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Navy OnStar
11-28-2007, 18:56
Just wondering how everyone attaches stuff to their BCD. There has to be a thousand ways/gadgets (retractors, clips, coil lanyards, quick releases) to attach a single piece of gear. What is most popular for the following stuff.

Console
Knife
Primary Light
Back-up light
SMB
Strobe

Please copy the list and put how you attach it (or keep it if you drop it) after.

OnStar

Navy OnStar
11-28-2007, 18:57
Console - Small retractor
Knife - coil lanyard
Primary Light - Locking retractor
Back-up light - in a pocket
SMB - in a pocket
Strobe - in a pocket

medicdiver
11-28-2007, 19:01
Light-lanyard to wrist until I can get a can light
Back-up light- dog clip to D-ring
Knive- knive pouch on waist webbing

navyhmc
11-28-2007, 22:17
Light to wrist
knife on inside of leg-to me it's easier to get to
back up light in BC pocket
console either on rectractor or hanging
munchies in bc pocket. :D

cummings66
11-28-2007, 22:42
Console - Don't use one
Knife - Steak knife on waist strap of BP/W
Primary Light - Cannister light on waist strap of BP/W
Back-up light - Shoulder strap of BP/W
SMB - Pocket on drysuit or crotch D ring
Strobe - Don't use one most of the time, when I do on back of tank

In fact, look at my Avatar. EVERYTHING you mentioned except console is there, and in it's place are the things you see on my arms. Excuse the inflator hose, I was getting out of the gear when my daughter wanted the picture taken.

Chad
11-29-2007, 10:35
Console - no console, wrist mounted computer
Knife - waist belt
Primary Light - clipped to chest D-ring until I get a can light
Back-up light - bolt snapped to chest D-ring and rubberbanded to shoulder strap
SMB - backplate pocket
Strobe - no strobe

MSilvia
11-29-2007, 10:45
Console - I got rid of the console to reduce task load and increase streamlining. I have a brass SPG on a stainless steel bolt snap, clipped off to a D-ring on my left hip. My compass and computer are both wrist mounted.

Knife - Sheathed on my right hip waistband
Primary Light - Stainless steel bolt snap
Back-up light - Stainless steel bolt snaps clipped to my right and left chest d-rings and secured with rubber tube rings
SMB - Drysuit thigh pocket
Strobe - Drysuit thigh pocket, or clipped next to backup light

Puffer Fish
11-29-2007, 11:16
I have a Ranger LTD bag, on a Zeagle BP/W.. which I love.

So, I have two wing pouches...

1. Knife on lower leg.
2. Knife on waist belt.
3. Cutters (different types) on each side in pouches.
4. Primary light in pouch on shoulder strap.
5. SMB in pouch attached to bottom of plate.
6. Signal mirror and noise maker in right pouch.
7. Backup light in left pouch.
8. spg attached to waist belt with mini-retractor.
9. Computer on wrist (wireless).
10. Reel on waist belt (right side).
11. Camera/stobe attached to right side shoulder d-ring with locking retractor.

I'm sure I am misssing something...

dallasdivergirl
11-29-2007, 11:49
Console - clipped to the buckle on my cumberbund and then tucked under the cumberbund
Knife - Just got one so I haven't done that one yet
Primary Light - n/a
Back-up light - d-ring on shoulder strap
SMB - Left pocket of brigade with whistle
Strobe - n/a

I am actually thinking of ditching the console and doing the computer on one wrist & the compass on the other leaving the spg on the hose by it's self. I do not like my compass being on the back of my console. It makes navigation a pain

Miked
11-29-2007, 12:06
Console- (back up comp, spg, compass) on a retractor clipped to shoulder strap d-ring
Main comp on wrist
Knife /emt shears; on shoulder strap of BC (using 2 sided velcro straps)
Whistle: attached to end of corrugated inflator hose.
Small flashlight-lanyard through bolt snap, bolt snap clipped to d ring ons houlder strap, surgical tubing loop secures the light to the strap when not in use
Safety sausage-on left lower front d-ring
In pocket on waist belt: smaller flashlight, signal mirror, slate,

Camera-when I have it- on a ciled lanyard, blot-snapped to shoulder strap d-ring.

