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DSMB & Reel Storage - BP/W

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by Wonder__Frog, Nov 6, 2019.

  1. Wonder__Frog

    Wonder__Frog Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Brighton
    Hey guys,

    Got myself a lovely new BP/W system which I can’t wait to get using. Been a long term jacket BCD user, and although the pockets on them are awkward as hell - they are at least still pockets...

    Just trying to map out the logistics of what will go where.

    I’m using a DIR harness and no padding etc on the backplate - trying to keep as DIR as possible, but this doesn’t leave much room for storage. A lot of my diving will be in warm water without my drysuit, and my wetsuit doesn’t have any pockets.

    Trying to think of a way of bungee-ing my reel (relatively small 30m finger reel) and DSMB to my backplate. Got all the bolt snaps, bungee and cave line you can imagine, but really keen to see if you guys have got any tips!

    Open to any suggestions really, from butt pockets to DIY strapping/bungee-ing!

  2. a878bob

    a878bob Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Michigan
    Clip it to butt d-ring. Or clip the finger spool to the but d-ring and pocket the smb at the bottom of the plate.
  3. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoFlo
    Another vote for rear d ring on crotch strap.
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  4. loosenit2

    loosenit2 si respiratio sub aqua amet ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Texas
    Yep. Clip it to rear during on crouch strap.
  5. a878bob

    a878bob Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Michigan
    Just set up the reel and bag correctly, so you don’t end up with 30m of line out behind you.
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  6. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    pocket shorts/suit pockets....
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  7. Bierstadt

    Bierstadt Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Erie, PA
    Suit pockets, rear crotch strap d-ring; you can use the edge holes of the backplate if you tie in a loop of cave line to clip onto. Direct clipping into the holes will twist a boltsnap loose, so don't do that. There are plenty of accessories pockets available, but suit pockets or pocket shorts are easier to my mind.
  8. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

    I just clip the spool and SMB off on my right hip d ring. Though for open water no stop diving I don't see the need for a reel/spool unless there's current, in which case you'll be using the reel as you tow a float/flag. So to eliminate a piece of gear I don't often use, I just cut a piece of aluminum pipe to the width of the SMB. Tied off thirty feet of line and wrapped it around the pipe connected to a double ender. Wrap the SMB around the pipe and clip the pipe snap to the SMB ring. If you're drifting on a safety stop or shallow deco just shoot the bag and let the pipe unravel. Pretty simple, tidy and no worries of the spool getting away from you letting out a bunch of line. Nice and streamlined.

    Here's a picture. I also wrap a mono stringer around the SMB and put the stringer tip inside the pipe so I can send fish up if the situation calls for it.

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  9. Nomad-Diver

    Nomad-Diver Solo Diver

    I'm not a fan of crotch d-ring connections. My suggestion would be tech shorts (what I use) or a pouch mounted to the backplate (what I used to use). This is an example Highland by XS Scuba Mesh Carry Pouch
  10. AustinV

    AustinV Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: NoVA
    I clip my SMB on my butt D-ring. My spool will either go on right hip D-ring if not carrying anything else or on butt D-ring as well. Don’t notice either of them back there when in water, easy to get to if need be.

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