Posted by DaveJ on September 10, 2003 at 08:07:17:
In Reply to: Re: Backplate & Wing posted by Joe on September 09, 2003 at 23:47:32:
I've got about 450 dives on 2 different weight integrated BCs and if you pay attention while inserting your weights you won't have any problems. It's also nice to be able to take off your BC on the surface.
I completely agree with the backplate statements, if you can't get that at least get a back inflate BC. The advantage of a backplate is if you decide to go down the tech path you won't have to purchase another BC, and if not, we you still have a damn good BC.
Regarding the bigger tank, I found it much more beneficial to learn to improve my breathing and dive with a smaller tank. Its easier on the back, its easier on the knees. I get more bottom time on a 72 or HP80 than a lot of friends get on a 100. How, yoga, breathing exercises and cardio.
I've been diving the mares abyss for about 4 years (450 dives) and I'm extreamly pleased with the relaibility and how it breathes at depth.
If you go with a weight belt, stay away from plastic!
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