Netsloth
11-29-2007, 12:44
Console - No console, just an SPG snap-bolted to my left hip D-Ring (Wrist mount computer on right arm)

Knife - On my harness, waist, just left of center front.

Primary Light - On a magnetic-catch coil, snap-bolted to my left chest D-Ring

Back-up light - Snap-bolted to my right chest D-Ring, and secured with innertube to the harness.

SMB - Connected to a small finger-spool and snap-bolted to my right hip D-Ring

Strobe - No strobe

cheebaweebie
11-29-2007, 12:47
Console - Strong retractor
Knife - on the leg... don't have one on my bc
Primary Light - in a pocket or on a lighter retractor if I carry one
Back-up light - don't carry one
SMB - ?
Strobe - don't carry one

No Misses
11-29-2007, 14:37
Console - SS Bolt Snap clipped to left side D ring
Knife - Small knife on left side of waist belt / stilletto on left calf
Primary Light - SS bolt snap to right chest D ring (when carried)
Back-up light - Retractor of right chest D ring (when carried)
SMB - SS bolt snap clipped to right waist D ring (right rear next to bp)
Strobe - SS Bolt Snap to right chest D ring when carried.

Lift bag - in pouch mounted below back plate with ss bolt snap clipped to right rear D ring
Flourecent Orange dive flag (vinyl) - in Lift bag pouch with ss bolt snap (small) clipped to right rear D ring
Catch bag or stringer - SS bolt snap clipped to left waist D ring.

RoadRacer1978
11-29-2007, 15:00
Console - Clipped to left D-ring
Knife - Left Calf
Primary Light - On wrist (when carried)
Back-up light - Right BCD pocket
SMB - Not yet, next purchase, then will have to figure out.

Navy OnStar
11-29-2007, 16:17
Thanks for all the posts. It's interesting to see all the different ways people come up with to do the same thing!

DivingCRNA
11-29-2007, 16:20
Just wondering how everyone attaches stuff to their BCD. There has to be a thousand ways/gadgets (retractors, clips, coil lanyards, quick releases) to attach a single piece of gear. What is most popular for the following stuff.

Console
Knife
Primary Light
Back-up light
SMB
Strobe

Please copy the list and put how you attach it (or keep it if you drop it) after.

OnStar

Console/SPG-clipped to right waist D ring
Knife-attached to left shoulder strap.
Primary light-Can light with head in right hand
Back up light-D ring on right shoulder strap
SMB-D ring under tank
Strobe-?????

abcitydiver
11-29-2007, 17:32
Console - wrist computer
SPG tucked inside cumberband of BCD
Knife on Hose
Primary Light Coil Retractor hooked to Right shoulder D Ring
Back-up light w/wrist lanyard, in right BCD Pocket
SMB in Pouch mounted and hanging under BCD at left hip
Strobe Dont have one
whistle, lanyard on neck
OCTO: for now...hose looped inside Dring.......
Slate on wrist if I carry it.
Id love to see PICTURES of where people wear/carry these items....
Im not real happy with the options I've explored for attaching the octo..
Havent found a clip that I like, let along a place to clip that makes me happy...either its bumping under my chin, or too much hose is sticking out...
:::grumble:::....

texdiveguy
11-29-2007, 18:24
I carry everything in a nice big and roomy fanny pak.

RoadRacer1978
11-29-2007, 18:32
I carry everything in a nice big and roomy fanny pak.

Now thats an idea. Can you still buy fanny packs? :smilie39:

medicdiver
11-29-2007, 18:33
I carry everything in a nice big and roomy fanny pak.

Now thats an idea. Can you still buy fanny packs? :smilie39:

I don't know if you can buy them but I'm sure my Grandma has 15 of them.

