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Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Elendur Amloth » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:06 pm

This may have been discussed before. I looked through the posts but couldn't find anything recent. I was wanting to share my system of using a back quiver with a cloak - some may find it helpful. My wool cloak has a slightly larger sized than quiver slit that allows the quiver to come through the cloak. I have buttons so that the cloak can be buttoned up when one is using the cloak for a blanket. If you have any further ideas, please share.
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Re: Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Elleth » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:33 pm

Cool!

The buttons are an interesting idea! I'm curious to see how that works. :)
Also that patch on the quivers is interesting: I assume they're uniform, and have some kind of design on them? How does your quiver strapping work - does the tail strap come straight off the bottom like the trad American back quivers, or out the side like the WETA Ithilien quivers?

Anyhow, regarding cloaks I'm increasingly partial to Greg's solution, and hope one day to get around to following his lead.
The two things I've absolutely learned though for the next revision:

    * no longer than around knee-length at the hem: otherwise backing up (especially uphill) means one is courting a tumble.
    * sew the neck closed for at least 3-4," and ideally tailor the top of the cloak to the curve of the shoulders a bit. It really really really cuts down on the strangling effect you get whenever the wind picks up.
    It's still not perfect, but it's a ton better.


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Re: Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Iodo » Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:49 pm

Great solution to the problem, is it hard to put the quiver/cloak on with it through the slit?
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Re: Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Elendur Amloth » Thu Aug 30, 2018 3:07 pm

Elleth, I'll get you some photos of the strapping. I may have some in my files - if so, I'll post. But basically one strap comes off the top of the quiver and over the shoulder while a second strap comes around the waist with both straps connecting to a central brass ring. Good thoughts on the cloak. If you notice, my comrades is shorter than mine so yes, I need to shorten it. The shield on the quiver has a Tree of Gondor with Seven Stars on it.

Iodo, no, not at all. The key is making the slit large enough and the slit is not straight but sort of an angle to accommodate the quiver.

I'm one of those people who hate having my cloak constrained as I'm sure some of you are. It not only heats you up but restrains movement and is downright uncomfortable. I haven't experimented with this but I suppose a series of these slits could be put in place to accommodate horseshoe packs/tumplines as well.
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Re: Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Elleth » Thu Aug 30, 2018 4:52 pm

Ooooh... interesting strap system. That looks really secure! I bet you don't have the wandering-fletching "where did my arrows go?" problem either, with the foot strapped in like that. . :)
So I assume there's a slit about centerline at the hip.... and does the shoulder strap go over the cloak or back under?
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Re: Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Elendur Amloth » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:26 pm

The strap goes under the cloak so no need for a slit at center line (of the cloak I think you mean). The one slit in the back is enough to accommodate the quiver and the strapping system. The quiver is very secure and is fleece lined so not much rattling around. There's brass hooks that hook onto the brass ring and the whole thing can be adjusted as well.

I didn't make this quiver myself but had it commissioned and for the life of me, can't remember the guys name now - guess I'm getting old. Gonna do more research and find him.
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Re: Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Harper » Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:56 pm

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Cloak and Back Quiver

Postby Iodo » Thu Aug 30, 2018 8:06 pm

Nice, thanks :P Ingenious harness system

I'm with Elleth on the cloak length thing, both my cloaks are just above the knees, it helps prevent getting caught in brambles as well.
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