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Texled Type 1 Web Y-straps
Texled Type 1 Web Y-straps


 
Price: $124.99

Product Code: GFGTROPYSTR
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Description
 

American made webbing


"Tropical" Y-straps...were in fact
worn in all theaters


Maker marked


Hand stitched,
correct hardware


Woven button holes


Tapered Shoulderstraps


Tan web version of the leather Y-straps, developed by the Germans as an alternative to the more expensive leather ones. Despite the "Tropical" name given these by modern collectors, these were general issue throughout the entire Wehrmacht and Waffen SS- not just in Africa and southern theaters. These appear in period photos starting in 1941. It's very easy to find photos of "Grossdeutschland" troops wearing these in photos taken during the Rzhev battles and later. Also, many men in Kampfgruppe Peiper can be seen wearing these in the Ardennes in 1944-45.

ATF Web Y-straps: We are the second company to reproduce these correctly. (SMW did some in 2011- theirs are slightly thinner and more khaki.) We had our webbing made in Pennsylvania, on 1920's shuttle looms. These are absolutely original quality. Just 70 years newer. They may seem expensive, but we spent over 20K on the webbing alone, so....

Our hardware is a mix of original and exact reproduction, and they are assembled by hand, with linen thread. The main harnesses are made with tapered webbing, each corner of which must be trimmed and tacked. The back strap has the buttonholes woven into the webbing- they are not sewn.
Color: Several people have complained that these "aren't khaki". Yeah, here we go with khaki again...but it is true. They aren't. Our color is one of several shades found on original German webbing when it was new from the factory- not worn and faded.

YES! Our material does and will fade- at which point it begins to acquire more "khakiness".
Variations: Not all originals are identical! A few "learned professors" have whined about the thread count of the webbing, the number of the button holes in the backstrap, the shade of the thread or the color of the hardware, they want the color of the straps to match their hat, etc, etc.. The real-used-in-WWII German web Y-straps had about half a dozen variations for every component. I chose the most typical or efficient of each aspect. If you don't like something about these, too bad so sad I guess this ain't your day.
(I do intend to make one other variation with the "tilted" D-rings at some point in the future- but I have no estimate as to when.)