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Thread: BP & Wing recommendations for recreation diving?

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    Guppy
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    I started with the DRIS combo..... Hog Steel Plate, DRIS "Trianta" wing (Donut 27lb), light monkey harness and Highland STA / cam straps. Talk about a hodge podge of brands but totally awesome. While I do own an AL plate now ( generic no name ) I take the steel plate traveling. I really don't care about 4 extra lbs in my suitcase. I care about having perfect weighting and trim while diving. I dove with Navy for the week so he can tell you if I'm exaggerating or not. There's nothing like diving a balanced rig in swim trunks in 85f water in the Bahamas. Only monkey diving is better.

    The aluminum plate is my warm fresh water tool of choice. I often dive 85f lake water in swim trunks and I'm simply overweighted with the steel plate. Throw on my 3mil and I need the steel. Throw on my drysuit and I need the steel plate and steel tank(s). I also have a doubles wing for my twinset configurations.

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    I made the switch to BPW this summer and I really like it. The folks at Scuba Toys were extremely helpful. They asked me the type of diving I do, type exposure suit used (wet or dry), single or double tank, and how much weight did I use. With their help I went with the Dive Rite Transplate harness, 16# weight pockets, Hog aluminum plate, and Hog 32# wing. Locally I dive dry so I need enough lift for that. For warm water vacation in my 3mm wetsuit I use 8# and the wing has much more lift than I need, but I really can't say I noticed any drag. It has less drag than my old BC had.

    Ask the folks at Scuba Toys to put together a package price. You will be very pleased.

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    Ask the folks at Scuba Toys to put together a package price. You will be very pleased.
    +1 on this. I'm living in Dallas right now. The closest scuba shop just happens to be ScubaToys. So I drop in there all the time. They will usually put together a package from what they have in stock but they have pretty much everything in stock. I've actually found things in the store I didn't see online. So just call them up and ask them to put something together. I put together a package from the website then went into the store to buy it. When I got there they did a bit of mix and match and came up with something a lot better than I initial put together for only $50 more. I am totally happy with them.
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    We should get together and I can set you all up and let you try it before you buy.

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    dkh6070 is actually in Georgia. It would be a 14 hour drive to Cedar Park. Even Dallas is probably too far (13 hours). I was thinking he would call ScubaToys on the phone and see what they could put together. If there is a good Tec shop in his area, he could go there and try on some gear but I was suggesting that he call ScubaToys on the phone and see if they can put something together for him and ship it.
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    What if you mounted tanks horizontally and opposed. Would that be viable.
    Let me quickly add a disclaimer. That I know absolutely nothing about back packs. I would really like to try one though. Some pretty savvy guys are using them.

    Is it a good alternative for warm water recreational diving? I am sort of a minimalist. I dive a Zeagle silhouette right now and love it.
    --Zeagle Eagle

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    1.jpg 2.jpg

    Both photos are on BlackBeard Cruises in the Bahamas with photos taken by Devil Diver. I'm in a steel plate, AL80 and no weight belt with a 27lb wing. This is what we call a balanced rig in that if my wing failed I should never be more then 5lbs negative. I can just swim the rig up.

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    Same config but now with an AL plate since fresh water needs less weight. Other divers have commented that I almost look "naked".


    4.jpg

    Now with a steel plate and AL 80 twinset in a drysuit. The same platform is used for all diving so regardless of the situation it fits my needs and everywhere is right where I expect it.

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