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Posted by kelphead on June 05, 2001 at 17:37:25:

In Reply to: Diva versus Back Plate posted by Wayne on June 05, 2001 at 17:02:56:

yet again, that different people have different
needs and different styles/products will work
for different people.

= : )

anyway, i finally got my new backplate and 36#
'halcyon' wings wet a couple of saturdays ago
off pt loma in san diego--btw, beautiful life down

as you know, i borrowed the backplate last year (mhk was
very generous in lending me his steel plate and i borrowed
a 'dive rite' alum plate from jim hoffman
at 'scuba toys') and i don't think i could ever
go back to a jacket style b.c.

i also liked the design of the 'halcyon' style wings
compared to other wings currently out there.

one thing i didn't like about the wings (which
is something i noticed immediately) is that the
inflator is designed differently than my hand
could handle. so, i switched out the 'halcyon'
inflator for the 'seaquest combo inflator' (i put
the 'seaquest trimline' inflator back on the 'diva
qd' b.c.)

the other thing is that i ended up purchasing a
reeeeeeally short (i forget the length now) lp
inflator hose for the wings, as the 'halcyon'
corrugated inflator line is shorter than any
other inflator line. that was no biggie, and i
picked up the short hose from jim hoffman. now
my inflator hose is streamlined.

in short, i think i like my new rig. the only
thing now is to loosen the shoulder straps a bit--they
are snug enough to the point that i can't get
out of the rig by myself, so i need to just
loosen them a bit.

if your wife and daughters get a chance, i would
encourage that they try out a back-inflate
b.c. just to know how it feels.

= : )


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