Chris Landano, TrakBelt 360 Inventor
by Chase Collum
Nov 12, 2014 | 15050 views | 0 0 comments | 297 297 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After a bulky equipment belt led to a near-death experience while working as a photographer for the FDNY 10 years ago, Chris Landano realized he needed a more versatile system for carrying his gear.

“Not too often am I crawling on my hands and knees in a building collapse, but that day, I felt compelled as a photographer to really get the story and show the kind of danger firefighters face every day in their jobs,” Landano said. “I had this belt on that increased my profile and something caught me. If I could’ve moved that pouch to my backside or left side, I would’ve easily gotten through.”

After a few thousand hours of research, Landano realized that what he and other tradesmen need is a utility belt that allows pouches and gear attachments to slide seamlessly and lock in place when needed. So he developed the TrakBelt 360.

“The TrakBelt stands completely alone, there’s nothing on the market that has a track built into it that allows for 360-degree rotation and locking into place,” Landano said. “I built the belt and I built a series of attachments that would work with all the standard pouches at hardware and photography stores.”

Landano is confident that his Kickstarter will meet its goal of $35,000 in time for the December 5th deadline, having raised more than $32,805 as of November 10 from 203 backers.

Landano plans to donate the money from every tenth belt sold to charities such as Building Homes for Heroes, a non-profit that provides new homes to disabled veterans.

Landano also plans to introduce more versions of the belt in the future for other specialized uses, including a heavy-duty belt for military application, as well as a line of light-duty belts for hairdressers, cyclists and runners.

(Chase Collum)

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