I was recommended ATS gear by a friend who has one of their belts. Having received my split front chest harness, I can say without a doubt it’s the nicest one I’ve ever owned. The stitching is top notch, the buckles are robust, and the rig itself is both comfortable and highly adjustable. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another ATS product, the wait is well worth the quality.
5.56 Split Front Chest Harness
This harness was driven by customer demand, following the release of the ATS 7.62 SFCH. The 7.62 harness was designed by an SF friend of ours and was made for a deploying unit, but the design worked so well it was modified into the 5.56 version seen here. The harness is constructed of 500 Denier Cordura for durability and light weight. Each pouch holds a single 30 round 5.56/.223 magazine. They are held in by our bungee retention system, with nylon pull tabs. Each side of the harness has a built in 9" x 7" map pocket. To the outside of each side of the rig there's two channels and three rows of PALS webbing. Each magazine pocket of the harness also has two channels and three rows of PALS on its face.
Each side of the harness is 10 inches by seven inches, and the harness is closed by two ITW/Nexus GhillieTEX one inch Fastex side release buckles. Overall width of the harness is about 22½ inches. To reduce weight, the waist belt has been redesigned to release only from the left side, and a webbing retainer has been added to secure the running end of the strap. The upper harness attachment points use the lighter ITW/Nexus Ladderloc and also use the webbing retainer. The shoulder straps have also been redesigned to accommodate our MCH Hydration Harness or a smaller and lighter modular carrier such as the ATS 50 Ounce Hydration Carrier. The cross strap portion of the harness has a very lightweight 4 channel and 4 row grid of PALS webbing with a clever design that does away with the base material that PALS is usually sewn to, instead using a double row of webbing bar tacked to itself and box-X stitched to the harness.
The 5.56 SFCH is made in The USA from the finest quality Mil Spec, American produced materials and sewn by Americans. As with all ATS brand gear, it is covered by a lifetime warranty against manufacturer's defects in materials and workmanship.
This was recommended to me by a close friend, and he was right. The chest harness was easy to adjust, and comfortable to wear. It is lightweight, and appears to be durable. Fantastic product.