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Diving shorts w/pockets or strap on thigh pocket?

Discussion in 'Apparel' started by Nasser, May 17, 2017.

  1. RVBldr

    RVBldr PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Redmond, WA
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    Anyone else have any experience with the Mares XR shorts vs. the Apex? There's about a $40 difference and I was curious as to the better pockets. Looks like the Apex have tabs to hold the pockets in, if that's worth anything. Also curious as to the added buoyancy of the Apex.
     
  2. jbb

    jbb Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
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    I have peeled off a DUI pocket from a couple of wetsuits after they wore out. I had my dive shop glue them on so I'm not sure what glue they used. Just needed to get one corner up then peel - takes some effort.
     
  3. Jafo19D

    Jafo19D Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Colombia
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    I was just thinking the same. Also thought about using the old M16 mag pouches.
     
  4. Mark IV

    Mark IV Barracuda

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Georgia
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    DGX sells a pretty decent variety of pockets, some fairly inexpensive ( a couple from Mares and from DGX are as low as $25).
    BC Accessory Pockets | Dive Gear Express®
    They have the glue-on type, and those that attach either vertically, or horizontally (with some having loops that allow both methods). From what I've read, once the glue-on type are properly attached, they're extremely secure and aren't going anywhere without a fight. I believe the common wetsuit glue is what's used.
    Rather than the bulky, boxy M16 magazines, it just now occured to me that you might could make your own dive/cargo shorts, on the cheap, with a pair of extra-large BDU pants, cut off above the knee. Most of them are a light, fast-drying, rip-stop material, with very large side pockets. I don't see why they wouldn't work as well as the big-name units, and save you $100+ bucks ! The more I think about it, the more I'm digging the idea, LOL!! :D
     
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  5. NothingClever

    NothingClever Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean
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    I built my own strap-on cargo pocket set with OMS pockets suspended from a weight belt. Worked OK for a while but my mates were all in shorts and they seemed much more convenient. I broke down and bought a pair of the Apeks shorts from England where they are gobs cheaper than in the USA. Great shorts that fit wet notes, 30m and 45m spools, two full size DSMBs, spare light, etc. Even though they’re a big improvement, they still droop a little by the end of the dive. I’m thinking I’ll try some outdoor suspenders to see if that solves matters.
     
  6. Dark Wolf

    Dark Wolf Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Missouri
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    I am also in the glue on pocket camp.

    DW
     

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