Lol, I figured someone would give me shit about the rigging hub on the back... I figure if I need to I can just untie it in the tree and use it for some controlled speed lining or something . Compliments on the splicing very much appreciated. As Rico said previously, that Samson rope is super straightforward to splice.Beauty. The splices look clean, and I’ll bet you’re the only one on the block with a DMM hub holding it together
I’m such a cheap bastard lol my pricey bomber ass rigging gear gets used for rigging, but that does look tidy and you got a couple sturdy spots for heavy gear storage or suspenders or whatever.
Looks beautiful David...Love to hear your thoughts on the Valiant compared to the MCRS....I was able to splice the components for my first rendition of the rope saddle using the Valiant pads. Thanks too @rico for showing the different variations of how to tie it up, I went with his recent version of splicing to the hip rings and going from there. This has been and will continue to be an exciting project as I continue to tinker adding and removing components. I work everyday in the original MCRS and I'm looking forward to bringing this one out to change things up a bit.
Rope: 10mm Samson XLS3 Navy Colorway
I've only done a few short climbs on it as I finished splicing it up today, so I'll have to report back on the rigging plate protruding into the back pad. That said I chose the plate in an attempt to get more support so I'm hoping that I can feel it a little bit. I too have a med pack on my MCRS and like that it provides a little extra support like you mentioned.Looks tight. Hate to burst the bubble but there's at least 1 other with that hub on the back. Do you feel it at all on your back? I know on my mcrs if the knots weren't tied with a specific orientation you could feel them through the pads in your back. I have my med kit in the middle of my back and I can feel it. I like it because it's like the extra lumbar pad the ergovation had. Feels like a little back pillow pressing on my lower spine. I wish I could splice because I want to change mine already. Its perfect like it is but can be perfecter! Jonny has my original MCRS pads. Those fuckers are way beyond broken in. It has several years of my sweat in that leather and I hope it serves you well!!
I see. The website gave me the option of sizing and my backpad has a small number 2 stamped above the 'designed by Matt C.' stamp on the right side. I'm not sure if the size ones have a 1 stamped there.My Valiant was whatever they sent me. No questions that I remember about size.
I find the MCRS supportive in the same way the TreeMo S.light is supportive. With the similar pad shapes, the conveyer belt material, and the thinner padding the TreeMo S.light and the MCRS are very similar in how they hug my hips....I've only done a few short climbs on it as I finished splicing it up today, so I'll have to report back on the rigging plate protruding into the back pad. That said I chose the plate in an attempt to get more support so I'm hoping that I can feel it a little bit. I too have a med pack on my MCRS and like that it provides a little extra support like you mentioned.
@rico I was surprised that the smaller back pad felt just a supportive as the MCRS pad that is a little bit larger. Both my valiant and MCRS saddles are size two. I'm looking forward to getting more climbing and on the valiant as it feels just as comfortable while being a little different - not in any bad way.