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Comments on Profile Post by Nick R+A

  1. ronscuba
    ronscuba
    What do you dive with now and how much weight do you carry ?

    Indonesia/Maldives is warm water. Socorro/Galapagos is cold. Weighting is different, which may affect recommendations.
    Oct 1, 2018
  2. Nick R+A
    Nick R+A
    I just dive with rented jacket style bcds, shorts and rash vest or 3mm wetsuit. Between 6-8lb weight belt depending on camera gear.

    All my dives have been in warm water, 90% future dives will also be. Socorro and Galapagos are probably in the distant future/pipe dreams.
    Oct 1, 2018
  3. Nick R+A
    Nick R+A
    I travel for long periods of time, often months so bulk in backpack is pretty important. However I also go on shorter holidays where weight/bulk isn't much of a concern.
    Oct 1, 2018
  4. ronscuba
    ronscuba
    Is this about costs or best use ? 18lb wing will serve your tropical diving, but not Galapagos.

    My soft backplate was a combination of the novelty of minimalization and travel weight savings because my wife and I travel/dive together.

    What exact brands are you considering ? Some are overpriced IMHO.
    Oct 1, 2018
  5. Nick R+A
    Nick R+A
    Looking at Apeks WTX wing, travel plate and basic harness. I'm currently living in Bali and there is not much choice here for BP/W setups. Apeks, Halycon and Mares. But Mares doesn't stock wings just backplate and harness. Halycon only stock the infinity.

    About to travel to Raja Ampat, North Sulawesi, Banda for a few months, there won't be much choice there either.
    Oct 1, 2018
  6. Nick R+A
    Nick R+A
    Their is actually an IST/OMS dealer here who stock tech gear. I've read mixed reviews about OMS wings. IST Dolphin wing doesn't come with slots so I would also need an STA if I were to go with that option. Neither brands have softplate just hardplates.

    Not many IST dealers in UK were I'm from either so service may be an issue.

    Both work out cheaper then Apeks though.
    Oct 1, 2018
  7. Nick R+A
    Nick R+A
    Best use I guess. I'm not opposed to buying another bigger bladder down the line if I ever make it to Galapagos. Would rather not have to buy a completely new setup though.
    Oct 2, 2018
  8. ronscuba
    ronscuba
    Given those choices, I would get the Apeks wing, aluminum plate, one piece harness. On a typical dive, how much do you inflate your BCD ?
    Oct 2, 2018
  9. Nick R+A
    Nick R+A
    Should I get the Apeks or IST aluminium plate? I don't think the slots line up with the IST so would likely need an STA. Meaning the savings wouldn't be as much.

    Hardly at all unless at the surface but then never fully
    Oct 2, 2018
  10. ronscuba
    ronscuba
    I would get the Apeks aluminum plate, 18 wing and 1 piece harness. If you ever go to galapagos or dive 7mm suit, you can get the 30 lb wing and use the same plate and harness.
    Oct 2, 2018