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TACTICAL GEAR: HSGI Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs

HSGI Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs (Rear View)

For those of you who have been reading DVM from the beginning you will know the first gear review we did was on the HSGI Warlord V-4 New Version. In that article I complained that the (discontinued) padded harness was uncomfortable so I used the un-padded ones that came with it.

Well now HSGI has come out with a Releasable H-Harness that is compatible with most chestrigs (you can choose the size of the side-squeeze buckles to fit your rig). Personally I dislike the cross-back strap system (no reason really) so I was glad to find out that HSGI made a Releasable H-Harness for my Warlord V-4 New Version.

HSGI graciously sent me over one of their Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs for review and so I could use it on my upcoming deployment. The harness appears to be made of 1000D nylon and has the usual high quality stitching and construction you expect from HSGI stuff.

HSGI Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs (overall view)

The HSGI Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs also has 1” female buckles so you can hook on a hydration carrier, if you don’t use one you can just cut the buckles off using a razor or just leave them on.

I have always thought that is was odd most armor carriers came with a quick release pull but most chest rigs do not. So if you were ever in a situation where you were pinned in a vehicle or on fire you could drop your armor but not your rig. Because of that I always had a Benchmade Rescue Hook strapped to my rig just in-case I had to cut my gear off.

HSGI Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs (release Ring)

The ring used to release the harness is held under a piece of stretchy nylon that uses Velcro to keep it in place. To release the harness you just reach under the stretchy nylon and yank the ring. Unlike other quick release rigs the release mechanism is easy to reset after you use it (I swear some quick release mechanisms are like Chinese puzzles).

Overall the HSGI Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs is a great Harness for guys who prefer the H style over the cross-back strap system or if you want to add Releasable functionality to your current rig.

I will post a follow-up article to this one once I have field tested it in Iraq for a few months so stand by. And thanks again to HSGI for sending this over to us.

HSGI Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs Video Presented by HSGI:

Releasable H-Harness for Chestrigs
$45 USD
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~James G
Founder – Editor in Chief

James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.


  1. Nice looking product. There are a lot of nice features and it looks like it was well thought out.
    I’ve always been pleased with my HSGI gear.

  2. The 1″ Females on the shoulder are Field Expedient, so you can actually take them off without cutting anything.
    Just push the webbing to one side of the 1″ buckle and the center is cut out to take them off..
    We know alot of guys wear rucks, so we wanted something easy that everybody can use.

  3. Thanks for the clarification

    I like this one way better than cross back ones, this isn’t just good for guys who wear Rucks – it fits just right when wearing it over body armor – way better than a cross back harness.

    ~James G

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