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Weigh system for BP/W

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Alekath, Oct 30, 2019.

Preferred BP/W weight system?

  1. Weight Belt

    20.0%
  2. Weigh belt w pockets

    10.0%
  3. Integrated weights

    70.0%
  1. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Extreme Exposure on the right side, one of these Extreme Exposure on the left. I also have a pair of the trim weight pockets on the upper camband. I found their ACB system to be unnecessarily bulky for the amount of weight that I usually need.
     
  2. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

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    I am a big fan of integrated weights but could never find a system I liked. So I built my own system using OMS weight pouches (each holds up to 13 pounds) and a VDH backplate. Best system I've ever used!

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  3. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    I find that when horosontal, that I can unbuckle the belt and pull down on the buckle and the weight belt slides over my back and off. Of course when vertical its best to undo the harness unless one can pull the weight belt free without. Holding the buckle end reduces any hang ups.


    Bob
     
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  4. greeniguana

    greeniguana ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My wife has industrial grade grommet press. I cut a piece of 2" webbing, put grommets on each end, then fastened it across the bottom of my back plate with book screws. I put a weight pocket on the each side of the tank ridge between the BP and wing. Not sure about the grommets, I bought what seemed like good quality sailing SS version ($1 each!), if they rust I'll throw it away and start over.....
     
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  5. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Solo Diver

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    Can you explain the benefit of crossing the shoulder straps like that? the slots in the plate are angled, so it looks like that was the intended rigging?

    I thought I once read that it was advantageous to smaller people? I've never tried a crossing pattern?


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  6. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Manta Ray

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    The VDH backplate is designed for optimal placement of double hose regulator cans between the shoulder blades for easiest breathing. The slots are angled to accommodate crossed shoulder straps which places the cans lower on the back than straight straps.
     
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  7. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Solo Diver

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    thanks!!
     
  8. greeniguana

    greeniguana ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Here's a photo of how I do it.
     

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  9. Ghetto Diver

    Ghetto Diver Solo Diver

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    I have switched a marseillaise freediving belt a while ago and love it. HATED wearing a nylon belt, but there is no comparison. Very comfortable. Very safe retention as well compared to the clasp style.
    Depending on tanks..anywhere from 4 to 14lbs.
     
  10. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Great White

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    That’s one reason to do a thorough BWRAF (or system go over) before the dive with your buddy so that all these things are covered in the event of an emergency.
     
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