ok....... the answer to this question is NOT "Lose weight you fool". On with our countdown......... Went to the woods on Sun for long hike with the guys. Took Betty (the EMP) and used the provided dual mag pouch for spares. The spares bothered my side when I put them in the pouch - by the time I returned from the hike, I had performed open-side surgery on my excess self. So... other than the losing weight option - any one have experience with horizontal mag pouches? Any other options? I'll sit here in recovery weighting for your response!