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BP/wings comfortable?

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Scuba1821, Aug 3, 2020.

  1. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    Thou hath diven? Forsooth!

  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    Susan and I were there. I think Frank O'Donnell may have been as well.
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  3. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville FL
    If I was going to do a long walk while wearing a tank, I would definitely prefer a BC with nice padded shoulders and a comfortable waist strap. No way I would want a metal plate on my back and zero padding around my waist.

    To carry a heavy "pack" you want to have as much weight placed low on your hips and relatively little on your shoulder straps digging into your shoulders. Do you see hiking back packs designed to carry weight with metal on your back and straight belts over your shoulders?
  4. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    Have you carried tanks with both setups?

    With a BP, you have a 2" wide waist strap to distribute the weight which is actually quite a bit larger than the belts on most hiking packs. The same 2" webbing on the shoulders spreads the load nicely. Finally, and most importantly for comfort and safety, the plate locks the load in place. This is like the internal or external frames on a large hiking backpack and unlike a jacket BC where the tank is only connected to the load-bearing straps by fabric and thus wobbles around with every movement. Those weight shifts are fatiguing and make keeping upright much more difficult when footing is unstable.
  5. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    Buy a Scubapro, you won't have to worry about this issue. Their BC's are as solid and high quality as can be for sure. I have owned SP BC's for years and years without any issues at all. The only BC's that had issues in my dive school's equipment fleet were other brands not SP's.
  6. leadduck

    leadduck Barracuda

    Can you rent or borrow a bp/w from a friend for a day and try for yourself?
    The answer to your question depends also on the weight of course; how big is your tank, how much lead to you carry. Probably not much in a beach dive with a small tank and a 3mm wetsuit. But then, why spend a lot of money on a new bp/w or jacket. As long as you don't dive doubles or a drysuit or a very thick wetsuit, your choice of BCD won't make much of a difference anyway and you will hardly notice it under water.
  7. Skulmoski

    Skulmoski Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gold Coast, QLD
    Unless your walk will be under 32 km, you should be fine! LOL. Seriously, for most dives, most of the time, you will love the BP/W once you are properly sized and configured.

    The more difficult decision is "which one for me?"!!! Good luck.

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  8. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Florida
    BP/Wings are only comfortable if you're diving a Perdix computer!:D
  9. seeker242

    seeker242 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pompano Beach, FL
    No, the owner is BSing you.

    Aqui Watersports also rents them. You could just come down for a couple weekend dives and try it out.
    NothingClever likes this.
  10. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    if I was having to hike regularly with doubles, then I'd use a transpac. That is literally what it was designed for, in conjunction with backpacking engineers way back when.
    For single tanks? I've never had an issue with a standard harness

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