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"Best" Tanks for Sidemount, and Why?

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by Jax, Aug 3, 2010.

  1. ucfdiver

    ucfdiver DIR Practitioner

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    I'm looking into it.
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  2. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

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    Only in sight of humor!

    Sidemount divers don't get support teams, we just get nametags labled with 'stroke'. You've got this all wrong!
     
  3. ucfdiver

    ucfdiver DIR Practitioner

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    I already call my sm harness my stroke rig, I'm halfway there.
     
  4. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So, bugger; what's your thoughts on post 50?
     
  5. joystershell

    joystershell Social Butterfly ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Well, his LP 98's weight 38 pounds apiece empty, as compared to the LP 85's empty weight of 31 pounds. And, they are the thinner diameter of 7 inches, instead of 8 inches. Easier to handle, carrying them from the truck to the water, manipulating onto the rig, and better trim once under way.
     
  6. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

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    Both weights in and out the water can be important, depending on what you'd be looking to do.

    IIRC, 98s are basically like 95s, short and fat. 85s are short and smaller diameter.

    I'd use 98s for bigger dives, and 85s for smaller ones.

    Two sets, two uses...

    If I had to pick one set, I'd probably go with 85s at this point. If you asked me two years ago, I would have said 98s.
     
  7. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

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    Don't get Faber 85s. They are terrible SM tanks. They get way too light and floaty as you breathe them down. 95s are heavy enough to not hav e that effect with air or nitrox. However, they are terrible trimix SM tanks. I prefer my Faber 95s over my Worthington 85s. They are much easier to handle in the waterm even with the extra 3/4 inch...


    Not every site is Ginnie where your stuff gets stolen the minute you turn your back... :wink:

    That's still 1 less walk I'm doing without 100+ lb s on my back...
     
  8. ucfdiver

    ucfdiver DIR Practitioner

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    I'd consider Ginnie safe compared to Little River...but then again, I can't imagine hauling gear down the stairs at Little River to see such a stupid cave :mooner:

    I duno if I'd trust it at JB, no alcohol there, so it's really a different type of crowd from what I've seen.
     
  9. SuPrBuGmAn

    SuPrBuGmAn Solo Diver

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    I haven't had any problems at JB FWIW
     
  10. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    :hm: and the difference in two years is?

    Found that the easier handling was worth the reduction in gas?

    Found that you normally didn't need the additional gas from the 98s?
     

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