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You can offset the weight distribution by using a steel tank in cold water. He means that some harness/backplate/wing configuration only allows so much lead weight. Don't use a weight belt if you wear a harness with a crotch strap. Distribute the weight on the tank but less is better.In that case, do you just drop the weight belt when you're surfacing and recover it somehow, or how does the weight belt fix the problem?
Actually he doesn't. It is immaterial whether one uses lead bricks or less buoyant steel tanks or less buoyant steel backplate. If the wing cannot offset the total negative buoyancy, that configuration is a bad idea. Moving ballast onto your body where it is supported by the wetsuit reduces the demand on the wing, thereby "fixing the problem".You can offset the weight distribution by using a steel tank in cold water. He means that some harness/backplate/wing configuration only allows so much lead weight.
I have no issue with bungee but smaller wing is NOT that expensive.I would rather go a bit bigger than smaller wing,
Especially if it's your first wing.
My first wing is a dive rite classic.
60lb lift. I love it, I am glad I got it. Its 20years old,
With a single tank it's big, and likes to taco.. but we put a single bungee on each side to hold it down... works well.
But now I hold it in place very similar to a sidemount rig. With a piece of bungee that holds the wing tips to the waist strap.
(That way its probably more like a 45lb lift, because it can't fully inflate...)
I know I shouldn't feed the troll, but for the benefit of the OP....Don't use a weight belt if you wear a harness with a crotch strap.