Reviews of Halycon

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Janie1229, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Janie1229

    Janie1229 Angel Fish

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    I'm looking at getting a new BCD. My current one is a SeaQuest Diva QD, and while I have loved this BC, I purchased it in 1999 and it is finally time to replace it.

    I've heard great things about back inflate BC's, and my LDS has a Halycon that looks very sturdy and minimalist, which I like. It also looks like a great travel BC, as you can take the backplate out, and put it in your carry-on. The husband & wife owners of the dive shop rave about it. My husband and I are going to try it at the local pool this fall, but just curious what everyone out there thinks about the Halycon.

    Pros? Cons?

    Thanks!
     
  2. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Loggerhead Turtle

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    Great equipment, only downside I can think of its a bit expensive. The next few post are most likely going to point you to Tobin so I will not bother. I have multiple Halcyon products and love all of them, would not have it any other way. I dont mind paying a premium for great equipment.
     
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  3. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many.

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    It's good gear, at just about the highest price point in the market. You won't be unhappy with it, but you can get something you'll like for significantly less.
     
  4. JamesK

    JamesK Great White

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    I have had both my halcyon wings for ten years now. Excellent gear IMO. I would not hesitate to buy more. The price is the only thing that is a downside.
     
  5. chrpai

    chrpai Great White

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    Totally agree. If you are the kind of person who has money to burn, (some call it the `Blue H` tax) then you won't go wrong buying it. I'm sure your LDS could show you other things similiarly priced but of far less value or usefullness.

    `H` is good quality gear that is well thought out but priced with a little too much pride for my taste. If you are looking for similar gear at a lower price point, there are many others to consider.
     
  6. evad

    evad Orca

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    All from China, if you like that sort of thing.
     
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  7. chrpai

    chrpai Great White

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    Let me guess... a pathetic way of thinking?
     
  8. cool_hardware52

    cool_hardware52 Equipment Manufacturer

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    Not True. Virtually all DSS gear is made in Pasadena California using domestic materials if possible. Our urethane, ballistic nylon, webbing, bungee cord are all from domestic mills.

    We produce our own back plates, and we injection mold all of our own parts with the exception of the power inflator and corrugated hose.

    Tobin
     
  9. evad

    evad Orca

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    Sorry, I forgot about you. My bad. My pathetic bad.
     
  10. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

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    H is expansive, but quality is very top notch too. It is for people who are willing to spend more to get the final details. Just like everything else, return is deminished. Think about automobile industry, some will be happy with Honda, some are willing to spend more for BMW/MB/Audi, and some will go to more extreme to Bugatti. After all, it is all one's personal preference and finanacial situation.

    And just for the sake of argument, nothing wrong with stuff that made in china. They can in fact produce very high quality stuff for lower cost. And also try to live a while without using anything made in China, you will realize their value.
     
  11. evad

    evad Orca

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    Slavery good.
     
  12. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

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    so are you saying you have used NO product that is made in china? I doubt that. If you do, then you are taking of advantage of the "slavery" too, until the day you absolutely stop using anything made in China, you should NOT complain.

    ---------- Post Merged at 11:39 AM ---------- Previous Post was at 11:36 AM ----------

    sorry for the hijact.

    To OP, if you can afford a Halcyon BC, it is a very high quality product that you won't be unhappy. But like other said, you can get other bp/w setup that function just as well for less
     
  13. evad

    evad Orca

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    I'm not complaining. Slavery good.
     
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  14. eelnoraa

    eelnoraa DIR Practitioner

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    then don't use those "slavery good"
     
  15. Divin'Hoosier

    Divin'Hoosier Divemaster

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    I've seen Halcyon plates and wings side-by-side with DSS. Don't think for a second that going with DSS is somehow going with a lesser quality product. That's just not the case.
     
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  16. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Loggerhead Turtle

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  17. blc

    blc Angel Fish

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    Am I correct in DSS wings attach with rubber gromlets to the backplate? If so is there any danger of these being unexpectantly torn loose during the dive or in heavy surf?
     
  18. Divin'Hoosier

    Divin'Hoosier Divemaster

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    I assume you're talking about their singles wings and DSS plate. You are incorrect. The wing is sandwiched between the plate and the tank. It's absolutely impossible for the wing to go anyplace once it's mounted to the tank. The rubber grommets simply help to keep the wing attached to the plate WHEN IT'S NOT ON A TANK. They are nice but completely irrelevant to the functioning of the wing when mounted between a tank and plate.

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    Are you referring to my post about there being no quality differences between DSS and Halcyon? You're welcome to your opinion, but you're also wrong. But that's just my opinion. I've seen them both side by side on many occasions. Halcyon is good stuff, and DSS is just as good. Period.

    Back to the OP ... If your shop carries Halcyon and you can afford it, go for it. You won't be disappointed. Great products and great services. Some of us are just trying to let you know that you will pay a premium. There's stuff out there just as good (my opinion again) that's a bit cheaper.
     
  19. Pullmyfinger

    Pullmyfinger PADI Pro

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    I agree,

    I own both brands, and they are equal quality. Tobin should charge more than he does.
    I've owned other brands, but have now pared it down to Halcyon and DSS.

    There are a lot of "Me too" brands out there....I'll stick with these two companies, and spend my money with them.

    -Mitch
     
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  20. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Deep South DIR

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    The 'corrugated hose' on the DSS leaves me wishing for a proper hose like the Halcyon wings have. Those plasticy ones split at the seams.
     

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