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Which kind of diver are you with respect to gear?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Lorenzoid, May 9, 2021.

  1. lostsheep

    lostsheep Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Nor Cal
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    Nothing I’ve ever bought, from my daily driver to my CCR, was good enough from the factory...first world machinist problems at their finest.
     
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  2. hedonist222

    hedonist222 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dubai, AbuDhabi, United Arab Emirates
    676
    301
    as every time I'm provided with a choice of extremes

    both and neither

    it depends

    my hydros pro was great but had plastic it places plastic had no sense being

    so I got an xDeep

    the xDeep sturdy but lacked common practical elements like a lift handle and a tank height retainer strap and stupid 1960s tank bands

    changed out the tank bands to clamps

    added a lift handle

    added a tank strap height retainer

    so, it depends

    I modify as needed

    when I modify, it means its a poor design - because I tend to purchase upper to premium grade gear
     
  3. Coztick

    Coztick Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: calgary
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    449
    I was group 1.
    I found diving to be magical but the gear to be annoying to the point of discomfort after a week of repetitive dives. Back and neck stiffness was going to be an issue?

    On to group 2...and Scubaboard.
    Coming from a construction background, a properly fitted harness made so much more sense than a six inch wide elastic waistband in a short sleeve windbreaker.
    And why is this massive tank lashed down between my shoulder blades when I can just clip it along my side?
    Thanks Scubaboard!
     
  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    14,494
    10,920
    Why wasn't this a poll?
     
  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    14,784
    4,082
    Group 1. I'm basically Scottish. Need I explain more about money...?
     
  6. AdivingBel

    AdivingBel Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Missouri
    1,947
    1,913
    Definitely group 1. I spent a bit of time initially streamlining my gear for comfort in the water and for dive travel, but beyond that...let's go diving. :bounce::bounce::bounce:
     
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  7. Dan G

    Dan G Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Colorado
    1,161
    833
    I am group 2. I am like this for all of the outdoor sports I do. When I climbed, gear was a constant topic of attention and discussion. I am always tinkering with/tuning my bicycles. I enjoy tuning my own skis and have taught my children how to work on their own skis. I get enjoyment from being able to maintain and fix my gear. For some situations/sports it adds a degree of safety to be able to fix something or improvise a fix to something that breaks on the trail.
     
  8. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    10,023
    6,744
    Because people's explanations are the interesting bit, not a comparison of the number in each group. Besides, as several have pointed out, it's sort of silly to give a binary choice when for many of us how we think about our gear is more nuanced than that.
     
  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    16,820
    20,203
    I spent today building a vacuum pump assembly for tuning my regulators....

    Last week it was a variable flow regulator for calibrating my CO and O2 meters...

    earlier in the week I picked up another Double Hose...

    need I say more... :surrender:
     
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  10. MaxTorque

    MaxTorque Contributor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: United Kingdown
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    I'm a two for sure!

    I just like taking stuff apart, making it better (or worse ;-) ) and putting it back together again!

    My lockdown project was a twinset build, using pretty much all second hand parts except where i either couldn't find a part s/h or it made no sense to use a s/h part

    A pair or second hand cylinders, bought out of test cheaply, and hydo'd
    An ex-display Apeks isolator manifold, much reduced
    An second hand Mares XR backplate
    Two second hand Scubapro MK25 1st stages, both fully rebuilt
    A second hand Apeks MTR octo reg
    A (very) second hand Intespiro Aga Full face mask, that someone had used in salt water, failed to wash out, then left. Was bought as "in freeflow" and inspection showed the dv assembly to basically be a corroded pile of scrap. Quick look through the parts books, and i found that the SCBA version of this mask uses most of the same parts, so i bought a very cheap ($20) second hand SCBA mask, and pulled it apart, and yes, the metal bits which were corroded were identical, so a rebuild kit and some o rings later and bingo, one FFM for under $100

    The Apeks WTX45 wing is new, because a) it's safety critical and b) most second hand ones are well knackered by the time people want to sell them!
    All the hoses and fittings are also new, because new hoses are cheap, and are effectively a service item anyway, and because i wanted exact lengths for tidy hose routing


    My next project i think is a DIY WOB machine, to automatically plot respiritory pressure vs flow, including when wet, and at ambient water pressures up to 5 bar........
     

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