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Halcyon SMB alternative

Discussion in 'Lift Bags, SMBs and Reels' started by scuba_mc, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. scuba_mc

    scuba_mc Nassau Grouper

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    Can anyone recommend a decent closed 1m - 1.4m SMB alternative to the Halcyon ones. Ideally something that has a similar valve to the Halcyon bags which don't have a nipple to push in before inflating.
     
  2. The Laconic

    The Laconic ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'd be curious to know too...
     
  3. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

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    I think EE sells the valve alone.
     
  4. g1138

    g1138 Marine Scientist

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    Would you mind spelling out that acronym?


    Frog SMB's in the Europe side of the world is 1m tall; but push to inflate.
    HOG has a 4.5in SMB that's real skinny and very comparable; also push to inflate.
    I think Deep Sea Supply 1m isn't a push to inflate. But kinda odd looking.
    I always thought their design shape would make more sense if they had a 4ft or taller SMB.

    Other than that. I found this while looking for pictures.
    Made by Gear4Tech; Europe side manufacturer.
    If you decide to be the guinea pig, would you post your results here?

    surface marker buoy - SMB with valve, 130cm slim tube

    G4T-Oberflaechenboje-Boje-geschlossen-SMB-with-valve-130cm-EXTRA-THIN_1_b2.jpg
     
  5. C Dub

    C Dub DIR Practitioner

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    Go to Bird rock in Catalina. That is where you'll find my brand new, unmarked, Halcyon 3 food SMB. It disappeared on the first five I carried it. Just gotta find it!

    FML!
     
  6. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

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  7. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

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    Why don't you just buy the Halcyon bag? I don't have much Halcyon gear, for some very specific reasons, but I gave up a long time ago and bought them, because they are quite simply the best.
     
  8. lucca brassi

    lucca brassi Photographer

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    I like on that SMB short tube with nonreversible air valve and nonfastened nipple . I have Halcyon SMB which have that tube much longer .

    I have shorted it to size on picture (I have cut two rings on nipple and some space between nipple and valve , instead of SS clamps I use low profile cable ties

    ACT Cobra Low Profile Cable Ties# and over them heat shrink tube )



    When it is rolled on left pocket the valve is no longer jammed into the pocket.



    smb-plus-spool.png original picture
     
  9. decompression

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    Last edited: Feb 11, 2015
  10. scuba_mc

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    Good find, I seem to have been looking at the same SMB - actually it seems DIRZone are the manufacturers.

    DIRZONE

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    I emailed DIRZone who confirm there is no nipple to depress before filling

    I'll be buying one of these soon and will feedback on this thread

    ---------- Post added February 11th, 2015 at 03:01 PM ----------

    I'm based in Europe, the Halcyon 4.5ft SMB sells for £110 in the UK which is $152 + shipping. It's crazy money for a SMB, no matter how good it is - I've nearly pulled the trigger on it a few times but ultimately couldn't justify the cost.

    The DIRZone seems like a nice alternative, 1.2m, slim, no nipple on the valve - at €40 + delivery it's worth a shot
     

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