymousInactive
very nice!January 24, 2015 at 7:56 pm #13640D CloseModerator
It looks well thought out, especially for patrolling. Note the harness in the top photo seems to lack a support in the rear for the battle belt. It looks like they opted for some connection on the side.
The only easy day was yesterdayJanuary 25, 2015 at 9:13 am #13647BuddyParticipant
I Found this review on Dixies Corner, looks like I am going to have to take the plunge….
“Another day another set of webbing to be dragged through the mud, jumped up and down on and generally treated like a Thai catalogue bride who’s not putting out upon delivery. This time our contender is from the very well known and established, Dixies Corner. Hardly a soul amongst us won’t have heard of DC either through reputation, the fact that someone else owns a bit of their kit or because it’s where we’ve stood at those bloody sheds in Brecon catching a breather before heading for the next checkpoint! Not only are they renowned for their kit quality they’re also very popular amongst those certain types of pervert soldiers that spend their holidays in the Brecons trying to tell their kids it’s fun to climb big hills. It’s hard trying to please Them but they obviously rate Dixies highly enough and what’s good for the goose!
For this review we’re looking at their Multicam styled Webbing and Spider Yoke, both of which are sold separately but as they work together we’ll review them together.
This is another of the stitched webbing variety. It looks very much to me like the days of button-pop webbing are long gone apart from the issue stuff. As mentioned before, stitched webbing has its own benefits and penalties. The biggest benefit is the minimal amount of hassle for the wearer. The biggest penalty is the massive amount of hassle for the wearer when it all falls apart! As we’ll see later Dixies have neatly circumvented that potential pitfall by offering their own solution.
This particular item will weigh in at £140 – £150 depending on what size you go for with three available. If you buy the Spider yoke then you’re looking at another £65 for the pleasure. So all in call it £215 for the lot. Let’s hope it measures up then! However you can add ‘Optional Extras’ on the Dixies Corner Website which if you had all of them would take the grand total for the webbing alone to £275! Although that’s neither practical nor are you likely to want all those extra choices. They allow customisation to include smoke gren pouch, gren pouch, helmet clip, one handed release buckles, bowman lid, KDU pouch and much, much more. Good to see that the choice is present at the ordering stage as it allows you to really fit out your rig.
The set I’ve been sent has five utility pouches and two magazine pouches with a grenade pouch on the side of the end ammo pouch, a smoke grenade pouch on the side of one of the utility pouches and all this is attached to a hippo pad.
The utility pouches are good, large sizes and the smoke gren pouch can fit either the obvious or two magazines should you require extra angry bees. If you’re on a really arduous operation though and your life depends upon it, you can sack off the smoke gren and get a Life Venture mug in there instead. Never be more than five seconds from a hot brew!
Point to note here is that Dixies don’t measure by pouch number or belt length; they measure by hippo pad size. So it’s hip to hip measurement across the middle of the back. If you do decide after reading this that you want a set then don’t worry, their website gives a full breakdown of how to measure up for their kit.
The design of the webbing itself is very unique amongst an increasingly similar if not copycat market. It has, without a shadow of a doubt, the most complex stitching arrangement I’ve seen on any webbing so far.
Unlike other webbing where you might find the pouches have been stitched fully onto the hippo pad Dixies webbing is actually designed to allow in-field repairs should any of the pouches become U/S. It’s a crude system but it does work. Looking at the picture below you can see the inside of the pad with the stitching layout clear to see. I’ve marked up what the stitching represents on the other side and they’re identical so you can spot where the rest of the same stitches are.
What we have here is the seams used to secure the pouches, the yoke strap points and most interestingly, the belt, in place. The belt itself isn’t loose as it’s also sewn onto the pad. This gives maximum stability and reduces the scope for shaking and loosening of the fit. It’s simply one more part that won’t move when you don’t want it to.