IrishSquid
11-29-2007, 18:36
Console - SS Bolt Snap
Knife - Inside of left calf
Primary Light - SS Bolt Snap
Back-up light - N/A @ this time, my next purchase
SMB - SS Bolt Snap
Strobe - N/A

Splitlip
11-29-2007, 20:20
Console...........none. brass&glass spg clipped off left hip d-ring w/bolt snap. Gauges on wrists
Knife..............waist strap
Primary Light....lanyard on wrist when I use one
Back-up light...shoulder strap/d-ring or thigh pocket or both depending on dive
SMB...............2 DSMB's one in thigh pocket, one in sleave under plate
Strobe............don't use one, but if I did it would be in thigh pocket

dannybot
11-29-2007, 21:40
Primary light-strapped to wrist
Backup light-clipped to D-ring
Console-on retractor
Stobe-clipped to tank strap
Knife-zip tied to inflator hose, but don't carry since most diving is in Caribbean, and they don't allow

quasimoto
12-02-2007, 12:55
Console-clipped to left waist d-ring, though mine is just a SPG
Knife-webbing sheath on waist strap
Primary Light-Goodman handle
Back-up light- clipped to chest d-ring
SMB- clipped to right waist d-ring.

tarheeldiver
12-02-2007, 23:14
Console - bungee clipped to bc
Knife- small one on hose
Primary Light-clipped to d ring
Back-up light
SMB- clipped to bc
Strobe

Mycroft
12-04-2007, 15:41
Console - wrist mounted computer - got rid of console
Knife - one on inflator hose, one in BC pocket
Primary Light - on camera strobe arm, in hand, or clipped to waist d-ring
Back-up light - on other camera strobe arm, in hand, or clipped to other
waist d-ring
Light three - in BC pocket, tied off with mirror
Safety sausage - in BC pocket
Strobe - on camera arm for one, on other camera arm for the other.
Rattle - on chest d-ring

TRACI
12-04-2007, 15:48
Pressure gauge - Console Extender
flashlight - retractor
knife-pocket
slate - sometimes retractor, sometimes pocket
rattle - D-ring on chest
Camera and safety signal/reel - not sure yet, running out of room.

in_cavediver
12-04-2007, 16:07
Computer/BT:
Wrist mounted
SPG:
Left waist D-Ring
Shears:
waistbelt
Primary Light:
Can on right waistbelt
Back-up lights:
on each shoulder strap, also occasionally on the right Drysuit hip pocket
SMB:
Lift bag in mask pouch on right waistbelt, Sausage in pouch on left waistbelt
Strobe:
Don't carry one
Compass:
Pouch on waistbelt
Submersible dive tables:
Left Drysuit hip pocket
Slates:
Left Drysuit hip pocket
Spools:
Either in pouch on waist belt or in the right drysuit hip pocket
Reels:
Either on the right of left waistbelt D-rings

Grin
12-05-2007, 09:02
-Console flys along in the wind.
-Primary light clipped to my left chest D ring since I am constantly clipping, and unclipping, it. That is the easiest spot to, quickly no look, do it for me.
-Knife is zip tied to my inflater hose. So I can see it as I put it back in, easily, and one handed.
-A bunch of 3 ft sausages clipped to my left belt D Ring for sending stuff up or signalling once I get up.
-Sometimes, a reel and 6 ft sausage settup attached to my right belt D Ring. If I think the boat operator might have a hard time finding me, if I choose not to drag a bouy.
-Sometimes, a lobster bag and my snare clipped to my Right D ring.

Here's something to realize: I have not heard anyone say they have anything in a BC pocket. I didn't read the entire thread, so maybe some do. But it does show that BC pockets are highly overrated. Result: Get a Backplate and wing. Since ditching the BC for a BP and wing I have had zero notion of needing pockets for anything. I see a few have attached pockets to their BPWs. I feel pockets are a PIA to use. D rings and clips are the way to go for me. And less is better.

ScubaJW
12-05-2007, 12:34
Console: retractor, but it's broken... Currently using double bolt snap
Knife: on BC strap
Primary Light: double bolt snap on first D-ring on the left side of BC
Back-up light: in BC pocket
SMB: on D-ring at the bottom of the BC
Strobe/camera: double bolt snap on first D-ring on the right side of BC
Octo: bungee

finflippers
12-05-2007, 12:54
Console - I lay it across the back of my leg.
Knife - attached to my high pressure hose.
Primary Light - wrist lanyard during the dive and Clipped to a D-ring on shoulder strap before and after the dive.
Back-up light - D-ring on shoulder strap
SMB - (lift bag) attached to D-rings in the back of my harness. (between my back and my wing)
Strobe - on the rare occasion that I do use it it is mounted on my tank valve.

