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I'm looking to put together my first set of doubles.... I'll be using two HP100's which means I won't be able to adapt my SP Knighthawk. Based on the threads I've decided on a bp/wing based setup.
I'm stuck between the following decisions:
DiveRite vs. OMS
SoftPack w/ backplate vs. Deluxe Harness
Aluminum vs. ABS for the backplate
Wing Lift: 77-100lbs vs. 50-60lbs
Single Bladder vs. Double
Some assumptions to help with deciding factors:
I'm looking to dedicate this setup to diving doubles in freshwater (I doubt I'd be flying this rig anywhere....) - so adaptability to diving singles or saltwater is not a big concern.
With the bouyancy of the doubles I opted to not go with a SS backplate - so I can still have some ditchable weight.
Currently I dive a 7mm wetsuit - however the drysuit is on order, so I'd assume using a drysuit with this config.
Not currently interested in Cave Diving, but living on Lake Michigan I could see myself doing a fair amount of wreck diving - the jury is still out on wreck penetration.
After reading everything I put down here's where I'm leaning.....
DR Deluxe Harness, aluminum backplate, Rec Wings (51# - single bladder).
I'd appreciate any feedback or thoughts of wisdom.... Thanks.
If the choices were dive rite or oms I would go dive rite. But as I own a deep outdoors setup I should also say you might want to take a look at what they offer. I have not tried a set of doubles but from what I have seen their larger wings are very similar to what is offered by everyone else. I just like their look and I think they are very well built.
FredT's plate looks do-able. A plate is a plate is a plate right..? The cutouts on the sides look like they'd make decent handles... What really differentiates these...?
I've kinda shifted to go with the DiveRive Transplate harness, I like the padded shoulder srtaps and quick release chest strap.
With a single HP100 I wear 20# and thats probably a pound or two overweighted. I expect to drop another 10lbs adding the second HP100 leaving with two 5lbs weights for ditch.
The thing with a Transpac is that it's completely soft. A backplate is rigid.
After having it both ways, I'd never want to go back to a soft back. A backplate with a harness *completely disappears* underwater. I was amazed after my first dive with one that during the entire dive I never noticed my buoyancy system underwater, whereas I was always adjusting and shifting a BC... The rigidity is *key*.
A friend of mine who dives doubles had significant issues with maintaining proper trim with a DiveRite wing. It didn't allow her to get into a proper center of gravity balance due to how it distributed the air vs. how the weight of her kit was distributed. Poor thing couldn't hover w/o kicking to save her life - kept doing head over heels at the slightest of trim corrections! She tried a different mfgr (Halcyon) wing and was MUCH more stable (and happier). You would need to see what wing works best with your rig.