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DIR- GUE Balanced Rig Concept

Discussion in 'DIR' started by arthurng311, Oct 8, 2019.

  1. arthurng311

    arthurng311 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    High all!

    I am a predominantly tech 1 warm water diver from asia, due to this, i have never needed to use a weight belt in my diving. The coldest i have dove was 18 degrees and that was manageable with just V weights.

    I will be going to dive in colder conditions (400 gr undergarment) soon and would like to ask how do you guys distribute your weight? Hypothetically if i need to dump my weight due to a wing failure at depth, i might become too positive to hold my last stops? How do you guys go about rigging your kit to circumvent this issue?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. elmo

    elmo DIR Practitioner

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    Location: Melbourne
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    If you're diving a drysuit, you have redundant buoyancy. No need to carry ditchable weights.
     
  3. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
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    I dive drysuit and I wear my weights in a belt as it is so simply and easy.
     
  4. helodriver87

    helodriver87 DIR Practitioner

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    I dive dry with a 400 for long cave dives. I use large steel doubles (Worthington 108s for trimix, Faber LP120s for nitrox) and a steel plate. That seems to be enough, even with multiple empty stages and near empty doubles. Granted, that's in freshwater and I'm pretty lean. So you may want a V weight if you're not going to be in a similar situation. I occasionally use one when I dive dry in the ocean. I don't make any of my weight ditchable when I'm dry.
     
  5. flymolo

    flymolo DIR Practitioner

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    If diving cold water, steel tanks, and a drysuit with thick undergarments, a couple pounds tail weight (3-4) should be sufficient to counteract the way tanks can get butt-light as they empty
     
  6. AJ

    AJ Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Netherlands
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    400gr undergarment with 4kg of V-weight, D12 and steel backplate. No problem with drysuit, no need to dump weight. I'am weighed neutral with 30 bar at 3 metres.
     
  7. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
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    What do you guys use to clip the weight to your tanks? Does anyone have a link?
     
  8. flymolo

    flymolo DIR Practitioner

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    I put a 3-4 pound soft weight in the bottom pouch of this:
    Extreme Exposure

    I've also just tied a piece of string through a 4 pound hard weight and literally hung it from the lower bolt on a set of double 80s
     
  9. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
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  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Location: Seattle
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