Thought I would share a little on the DIY ‘webbing’ on my helmet. Before I start on the ‘webbing’ part, here is a little intro on my helmet.

Like most people that appreciate gear for it’s use and quality, I don’t mind paying a high price for my stuff. Not that I’m particularly wealthy (more on that later), but like the saying goes ‘buy once – cry once”

front

 

However some items in the tactical/shooter category simply does not justify paying for real steel (RS) stuff. Now the helmet is a replica of the Crye Precision Airframe. I simply love the design of this helmet and having worked in the tactical gear business before I started in the Airsoft industry ( I was working for the Agent that had Crye Precision in Denmark) I got much love and respect for CP. But even if I had the funds to pay for a RS ballistic helmet, I could never justify running around with it for just Airsoft. The only impacts the helmet would protect me against, would be the panic run through an unknown location while taking fire in my ass and power slamming my head into the wall (hasn’t happened yet). I not that hardcore of a Milsim player, that I would invest in a ballistic helmet for… let’s face it, pretend war. Also I probably wouldn’t face a situation where I would need a ballistic helmet, if I had any suspicions that I would needing one some day, I would save up for a RS B-helmet.

That being said, the replica helmet does the job well.

Now to the ‘webbing’ part. If you are a gear nut ball, you’ll see the DIY takes a lot of inspiration from War Sport Industries’ ‘War Bungee’ and Black Bag Design’ ‘Ballistic Helmet Bungee Retention System’.

Now War Sports Industries ‘War Bungee’ doesn’t cost a fortune, but it’s is fitted for the Ops-Core line of helmets with the venting holes. And since CP’s Airframe doesn’t have that, well… I had to figure out something else. Now there aren’t or weren’t a lot of webbing options for CP’s Airframe at the time, so I decided to make my own DIY solution.
So here goes.

top

Top:
Taking a look from the top, you can see how I’ve divided the bungee cord intersections into 2 main straps. Each strap having 2 crossings of bungee cord, however the top strap in this picture, does have stitching through the middle to better separate the bungee cord . The, now very faded MC straps, were from a key lanyard I got from SHOTShow 2012. I measured first what would a good lenght for the different straps before cutting the lanyard. I then stitched each strap and tried (many times) the best way to weave the bungee cord through the whole thing.


back

Back:
You can see here at the back, how I secured the straps to the helmet, by using the screws for the ARC-rail. I simply took out the screws and ARC-rail, made a hole in the strap, screwed the rail back on top of the straps, and boom, that’s it. I also used a strap (seen above the patch)  to keep the shape of the bungee cord in place. And at the button, the strap is stitched 2 times to allow the bungee to zigzag through it. And to top it off, a big ol’ knot to seal the deal.

 

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Sides:
However, I did have a little trouble figuring out how the hell I was going to secure or fasten the bungee cord out on the side of the helmet. There aren’t any screws for the ARC-rail to secure any straps into place. So what I did, was take a thinner bungee cord and weave it through the top slots of the ARC-rail. This, while not true to any RS webbing or helmet cover, actually made a bit of sense. I tighten the thinner bungee cord as much as I could to secure the thicker bungee cord, but since its bungee, the thinner cord would still remain a bit elastic, which helps give the thicker bungee a little more slack when pulling on it. The slack on the thicker bungee cord, makes it easier to pull when using the cord to secure something in place.

Note: You can see the Contour mount on the side as well.

 

front side

Here is a shot from the other side. You can see how the strap goes under the shroud up on the front of the helmet.

 

patch

 

Oh and the Patch at the back… well it just rocks on so many levels.

 

Anyways, that was my quick DIY overview – I hope it might give you some inspiration on your own design or at least inform you about some of the RS options for your helmet system. Thanks for reading.