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Crush

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On this trip wearing 3mm shorts, 1.5mm long sleeve top and 1.5mm vest under plus rash guard, fabric Oxy Ultralight plate and Oxy 18 Mach V wing I used 6 pounds lead in DR pockets (which I am very disappointed with) and 72cf aluminum tanks (that is what the shop had!!!?? and all they had) and found my weight dead on. I could have used my stainless plate or even my aluminum plate and perhaps carried no lead (or weight pockets) but then my dive bag which weighed 47 pounds going and 50 pounds returning would have been overweight and resulted in a 50 dollars surcharge. I don't see how people travel with Jet Fins and stainless plates and not incur extra charges or perhaps they don't care. I think the new SP Equator or AL Zuma travel BCs would be equal to the Oxy 18 with Ultralight plate in terms of both travel/packed weight and bulk and no more buoyant in use or marginally so at worse.

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I don't see how people travel with Jet Fins and stainless plates and not incur extra charges or perhaps they don't care.
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I haven't gone on a warm water dive vacation yet...knock on wood, so I can't really say. However, I would theorize that if I WERE to do a dive vacation, and spending several thousand dollars to do it, I seriously doubt that I would worry about $50/each way luggage charge.
 

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. I don't see how people travel with Jet Fins and stainless plates and not incur extra charges or perhaps they don't care.

I think it's well worth paying an extra $30-$50 to dive the equipment you know, service, and love :).
 

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We weighed our original BCs, and to our surprise, they weighed almost exactly what our steel backplates did, and significantly more than our aluminum or Kydex backplate setups do. So, if you are going to travel with your gear, it doesn't really matter what kind of BC you travel with, weight-wise. On the Jet fins, you're right, Nemrod -- those things are HEAVY! Which is why I know several folks who travel with OMS Slipstreams, which are lighter. I've tried traveling with my pool fins, which are plastic, but I don't like using them for open water diving, so I put up with the weight from the Jets, and cut back on clothes :)
 

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I think it's well worth paying an extra $30-$50 to dive the equipment you know, service, and love :).

I understand but it is not 50 dollars times 1, it is 50 dollars times 4 for my wife and I and going and coming so it is 200 dollars, not 50. Four or five trips a year, it is now 800 or a 1,000 dollars.

Yes TSandM :), I have some Slipstreams but lately prefer the Mares Avanti or Quattro, about a pound and a half lighter than my Jets, both with springs. Aside from weight, there is also the bulk not to mention that Jets tend to be overly negative in warm water configurations for many people, my legs sink like iron poles so Jets do nothing for my trim :(. I can certainly manage them of course but the lighter Mares fins don't require the "managing" effort. Cloths---:blinking:--if cloths make the man, then dive gear makes the diver huh :D.

I was gone this time for nearly two weeks and unlike recent trips I have been on, I was the only wing/BP diver that I encountered. What surprised me was the number of lightweight travel BCs, in particular the AL Zuma I saw in use. I see AL has a new 21 inch long fin called the "Hot Shot" and while I think I will pass on the goofy power straps, I can see that at least the manufacturers are beginning to address the need to transport gear in carry on or reduced bulk/weight.

I know you and others like to dive the same configuration all of the time, I don't, neither do the majority of other divers, my warm water equipment IS the gear I know and service and trust as much as my temperate or cold water or tech rigs, I am as comfortable with it and trust it as much as any I have or I would not use it. I like for my gear to be transparent to my diving, I just want it to work and do what it is supposed to do without fuss, adjustment and dinking around and it is nice that the DMs can set it up so that I don't have to, just a check over and go diving, n-i-c-e :)

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Tell the wife that she can't go.:shocked2:

Yeah, well, somehow I don't think that is going to work, 30 years we have been married and dated many before that, sorry, no can do:

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On this trip wearing 3mm shorts, 1.5mm long sleeve top and 1.5mm vest under plus rash guard, fabric Oxy Ultralight plate and Oxy 18 Mach V wing I used 6 pounds lead in DR pockets (which I am very disappointed with) and 72cf aluminum tanks (that is what the shop had!!!?? and all they had) and found my weight dead on. I could have used my stainless plate or even my aluminum plate and perhaps carried no lead (or weight pockets) but then my dive bag which weighed 47 pounds going and 50 pounds returning would have been overweight and resulted in a 50 dollars surcharge. I don't see how people travel with Jet Fins and stainless plates and not incur extra charges or perhaps they don't care. I think the new SP Equator or AL Zuma travel BCs would be equal to the Oxy 18 with Ultralight plate in terms of both travel/packed weight and bulk and no more buoyant in use or marginally so at worse.

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I traveled last month with 3 regs, ss bp/w, a nomad bc, can light, 2 backup lights, jets, drysuit, and more. Most of the heavy stuff such as the regs, lights, and computers go into my carry-on. I have seen that there are weight limits to carry-ons, but I have yet to have anyone want to weight my bag. It's definatley over 50#. My fins, drysuit and nomad were distributed between 2 suitcases. I hate paying the surcharges, but I want my own equipment. Now if I could figure out how to get a set of HP100 tanks in my carry-on I would be set. :D
 
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