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Old 01-06-2009, 12:24 AM
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Default Okay to wear beacon under MX style chest protector?

I have an MX style chest protector i would like to wear rather than dropping money into a tek vest or what not, but is there any chance of the protector making the Avy beacon's transmiting signal weaker? I would like to hear from those whe sell beacons or actually know something about this situation. Thanks
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:28 AM
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I would think it would make it harder to get out and when you already under stress in time of need seconds count.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:33 AM
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I doubt it would affect signal, but this year we started wearing tekvest and the first few rides I put my beacon on over my base layer as we used to..not the place for a beacon between you and a vest..when the vest takes a hit, it transfers the energy right where the beacon is...now I wear the beacon on my outer layer and vest goes on over the whole thing(beacon has 2-4 layers of padding now)much more comfortable...
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:36 AM
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^ thats what i was thinkin, a broken rib waitin to happen
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:39 AM
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well thanks for the replies. I just needed someone to talk some sense into me.
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Good question. I actually put mine in the pocket of my tek vest. On the outside. Always wondered about that, but it only needs to go through the fabric. I can't stand the strap around my neck. I know I know better to have the strap around your neck than be dead.

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Always wear mine on the outside of my Bwear vest.
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I tried many different configurations last year... finally found that if I put the harness under my tekvest so the beacon sits between the front and back half, the strap doesn't dig into your neck and it's still to the outside of the armor zone.

As far as the polycarb roost guard attenuating the signal... Lexan is rather transparent to RF signals. Cellphones, computers, pagers, bluetooth devices, remote controls, even the beacon itself encapsulates antennas inside the plastic housings. Snow and moisture buildup on your body is going to have more of an impact on the transmitted power than the plastic roost guard will.

Just a side note, but have you worn the roost guard with a pack and everything? I find it to be quite uncomfortable with anything else on top of mine. A jacket I can deal with, a pack I cannot.

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mule I have tried my vest under the outer shell as well but just not as comfy...I too am not a pack wearer..but this year started wearing both the vest and ABS pack..so far so good but vest has to be outside my outer layer...
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