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35 lb Wing for Warm Water Diving

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & Weight Systems' started by vinsanity, May 31, 2021.

  1. vinsanity

    vinsanity ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Portland, Oregon
    I dive cold water at home and warm water while travelling. My first dry suit is in the mail, but when last I dove in a rented wet suit at home I had 32 lbs with a jacket BCD & AL80. As I'm putting together a new rig, I'm looking at a steel DGX plate and harness with a Dive Rite Voyager 35 lb wing (DGX Custom - DGX Gears Harness Package - Dive Rite EXP).

    35 lbs is WAY more than I need for warm weather in a 3mm wet suit, but what annoyance would there be from such an oversized wing?

    I do like the design of the DGX 30 lb kit (DGX Custom - DGX Gears Singles Harness / Backplate / Wing Package), but I think I like the piece of mind of the extra 5 lbs in cold water and it recommends against using it with 8" tanks.
  2. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
  3. drakcheslav

    drakcheslav Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Serbia
    I use the DGX Singles for all of my diving. Both warm and cold drysuit diving. And I'd recommend it because of the shape. It's narrow, and it doesn't taco.

    So it goes like this.
    for steel 15l warm saltwater (Mediterranean) diving with a 5mm wetsuit I use 2kg with a steel plate.
    For steel 12l same scenario I use 4kg.
    For AL80 same scenario I use 6kg.

    For freshwater warm in a 5mm wetsuit I don't use any weights for either 12 or 15l. I don't sue AL80's for fresh water diving.

    Fot the drysuit I use from 2-5kg depending on the udersuit. But lateley I just leave the 5kg on the plate and use it when ever I'm using a drysuit disregarding on the undersuit. but usually I use a 450g teddy fleece from Avatar, or 150g microfleece.

    In none of the cases I've used the wing the size never felt a problem.
    For heavier weight in fresh water, I feel comfortable cause in emergency I have my drysuit as a backup and I have my DSMB as a backup.

    For the 35l and a 3mm, in saltwater, you'll have great time since you'll not need a lot less weights with a steel plate.
    vinsanity likes this.
  4. drakcheslav

    drakcheslav Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Serbia
    Here are some pictures of the wing underwater in warm water.

    With AL80

    with 12l steel shorty

    Again AL80

    So my say is, just go for it. It's more than you'll ever need and it won't hinder you in any way,
    Bob DBF likes this.
  5. Bowers

    Bowers Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Ohio
    I have used my hog 32lbs wing for diving dry and diving in a 3 mil without complaint in either configuration. My wing has the bungees and creates no more drag than the smaller wing options.
  6. drk5036

    drk5036 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sapporo, Japan
    the DGX single gears wing is awesome. It can definitely be a single use wing for everything you're looking to do. When you're diving dry, you also have your suit for emergency buoyancy anyway. And you shouldn't have all 32 lbs mounted onto your backplate anyway, at least a portion should be ditchable, so you should be able to float the rig anyway.
    inquisit and vinsanity like this.
  7. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board Staff Member

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    None, especially if you weight yourself properly.
    vinsanity and drakcheslav like this.
  8. gqllc007

    gqllc007 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany NY
    My wife and I also use the DGX singles wing for both cold and warm...great wing for the price...very narrow and doesn't taco
    vinsanity and Sam Miller III like this.
  9. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Are we there yet? ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NYC
    I am putting together my new freedom plate with the oxycheq 30# wing for warm water diving. The oxy is super compact and streamlined.

    Consider the fact that the only time you really have any significant air in your BC is at the surface so underwater, unless it is flapping around like (I can only think of one thing here and it is WAY inappropriate), you should be fine.
    Mike Boswell likes this.
  10. Mike Boswell

    Mike Boswell ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: San Diego
    For me, in cold water, the limiting factor was the buoyancy of the rig by itself (without me and my 7-mil wetsuit in it). With 22 lbs of lead and a 6-lb backplate and a full tank, it needed a 40-lb wing.

    With warm water, I think a 30# wing would be plenty.
    Curious_George and davecampbell like this.

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