Gear Tactics is a series of posts about specific tips, hacks, modification guides and best practices of operative, nomadic and survival gear + apparel.
Backpack Strap Shoulder Torch //
Headlamps are incredibly useful and for most uses, the best type of flashlight for raw utility. But I hate them, wearing them, that is. This is my solution:
Always in position and ready to go. Never needing to deploy or prepare. No need to take up one of my hands while illuminating where my body goes and eyes gaze. In the jungle or the streets or flying in a dark jet, I can have light just by already having my pack on.
THE PARTS ///
Scissors // ***
Compatible Backpack // ***
Although not completely necessary, adding Velcro in this manner will allow micro-positioning and different angles of illumination. As supposed to a singular position of the torch.
Apply the hook side of the Velcro to the clip as pictured. Before applying the other Velcro to the flashlight, place it in the clip so you can figure out exactly where to apply the loop side of the Velcro.
Most tactical backpacks should have a vertical MOLLE strip going down each shoulder strap, this is where you apply the clip. When worn, the flashlight system should reside directly on top of your shoulder.
You may need to resort to sewing or other modifications if your backpack lacks this feature.
The cord end should be facing away from your body as pictured. This is so that it does not poke at you and the lock lever is accessible in a naturally reachable way.
I recommend a reasonably “EDC” sized flashlight, too big and it can be cumbersome. A tailswitch is preferred as this activating function operates the best for the user in this particular position.