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snaps - tell me why

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by rhwestfall, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Ozwald

    Ozwald Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
    I dive in cold water as well. I used to use the "butterfly" style clips but found that the large "gate style" were even easier to open with heavy gloves on. Things that get clipped off like lights, reels and stage bottles get the large ones. Items like my primary get a smaller one for the simple fact that I can pretty much see it and manipulate it easier.
  2. mainedvr

    mainedvr Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southern CA
    I read this thread the other day and see the pit falls of snaps like the one in the middle that can open easily. Today getting out of the truck at work (I have a bolt snap on my key chain like that to put my lock on for lock out tag out to carry it around) as I exited the truck the seat belt opened the snap and I was stuck.:confused: Good thing I was on dry land and it did take effort to get the belt unfouled.
  3. Randy43068

    Randy43068 Orca

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    I dive cold water exclusively wearing smurf gloves with liners too. As some others mentioned I've brought my skills up to deal with the better equipment.

  4. Teamcasa

    Teamcasa Sr. Moderator ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Near Pasadena, CA
    So, people should take advice from guys that actually had to work on their skills to use a bolt snap?

    Here's a hint, if you are going to take a cheap shot at those who have no issue using brass snaps by inferring that brass snap users do not know how to use a stainless snap, then try to make your point without wiping out your own credibility.
  5. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
    I think they're talking about using bolt snaps effectively with gloves (vs trigger snaps or similar) irrespective of what material they are made of.
  6. DaleC

    DaleC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Leftcoast of Canada
    Still waiting for it to kill me... (or do any of the other things attributed to brass):


    Brass not good for the marine environment - golly, someone ought to tell the mariners who have been using it for centuries.
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  7. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    Brass is fine. Well, unless you choose to hold your gear to higher standards than you hold your own experience and training...
  8. MG11

    MG11 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: GA
    Do you guys zip tie the bolt snaps on to everything or use line of some type?

  9. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    OK, I just had to go find my rattiest brass bolt snap. See pic.

    No trace of a rough edge anywhere on that old salt.

    I'm starting to think that the whole brass/stainless steel controversy started over some nickel-plated brass snap. Now that IS an issue as electrolysis eats the brass and leaves nasty edges on the nickel plate. Had a cheap watch that taught me that lesson way back in high school...

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  10. ZKY

    ZKY Minimalist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Santa Rosa, California
    Here's some more brass.

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