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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 2:19 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:30 pm 
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My current Ortovox 3+ came with a harness but it also came with a seperate elastic bungie that's meant to be used when putting the beacon in a pocket. The guidance that I got from AIARE instructors this year is that AIARE considers it acceptable to put the beacon in a zippered hip pocket or bib pocket as long as it is not and external (cargo style) pocket.

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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 4:54 pm 
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Snurfer wrote:
Guess we should stop DIY splitboards while we're at it :wink: All the guides that taught avy class I attened wore their beacons in a pants pocket - my guide can beat up your guide, yadayadayadayda :duel: :poke:


It's an ACMG accepted practice to use a pocket for your beacon as long as the pocket isn't sewn onto the exterior your the pants. I started doing it because A) a guide friend of mine was doing it B) it's 100 times more comfortable and accessible. I don't think there's much probability of my pants getting ripped off, and to my knowledge hasn't happened/resulted in a fatality n the last ~15 years (at least in Canada).


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 12:42 am 
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I leave it in its harness, i sit it around where my appendix would be if i still have one. Currently using a Mammut Element which doesnt annoy me as much as my old Ortovox F1.

As mentioned i was taught about avalanches removing clothes so keep it close as possible. I put it over my base layer between my mid layer usually.

Getting bibs this season so it might piss me off where it is..

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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 4:45 am 
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It's an ACMG accepted practice to use a pocket for your beacon as long as the pocket isn't sewn onto the exterior your the pants. I started doing it because A) a guide friend of mine was doing it B) it's 100 times more comfortable and accessible. I don't think there's much probability of my pants getting ripped off, and to my knowledge hasn't happened/resulted in a fatality n the last ~15 years (at least in Canada).

Also approved in Europe to put a beacon in your pants' zip pockets.
If an avalanche is that strong that it rips off your pants, you'll be dead before the avalanche stops anyway.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2014 7:06 am 
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Pocket for me. More comfortable, and it is protected on the way up as well. It is not uncommon for me to climb in just the base layer, as I usually run hot.

I never understood the point about "external" pockets? Ok if its velcroed or something, but a regular thigh pocket of the kind that are becoming increasingly popular, what´s wrong with that?
I can´t see that it has significantly higher chance of being ripped clean off the pants than an "internal" pocket has the chance to get ripped open. What am I missing?

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Yup, my new PIEPS DSP came with both a standard harness pouch and a separate wrist loop. The wrist loop is specified for those who prefer to carry their beacon in a pants pocket. My bibs have pockets just below the rib cage on each side, the perfect spot to carry a beacon. The PIEPS is pretty small as well, keeping the set up quite comfortable.

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I went back to the harness from the pocket. I have to say the harness that comes with the Mammut Pulse is fucking dreadful. However my new pants don't have a good pocket for the beacon.

Also you should carry your beacon where your phone isn't. 30cm is the rule. so if you have your phone in your chest pocket, put your beacon in your pants and visa-versa.

I hear a lot of worry about backpack, pants, jackets, etc getting ripped off. If I am getting caught in an avalanche that big i'm doing something wrong anyway. I'll take my chances with it in a pants pocket of any sort (besides velcro). Worse comes to worse they can get my body in the spring when I melt out.

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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2014 9:23 am 
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SPLITRIPPIN wrote:
I ride with mine straight up me arse....


Because that's where you want to get probed??

And I keep my beacon in my zippered pants pocket. I typically have nothing but a base layer shirt while touring, so I don't feel like it's very protected then. Plus, when it's in the pocket it's easy to whip out and do beacon checks. I have my own rule that it's my designated beacon pocket and nothing else goes in there. That way there's less of a chance of leaving it unzipped.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
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Side pants pocket...usually skiing I have my jacket off, and I figure the chances of my pants getting ripped off to be pretty slim.

Plus if I need it, there is a quick zip and it's out. No jacket, pack straps or harness to fiddle with.


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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
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Scotty1974 wrote:
I figure the chances of my pants getting ripped off to be pretty slim.
You obviously don't ride around "middle aged cougars"!

I love my chest rig, cannot recommend it more!

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 Post subject: Re: Where do you put your beacon?
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PedroDelfuego wrote:
Scotty1974 wrote:
I figure the chances of my pants getting ripped off to be pretty slim.
You obviously don't ride around "middle aged cougars"!

I love my chest rig, cannot recommend it more!


Allows for easy access and doesn't interfere with probing?

The other reason that I use my harness is that I don't have any pockets in my spandex skin suit that will fit anything more than a pack of GU.

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