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Hey guys, first post here. I got my open water and advanced cert a while back. After renting gear for around 10 dives Im ready to purchase my own. I have used the basic rental oceanic stuff, and my brother's mares setup. I did a ton of searching before posting and it looks like the general consensus is to not buy a package deal, however, sport chalet is the only place with dive equipment around me and the prices there arent the best, and no package deal opportunities. My budget is about 1200, and I just think it would be easier and more cost effective if there was a package with decent gear (ie ordering from more than one place, shipping costs etc.) It seems there are a ton of varying opinions on brands, and then varying opinions on certain pieces of equipment from certain brands.
With all that said can I get some opinions on these packages? I mostly do shore dives in SoCal, traveling is out for quite some time, the farthest most likely being catalina (same conditions pretty much). I dont need anything super fancy just equipment that will work well and has a good warranty/customer service if something does fail.
Yeah, the jacket styles are what I have used before, and its comfortable for me. Not set on a console computer, but once again, is what I am used to. Thanks for the pointers, I will look into those suggestions.
Edit: upon further consideration I would rather have a jacket style BCD. I wouldnt mind buying things separately if it came out to around the same price but with better components.
I was leaning in that direction also.. lets say I went with the TUSA package, any opinions on that one? Maybe narrowing it down would help out. It looks like it would be a great turnkey package, unless any of the components arent that great..