Is it the shroud that pushes the pistol out and away a bit or is it the QLS mounting that actually does that?
Krax, definitely a lot of good suggestions for me to consider there. I had intentionally tried to avoid a double-belt system as I wanted the belt to be a stand-alone system, independent of whatever else I happened to be wearing - Whether I have on jeans, combat pants, shorts, or whatever else, the system clips on over it and sits securely. Chaffing was certainly a concern and originally why I tried to make a system without either of the leg shrouds, but I live in Colorado so humidity and extreme heat isn't as much of a concern. I've actually worn this belt, with both leg straps, on a day hike in the mountains (minus the pistol and knife but plus a couple large water bottles and snacks so about the same weight), and it wasn't an issue at all.
Later today I'll try to get a picture of me actually wearing the belt so I can show how it rides and where everything falls in actual use, rather than spread out flat on a surface. Excellent questions and suggestions though, please keep them coming!
And, point taken about the knife - But in my defense, I just like big f*ckin' knives...