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Weight systems poll

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Feb 10, 2020.

In terms of your weight carrying preferences, what kind of diver are you?

  1. I have never used a weight belt. BCD weights pockets are all that I use.

    5.4%
  2. I have used both weight belts and BCD-integrated weight pockets and I prefer weight belt.

    21.6%
  3. I have used both weight belts and integrated weight pockets and I prefer BCD integrated pockets.

    48.5%
  4. I have never used an integrated BCD so weight belt is all I know and use

    8.4%
  5. I prefer to carry all my weight on by BP wing tanke as non-ditchable

    31.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. CAPTAIN SINBAD

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
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    This thread was inspired by the other thread on why people hate the weight belt. In order to get a general idea of peoples preferences I thought a poll would be useful. Feel free to expand your reply with a more detailed answer below. Thanks.
     
  2. Sevenrider860

    Sevenrider860 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Newnan, GA
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    I have used both weight belts and integrated weights and I don’t really have a preference one way or the other...not an option on the poll.
     
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  3. arew+4

    arew+4 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pa
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    I haven't voted yet, I have used both, and I'm currently on the fence. I recently bought a back inflate jacket,and i like the trim pockets, and the weight pocket placement under water. I do a lot of shore diving and i think i prefer a belt for that. Lower weight placement equals lower C of G getting in and out. And the separate loads are easier to deal with donning and ditching.
     
  4. Joebar

    Joebar Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Switzerland
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    Depends
    Backmount Mono: ditchable weights in pockets (warm water, wetsuit)
    Backmount doubles: non ditchable (cold water, drysuit)
    Sidemount: „removeable“ o_O

    Weight belt does not really work with the crotch strap

    Not voted
     
  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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    I prefer to not have any lead if I can help it, but if I need it, I use a normal weight belt. I don't like integrated weights and don't have any intention of ditching weight, just prefer belts to integrated weight.

    @Joebar they work fine. If you don't ever intend on ditching, put it on first. If you intend to ditch, once you put the rig on you lean forward and put the belt on under the tank. If you intend to ditch it's more annoying to don, but it is what it is. I just put mine on before the rig and accept that I'm not going to ditch without undoing the waist belt
     
  6. DarrynSami

    DarrynSami Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Bainbridge Island, WA
    66
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    18
    I currently use both with dry suit. 2/3 of weight integrated and 1/3 on weight belt.
     
  7. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    9,460
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    I THINK this is what I answered by checking the second and fifth boxes.
     
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  8. CuriousRambler

    CuriousRambler Solo Diver

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    I've never used integrated weights, so my opinion is pretty useless. I just put some trim pockets on my BP/W, and plan to test those out on the next dive/s in an effort to move away from the weight belt. I'm kind of wedge-shaped and ass-less, so belts don't really work well for me. They're also annoying with the crotch strap.

    I don't concern myself with ditchable weight, as I've never had a rig I can't swim around with no air in the wing anyway.
     
  9. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    16,332
    7,779
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    I voted 2/5 as well.
     
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  10. Joebar

    Joebar Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Switzerland
    59
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    @tbone1004 lets agree on: they work
    Without fine :D
     

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