One constant for guild members is finding way to cleanup our gear profile, reduce snag hazards, stow extra straps and for comm wires secure them in a way that will minimize stress on the hard connections. Some armor carriers address this better than others, but reality is that there are many possible configuration and no carrier is going to ably accommodate all the variations. For years, one of the hall marks of a squared away guy was having all his loose ends wrapped with riggers tape, and his commo wires taped in place with rigger or electric tape. This worked but the tape tended to deteriorate over time, and left gummy residue where ever it had been. Zipties were also used but had their own problems. Depending on the organization, this technique was encouraged or frowned upon, depending on if the leadership were gunfighters or not.
In the 21st century, we have better options. One of the slickest? OneWrap Velcro. It was originally designed (among other things) for electricians who worked projects that need wires bundled,but would also need access to individual wires in the bundle on a more or less frequent basis. As with gunfighters, duct tape and zip ties were used but not were optimal.
OneWrap is a strip of Velcro featuring hook on one side and loop on the other. As developed, the hook is more burr like and the loop is more fuzz like,resulting in a product that is less prone to loading up with dirt, seeds, lint and other contaminants. It is available in 50yd rolls in black and apparently in tan and gray. Widths are 1" and 2".
I have been using it for several years in various ways on my gear and in my business.
Here is some examples:
Need IFF or morale patches on the rear of your JPC, but don't like the AITES velcro cards? Fish strips of 1" through your MOLLE web column with the fuzz side facing out. When you slap on the patch, the patch secures the OneWrap to itself and the carrier in a perfect synergy. The black square above the "Sheriff" placard is a 1" IR square affixed the same way, with a longer column of OneWrap.
Need your TCI PTT switch securely located without a lot of messing around? Just fish more OneWrap through your MOLLE columns and wrap around the PTT or around the shoulder straps and the head set connection. In this case, I put a small square of adhesive 3M hook velcro on the rear of the PTT that meshes with the loop on the JPC. This prevents unwanted rotation.
Here is an overall shot of my LPAAC setup for patrol. Note how the various cables are routed almost completely out of the way. A ground fight will probably dislodge some of them, but it is all easily rerigged.
Unlike the RSUC, the LPAAC is not designed around a shoulder mike. With some OneWrap, this is not a problem. A couple wraps around the shoulder strap offer a great spot to hang the mike by its clip. A wrap behind the first secures it and the TCI earpiece cable in place. As with the PTT, I used a wrap of adhesive 3M loop velcro around the heat sealed splice in the earpiece cable to keep it from moving fore and aft. You can just see that peeking out behind the remote mike, under the second wrap of OneWrap.
Here I have used both shock cord and Kifaru Hypalon webbing binders to secure the extra coil cable that comes with the earpiece:
Another picture of the tiedown from the side. I could have just as easily used OneWrap instead of the Kifaru thingies, and it would have been cheaper, but I had the Kifaru devices laying around...
The shock cord is just a simple loop I made using shock cord and heat-shrink tubing.
There was some concern during the transition to overt vests that they could be forcibly removed in a ground fight. That is valid consideration. So, a simple wrap around the bitter end of the strong side shoulder strap secures it. The vest is not going to come off with a chance pull of the shoulder strap. Plus, it guarantees that the strap adjustment is not going to slip during the shift. I have never had a strap slip yet, even without the wrap, but for 20 cents worth of OneWrap, I get that extra security. I just dropped my policy mandated Taser AXION camera in the pocket of the LPAAC. It rides up close to my head so the camera view should generally reflect what I am actually looking at. It was unstable, but I applied a strip of 3M hook to the back of the AXION case to mesh with the loop on the LPAAC pocket. Now it does not move, and requires a ruler to break the connection in the rare event I need to remove the protective case.
A picture of the management of the coiled cable for the remote mike. Grimlok's or ITW Web Dominators as used here work well for this. The Web Dominator is slightly lower profile than a Grimlok in this application. This is one place where OneWrap tends not to work as well as it doesn't lock the cable in when run parallel to a MOLLE column.
I hope these ideas are useful to guys transitioning to overt carriers.