I can aggree with Tiger ( cant get use to calling you that!
That the Standards are tought (you can also program them yourself - did I say that
). Mine lasted 3 years constant use till the fourth drowning when umpteenth the aquapac failed ( only one week old
) Was never the same again
If any one is selling second hand an IC -m15e there'rrr Great to quote that other 'Tiger - Frosties Tony '
The field crews at work have dificulty breaking them.
The IC-M1v I think is good, but even better with a head set attached.
Okay I'm a bit biasd ( & can't spell
) but the field crews have broken all the cheap handhelds and the Icom and Motorola's keep on trucking. You can buy really good waterproof encloures for radios from Davis Comms, DS Developments etc.
But if its for Kayaking it needs to be really watertight and if you are working in the Sea wash it out with flesh water as the salt crystals can build up and do lots of damage.
Have a look at the M1v if you are on a budget and try not to go rolling with it, then leave it in the bottom of the boat till next time, jump up and down on it, as one outdoor Ed centre does often saying waterproof = bomb proof then wonders why it doesn't work anymore
Thats definatly enough from me