If you already have pockets on your dry suit’s legs, then you may have become determined and annoyed at the installed D-rings (or similar). A simple method to easily reach the equipment in your pockets is to use elastic bands that allow you to keep the equipment you use outside of the pocket. I want to show you an easy way to integrate this into your pockets:
For securing the elastic bands, there are several possibilities. The one I want to introduce to you is where the bungee line is threaded through one of the side rings on the dry suit pockets (see picture).
Step 1: Knot loop
To determine how big the loop needs to be, it can be quite helpful to try out the equipment at different lengths beforehand. For your orientation: I have used a 40cm long piece of bungee line. In order to produce a loop, the two ends of the line must be knotted with each other. The ends should be burnt off with a lighter.
Step 2: Thread the rubber loop
Thread the loop through the loop on the outside of the pocket and pull until the knot comes into contact with the eyelet.
Step 3: Tie loops on the inside
In the next step you should tie the bungee rope so that the knot is secured to the eye inside the pocket. This prevents accidental slippage of the rubber band.
The finished result should look like this:
Tip: I use a long loop for the front eyelet. Here I attach the equipment that I use often, such as buoy and spool. In the rear eyelet I attach a shorter loop onto which I firmly attach things that I do not use so often, e.g. the backup mask, wetnotes.
The advantage to this is that you do not have to get all of the equipment out of the pocket if you need to use something on the rubber bands.