View Full Version : New BPW
May 14th, 2012, 07:13 AM
Just got a new BPW. My local dive shop let me try a DiveRite TransPac and Voyager wing on a recent dive trip to Ft Lauderdale. As it turned out, the loaner harness was too small.
So while there I made a trip over to Dive Gear Express to get a new reel and some hi visibility line for my other reels. I also had the staff fit me for a transplate harness and wing while I was there.
I usually use some weight in top tank band trim pockets, so I am curious to see how the extra weight of the steel backplate will affect that. I am assuming I will not need the trim weight at all. I can't wait to get into the water and get trimmed out.
May 14th, 2012, 02:46 PM
I'm glad your happy with the BPW so far,Ii think one you dive it you'll love the trim charectoristics of the settup. personally when I made the change to a BPW I loved that i was able to lose the trim pockets on the cam bands anymore.
one a side note though.... I'm glad to hear that your LDS was willing to loan you some differnt rigs to try out for yourself, sounds like a very good shop to be working with!
May 15th, 2012, 12:32 AM
My singles rig is a modified transplate, modified only because I don't like cam bands, changed to Scubapro straps, I made a small web strap bolted to the plate to hang the plate on the tank, makes it easier to hook and tighten the Scubapro straps. I added a single tank adapter from Diverite on the plate, added weight pouches, and trim pockets on the top band. It dives like a dream, and is perfectly set for me with the Rec EXP wing. Just remember, better equipment is no replacement for skills practice. My doubles rig is a modified hog harness(added a sternum strap)
May 15th, 2012, 04:21 AM
I have been diving a back inflate BCD since I started diving. I originally chose the back inflate because I did not like the way jacket BCDs fit me and they also tend to ride up on me. And I was was not quite ready for a BPW. I agree, it was really good the dive shop let me try out the BPW.
I see myself eventually ending up with multiple setups. One of the biggest advantages of the BPW style, in my opinion, is the total flexibility of the design. I can go as minimal as I want or hang more junk off the BCD than I could ever want or need. My goal is to train for and visit some of the deeper wreck sites so I see multiple BPW with various configurations in my future!