Old faithful can't carry a radio adequately.
Continuing my search for a BA I have rejected the Reed. Great radio pocket, space for flares in the back pocket or hand held in front, resonable fit due to good adjustment but when closed the 2 pocket zip pulls catch under my arms and would add to the wear and tear on my drysuit (which is already lathered with seam grip).
Looks like I'll have to go a better fit but with much less capacity for carrying things. Ideally I want to be able to carry radio, knife and flare and strobe without things poking in my eyes or ears, or having to resort to carrying them in my teeth.
Thanks to Karitek and Lomo for their patience.
Next task is to find a deck. Only recently did I realise how long my cockpit is compared to other boats. Blithely hopping in and out I have been encouraging other people with longer legs to do likewise, without really appreciating the advantage of having an Isel. Even the Menai has a smaller cockpit.
After shredding a couple of cheaper neo decks I thought it time to invest - except I have not yet found a reinforced neo deck big enough. I want to get something that is protected around the coaming for practising rescues and repairs.
As for boots - the return of the lonely lomo boot meant NK had a spare pair, which I have acquired.
Tried and tested.