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Regs or BCD first?

Discussion in 'Diving Into New Gear' started by thoasterino, Aug 26, 2019.

  1. diversteve

    diversteve Technical Admin

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    regs first...you don't put a BC in your mouth
     
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  2. WanderFish

    WanderFish Garibaldi

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    I'm in a similar boat equipment-wise. For me, my next purchase will be regs and not BCD. One big reason: my mask, snorkel, computer and fins fit into my luggage with my travel clothes, etc... Once I get a BCD, I'll be fully committed to buying a dive gear bag and carrying it. Regs should fit in my existing luggage.
     
  3. thoasterino

    thoasterino Garibaldi

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    Allright, thanks everyone for your help!

    I will get the regs first and then look out for a bcd.

    I'll probably buy the Apeks ATX40, since it seems to be reasonably priced and I really like Apeks's mouthpieces (I know that you can swap them).
    For the hoses I will most likely choose red braided ones, since the color fits my suit and should be good to see under water.
     
  4. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

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    Red is worst choice for color underwater, FYI:

    Colors Underwater

    Also, I am not a fan of the braided lines as it is more work to rinse all the saltwater out of all the little spaces. A basic, good rubber hose is tough to beat, IMHO :)

    BTW, that Apeks link is a great deal...I am a Scubapro fanboy...but, Apeks is my 2nd choice :)
     
  5. divad

    divad Solo Diver

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  6. thoasterino

    thoasterino Garibaldi

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    Right, I totally forgot about the discoloration. So yellow rubber hoses it is, then. Thanks for your help!
     
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  7. diversteve

    diversteve Technical Admin

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    My regs are black with grey accents and only the face plate on my octo is yellow. Hoses are black. It doesn't seem to matter much. I believe red would look grey u/w also.
     
  8. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

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  9. MrVegas

    MrVegas Nassau Grouper

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    Why not get both in a package deal? You would probably save a lot of money.
     
  10. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Barracuda

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    I would say regs, bc:
    -I'd like to trust my own reg, over a rental.
    -if you travel light, you may want to bring regs, but not BC. (I sometimes travel like that)

    However, if you are particular about your BC setup, you may want your own BC first. I acclimate myself to different BCs fairly easily, but you may not.
     

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