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    Default internal harness vs external harness

    We are going to be getting some sort of harness for our bunker pants "internal,external" with our new turnout gear. I would like to here your thoughts,comments,like's,disli ke's, pro's,con's on what you have or wish you had from anyone that has a harness. Also do you have to take the external harness out of service after 10 years like your turnout gear?
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    I carry a Gemtor 541NYC with a Sterling F4 kit. I like the external harness because I can attach the kit to it and all buckles, carabiners, etc. are easily accessible. Plus, any gear can be retrofitted with loops for an external harness.

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    I've never seen an internal equivalent to the Gemtor. The closest I've seen is the integrated drag strap on the back/shoulders of the coat.. that's hardly a harness, though.

    We were just issued and trained on Gemtor harness and the Sterling F4.. overall a very nice system though I strongly dislike the fanny pack. Once I got the gemtor fitted right I hardly notice its there except for the second clip that has to be attached while donning.
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    We just replaced our external Gemtor's with internal harnesses. Personally, can't wait to switch back. The internal harness simply isn't as freely useable as the Gemtor was. I have not found/seen/heard 1 viable advantage to the internal over the external, but have found a couple reasons to go back to the external Gemtor.
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    We have internal harnesses in our veridian pants and the drag harness in our coats. I personally like it other than the pain in the @$$ it is to put in and out when you wash your gear.... Lot less things to get hung up on compared to our neighbors who have the external on the same gear.....

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    I'm issued a pair of Globe G-Xtreme pants with their IH Series 2 Harness. Its a Class 2 internal harness and I have no problems with it. I barely even know its there and I have used it quite a bit in bailout training and have even done a few longer rappels off the drill tower with it and it is very comfortable.
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