Upon being handed a Yates Tactical Rappel harness, my initial thought was, “great idea, in a pinch.” I thought there was no way I’d willingly be caught hanging on a few hundred feet of static rope for any length of time wearing a “tactical rappel harness.” I stand corrected.
A few years ago, a Navy Seal buddy of mine gave me this London Bridge Trading Company (LBT) Load Bearing Chest Rig to try out. I quickly fell in love with it and have been sporting it ever since, both in desert and jungle environments. I have deployed the rig both slick and with body armor, and it has not disappointed. Like everything in life there are both pros and cons, this chest rig is no different. Keep in mind that while the version being discussed is outdated, you can find new and improved versions on their website.
I purchased the E9 Light Speed Camera Strap a few weeks ago and I have to say that I am impressed. It is extremely well made and completely thought out. The E9 Light Speed Camera strap is a low profile camera strap designed with Combat and Civilian Photographers in mind. It is a scaled down version of their Original E9 Camera Strap.
I met Dan Laguna and his wife Deonna about a year ago, they were visiting one of their sons who I have known for over four years, and who I proudly call my best friend. That evening, I briefly spoke with Dan and Deonna over dinner and I came away with a respect and desire to learn more about the quiet and humble hero.
The TLR-1 proved invaluable during field use and provided much needed visibility when working alone at night. The lights’ C-4 LED produces a truly blinding tight beam of light with a substantial amount of peripheral illumination. It’s really difficult to describe just how bright this light is especially now that you can pick up an updated version that is even more powerful, but lets suffice to say that it is very bright (don’t accidentally point it at air support).