CompuDude
12-05-2007, 14:30
I carry quite a bit:

Console - None (SPG on left hip d-ring with SS bolt snap)
Computer: Right wrist
Compass: Left wrist
Watch/Backup Timer: Left wrist
Knife - In sheath on waist belt
Primary Light - Canister light mounted on right hip, light head on hand or clipped off via SS bolt snap to right shoulder d-ring
Back-up light - SS bolt snap to right shoulder d-ring, held in place with bike inner tube band
SMB (small) - in a pocket on my drysuit, or X-Shorts pocket with wetsuit, pre-rigged with spool
SMB (large) - when appropriate, in my MC storage pack on my backplate
Strobe - none... tank marker light, when needed (night) would be attached to the tank, however.
Wetnotes: in a pocket
Backup mask: in a pocket
Spool (spare): in a pocket
Line Cutter: On my shoulder strap
Camera: On a coil lanyard, clipped off with bolt snap on my left shoulder d-ring

buddhasummer
12-06-2007, 22:33
Just wondering how everyone attaches stuff to their BCD. There has to be a thousand ways/gadgets (retractors, clips, coil lanyards, quick releases) to attach a single piece of gear. What is most popular for the following stuff.

Console
Knife
Primary Light
Back-up light
SMB
Strobe

Please copy the list and put how you attach it (or keep it if you drop it) after.

OnStar

Console/SPG-clipped to right waist D ring
Knife-attached to left shoulder strap.
Primary light-Can light with head in right hand
Back up light-D ring on right shoulder strap
SMB-D ring under tank
Strobe-?????

You clip your console/SPG to your right waist D ring? Hows long is your hose..must be very long to go all the way around the front of your body...:smiley5:

whse56
12-30-2007, 11:03
Console--carbiner tywrapped to hose clipped to vest
Knife--strapped to calf
Primary Light--lanyard to wrist
Back-up light--in pocket
SMB--has its' own clip, goes on bc
Strobe--dog leash clip to bc

Goober
12-30-2007, 11:24
I use healthy rubberbands in place of retractors. Just a bit less expensive.

Mycroft
12-30-2007, 16:20
-Console flys along in the wind.
-Primary light clipped to my left chest D ring since I am constantly clipping, and unclipping, it. That is the easiest spot to, quickly no look, do it for me.
-Knife is zip tied to my inflater hose. So I can see it as I put it back in, easily, and one handed.
-A bunch of 3 ft sausages clipped to my left belt D Ring for sending stuff up or signalling once I get up.
-Sometimes, a reel and 6 ft sausage settup attached to my right belt D Ring. If I think the boat operator might have a hard time finding me, if I choose not to drag a bouy.
-Sometimes, a lobster bag and my snare clipped to my Right D ring.

Here's something to realize: I have not heard anyone say they have anything in a BC pocket. I didn't read the entire thread, so maybe some do. But it does show that BC pockets are highly overrated. Result: Get a Backplate and wing. Since ditching the BC for a BP and wing I have had zero notion of needing pockets for anything. I see a few have attached pockets to their BPWs. I feel pockets are a PIA to use. D rings and clips are the way to go for me. And less is better.


Try two messages above the one you posted in.

CompuDude
12-30-2007, 16:52
Actually, the thread is about "attaching" things (and then gave a pretty specific list). Not putting them in pockets. I don't really consider sticking something in a pocket to be "attaching" it. Had the thread been about "stowing" things on your person, you would have seen more posts listing pocket contents.

