ammo pouches left and right, and as many water bottle pouches squeezed on as possible, hated those kidney pouches, far too bulky. Oh and poncho roll hung under the bottle pouches. Only thing i hated about the '58 was when it got wet....
Ammo pouches left and right, one water bottle holding heaven forbid a water bottle and metal mug, 3 other water bottle pouches and a ressy case complete with face welly and finally two poncho rolls one with NBC suit other with aussie basha sheet.........58 patern superb
Most of our platoon never used the steak'n'kidney pouches. We used to sew up an array of water-bottle pouches instead. It gave a nice comfortable set that kept together. The smaller pouches were big enough to keep related things together, like first aid kit, rations, weapon cleaning kit etc and it worked really well. I got a rollbelt and got the tailoress to sew it and the 58 pattern belt together, so I could fasten the pouches on as normal but could tighten/loosen the whole rig quickly.
After being so used to it, putting PLCE together for Gulf 1 was like a bloody mensa test.
Roll pin belt, left and right ammo pouch, water bottle pouches (lots of), respirator / nutty pouch, poncho roll underneath for nbc kit and one on top for poncho all with a hippo pad for that little extra touch of comfort.
Roll-pin belt, left and right ammo pouches, two septic alice w/b pouches and three 58 w/b pouches at the rear sewn together. Resi case always carried on its own strap (and I must have been the only person to ever have used the securing string!). Noddy suit, poncho et al in Arktis daysack, hippo pad for comfort. Sortit!
PLCE might have needed a degree to work out, but when the first time I got it I thought it head and shoulders above 58, especially when we got the chance to pimp it.