I thought I would share some modifications I carried out on my Think Tank belt system.
First I wanted a way to carry my tripod (Gitzo 3541XLS) with ball head (Markins Q20). Since I have the Think Tank Harness as well as the belt this was accomplished by riveting two triangular pieces of leather to sandwich the 'y' shaped part of the strap at the rear. Thus strengthened, I riveted a thicker belt shaped piece of leather across the 'y' area. See the photos.
I have now tested this design on two multi-day landscape trips to Joshua Tree, CA and to Bishop, CA. I am very well pleased with the way the tripod holder has worked out. I completely forget that my tripod is back there when I am hiking around but it is very easy to retrieve and set up. I can squat or kneel with no problem.
Now that I have proved out the design concept, I will do some finish work on the riveting and sew the two thin pieces of leather together.
Since I don't want to post too many pictures in any one post, I will make another post discussing the other modifications.
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As always, any comments, criticism or advice is very welcome.