|And the Peovi brand is $135|
If they do take their expensive radio to such a harsh locale, they first must take the precaution of embedding it into a metallic frame that adds to the inconvenience of operating the radio and makes it a bit less portable - but provides the illusion of protection.
I suppose some actual protection is offered if the unlucky IC-705 owner is considerate enough to drop the rig in such a way that it hits the ground in the correct orientation.
I ended up having a few lunches with two other photographers. One was a hobbyist like me; the other was a pro who had a medium-format Fuji which is certainly not a toy by anyone's measure.
How did they, and everyone else, protect their cameras? By having them affixed to our tripods, slung over our shoulders as we walked up and down trails, looking for compositions. Rocky trails, steep trails and sometimes slippery trails.
Our safety plan was this: Don't drop the camera.
From this perspective, the idea of putting a cage on an IC-705 to protect it on the treacherous car-to-picnic-table journey is absolutely absurd. If I want actual protection for it and its accessories, I'll put them in a case or Icom's backpack.
Like the camera, my IC-705 will remain cage-free.