Bill Forrest syle leg loops with a twist

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McHale's Navy

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Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 10, 2013 - 06:19pm PT
I made these back around 1987. I can't remember the inspiration exactly but I know it came from the wind-surfing I did. The spreader bar in the chest-harnesses in wind-surfing world worked so well I adapted it to leg loops for climbing. It keeps the legs from pulling together in a Pee Wee Herman sense. The internal bar itself is 7075-T6 - stiff enough but it still flexes. Anyone seen anything like these?

For long climbs I've always like the separate leg loop swami combos too - sure makes it easier to crap and piss.
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SteveW

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The state of confusion
Feb 10, 2013 - 07:48pm PT

I had a couple of the old Forrest harnesses--liked them
a lot, never did any kind of re-engineering like you did though.
Ihateplastic

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It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Feb 10, 2013 - 08:02pm PT
I don't know Dan... a thin strip of metal near my Jonny? Sounds like the potential for castration is high.
McHale's Navy

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Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 10, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
Can't say I ever fell with it. Anyway, it works pretty well. It's more of a big wall thing. It actually gives the nuts more breathing space and keeping the legs more naturally spread out, and there's hardly any way the metal can be a threat - any more than all the other metal hanging around is. I know yer pulling my leg! Combined with wider loops it would be the full meal deal. Once you try a spreader bar you realize how much your legs get squeezed together without it.

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