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Travelling diver who hires equipment and hate weight belts...solution?

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) & Weight Systems' started by Fastnail, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. Fastnail

    Fastnail Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: S.E Asia
    Hi All,

    I travel to different dive locations and travel lightweight as I can so I only carry my mask, wetsuit, Eezycut trilobite and my dive computer in my luggage.

    I, therefore, have to rent the regs, BCD, tank, fins and weights to dive.

    What I am posting about is I hate wearing a weight belt and I find frequently that rental dive BCD's are the cheaper type to buy and do not have integrated weight pockets so I am forced to install a couple of weights to the tank cam band and distribute other weights anywhere I can OR begrudgingly wear a weight belt )-:

    Does anybody else have a dislike of wearing weight belts and have set up their own weight rig out of webbing for example or found another solution to my problem?

    Any ideas and solutions would be greatly appreciated.

    Best regards and a Happy New Year.

  2. CWK

    CWK Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Probably on a LOB somewhere

    I can dive my 3 mil wetsuit without adding any lead to my BPW. There is an ally backplate weighing about 0.8 kg, but I reckon that I can remove that and still be OK.
  3. diversteve

    diversteve always tired Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Buy a Travel BCD. Some of them fold/rollup pretty small and weigh around 4 Lbs.

    Two to look at -
    Zuma | BCDs | Aqua Lung
    Zragle Covert XT

    The original covert - not the XT was 3.7 lbs, Zuma's run around 4.5lbs.

    There's a couple others also - Cressi's Travellight and Dive Rite's TravelPac - I'm not familiar with them.
  4. Peter Bomberg

    Peter Bomberg Contributor

    how much weight, I used to carry 2 small weight pockets (5lb max per) that I would just put on the tank band as I only need 2-4lbs, but I have moved to a super light weight setup.

    If your interested I can sent you pics of the pockets (they are lying in the basement, in the to be sold pile)
  5. Can't Talk ... Diving

    Can't Talk ... Diving Contributor

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: West Coast
    What's the issue with the weight belt? If it's because the nylon belts tend to slip, try taking a good quality rubber belt with you. Because they are grippy and compensate for depth they don't slip.
    shoredivr likes this.
  6. chris kippax

    chris kippax Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia
    Buy a rubber free diving belt from cressi/mako or any reputable free dive company. There is no comparison to a webbing belt vs a rubber belt. They are hands down the best belt available. Make sure you do it up tight and low so It does not impact on your diaphragm
    Lorenzoid likes this.
  7. Centrals

    Centrals Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
  8. NothingClever

    NothingClever ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Atlantic Ocean and Red Sea
    I definitely dislike wearing weight belts.

    You’re mentally tough. Seriously. If I were to travel like you do and have to rent my kit, I don’t think I’d be very content having to pick from amongst all the knackered bits for rent.

    Why not splurge and pick out a travel BC? With some slick little weight pockets that allow you to grab some hard or soft weights and slip on your perfectly-sized rig every time, you’re very likely to dive with greater satisfaction.
  9. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NYC
    depending on how much weight you use, buy a quick release cam strap and a couple of weight pockets. attach to the rental tank so you can reach behind you and release it in case you need to ditch.
  10. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Midwestern US
    A pocket weight belt is easy to pack and more comfortable than a traditional nylon strap weight belt.
    Jcp2 likes this.

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