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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 .
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.