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Weight systems poll

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & 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.

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

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

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

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

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. SandyRobinson

    SandyRobinson Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Moultrie, Georgia
    Plus 1.
  2. Aviyes

    Aviyes Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Colorado
    Worn both, prefer integrated. Especially for warm water diving and the minimal maybe 4 lbs of ditchable weight i will have in the pockets.
  3. TravisD

    TravisD Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Westminster, MD
    Depends on how I'm diving - warm water with a thin wetsuit, using my travel BC, I'm using integrated weights.
    Cold water, drysuit or 8/7/6mm semi-dry, I'm using a DUI Weight and Trim along with the inherent weight from a steel backplate.
  4. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    3 is close, 5 is also close except I do have some ditchable on the rig.
    eleniel likes this.
  5. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    2 (& 3): Used both, prefer both (and plate) if lots of lead. Prefer weight belt if not neutral.

    If I were neutral: no need for the weight belt.
    No suit: Hmm. neoprene belt with ~5lb. Never dove that warm though. Or just plate.
    Thin: high on plate to max out belt, weight belt.
    Thick: high on plate to 'max' out belt, 6-12 lb. weight belt, integrated that easily removes from rig.
    all with crotch strap that is D-ring and tri-glide free.

    Tiny doubles: same, but they're no different than a single
    Sidemount: spine pockets, shoulder and rear hip trim/ditch pockets, all on harness.
  6. maj2

    maj2 Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Windsor, Ontario Canada
    Warm water with only a few pounds of weight: I use the weight integrated system on my BCD.
    Cold water in my drysuit: The weight is split. Probably 1/2 to 2/3 on a weight belt and the rest split between the weight integrated system and non ditchable trim weights.
  7. Brian G

    Brian G Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Pittsburgh
    In warm water I don't wear a wetsuit and I prefer integrated weights. In cold water wearing a wetsuit I prefer a weight belt.
  8. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    A little bit of everything:

    Started with a BC & Weight belt....

    Got a DS and a back-inflate BC that was weight integrated.

    Got a PB/W and got a weight harness.

    Went to a heavy plate, and just use it for my DS on singles.

    In warm water or wet suit dives, I use a BP/W with weight pockets on the waist and trim pouches on the cam bands.
  9. rduquesnoy

    rduquesnoy Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Netherlands
    Warm water diving: I prefer to use the weight pockets of my wing.

    Cold water diving: Currently still using the weight pockets of the wing (with double tank setup) but saving money for v-weights. My undersuit, a Santi BZ400, still has to settle so I might wait for that to happen before changing my setup.

    I used a normal weight belt for years and a combination of a belt with integrated weights after that. The use of a weight belt left my hips sort of bruised after every dive... not comfortable at all.
  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    Coldwater diver, so....
    Sidemount: all weight in harness
    Backmount doubles: no ditachable weight, v-weight is all that is needed
    Backmount single: BP/W with weight belt and trim pockets. I've recently switched to this, and found that I like it. I've seen that people lose weight pouches on occasion.

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