I’m saying this as a statement… if you individually wrap your bricks you’re going to want to secure them. If you opted to make a large 2 by 3 brick block (like many of my friends do) then you really don’t have to worry about securing it as much. The goal here is to keep the individual small bricks in place and prevent them from sliding all over.
To secure your bricks using straps you’re going to need two pieces of equipment… bricks and straps.
Bricks: The bricks should already be wrapped so if you haven’t done that already then do that first.
Straps: I purchased my straps from Strap Works. The ones I bought where the metal cam straps with 1 inch webbing. For the color I chose flat black and I checked the box for them to sew on a Buckle Pad. If I were to re-order I would probably not order five foot straps but would instead get 4 foot ones.
Secure the Bricks
Now that you have your straps and your wrapped bricks it’s time to secure the bricks to the GORUCK bag. We’re using a GORUCK bag because that’s the ruck I use and they have MOLLE webbing at the top inside of them. You can use this method with other rucks that have MOLLE webbing in them as well.
Step One: Insert the Straps
The first thing you’re going to do is slide the straps through the MOLLE webbing in the ruck. I’m using a GR2 here but you can use any ruck that has MOLLE webbing at the top of it. You’ll want the cam levers to be on the top of the ruck (left side of this picture) so that you can secure the bricks later.
Step Two: Adjust the Straps
You’ll want to give the tops of the straps about 6 to 8 inches of room but that’s it. Just make sure the rest of the webbing is through the MOLLE straps and the cam straps have 6 to 8 inches between them and the top of the MOLLE.
Step Three: Place the Bricks
Place the bricks over the MOLLE and straps so that the cam levers sit on top of them. You don’t have to configure them this way. Sometimes I’ll put four in the straps and leave two off to the sides and other times I’ll do five and one. Try out different setups and see what works best for you. We’re all sized differently and carry way weight differently so what brick setup works for me very well might not work for you.
Step Four: Tighten the Straps
Slip the straps through their cam levers and tighten as much as you can. The bricks are now secured to the top of the MOLLE and won’t slip out and fall out or slip around while you’re rucking or doing bear crawls. Remember to tighten the cam levers as much as possible because if there is too much slack the bricks could still fall out.
Step Five: Add Yoga Blocks
If you have yoga blocks then you can add as many as needed into the bottom so that the bricks have something to stand on. This will prevent them from “hanging” off of the MOLLE and make your event a bit more enjoyable.