I've decided that the SpecOps AG Shirt/Pants set isn't the way I want to go. I have two main reasons for this.
First and foremost, I already have a Dagger Vest that I'm extremely happy with. Trying to wear this plus the AG shirt causes too many problems in figuring out how to maintain the concealment that the AG suit gives and still be able to wear the vest.
Secondly, and I'm not saying they suck or are a poor choice...It's simply a personal preference...but I've never been a fan of drawstring pants and my physical dimensions make it hard to fit standard sizes (extremely tall and extremely scrawny). After trying on my buddy's AG set, I'm now convinced that as great as the suit is, I'd have a hard time feeling comfortable in it.
Overall, I'm more interested in an ankle-length cloak that I can drape over my shoulders. I want the same lightweight, breathable mesh that the AG suits are made from, just in one big honkin' length I can envelop myself in.
So far, I haven't found any place that makes such a thing in the specs that I have in mind, so I'm making it myself.
The plan is to get a fair amount of heavy-duty mesh very similar to the base material used by Spec Ops for their Action Ghillie clothing...just a bit more rugged.
I found some Heavy-Duty mesh here.
I'll be attempting to create a double-layer for increased durability and sewing on some heavy-duty canvas around the exterior edges to further reinforce the cape's ability to withstand snags and fraying.
Once I've gotten the general shape I want, I'll be sewing on one or two webbing buckles. I'm not sure how many...currently I'm considering two basic options.
First option: One simple buckle to connect it around my neck. I worry about clothes-lining myself if I catch the cloak on a log or somesuch, so this is probably not the best option...but it is simple.
Second option: Create an inner harness consisting of two backpack-like straps to wear under my armpits. These would be sewn to the canvas lining of the cloak. Next, I'd attach one buckle that snaps across the front of my chest to help hold it in place and keep the armpit straps from sliding around. I'll probably super-reinforce the lining of the cloak where the harness connects to it and do some heavy stitching to make sure this doesn't rip apart at the wrong moment.
This option would be a bit more intricate, but I think it would be a better bet in the long run.
Once the cloak itself is made, I've still got to get it camoed.
I'll be using a combination of Woodland Digi and Desert colors from the Spec Ops AG line to get a close match to my local environment. I'll also be using a bit of Sneaky Leaves faux foliage to give it an extra bit of definition for blending with the local flora.
Cloak fabric: ~ $40.00
Canvas lining fabric: ~ $14.00
Straps/Harness: ~ $35.00
Camo: ~ $40.00
Time & Effort: ~ 10 hours
I'll be posting follow-ups in this thread as my project progresses.
This post has been edited by Prophaniti: 18 May 2007 - 05:50 AM