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Old 04-13-2011, 10:29 AM   #1
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I want a new B/C but can't Really fork out the dough right now and I HATE my hard weight belt. Is it worth it to buy a soft belt and spend the money on the weights(which seems to be outrageously priced) or just dive what I have until I can get a weight integrated B/C?
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Old 04-13-2011, 01:36 PM   #2
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Go weight integrated. Definately much more comfortable and you don't have to worry about the belt sliding or slipping as you go deeper due to compression. I have a large, very lightly used (8 dives) Genesis Recon that I don't use if you're interested. 75 pounds of lift, good for doubles (easy to mount a back plate), back inflatable. Paid $550.00 for it new in 2006, had it inspected last April, and haven't used it since. $350.00. PM me if interested.
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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I found a weight belt for soft weights on the bottom next to the Oriskany. If I remember correctly it is pretty new, but it might need a little patching up. You can have it if you want it. PM me if you are interested.
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I want a new B/C but can't Really fork out the dough right now and I HATE my hard weight belt. Is it worth it to buy a soft belt and spend the money on the weights(which seems to be outrageously priced) or just dive what I have until I can get a weight integrated B/C?
I have a Zeagle integrated BC (bladder type) size medium. BC is old but in excellent condition. You can have it for FREE. Send me a PM if you're interested.
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Old 04-13-2011, 11:16 PM   #5
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Best thing you can do for your enjoyment of the sport it to start diving steel tanks. MBT has them for rent, but you should only buy steel if you are going to buy.
With steel tanks most people will not have to wear any weight, unless they are wearing a thick wetsuit. No more weightbelt to forget, or wear around! Also...this eliminates your need to buy lead, which will continue to increase in price over time, and may end up being banned anyway.
You are probably going to hear a lot of arguments about not having ditchable weight.....but as long as you DONT RUN OUT OF AIR!!!!! you will be just fine! (actually you would be just fine anyway, but it is a lot nicer if you DO have air in the tank!)
I have been diving this way (and a LOT) for quite some time now and I would NEVER GO BACK, and dread having to put on weight for my drysuit or 7mil wetsuit.
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A soft weight belt is the way to go.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:43 PM   #7
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If you don't wear too much weight, you can use a cam buckle to strap the weight to your tank. You may have to play with it a little to trim out properley. If you are one of those who needs a ton of lead to get neutral, this will not work.
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