The design works so that on the left and right hand sides you have a twin ammo pouch which is completely sewn on to the pad on the right hand side and a utility pouch completely sewn on the left hand side. The remaining pouches between these are only sewn on at the top and bottom. This you would be right in thinking wouldn’t make those other pouches very stable or secure. Well Dixies have realised after much trial and research that the biggest cause of chaffing and rubbing on webbing is actually caused by the corners of the pouches digging in to the body, especially magazine pouches with the hard corners of the mags themselves. So they’ve come up with a very ingenious solution, the ‘separator’ (that’s my name for it, not Dixies, I got fed up calling it ‘That bit in between’!).
The image below clearly shows the partition and how it helps to push the sides of the pouches away from the pad whilst still ensuring they’re actually securely sewn on.
They basically act as an extension of the pouch itself. This allows airflow, prevents chafing and also gives a degree of repair capability in the field. Should one of these pouches become knacked it’s only a case of cutting off the extension material, cutting off the top and bottom of the pouches which are sewn on to the pad and cutting the stitching on the belt which will then allow you to fit an issue pouch as you normally would. It sounds a lot but in reality it’s no more than a five minute job. This is a cracking bit of redundancy because with stitched webbing you always run the risk of complete failure of the kit and you can’t do anything in the way of field repairs. Dixies have the answer for that and it’s one that works fairly effectively.
You can also see the stitching for the yoke strap points in the main image with a close up below. Whereas in some webbing you’ll find the strap points are simply sewn onto the top of the pad and that’s it here you can see clearly that it’s got a good few inches of material securing it onto the pad thus allowing for maximum weight capacity. We all know how heavy our webbing can get especially if it’s balls deep in link so it’s reassuring to know that there is a hell of a lot of stitching that needs to rip before it’ll break loose from your yoke.
The majority of stitching on the webbing itself is three run, which means it’s had three lines of stitching to it. The belt is only one but that’s fine as it makes it easier to cut it loose should you need to replace a pouch. The thread size used is also fairly thick to ensure everything is held firmly in place.
So to avoid this turning into Sewing Corner we’ll move on from that aspect of the kit. To summarise though, it’s been put together solidly and with a good helping of ingenuity to ensure that not only is it comfortable to wear and weight bearing but that it’s also possible to ‘repair’ it under field conditions.
Moving on to the pouches themselves the material used inside is solid and very rugged with dozens of small nylon cords running through the material giving it extra durability. It’s also extremely easy to clean (Clean the inside of a webbing pouch?! When was the last time -anyone- did that?!) with a simple wipe through doing the job. They also have vent holes in the bottom to aid in dispensing any liquid or crap build-up. The utility pouches are closed with the use of ITW Nexus side release buckles which as I’ve said before are a top quality company which specialise in hard wearing and resilient plastic closing solutions.
Dixies have however opted to mix things up a bit and don’t rely on Nexus throughout with the yoke strap points being metal and the belt buckle being a metal roll pin solution which is stainless steel treated to prevent rusting. It’s also a quick release with a tug tab to allow for quick loosening of the belt.
It’s good to see that Dixies are not afraid to mix metal and plastic for buckles and clips. Sometimes you find it’s one or the other, rarely a mixture of the two. However when it comes to load bearing or where the security of the closure needs to be guaranteed, metal can’t be beat. There’s also nothing worse than having a plastic belt buckle snap and you have to end up tying the belt in knots!
All the pouches have a velcro close option for that quick fix too as well as there being a cover-over for the velcro on the utility pouches should you not want the noise and irritation of velcro when you use the clips. The only slight eyebrow raiser was the fact that there are no poppers on any of the ammo pouches (Which have only velcro to close the lid down). This struck me as an odd one as I know I’m always one to pop the lids shut if it’s going to be a long haul, especially on Jackals where the rig will get strapped to the front of the vehicle. Understandably in the field you need quick access so you’re unlikely to pop shut the lids if you’re on patrol but it’s always a good option to have I feel.
The clips are glove operable which means you should be able to close / open them with gloves hands. Being unable to find any reasonable gloves apart from the issue greenies I can’t comment but as with pouch clips which operate on the bottom male clip being on an adjustable length it was fiddly to close at times. These are two handed clips though (As most are) but there is a one handed option should you want it.