Goober
12-30-2007, 17:15
I carry quite a bit:

Console - None (SPG on left hip d-ring with SS bolt snap)
Computer: Right wrist
Compass: Left wrist
Watch/Backup Timer: Left wrist
Knife - In sheath on waist belt
Primary Light - Canister light mounted on right hip, light head on hand or clipped off via SS bolt snap to right shoulder d-ring
Back-up light - SS bolt snap to right shoulder d-ring, held in place with bike inner tube band
SMB (small) - in a pocket on my drysuit, or X-Shorts pocket with wetsuit, pre-rigged with spool
SMB (large) - when appropriate, in my MC storage pack on my backplate
Strobe - none... tank marker light, when needed (night) would be attached to the tank, however.
Wetnotes: in a pocket
Backup mask: in a pocket
Spool (spare): in a pocket
Line Cutter: On my shoulder strap
Camera: On a coil lanyard, clipped off with bolt snap on my left shoulder d-ring

You do carry quite a bit, in fact, pretty much the same equipment my instructors do. Do you cave dive in your location or is it primarily wreck penetrations? If so may I inqure as to the locations? Are there any websites dedicated to them that I could check out?

CompuDude
12-31-2007, 02:51
I carry quite a bit:

Console - None (SPG on left hip d-ring with SS bolt snap)
Computer: Right wrist
Compass: Left wrist
Watch/Backup Timer: Left wrist
Knife - In sheath on waist belt
Primary Light - Canister light mounted on right hip, light head on hand or clipped off via SS bolt snap to right shoulder d-ring
Back-up light - SS bolt snap to right shoulder d-ring, held in place with bike inner tube band
SMB (small) - in a pocket on my drysuit, or X-Shorts pocket with wetsuit, pre-rigged with spool
SMB (large) - when appropriate, in my MC storage pack on my backplate
Strobe - none... tank marker light, when needed (night) would be attached to the tank, however.
Wetnotes: in a pocket
Backup mask: in a pocket
Spool (spare): in a pocket
Line Cutter: On my shoulder strap
Camera: On a coil lanyard, clipped off with bolt snap on my left shoulder d-ring

You do carry quite a bit, in fact, pretty much the same equipment my instructors do. Do you cave dive in your location or is it primarily wreck penetrations? If so may I inqure as to the locations? Are there any websites dedicated to them that I could check out?

No caves worth speaking of here in SoCal, from a diving standpoint. For me, it's training for the real thing (wrecks, and perhaps caves someday if I can change my wife's mind). Needed or not, all of that gear comes with me, even on easy beach dives. Muscle memory is important.

Quite a decent number of local wrecks, although the numbers of intact and awe-inspiring ones that are worth penetrating is smaller. See California Wreck Divers (http://www.cawreckdivers.org/) for a pretty good listing. Lots more wrecks available in Wreck Alley, about 3-4 hrs south in the San Diego area.

Grin
12-31-2007, 06:56
You are correct! Good point!


Actually, the thread is about "attaching" things (and then gave a pretty specific list). Not putting them in pockets. I don't really consider sticking something in a pocket to be "attaching" it. Had the thread been about "stowing" things on your person, you would have seen more posts listing pocket contents.

Duckydiver
12-31-2007, 19:59
Console- Cliped with a double bolt snap to left waist d ring
Knife - Sea Quest has an integrated knife mountinf gromet
Primary Light - A silly coiled plastice leish
Back-up light - retractor on r shoulder d ring
SMB - left bc pocket
Strobe - don't have one, but if I did I would problbly be on a band on my left arm

teknitroxdiver
01-01-2008, 14:48
SPG: Clipped to left hip d-ring
Knife and shears: on waistband
Spool and reels: left hip d-ring
Canister light: right side of waistband
Wetnotes, SMB, strobe, mirror, compass, arrows, cookies, etc: pocket on right side of waistband.
Backup lights: one on each shoulder strap clipped to d-rings and tucked under tubing
Computer: on wrist

setesh
01-06-2008, 21:22
Console - don't use one, VT3 on left wrist, compass on right
Knife - Right BC strap
Primary Light - Clipped on right middle D-ring (on QR coil lanyard)
Back-up light - BC pocket
SMB - BC pocket
Strobe - tank valve

ianr33
01-06-2008, 22:11
Console: Just ignore it.Can always find it at the end of the hose.Drags in the silt though and messes up the vis. Keeps my octo company though.

