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Which pee valve?

Discussion in 'Exposure Suits' started by wgmontgomery, Apr 24, 2018.

Which drysuit pee valve should I buy?

  1. Halcyon

    12.5%
  2. Dive Rite

    3.1%
  3. Lite Monkey

    50.0%
  4. Other brand

    18.8%
  5. Balanced

    34.4%
  6. Unbalanced

    31.3%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. wgmontgomery

    wgmontgomery Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Levittown, NY
    399
    24
    Poll is even between H and LM. Same with balanced vs unbalanced!

    IDK too much about Light Monkey, but I know that DR has INCREDIBLE customer service. I had a Transpac a couple of years ago but was having a problem with it. It turned out to be an adjustment issue, but Lamar H. contacted me directly to resolve the matter!

    Part of the solution was a crotch strap...which he sent me (the nice padded one too!) free of charge!

    I've never had to deal with Halcyon's customer service, but I have a H BP/W (their super cinch system), and it's outstanding!
     
  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, FL USA
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    4,287
  3. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
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    4,379
    I have the trigon si tech on my new suit, I have yet to “use” it, still working on weight and trim with the suit and didn’t want to add another thing to think about.
     
  4. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
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    Lots of threads on ScubaBoard. Try this on Google:

    site:scubaboard.com p-valve
     
  5. wgmontgomery

    wgmontgomery Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Levittown, NY
    399
    24
    I'm aware of the multiple p valve threads on this and other sites. In fact, some of them are mentioned in previous posts.

    Thanks for the suggestion though.
     
  6. wgmontgomery

    wgmontgomery Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Levittown, NY
    399
    24
    Thus far Light Monkey & balanced are the leaders.

    Lorenzoid: sorry, but the quoted part of your post was cut off on my phone, and I didn't see it. I didn't realize that it (your post) was a direct answer to a question. I didn't intend to "step on" (so to speak) your post!
    My apologies
     
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  7. sava6e

    sava6e Registered

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: clackamas or
    18
    4
    So first off there is a steep learning curve to these, they are amazing once you master it. You get a condom catheter, trim any hair cause that hurts like a mofo when taking it off, use a soap or something to remove natural oils and then put the condom on and give a firm squares as the glue is pressure activated. Most people have quick disconnects, so you’ll need to trim the end of the condom connection as to prevent a kink and back pressure which can/ does cause an uti, insert the barb or quick connect and suit up and before zipping up you connect the quick connect and I usually open the pee valve and test it before zipping my zipper. Then you dive and enjoy. Key things are no kinks I route my plumbing down and out, no loops in the norprene hose. And use a balance valve. So ultimately it works by you pee and it goes through the hose and out the valve which is attached to your suit.
     
  8. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Port Orchard, Washington State
    11,259
    6,056
    The duck bills in balanced p-valves are a waste of time and money IMO. I had one in a light monkey valve and it gave me trouble ad nauseum. Nothing like getting in and getting a wet thigh almost immediately - or worse peeing on your thigh. Not sure why it was so hit or miss but I put up with it far too long for no good reason.

    After replacing the duck bill twice I glued a SS bolt in the hole and its much better now. Duck bills are a problem pretending to be a solution to a non-existent issue.
     
  9. NatureLVR

    NatureLVR Rebreather Pilot

    62
    38
    Halcyon balanced here. Works as designed, never had drama with it, not even one problem. Install was easy. I use a quick disconnect with it too.
     
  10. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    10,121
    6,865
    I was thinking of starting a thread to ask how to plug the duckbill orifice, but since you mentioned it ... A SS bolt, eh? If I knew the thread size, I might try to make a custom plug out of a Delrin rod. The Halcyon has a donut-shaped retaining plug that secures the duckbill, and so replacing that with a solid plug would do the trick nicely.
     

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