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I posted this on the NDI Northern California board, but since it's a BC-related question, I figured I'd post it here as well... sorry if this is poor form.
Does anyone know of a LDS that carries Oxycheq BPs and wings in the Bay Area (preferably within a reasonable driving distance of the east bay)? I'm interested in trying out Oxycheq's smaller BP before ordering it (I tried out the Halycon set up, which I really liked, but only being 5 feet tall, I think a smaller BP might be in order).
Alternately, if there isn't a dealer in the area that has stuff in stock to try, my LDS (in Austin... just in the east bay for a few months) can order the Oxycheq stuff for me--is there a big difference in the way the 27 lb Halycon and 30 lb Oxycheq wings feel (for example, I had no problems with going face-forward at the surface with the Halycon and no trim weights, but the Scubapro LadyHawk back-inflation BC puts me face-foward at the surface)? Or can I use the 27 lb Halycon wing with the Oxycheq BP? Thanks.
For a dealer contact Patrick through his website. You might want to call rather than e-mail unless you have plenty of time.
The Oxycheque has the standard 11'' grommet spacing. If the Halcyon is the same, it'll fit. I use my 30# wing with a DiveRite plate.
The Oxycheque is a bit more solidly build and a few bucks less expensive than the 27# Halcyon Pioneer. However, the new 30# Halcyon Eclipse is made from a thicker thread, it not only has a inner and outer bag, but you can access (and fix) the inner one through a zippper. If I'd buy one today I'd likely take the Eclipse.
caveseeker7 once bubbled... However, the new 30# Halcyon Eclipse is made from a thicker thread, it not only has a inner and outer bag, but you can access (and fix) the inner one through a zippper. If I'd buy one today I'd likely take the Eclipse.