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I hate Cam bands.

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Frackingawesome, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. Frackingawesome

    Frackingawesome Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Lancaster, Pa
    i hate cam bands i really hate them. i am talking about the stupid plastic buckles that you have to weave a strap through. i can never get them over my pony tamer, i have to lift my heave BCD up and off the tank and then lift it again to put it on the new tank. and that stupid pony tamer!

    i know you guys are going to be like man up, or awe you poor baby cant lift a "heavy BCD" boohoo... maybe a woman's bcd would be easier to lift you pussy... man you a disgrace to men everywhere... and i get all that... i really do, but on my travel BCD i have an awesome aqualung grip lock! and i love it! It come apart and and is just so freaking easy. you hardly have to move the BCD when you switch tanks.

    So my question, is there any reason that i could not just put grip lock like straps on a B/W. i would need to use 2 of them. and what brand would you recommend?

    PS. this is obviously for single tanks only.

    Bubblesong likes this.
  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
  3. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    The DGX ones are fine: DGX Tank Strap, Quick Release with S/S Hinge Buckle. One is probably plenty, but get two if you want. I use one on my DiveRite TravelPac instead of the two cam bands.

    You want to make sure you can easily remove your current bands, though.
  4. Froggle

    Froggle Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: UK
    +1 for the quick release DGX bands. I replaced my plastic ones with these and they're much easier to use.
  5. rabbey

    rabbey Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Palo Alto, CA
    I actually bought 2 Aqualung griplock cam bands (you can buy them separately from a BCD) for use with my BPW. They're not too expensive and fixed all the similar frustration I had with the more traditional style.
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  6. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
  7. I did the same thing, seemed like a simpler way to adjust for different tank sizes.
  8. AdivingBel

    AdivingBel Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Missouri
    I replaced my lower cam band with one of the DGX buckle straps. I like the top standard cam band because I think I can snug it tighter (IMHO, YMMV). Only have to lift over the top band and I run it as close to the top as possible so very little lifting.
  9. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    OP, you're discounting the value of the workout your arms get in lifting the BC! Weight training without trying! :D

    I have to put my tank on the ground to get my BP/W onto the tank as I'm short (I even had to do this while boat diving on Lake Michigan Saturday!). It's made heavier by the weighted STA on top of the steel BP. It's even heavier after the first dive from the water that's gotten into my wing during the first dive. I've had cam bands that you could undo. Disliked them with a passion. I'll deal with the lifting and the resulting biceps that are getting nice from lifting all the heavy dive equipment. :D

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