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Poll: What is your favorite way to carry lead when using a BP/W?

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & Weight Systems' started by Doctor Rig, Oct 1, 2020.

What is your favorite way to carry lead when using a BP/W?

  1. Weight Belt

  2. Lead Weights (on Harness Webbing)

  3. Quick Release Pockets (on Harness Webbing)

  4. Pockets (on Harness Webbing)

  5. Pockets on Cam Band

  6. P-Weight on Back Plate

  7. Weights or Pockets fastened to Back Plate

  8. Use a heavier Back Plate

  9. Other?

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Florida
    I have a 5# and a 10# plate plus my STAs are 2#. Those provide all the weight I need for the diving I’m doing these days.

    If I ever dive a drysuit again I have a DUI weight harness I’d use for the additional weight. If I were to find myself diving dry regularly again I’d get a weighted STA.
    Doctor Rig likes this.
  2. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    Pockets on the waist belt for warm water. I've got a DSS plate with the detachable weight plates for cold water.
    SloppyJoe likes this.
  3. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    The other I picked is weight on tanks, not often but sometimes.
  4. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Westminster, MD
    DUI Weight and Trim harness.
  5. Hartattack

    Hartattack Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Champaign, IL
    I use the backplate's weight factored in with the steel tanks, manifold, regs, and V-weight, which is a soft 2 12 lbs. Cannister light could be used for "ditchable" weight. However, a balanced rig should have the ability to swim up from max depth with full tanks + any weight, and also hold a 10ft stop with those same tanks empty or MG of 500psi. It's not rocket science, but it takes more than three dives a year to correctly get your equipment dialed-in. That way, you don't have to faff about with online polls and "hacks" With that said, this is my 0.02 on the matter, you all do whatever you like. Cheers. :coffee:
  6. Storker

    Storker ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over

    I need quite a lot of lead, especially in my winter undersuit. Carrying it all in one place isn't realistic. Or, at least, not particularly comfortable -- as far as donning dive gear for cold water can be considered comfortable. So I split my weight between weight pockets and a belt (which keeps me somewhat less positively buoyant if I have to doff my rig underwater). Besides, I can adjust only my weight pockets when I switch from my summer undersuit to my winter undersuit or vice versa. The belt stays the same.
    Doctor Rig likes this.
  7. mattia_v

    mattia_v Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Groningen, The Netherlands
    4 lbs on the upper cam band, and another 4 or so in quick release pockets mounted to the waist strap webbing. May revise a bit once I get the Freedom Plate into the water...
    Doctor Rig likes this.
  8. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oakland, CA
    My BP weighs 5 lbs.
    For steel tank: 10 lbs weight belt
    For alum tank: 12 lbs weight belt, 4 lbs for trim on the cam band pockets.

    I use a weight belt is mainly because I already had it.

    A recent buddy mentioned the weight belt was somewhat hidden under my harness waist strap, so I am reconsidering alternate ways to carry the weight
  9. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    V weight
    P weight

    With twins (doubles), I have a combination of 1kg V, 2kg V, 2.5kg P. This gives me modular weighting for 1, 2, 3, 4.5, 5.5kg depending on my thermals, ranging from summer fresh (0) to winter salt (5.5) and anything in between.
  10. Esprise Me

    Esprise Me Kelp forest dweller Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Stainless steel backplate, weighted STA, and a quick-release weight pouch on each side into which I put 2 lb. weights when diving wet, 5 lb. weights when diving dry.

    I'm thinking about other options for solo diving, though. A friend of mine pointed out that having all your weight on your rig makes it difficult to remove it at depth to deal with entanglement, so I've played around with a weight belt. But I find that less comfortable, and I'm still pretty buoyant with only 4 lbs on my body in a wetsuit or 10 lbs in a drysuit. Removing and replacing the weight on the STA over and over would be kind of annoying. I haven't come up with a good solution.
    Doctor Rig likes this.

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