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Posted by seahunt on November 02, 2001 at 12:18:43:

In Reply to: DIR Titanium Snorkel....... posted by seahunt on November 01, 2001 at 20:29:27:

Well, I've heard all the arguements and obviously a lot of them have
merit. Like you, soon I'm gonna have to replace some gear and for me
it would seem to make sense to go to the backplate, but perhaps with
different reasons than commonly stated.
My hesitation was with how to replace what I use the pocket of my BC
for... safety sausage, etc. What the DIR folks don't say is that they
assume that all extras can go in their drysuit pockets, they really
have no good provision for wetsuit divers in this regard. Well, at OE
I found a small velcroed pouch that goes on a weightbelt and should be
able to hold anything I might want to put in a BC pocket.
Now, I have to talk to John about the rig he showed me that had a
rather small wing. It was a nice light package that would be good
for travelling, but big enough to do the job.
I'll also have to decide about a shoulder buckle. Say what you want,
when you get to a small boat, tired and all alone at night in chop
and current, you want to be able to get that tank off fast and easy.
(especially if I have a poney along) I'm not sure if no shoulder buckle
will be adaquate. Of course that's something I can test, but I'm not
worried about the buckle failing.
There are a few other things I'm gonna look at, but I can't see myself
getting a traditional BC at this point.
Enjoy the diving, seahunt

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