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    Two weeks in Bali & one other island. Never been. Recommendations?

    Spent a couple of months in Tulamben at the end of last year. Was really impressed by the macro, many species of nudis and plenty of bigger critters, so I’m pretty sure you’d all be satisfied. Night diving was excellent, as is the wreck, but would recommend avoiding peak times there since it...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    Thanks everyone for your advice and feedback. Based on weight, packing and price; I have decided to go for the Apeks travel plate with D18 wing. I rarely use a wetsuit being pretty tolerant to the cold and if I do get into colder diving in the future then I will just get the D30 as well...
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    Apeks wing?

    Im in the same predicament, live in Bali and dive in R4. Not many options, just Apeks/Halycon. Did you decide on the WTX 30lb in the end. Was you happy?
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    Apeks wing?

    I can't decide between the WTX-18 or 30 for tropical diving. Is there much of a difference, or should I just get the 30 for more flexibility?
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    According to http://admin.minus-mp3.com/Bouyancy_calculator.xls I should also be okay with an 18lb wing unless I've underestimated something? Calculated Wing Requirements: 12.6lb Based on: Backplate + fittings weight: -1.5 First Stage Weight: -1 Manifold + reg weight: 0 Fixed Weight: -4.5...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    I am leaning towards the softplate now as stability only seems like an issue for some people, mostly when using heavier tanks. Plus I travel with a 75ltr backpack so space and weight is more important to me then if I were say just on a 2 week diving holiday. Does anyone know if aluminium or...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    I was referring to the backplate material, such as aluminium vs soft plate. I understand the benefits of A BP/W system, there is endless information out there. However all of my searches on SB for "hardplate vs softplate" yield any conclusive results.
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    The IST sells 2 versions of an aluminium plate: http://balidiveshop.com/product/backplate-288.html is there any difference in quality between the Dolphin & OceanPro? I could try and pair this with the OMS 27lb bladder they also have in stock. Would this be as good as the Apeks wings? They both...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    I Having only ever used a jacket style bcd, it is difficult to understand if a hard plate has any benefit other then weight. I guess stability could be an issue with the soft travel plate?
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    Good to know. I was looking at getting the Apeks 18lb wing and read that if the slots on the backplate don't align perfectly then I would need an STA. I guess I could just buy the wing first then take it to the IST dealer and check it all aligns up with their backplate. Still would the extra...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    I don't know how long my travels will last but know they will be centered around diving and so feel know would be a good time to buy. I already have reg/fins/mask/computer and some places in Indonesia don't have equipment to rent - such as south Raja Ampat. Last week in Bali I also had a...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    Yes lots of backpacking for the next year or so. The STA will add another 2lb. What would be the advantages of an aluminium plate other than for doubles? There maybe other options outside of Bali, such as Jakarta, but I wouldn't save any money if I had to fly somewhere else just to get a non...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    Would you still recommend the aluminium even though I don't plan on diving with doubles? There is only one dive shop in Bali that offers Halycon Infinity, with aluminium bp, It comes with a padded back. Would the Infinity be worth paying a premium for. The only other backplate I could find was...
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    Which Apeks Backplate? WTX Aluminium vs WTX Ultralight

    Hi All, Can anyone advise on the best backplate for me based on the below: I’m currently living in Bali and the only options here are Apeks or Halycon. Halycon is out of my budget and shipping from abroad is also out of the question, unknown Import tax, dodgy delivery systems etc. So this...
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