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Reviews & Questions - Aqualung Rogue

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by BarelyBreathing, Apr 29, 2018.

  1. Jiminy

    Jiminy Barracuda

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    Location: East Coast
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    I cant seem to find the rogue or outlaw online any longer. Any idea what happened?
     
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
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    If you mean you can’t find it for sale online, that would be correct. Or at least not from any authorized dealer. They are both brick-and-mortar only items, and have been all along. You can read about it on the Aqualung site though.
     
  3. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Malaysia
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    I’ve always clipped away my SPG to a lower D ring on my BCDs using a SS double ender. You do need to practise doing it by feel and without looking though, until it’s second nature and you can unclip to view and then stow your spg in one continuous motion. With the Rogue, the lower D-ring on the waistband is pretty small so it takes a bit more practise to get used to it but it’s not impossible.
     
  4. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
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    My console (AI computer) is attached to the left shoulder D-ring with a retractor. Has served me well for quite a while.
     
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  5. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
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    Just returned from a week in Bonaire with the family unit. My wife and I both have Oxycheq 18lb wings with travel plates and SS hardware, more or less Hogarthian rigged. The boy and the girl both have Outlaws with the following mods: added crotch strap (see photos above) and a 1 1/2” SS split ring at left hip to clip off SPG. They use 4-6lbs on a belt.

    Pack weight:
    Oxycheq rigs plus all gear except regulators / computers was approximately 40 labs. This included miscellaneous towels, clothes, fish ID books, etc. Mine was a little more due to jet fins with springs. Aqualung rigs were a couple of pounds (maybe) lighter. We have a big trip to Australia / Malaysia next summer so I am happy we have weight to spare.

    Diving:
    It took a couple of dives to dial in the crotch straps but our junior open water divers were trimmed out and looked like pros pretty quickly.

    The right side butt dump seems weird to me but they don’t have years of habit and don’t have any problem with it at all. We are almost never in a vertical orientation so the lack of a pull dump on the shoulder isn’t important. The Oxycheqs don’t have a pull dump either.

    The fabric loop system works fine but personally, I prefer the positive feel of clipping off on a SS d-ring.

    Weighting system was the same for both types. No problems there. I only saw one malfunctioned weight belt pocket on the bottom this trip so the weight belt only wins 0-1.

    Post-dive:
    These things are easy to rinse and dry very quickly. All 4 BCs were dry every morning. I expected the Oxycheq to be dry because they have no padding. I wasn’t sure about the Aqualung. I was pleasantly surprised.

    My wife’s wing is getting a little long in the tooth so I will probably look into one of these for her at some point. These seem perfect for our family. The negatives that some people talk about are not needed by us anyway as we are pretty minimalist divers. YMMV
     
  6. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
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    On the more “traditional” bcd inflators, the left shoulder is also a dump valve. Just grab the inflator and pull straight out. There is a steel cable inside the hose connected to the dump.
     
  7. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
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    You can put a pull dump on most BCDs including wings. I have witnessed someone pulling the hose off of the elbow before. Probably didn’t get the zip tie tight enough but still, could be a potential issue. If you are horizontal, the pull dump will rarely be the high point of the system. If you are vertical, The inflator hose will be the high point. I never saw the need for one. It’s your money. Use what you like.
     
  8. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Malaysia
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    I too don't think a shoulder dump is necessary but my Rogue has it, so whatever. More importantly (for me at least) the Rogue has SS D-rings and pockets when I need them; the lack of which were my Outlaw dealbreakers. What would make the Rogue near-perfect (again, for me) is to be able to swap the Outlaw bladder onto the Rogue. I wonder if all the attachment points for the models' bladders are the same though. I would love the weight savings even if modest; I don't mind losing the never-used shoulder dump, and I dive in tropical waters and don't need the Rogue's full lift capacity.

    Which brings me to the more important point... You're coming to my neck of the woods! Where will you be diving in Malaysia?
     
  9. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
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    :) My wife’s mother is from Penang so we will be visiting family there and in KL. Last trip, my wife and I hit Sipadan but the kids weren’t yet old enough. This trip we will dive the GBR in Australia either coming or going. Haven’t identified yet if we will dive in Malaysia or maybe Thailand. We always have to spend a number of days with the in-laws, though. We are still about 16 months out so plenty of time to plan.
     
  10. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Malaysia
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    Nice! If you’ve done sipadan then the other west Malaysia dives aren’t going to quite match up. Thailand is ok but Indonesia - Raja Ampat, Komodo... those are fantastic. But harder to get to and will require time. If you’re spending much time with family in the Penang/KL but still feel the urge for some quick narc hits, Tenggol and Redang are pretty ok.
     

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