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Dive Caddy or Aeris Jetpack

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & Weight Systems' started by terri2chris, Jun 21, 2015.

  1. kwinter

    kwinter Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Jersey
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    Damn Ray, you're in rare form tonight.


    iPhone. iTypo. iApologize.
     
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  2. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
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    Look what I just saw on Oceanic's website: JetPack - BCDs
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2015
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  3. terri2chris

    terri2chris Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Roswell, N.M.
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    They do sale and people must like them as you never find them used, discounted or on sale as you do other BCD. With the airline fees and now starting to check baggage size at the gate. If you over it gets gate checked and you pay the fee. Looking for smaller compact unit.
     
  4. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
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    Ray, I think this guy might be able to help you form a fairly reasoned opinion:

    [video=youtube;8k5AfyNaT80]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k5AfyNaT80[/video]

    Drink up!
     
  5. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    5,145
    3,377
    Chris,

    I haven't been diving long (about 2 years). When I was starting out, I as looking for something for travel to warm climates. I was sold an Aeris Jetpack. I will be selling it shortly, as I now travel with an Xdeep Ghost. I won't sell it to you unless you promise to not bear a grudge against me. I'd rather sell it to some sucker on CL or ebay. It is a nice idea, but bad design. Your tank is really loose when you dive. It is the worst dive purchase I've ever made. Can't take it back to the shop, as the shop is closed and the owner committed suicide.

    But if you are interested, let me know.

    Kosta

     
  6. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    6,580
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    Chris, if you are open to other ideas this is really a good suggestion for maximizing weight and space. It's what I've used for several years. Between this and a standard backpack as my personal item, I can get all my "must have when I land" and travel sensitive items as carry on. I have also never yet been asked to check it at the gate on small or packed planes.
     
  7. terri2chris

    terri2chris Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Roswell, N.M.
    73
    18
    Thanks for the info. That's was what I was looking for was actual use. I will pass on it. Looking into a couple of options for smaller travel.

    Thanks
    Chris

    ---------- Post added June 22nd, 2015 at 02:30 PM ----------

    Thanks. looks like a duffle will be the way

    Chris
     
  8. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    Lack of a secondary market is meaningless. Not available used? Maybe because so few people - if any - buy them new? Not found at discount price or on sale? Perhaps few - if any - retailers have seen the need to stock them, so don't have any to dump?

    Dude, go nuts. If it meets your needs, buy one. Hopefully you'll find one cheap, and get a decent price when you sell it in "like new" condition.

    ScubaBoard has more than 1/4-million members, and many times that number of non-registered partipants. The "what do folks thing of the JetPack?" question comes up often. In a decade on SB I don't recall a single person answering the question saying "I have one..." much less singing it's praises. The only posts from owners seem to be "For sale... only been in the water 10 times" on the classified board. Seems that "$350 or best offer" is the going rate... but none of them seem to be marked "sold" either. So, you know...
     
  9. scubasprout

    scubasprout Dive Shop

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    The Oceanic Jetpack has been significantly improved from the Aeris design. The tank no longer moves around. I have taken both on several trips and the Oceanic one has fixed all the complaints about the Aeris one. I also hated the Aeris one but LOVE the Oceanic one. I have had no problem fitting all my gear and some other carry-on items except for my fins and my camera gear. The BC is functional and comfortable to wear as the sizing is completely customizable.
     
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  10. IamScubaDog

    IamScubaDog Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
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    I want to add that I bought the Aeris Jetpack and regret that I did not have the time to test it out first. Despite all my efforts to make the Jetpack work, it has two inherent design flaw.

    1) the tank strap to the bcd is not fixed - therefore the tank can move up to 30° each direction. There is a bottom strap for the tank as a feeble attempt to stabilize the tank.

    2) I had to add more weights to offset air trapped in the bc; I don't mean the bladder. I found out about this on my last day when I tried to wash and dry my bc. As hard as I tried to get rid of the water sloshing in the bc, I was not able to. I finally figured out that the water was trapped in between the two layers of the bc. I took more than four hours for all the water to drip out.

    By the way, if Aeris and Oceanic happen to read this, I had two computers fail on me on this trip. Oceanic Atom and Aeris Epic. And my daughter's Aeris AT600 free flowed on first stage. I am no longer your customer.
     

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