Field Testing a New Radio Utility Belt
For the past three years, I have volunteered as a radio operator for events like the Chicago Marathon. I take all my equipment in the same kit that I take hiking. It works, but there is a big difference from what I do on the trail and what I do with medical triage teams in Grant Park.
Maxpedition Octa Versipack
This redesigned fanny pack can hold about 180 cubic inches inside several compartments. It has paracord for flashlights and MOLLE pockets for external attachments.
Maxpedition CP-L Phone/Radio Pouch
This adjustable radio holster will hold most large radios, satellite phones, and GPS. I’ve configured it to carry my Yaesu VX-8DR handheld transceiver. When I attach the holster to the Versipack, it puts the radio out of the way. But I have easier access to the radio now, which was a major problem when I need to change batteries.
Maxpedition 1-Quart Canteen Pouch
I built my hiking system around my 3-liter hydration backpack. When I work the Marathon or similar events, I don’t need to carry that much water. I have access to refill stations, unlike the backcountry. My system is much lighter now that I carry less water.
Maxpedition Horizontal Smart Phone Holster
My hiking system has no place for my Samsung Galaxy phone. I added this holster to my new system so I can keep it secure and easily accessible.
I’m taking this new pack on a 3-mile hike this morning. I am leading 40 Webelos Scouts on a hike of the Wauponsee Glacial Trail. We have a service project and about 10 adults. Since we will be using GMRS radios to communicate, it will be a good test for the new pack.