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Pouch Attachment Methods

Click on the above photo to see the differences between
single-, double- and triple-wide pouches and other belt features.

Attaching pouches or cases to a belt, or piggy-backing smaller pouches onto larger cases.
We have two methods as shown below:

1. KATS (Kinesis Attachment Tab System) Steps — The Newer Method of Attaching Pouches

Please note that with each tab is a triple-strenth Velcro fastening method — BE SURE TO ADHERE ALL THREE.

1. First insert the heavy Velcro “top” strap through the webbing on the belt or case (shown in the photo below).
2. Stick the heavy Velcro strap to the back panel of the pouch.
2. Then, be sure to double back the other thinner Velcro strap onto the first one.

KATS shown on an E340 lens pouch. The spacing on this pouch is one “single-wide” or 40mm apart.


The hook and loop tabs simply slip over the belt’s 25mm (1") webbing (F169 shown on a B107 belt). It can be placed anywhere on the belt. You can place pouches over the rectangular “uniloops” too. The KATS will also enable you to attach Kinesis pouches onto other brands of backpacks or photo belts up to 40mm wide (1-1/2").

As we transition away from the metal slider attachment method, we are doing away with the rectangular loops found on some products which served as “piggy back” points (this is so smaller pouches could attach to the sides of larger cases). Instead, we have provided a horizonal webbing strip of webbing which either a .50, 1.0 or 1.5-wide  KATS pouch can attach. With the newer holster cases (C540, C750 etc.) we are providing one pair of Siamese SlikClips for attaching TwinBuckle style (metal) pouches to ONE side of the case. If you need additional Siamese SlikClips, they are available at cost, upon request.

Type in “KATS” in the search field to learn which products use it.

The Kinesis TwinBuckle system is strong, but for some people, it difficult to use, particularly those with arthritic hands. In 2010, after going through a prototype testing phase with several photographers, we started to implement a new attachment method into our product line. As we sell out of current inventory, newer products will utilize the KATS. The KATS works with existing belts sold by Kinesis, but newer belts have an additional row of stiching between each pair of Uniloops, providing a slightly tighter, wobble-free connection. We can upgrade older belts at no charge. E-mail us for details. Note that the KATS also snugs up the pouches tighter to the belt — there is less slop than with the old TwinBuckle system.

An advantage of the KATS is that it enables more pouches to fit on one belt — some newer pouches are now “1.5 units wide” instead of the old Twin-buckle “2.0 or double-wide” spacing. The distance between each pair of tabs varies per product. Here’s a few exambles of space alotment on a belt or case:
- .50 KATS Units which use a single tab (new F037)
- 1.0 KATS Units which use two tabs, are spaced at 40mm centers. This spacing uses the same space as the old “single-wides.” It is used for smaller lens pouches like E110, E165, E280 and other pouches like the A131 water bottle pouch and F078 meter pouch.
- 1.5 KATS Units which use two tabs, are spaced at 80mm centers. This spacing is used for the newer c-series camera & lens holster cases (C540, C750 etc.).
- 2.0 KATS Units which use two tabs, are spaced at 120mm centers. This spacing is used for wider pouches like the A257, M330 etc.
- 2.5 KATS Units which uses two tabs, are spaced at 200mm centers. This spacing is used for the M550 and V090.

Because each tab is 25mm (1") wide and they are spaced out in 40mm (1-1/2") increments, this system is compatible with the U.S. Military MOLLE or ALICE system.

The top belt in the above photo illustrates a slight modification to our belts (vertical bar tacking) which provide a better fit for KATS. The bottom belt is the “old style” belt.
The drawback of the new style is that other brands of pouches (LowePro, Think Tank) will not attach to a Kinesis belt unless the B590 apater is utilized (more info on compatibility with other brands).
 
 
Pouches from other manufacturers can be attached to a Kinesis belt or piggy-backed to the outside of a long lens case with a B590 accessory strap.
Visit this link for more information on compatibility of our system with other brands.
2. Kinesis TwinBuckle Attachment System (slowly getting phased out)

The Kinesis system uses a unique attachment system to connect components to the belt or piggy-back smaller pouches to larger cases. A metal “figure 8” (also called a “slider or butterfly”) functions like a shirt button, attaching the pouches to a belt or piggy-back to other pouches. A pair of these buckles or figure 8s is sewn into every Kinesis belt pouch or case. The slider is sewn to mil-spec 900-pound test nylon webbing.

Click on the above photo to enlarge and to see captions.


a. Empty the pouches and remove the belt from your waist. Orient the belt so the Kinesis label is right-reading (the belt is curved and fits better this way). This system is similar in use to inserting a button through a button hole.

 b. Line up one slider with one of the rectangular plastic-looking loops (actually made from very tough nylon) or “uniloops” on the belt.

c. Insert the metal slider or “button” so the slider is on the bottom and webbing is on top through ONE of the uniloops. Keeping the webbing flat with no folds is essential. Be sure the slider completely pops out the other side.

 

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