First of all, I should say hi to all the board members. This will be my first post here And yes, I am a fairly new diver - I think most of you will spot that right away ;p I've got an Original Manta custom, and so far, I love it. I'm looking for opinions.. There was a thread on this BCD a while back, in 2000, but I'm wondering what people say about it today. Does anyone still dive this BCD? What do you think about it if you do, and if you've abandoned it, what did you find that it lacked? Has anyone ever attached the rare, but available band extensions and fitted doubles? Opinions on this ? (I am expecting to hear "EUW!" considering there is NO backplate whatsoever). Also, one other question. I know the cons to CO2 detonators. fast, uncontrolled ascent and all (especially on busy waterways with boaters who don't know what a f'n dive flag means!), but does anyone still feel safer having that pullcord at their side, despite that? Do you do anything special to keep that cord from getting snagged? Anyhow, this seems like a nice place, with alot of knowledgeable divers. I know I've learned alot already in my short time lurking, and will certainly learn more.