Question Dry suit rebreather divers, how much lead?

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Something I haven't seen discussed (or I've missed), but how much lead do you dry suit rebreather divers need for your kits?

While I'm not switching anytime soon but having a "lighter" setup due to less displacement is something I'm considering long term.

I am looking eventually for the Meg sidemount system and that may become my go to rebreather. Curious if others here have experience with it.
 

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the sidemount rigs behave like an LP85 or LP121 with the titanium frames. I haven't gotten the sidemount Meg in the water yet but it won't really effect buoyancy that much vs. your normal sidemount rig.
 

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Something I haven't seen discussed (or I've missed), but how much lead do you dry suit rebreather divers need for your kits?

While I'm not switching anytime soon but having a "lighter" setup due to less displacement is something I'm considering long term.

I am looking eventually for the Meg sidemount system and that may become my go to rebreather. Curious if others here have experience with it.
Trilam suit, base later, Halo 3D, 11mm hood, heated vest, LP45s or LP50s 32% or Faber LP85s 18/45, Faber 2L, 20Ah can light, freshwater, I use no weight with a Sidewinder. The answers to your question as asked aren’t going to be super relevant to you.

That said, the Liberty, as stock, is neutral, so a helium containing steel cylinder balances without much faff. As TBone notes, an empty 85 or 121 is roughly neutral.
 

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rEvo in SoCal, I think I am down to about 4 pounds of lead. Just changed stuff up and need to dial it in again. Planning on starting with 4 pounds and see what that does again.

That is down about 10 pounds from where I started at. Rebreather diving is starting over again. In my case I was crutching bad skills with too much weight at the start. Once I got with it I started ditching the excess weight.
 

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There are too many variables to offer an opinion. As witnessed above if you tack on enough heavy steel tanks you may not need much lead at all.

Diving a lightweight Kiss Spirit LTE with al14 & al40 tanks and a drysuit I use 26 lbs.
 

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There are too many variables to offer an opinion.

This ^

But if you are doing a survey - with fairly heavy undergarments and a JJ with steel 3L onboard / AL80 bailout, I use 7.6 lbs of tube weights in salt water, no additional weight in fresh water.
 

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Trilam drysuit, mid-weight undergarments, Fathom and HP100 sidemount bailout, zero lead.
 
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Any meg users? As a friend switched over to Meg from a Prism2 and said that it was sufficiently negative that he didn't need additional weight and that overall it was lighter
 

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Any meg users? As a friend switched over to Meg from a Prism2 and said that it was sufficiently negative that he didn't need additional weight and that overall it was lighter
The thing is that people use a wide array of tanks on these units. Aluminum, Steel, 50cf, 13cf, etc. My CCR ready to dive (no lead) is 45lbs. A JJ with two LP50s is over 100lbs.

These considerations that you might want to ponder as you pick a unit.
 

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Any meg users? As a friend switched over to Meg from a Prism2 and said that it was sufficiently negative that he didn't need additional weight and that overall it was lighter
I switched from a KISS classic to a Meg Tiburon and I need a lot more lead. Like 10 lbs more.
 
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