Knife: Big one on the outside of calf.

Back Up Knife: On waistbelt. Very important item,allows me to cut myself free from entanglements caused by my primary knife position.

Primary Light: In right hand.Not quite figured out what to do with it when not in use.It is on a long coiled lanyard.If I just drop it then it drags in the silt and messes up the viz. If I clip it off somewhere the big loop snags in the trees at the bottom of Travis.Bit of a problem really.

Back up Light:In a pocket somewhere,maybe.I think the battery is O.K. At least it was last year. Heck its dark down here !!

RECDiver
01-07-2008, 16:46
Now, I know why you were so dirty after your dive on New Year's day and why the vis is what it is!

ianr33
01-07-2008, 20:53
I admit that I may have hit the bottom 2 or 3 times. In my defence I would point out that I never actually saw the bottom before impacting it :smiley36:

team2tank
01-14-2008, 12:11
console/ retractor clip,
camera/ retractor clip
knife/ bc mount handle facing feet
hoses and octo/ swivel clips

team2tank
01-14-2008, 12:13
primary light left hand
back up light,
best place ever!!!!! mask mount!!always shines where your looking and gives you hands free at night!!!!

DarinMartell
01-16-2008, 14:24
Console = quick relase on lower left D ring
Knife = On right BC strap with coil lanyard backup
Light = bungge lanyard on mid left D ring
SMB = left bc pocket with clip to mid left D ring
Camera = retractor on mid right D ring
Spare Air = lower and mid right D rings
Slate = right bc pocket with clip to mid right D ring
Wistle = clipped to left BC shoulder strap

malley1717
03-29-2008, 22:48
knife-inflator hose
primary light-lower right D ring with clip
backup light-right shoulder D ring with bunjie to keep it close to the strap
camera-left d ring (usually in my hand tho)
consoule- left d ring w/ buckle thing (M-F clip)
SMB- rigged up under below my bc with some sergical tubing, hard to explain
Octo-right d ring
slate and tables- left pocket
finger spool- right pocket

Marcus
04-08-2008, 06:15
For those Transplate Harness users, I was wondering where people put everything? I haven't used my transplate, and have no pockets as of yet. Curious as to good placement for everything?? Thanks

CompuDude
04-08-2008, 13:02
Pockets on the drysuit, pockets on the X-shorts when diving wet.

On rare occasions when I got without either, I'll sometimes thread a large pocket onto the waist strap, in front of my can light's canister.

mentalmarine
04-08-2008, 13:34
Shears on the waist strap
Knife on das leg ( dont give me crap! :) )
Light on wrist lanyard
Backup light on right sholder strap d ring
Getting a pocket for spool, SMB and wetnotes.

russp
04-08-2008, 14:07
My guage console is on a quick release clip on left side of BCD
Knife is on high pressure hose just above guages
SMB is in my right BCD pocket
Whistle is on quick release clip on right shoulder of BCD

I'm not carrying any lights yet.

divergirl
04-08-2008, 15:21
Shears on the waist strap
Knife on das leg ( dont give me crap! :) )
Light on wrist lanyard
Backup light on right sholder strap d ring
Getting a pocket for spool, SMB and wetnotes.


Don't worry.. I carry my knife on my leg too.. makes me feel like lara croft hah

CFDAlden
04-08-2008, 23:46
Console - Male clip on BC, left chest D ring. Female on Console.
Knife - Left side of BC
Primary Light - Right shoulder D ring
Back-up light - Right pocket of BC
SMB - clipped to right waist D ring

Seaquest Balance BC. :)

terrillja
04-08-2008, 23:54
For those Transplate Harness users, I was wondering where people put everything? I haven't used my transplate, and have no pockets as of yet. Curious as to good placement for everything?? Thanks
I have 2 lift bag sleeves, 1 for my 100#, 1 for my smb. Reels attach to the d-ring on the back d-ring on my crotch strap. If you want pictures of my transplate, I'll post some. I am also going to get a thigh pocket, since I'd rather not pay for x-shorts and another bellows pocket for my dry suit.