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non-releasable pocket weights

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by pazthru, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. pazthru

    pazthru Angel Fish

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    Black Diamond and other Auqualung models have non-releasable weight pockets on the back of the BC near the tank band.
    Aqualung "strongly" recommends using block weights versus soft shot weights in the non-releaseable pockets.
    Question: Curious..........Why would it matter?

    Thanks in advance for the answer.
     
  2. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

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    Block weights are easier to slip in and out. But in all reality I never saw much difference using either.
     
  3. Bubbletrubble

    Bubbletrubble Regular of the Pub

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    Depending on how the weight pockets are designed, it might be possible for smaller "soft" weights (containing lead shot) to slip right out of a "secured" pocket.

    On the Aqualung BCDs, the trim weight pockets are usually closed by a plastic fastex clip. I have known of a couple of divers who had small "soft" weights slip out the side or through a hole in the bottom. This can happen with 1 or 2 lb. soft weights. I've found that 3 lb. soft weights will stay in just fine. YMMV. Using larger hard weights virtually eliminates this possibility.

    I wouldn't use long, cylindrical "bullet" weights in the trim pockets for the same reason. They could slip out.
     
  4. pazthru

    pazthru Angel Fish

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    Thanks ,Jim. The manual makes the statement specifically, so I thought there might be some obscure reason I was not aware of.
     
  5. pazthru

    pazthru Angel Fish

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    I will be using 3# sea pearl weights, one in each side for a total of 6#.
     
  6. pazthru

    pazthru Angel Fish

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    block weights are cheap enough. Better safe than sorry, perhaps.
     
  7. ptyx

    ptyx Solo Diver

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    Small soft weights can fall out of those pockets. Hard weights won't deform and therefore won't squeeze enough to fall through the holes.

    My wife BC has similar pockets, and we've never had a problem providing we choose big enough soft weights. 4 pounder and above: fine. Two 2 pounders: not fine.
     
  8. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

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    Thanks I was not aware of the design on those. My post was in reference to the trim pockets on my old Probe. My instructor recommended block as well but I used soft all the time.
     

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