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| p.1 #8 · Anybody use a "chest pod" for long glass shooting sports? |
Use to use something similar years ago, I personally would not recommend it as it is very hard on your back: it puts a heavy set of gear at a fairly high leverage point and you have to hold it with your back / core muscles. Not good on your back / spine!
If you really cannot use a monopod, the better way is to rest everything on your hips and counter balance the gear weight by just leaning back keeping your back straight.
This is actually pretty easy (and cheap) to build your own: use a modular tool belt (from your local hardware store) with a little individual pouch (like the one for holding a tape measure), tie it around your waist, making sure it is resting on your hips with the tool pouch sitting in front.
Use a lightweight monopod with a ball head, putting the pointy end of the monopod inside the small tool pouch. Adjust length and ball head angle, et voila!