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Bcd/computer/Regulator packages

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by frankbullitt, Feb 28, 2012.

  1. frankbullitt

    frankbullitt Angel Fish

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    Hey guys, first post here. I got my open water and advanced cert a while back. After renting gear for around 10 dives Im ready to purchase my own. I have used the basic rental oceanic stuff, and my brother's mares setup. I did a ton of searching before posting and it looks like the general consensus is to not buy a package deal, however, sport chalet is the only place with dive equipment around me and the prices there arent the best, and no package deal opportunities. My budget is about 1200, and I just think it would be easier and more cost effective if there was a package with decent gear (ie ordering from more than one place, shipping costs etc.) It seems there are a ton of varying opinions on brands, and then varying opinions on certain pieces of equipment from certain brands.

    With all that said can I get some opinions on these packages? I mostly do shore dives in SoCal, traveling is out for quite some time, the farthest most likely being catalina (same conditions pretty much). I dont need anything super fancy just equipment that will work well and has a good warranty/customer service if something does fail.

    The first one I was looking at was this TUSA package
    Tusa Package #3
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    [TD="width: 60"] Tusa Duo-Air Alternate Combo inflator ir-3
    Tusa Platina Evolution BCD
    Tusa RS-530 regulator
    and of course the leisurepro reg bag and hat
    $1,049

    then this mares package
    Mares Package #3
    comes with Mares Dragon BC with MRS plus weight pockets
    mares mission puck 3 console
    mares abyss 22 regulator
    and mares MV octopus
    again the bag and hat
    $999

    a sherwood package
    Sherwood Holiday Package
    comes with Sherwood 07 Avid CQR2 BCD
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    [TD="width: 60"] sherwood magnum regulator
    sherwood minimus octo
    and sherwood wisdom 2 CG7125 2008 with compass and quick disconnect
    $1064

    and lastly this zeagle package
    Everything is Special Zeagle and Hollis Package discounts on sale Zeagle
    Zeagle Brigade bcd
    Hollis DCI 221 regulator
    Mares MV octo
    and Aeris Atmos AI nitrox computer
    $1149

    Really appreciate all the help, Im looking forward to getting my own gear and filling up my log book!
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    Last edited: Feb 28, 2012
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  2. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Glad to see that you are committing to the sport and truly becoming a Diver.
     
  3. frankbullitt

    frankbullitt Angel Fish

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  4. ermaclob

    ermaclob Solo Diver

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    i would go with the mares package or the tusa . what i particularly like about the mares package is that it still has an analog air gauge (just in case).
     
  5. Shark Bait!

    Shark Bait! Solo Diver

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    Look into the zeagle express tech bcd
    HOG D1 reg
    and a basic wrist mount nitrox computer.
    All this should run under $1000
     
  6. Teller

    Teller Tech Instructor

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    Are you sure you want a jacket style BCD and a console computer? $1200 can go a long way if you bought a simple BP/W, bottom timer and a couple of HOG regs. Just a thought.
     
  7. frankbullitt

    frankbullitt Angel Fish

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    Yeah, the jacket styles are what I have used before, and its comfortable for me. Not set on a console computer, but once again, is what I am used to. Thanks for the pointers, I will look into those suggestions.

    Edit: upon further consideration I would rather have a jacket style BCD. I wouldnt mind buying things separately if it came out to around the same price but with better components.
     
  8. TonyErnst13

    TonyErnst13 Dive Shop

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    i like the AI setups personally.....
     
  9. frankbullitt

    frankbullitt Angel Fish

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    I was leaning in that direction also.. lets say I went with the TUSA package, any opinions on that one? Maybe narrowing it down would help out. It looks like it would be a great turnkey package, unless any of the components arent that great..
     
  10. kendallpg

    kendallpg Barracuda

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    Oceanic has a couple of packaged sets also. They are upgradeable if there are any specific components you are interested in.
     

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