Before I introduce it to you, let me give you a little backstory on why I designed this product.
I was not satisfied with these solutions for my own costume so I took it as a challenge to overcome.
I am excited to tell you that I have completed my personal challenge.
I introduce to you my Adventure Equipment Harness System (AEHS) and Shield Clip.
A shield can be attached to the AEHS harness by a simple and secure clip that allows for the traveling adventures to have both hands free and avoid having shoulder straps getting tangled.
This harness is also designed to allow for a short sword to be carried vertically on the back and other weapons or accessories to be attached to the other belts.
Made from durable cowhide leather, this system is designed to carry equipment totaling up to 35 lbs. including a shield weighing up to 10 lbs.
It is adjustable at many points allowing the same harness to be worn with a single shirt or layers of armor. It can also be adjusted for left or right handed folks.
It is a simple design that adds less weight to a shield than the typical shoulder strap and allows an adventurer to be able to quickly, and fairly quietly, take their shield into the hands and then stow it again.
The image to the left is my first rendition of the harness. I think I pulled an all nighter to put it together. The event was kind of a last minute thing for me to attend but my wife and I decided it would be a good idea for me to go and help with some of the events there, like the obstacle course. It also help that I brought a little more excitement to the event with a few impromptu sword fighting lessons here and there.
When used with my harnesses, it is a durable gear retention system that even allows the user to perform a forward roll with their shield on their back without losing their equipment.
The harness is designed to accommodate a customizable combination of a shield, swords, axes, knives, hammers, pouches, a quiver, a bow, and even camping equipment.
In order to roll safely with this equipment one must first be able to roll safely without any equipment. If this is not possible for you to do safely do not attempt it. Likewise, not all equipment you attach to the system will allow for rolling. Loose arrows in a quiver or a long spear on your back might be examples of this.
I must admit that the sword is simply a prop I made. I did hand forge the hand guard but the blade and handle are welded to it.
As for the shield, that thing weighs about 13 pounds. It does work well with the AEHS but it is a bit slower to pull out due to the weight. The colors may look a little funky but this was what I came up with after weeks of not being able to decide what I wanted so went with this because I thought it was fun. I will likely repaint it again but for now it is as it is. Except I poked a few holes in it. I wanted to see how well it fared against my Adventure Bow and a homemade arrow. I am pleased to say it did very well. It took a few shots from 4 feet away at full draw and all the arrow did was make deep pockmarks and bounce off. The was no evidence of damage on the other side of the shield. Next time I should try to make a warbow and a heavier arrow and see how it does. Like I said, I will likely repaint the shield at some point.
Speaking of colors, If there is a color of leather or specific design you want in a custom order, please don't hesitate to ask. I have access to many different colors and thicknesses of leather as well as stamps, dyes, and tools. I like working with warm colors like dark and light brown but I would really love to work with blues. If that suits anyone's fancy, again, please let me know. I got some ideas I want to try out.
If you are interested in buying a harness, or a shield, sword or the like, please check out my Etsy shop.
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