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Advice on buying a BCD

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by stev, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. XJJoe01

    XJJoe01 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Azores
    If the backplate and harness were uncomfortable, you can add shoulder pads and a backplate pad. Also, I picked my bp/w rig brand new for less than this used rig a few months ago.

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  2. OtherHalf

    OtherHalf Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Virginia
    A BP&W isn't bad over the shore. The backplate makes for a very stable load with a tank strapped on, a backplate pad doesn't provide a ton of padding, but does insulate from the steel, the Halcyon BP in particular has a very fine finish, meaning no rough edges to scrape and cut, and the waist strap on the webbing is easy to adjust so that you can carry the load more on your hips, relieving your shoulders.

    That said, I would want something between my skin and the gear pretty much no matter what gear I was diving with a walk of any length. I wore an underarmour shirt with my board shorts last time I was in the Carib and that protected me fine from my gear.
  3. Derek S

    Derek S Divemaster

    Sorry if my post came off sounding like that, I didn't mean it to. I've dove Dive Rite and DSS rigs. They make quality stuff as well. What I was trying to get at is the point of compromising what a diver wants because of cost. I myself would never buy a used BCD/BPW or regulator. I'm not saying that cost isn't an issue for me, per se, what I am saying is that I'm not willing to potentially compromise safety to save a few bucks by buying used.

    Nothing is worse than spending money on something you realize wasn't the right equipment all along. I'd advise the OP to take their time and save up if they must in order to make sure they get the things they want. Sucks to buy something and then have to re-purchase what you initially wanted anyway.

    Just my .02psi

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