tara wrote:now, is there any difference to having them on the front of your thigh as opposed to the side?
For me, side all the way. I've only ever seen them on the front on the Otter suits - it's purely personal preference, but to me it looks like that when full there would be 2-3" of drop below your thigh, easy to catch the bottom without feeling it.
X - I am soft, I admit it. If I lived somewhere warm enough to dive in a wetsuit, I'd have to have pockets on my wetsuit as I couldn't live with them. X shorts are good for travel/occasional use....
Pete, in response to your "clippy dangly" question, I can explain what I do - it's pretty much the same whether doing a big dive, a shallow pootle, a night dive or teacing....
One of the real benefits of a goodman handle on a torch is that you can carry it 99% of the time and it's not in the way. The only timw my lighthead isn't in my hand is if I'm deploying an SMB, or it's failed and I've switched to a backup light. It's doesn't have to be a canister light, some LED lights have a "soft" goodman handle.
So, light battery is threaded on to the waist strap of my harness and held in place with a spare weight belt buckle. Light head is in the left hand - this leaves the right hand free for donating the reg if needed. SMB is between my back and the plate, it is clipped to my tail D-ring to keep it secure. It's not pre-threaded on to the spool.
Gauges and compass are wrist mounted, so no big console to dangle. SPG is on a short hose, clipped off the the left hip D ring. On a normal dive, I maybe look at it three times - it should never be a surprise what it says, anyway. Knife is on the waist strap. Back up torches are clipped to the shoulder D-rings and held along the harness straps under the arms with inner tube. Nothing else is clipped off on the harness, it's all in drysuit pockets - unless I am carrying a primary reel, which also gets clipped to the tail D-ring.
Convention is left pocket is "utility" and right poclet is "emergency" - this is intended to not prevent you donating the reg out of the mouth whilst doing routine tasks. Both pockets have a large loop of bungee stitched into them, everything is clipped off to that so it's not lost when you open the pocket.
What is defined as "utility" and "emergency" depends on the dive. If I'm doing a big dive, and expecting to deploy an SMB then the primary SMB is in the pocket pre-rigged (the one on the plate becomes the spare, with a second "emergency" spool in the right pocket), my notebook is normally emergency so in the right pocket - unless I'm teaching, in which case I'm probably planning to use it so it goes left. Normal contents of the pockets could include: whistle, notebook, second knife, spare mask, teaching slates, SMB, spare spool(s), survival blanket, snorkel, line markers etc. Exactly what and where just depends.
It's pretty tidy, and uncluttered.