Making a double gear sling with multi-loops from scratch
By Slackline Joe
From idea to reality in under an hour. As a
bonus over purchased gear slings I also made an extra
adjustment to make it convert to 2 single gear slings if I wanted.
3 feet of 2" webbing
2 adjustment buckles for 1" webbing
6 feet of 1" webbing
6 feet of 5/8" webbing
a half yard of fleece
1 plastic 1" clip type buckle (could be a harness style if you want)
3 feet of plastic aquarium tubing (sized to fit inside the 5/8" web)
Heavy duty thread
Sewing machine that can do very, very thick materials
A can of PAM the cooking spray (optional)
(measurements are approximate have a little extra in case)
Remember, these get sized for going straight down, not over the shoulder like
a single gear sling. Also, if you are interested in making your own but need
miscellaneous parts like the climbing buckles or 2" webbing contact me, I might
be able to set you up with parts cheaply.
Step by step
Cut your 2" webbing to fit for your shoulder pads
Wrap it in a few layers of fleece for padding. More wraps is softer, but make
sure your sewing machine can handle the thickness. Once wrapped, sew the fleece
where it will not slide around.
Now grab a small piece of 1" webbing and add your harness buckles for
Attach the 1" webbing on the other end of the shoulder pad, and loop back
through the buckle - cut to fit, allowing for adjustability for smaller or
Now for the hard part, figure out your exact preference for where the loops
should be and the exact size of them. Make sure you measure it on you with the
buckles toward the rear.
When you mark where your loops go, make sure and leave room for the stitching
in between the loops.
Sew one end of the 5/8" webbing in place for the first loop, then chop the
plastic tubing to the right size. Now for another difficult part, spray the
tubing with Pam, then start threading it through the 5/8" webbing. The Pam
helps lube it a bit. Once it is in
place, sew the loop to the 1" webbing, the repeat for as many gear loops as you
Now repeat all of those steps to make a second gear sling.
Now, figure out exactly where you want the two to be connected, for me this
was above the buckles about mid shoulder blade high.
You have a few options on how you attach them. You can permanently sew it,
but if your partner has a different frame size this might not work well. I chose
to do something unique, instead of sewing an adjustment buckle, I sewed two
small loops on the shoulder pad, then ran a loop of webbing between then and
tied it with a water knot. Why tie it when I've already sewn so much of it?
Easy, I can remove that loop and use one side as a multi-gear loop just fine
with nothing flopping around.
This last part is optional, but I wanted a chest strap to help hold
the load on overhanging rock. I sewed in a plastic buckle on the front with it
adjustable on one side. As long as I grab the female side when I go single sling
there won't be anything extra flopping around.
Random gear racked
With Hydration pack
It may look tacky but it works fine.
As a single sling
I was lazy and didn't adjust it out for fit
just for the photo, but you get the idea.