What Graham does mention about one handed clips (Where one of the clips is normally secured onto the webbing itself instead of a strap) is that it is more prone to breaking due to being unable to ‘flex’ out of the way of any sudden impacts.
Graham also explained that when they designed this kit they wanted to make it webbing that you could comfortably run in. Well it certainly fits that bill. With a zealous passion for boot runs now we’re all back from stuffing our face with turkey the kit got a good seeing in filled with water bottles for weight and to see how it sat. Comfortably, would be the result from that test. The fact that everything is attached to each other via secure stitching meant there was very little bounce or ‘turbulence’ from the webbing whilst running. There was minimal chaffing as well and because they base the size of the kit on the hippo pad and not the pouches it meant it wasn’t sitting too far round the front of the hips which is always a good source of irritation.
The key to getting a good fit with webbing is all about strap adjustment and five minutes of titivating with a mate (Ooer missus!) soon found the perfect ‘ride height’ for me on the gear and from then on I really would have forgot I was wearing it had it not weighed so damn much with all the crap I’d stuffed in it!
I was however using the Spider yoke supplied by Dixies. Both are sold separately but are the obvious combination. Dixies webbing can be used in conjunction with an issue tissue yoke though but comfort will be sacrificed!
The spider is a molle yoke which allows any molle suitable pouches to be added to the shoulder straps or back pad. In theory this allows you to fit more random pouches to your front and back but in reality I can’t recall many if any patrols we went on where we didn’t have patrol packs on which would prevent you from fitting anything to the molle on the back. However it’s an option and does no harm. The back pad itself is a mesh construct allowing breathability and prevents water build-up in the material and the whole yoke is also crush resistant.
What I do love are the wide shoulder straps which minimise any digging in to the pits that you tend to get after prolonged use. They’re solid unlike the meshed back which gives more stability and bergen straps also sit comfortably on top of these and don’t slide off as tends to happen with other yokes. Certainly after a few miles of tabbing they were still sitting where they should be and hadn’t decided to burrow into my armpits!
Other than that it’s a straightforward affair but very comfortable and resilient. It’s also nice having the breathable yoke as otherwise your back would be stinking due to it being a full-back affair and not just the normal square in the middle of the back.
So we’ve looked at the kit and it’s thumbs up. What about customer care and after service?
Well Graham at Dixies says that there is no guarantees on any of his kit because it’s military kit, made for military use and as such is expected to get a bit of a beasting. That’s fine, but what about if there’s a manufacturing fault?
If you should buy the kit and it fails from a manufacturing defect then there’s no charge to repair or replace it as long as it’s been a genuine build failure (Which Graham states has never happened). If you send it off to get repaired it’ll get repaired the day it arrives and back out to you ASAP and if you’re actually lucky enough to be tabbing around the hills near his shop (haha!) then you can have a cuppa whilst it gets done for you there and then. Failing that if it fails and you’re really not happy with it then a refund is also an option.
If it’s a repair job due to fair wear and tear then you’ll need to pay to have it fixed however the prices are simple enough, whatever you want to replace then you simply pay the price of that item as listed, there’s no cost for labour.
The big selling point about this kit though apart from it being great to use and also having a DIY repair capability is that it’s a Dixies product and that means you can customise it to high heaven. Graham is more than happy to take a phone call or a visit and sit down to discuss the exact solution you need regardless of the combination of pouches required. Certainly if you want to invest in a good set of webbing that’s yours for your needs then I’d recommend taking a geographical embarrassment next time you’re tabbing around the area and pop by his shop to have a chat about your options.
So? Thumbs up? Without a doubt. Well constructed, thought out and innovative webbing that will see you through the harshest conditions. Good to tab in, good to run in, it covers all the bases.
A must have!”
LEGAL British immigrant, who embraces the freedoms of the US Constitution and lives happily in good old South Carolina(one of the last free states).
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