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SS cam bands: Do you use tank pads with them?

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Bamabowtie, May 16, 2011.

  1. Bamabowtie

    Bamabowtie Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    I purchased some Highlands stainless steel buckle cam straps for my BP/W setup. They came with rubber pads to put under the buckle to protect the tank, but for me they just seem to get in the way. Do you guys use pads with your SS cam bands? Thanks
  2. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines
    Are you using your own tanks or rentals? Dual cam bands?

    Duals won't come loose either way but will make some marks on the tanks without pads

    I use dual Halcyon bands on single tanks with Octogrip pad; I guess it's marginally harder to swap tanks but not much onceyou get used to it
  3. Insta-Gator

    Insta-Gator Blue Whale

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Venice, Florida
    I use mine :)
  4. Bamabowtie

    Bamabowtie Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    I rent tanks and only use single tanks. I have dual SS cam bands. It is not a huge deal, they just seem to be a bit in the way. Last week one of the pads got smashed in the buckle and mangled it quite a bit. I was just wondering what the consensus was on tanks pads.
  5. Dave616

    Dave616 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: West Michigan
    The Highland pads are a pain in the A$$ since they are not attached. I also have the Dive Rite SS tank bands and the pads are stitched in and never get in the way or pop off.
    I have not used my Highland straps enough to decide whether I'll ditch the pads or not.
  6. mikecotrone

    mikecotrone Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: North Carolina
    I use a DiveRite Tranplate with STA which have the rubber pads. I use the pads as they keep my HP130 snug.

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