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  • #579730
    dmurphy48
    25 Posts

    I have an older BCA Tracker beacon and have been using the harness/case with it since I bought it 6 years ago. Over time it has gotten annoying having the beacon on the side of my ribs, which is where the harness is designed to carry the beacon. It makes it uncomfortable to put my skins in my midlayer jacket with the beacon there as well. I am thinking of modifying the harness so the beacon is over the center of my ribs or just put it in my pocket jacket (zipped pocket) and sew in something to clip the lanyard to. Any thoughts on options?

    Thanks

    Dale

    #675538
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Zipped pants pocket. The idea of having anything on my chest, diaphragm or stomach during a burial freaks me out. 😯
    Luckily many apparel mfg are starting to address this with dedicated (pants) beacon pockets with clips.

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    #675539
    dmurphy48
    25 Posts

    Thanks Snurfer. I saw a guide do that and it seemed easier but I wasn’t sure about lifting the beacon with every step while hiking. I have hiked with my cell phone in my front pocket before and it seems to restrict movement just a bit. I’ll probably try it in my back pocket next time out and see how it feels. I can pretty easily sew a clip into a pocket.

    #675540
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    My bibs have a perfect pocket and my PIEPS fits great in there with it’s dedicated wrist leash, guide style. The harnesses and all are too bulky and annoying for me.

    #675541
    BobGnarly
    220 Posts

    @barrows wrote:

    My bibs have a perfect pocket and my PIEPS fits great in there with it’s dedicated wrist leash, guide style. The harnesses and all are too bulky and annoying for me.

    Same. Bib pocket is perfect and my beacon stays in there 24/7. I always found the harness to be annoying

    #675542
    shredgnar
    643 Posts

    I keep mine in my front pocket. It prevents fumbling with your chest zippers and loosing much needed heat, and dexterity during a rescue. I’ve talked to the owners of a few companies who make transceivers, as well as guides and other experienced pros. It is becoming the preferred mode of carry to carry it in a interior pocket of your pants, not an exterior pocket like a cargo and definitely held in by a zipper, not just velcro.

    One downfall is that it is locate further from the center of your torso if you are buried. which can lead to a slightly longer time for a rescuer to reach your face, as well as longer to reach the beacon to turn it off.

    #675543
    MHolmes
    190 Posts

    In its harness. I feel so…conventional. Mammut Element, dunno, I kind of like wearing it. I sewed the adjustable strap so it always sits right where I want it. I guess it rotates around towards my side a bit sometimes but it’s low on my list of things I’d improve.

    #675544
    PedroDelfuego
    758 Posts

    I use a radio chest harness from Coaxsher, it works great and doesn’t flop around (or have that annoying bra strap feeling). I have my beacon and radio right where I need them.

    #675545
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    If I had bibs with a chest pocket that’s big enough then I would keep it there but my touring bibs are Arc’teryx Theta SVs and the pockets are barely big enough to fit my phone, no way my transceiver is going to fit. I also wear different pants for lifts and it would be kind of annoying switching back and forth. I guess 15 years of strapping beacon over one shoulder and around the waist has made me pretty comfortable with it. I did switch it from my right side to my left side this year to get it further from my cell phone and put my body in between the two.

    #675546
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Each beacon vendor supplies every customer with a harness. All beacon makers will tell you to use the harness because jackets, pants, shirts and bibs can be blown or ripped off of you

    Thats just what I was taught

    Your choice is your choice

    #675547
    Killclimbz
    1165 Posts

    I use the harness for my beacon. It doesn’t annoy me either. I would recommend using gear with “beacon” pockets if you go that route. I believe those pockets are reinforced to take a little more abuse than standard gear.

    It is kind of a weird thing and obviously you need to do what you are comfortable with. Better to have your beacon in a pocket than to not bring one at all…

    #675548
    HansGLudwig
    601 Posts

    @TEX wrote:

    Each beacon vendor supplies every customer with a harness. All beacon makers will tell you to use the harness because jackets, pants, shirts and bibs can be blown or ripped off of you

    Thats just what I was taught

    Your choice is your choice

    ^^2x

    I too was taught this. Further, place it low on your abdomen. All my patroller buddies have stories involving broken ribs because someone had a beacon on their rib cage and took a spill.

    They all (and I) place theirs on their side (above the hips and below the ribs) or on their bellies, in a harness.

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    #675549
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    @HansGLudwig wrote:

    @TEX wrote:

    Each beacon vendor supplies every customer with a harness. All beacon makers will tell you to use the harness because jackets, pants, shirts and bibs can be blown or ripped off of you

    Thats just what I was taught

    Your choice is your choice

    ^^2x

    I too was taught this. Further, place it low on your abdomen. All my patroller buddies have stories involving broken ribs because someone had a beacon on their rib cage and took a spill.

    They all (and I) place theirs on their side (above the hips and below the ribs) or on their bellies, in a harness.

    Guess we should stop DIY splitboards while we’re at it 😉 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:

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    #675550
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    I could give a shit less although I do have ideas

    #675551
    Jason4
    443 Posts

    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.

    #675552
    ChompOnThis
    22 Posts

    @Snurfer wrote:

    Guess we should stop DIY splitboards while we’re at it 😉 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).

    #675553
    Draizuh
    61 Posts

    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..

    #675554
    FloImSchnee
    291 Posts

    @ChompOnThis wrote:

    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.

    #675555
    marran
    20 Posts

    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?

    #675556
    barrows
    1490 Posts

    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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