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MiSSy

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Integrated Weight BCD
« on: 11 Nov 10, 02:10 »
 I am shopping for BCD and need advice on integrated weight BCD. What are the pro and cons of integrated weight BCD compared to non integrated one? Any brand/model to recommend for petite size lady?

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #1 on: 11 Nov 10, 07:17 »


pros
- no need for weight belt, so nothing to lose or forget
- more comfortable
- less chances of accidental release compared to a weightbelt

cons
- those weight pouches are crazy expensive if you lose them!
- some people forget to empty them and bring the weights home
- might be difficult for a buddy or rescuer to dump weights if they are unfamiliar with your equipment in a rescue situation

You can try looking at the scubapro ladies models. very well made and bombproof construction. you can try going down to divers outfitter if you are in the tanjong pagar area to take a look.

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #2 on: 11 Nov 10, 10:57 »
regarding accidental release, my experience was the other way around. I've never accidentally released weightbelt, but there was one time that I accidentally dropped my weight pouch underwater, not sure what happened, maybe it was loose since beginning of the dive, or I accidentally pulled the release mechanism..

One more thing, this maybe subjective, but I feel that I maneuver easier using weightbelt rather than integrated..

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #3 on: 11 Nov 10, 11:06 »
Thank you all. Another thing is that I usually dive with 3 weights so if i have and integrated bcd, I have to put 2 weights on either one of the pouches and one weight in another pouch. Will this will make me "unbalance" since I cant distribute the weight evenly or should I put 2 weight on each pouch?

I will go down to Divers Outfitter to have a look, any other brand that I should look for?

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #4 on: 11 Nov 10, 11:43 »
do take note there is a different between integrated weights, and trim weight pockets. integrated weight systems are usually quick releasable. the scubapro system seems pretty sturdy and not prone to dropping out like some of the other brands. you have to be careful of those that have a little red handle for dumping the weights.

trim weight pockets are usually at the back of the BC, and are not "dumpable". they usually fit 1 or 2 pieces of weights only.

when choosing the BC, be sure to ask the cost of replacement weight pockets!  :D

if you have an odd number of weights, you might tend to roll towards the heavier side underwater. However if you are pretty comfortable underwater it's not a big problem. i dive with 1 weight sometimes in my trim pockets and it's not a major irritant. maybe because i have my heavy camera clipped on the other side?

another way is to have 1 weight on each side, then have the 3rd on the tank strap if stability is very important for you.

i think brand doesn't matter as much as whether the BC fits you well, and if you like the features.

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #5 on: 11 Nov 10, 13:44 »
If you're looking at Mares brand, they have Mares Kaila AT model which comes with a funky inflator/deflator mechanism.

Your can also buy a BCD with integrated weight system and try whether you like it or not, if you don't, then you can always ditch the weight pocket and use the good old weight belt, hehehe

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #6 on: 11 Nov 10, 13:55 »
I agree should try find one with integrated weight system, just clip your 3rd weight on the tank band.  And failing which, you can put back on your good old weight belt!  ;)
So they call it a 'FACT' coz someone made some statements on a 'FACT SHEET'? hummm...

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #7 on: 11 Nov 10, 14:26 »
The old oceanic system with the pin thing was dodgy. Wife lost one in the maldives, found it two days later...

New system better.

I could likely get away with 3 weights but take 4 to be even, been thinking of pouch for straps but my daughter has started diving and I'd rather be over than marginal if I need to grab her.

On a tangent weight on straps can help as weight is where inflation is, weight on your waist (too much anyway) and inflation around stomach chest means a tendency to be vertical. This is a classic noob giveaway when someone is overweighted and then inflates as a result.

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #8 on: 11 Nov 10, 14:56 »
Having 1 weight on the side (at most 4" from the center) will make one roll is a bit exaggerated.  I usually dive without weight, but on occassion when I'm using 1 weight, don't feel any difference.  Imagine if we hold our camera gear on 1 hand, are we going to spin? ;)

Weight belt has another advantage not mentioned above, ie can easily pass to boatman before climbing lessening one's load.

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Re: Integrated Weight BCD
« Reply #9 on: 11 Nov 10, 17:14 »
Each to his own.

Even 1kg either side I find annoying, ok easy to deal with nonetheless but still annoying.

As for boatmen, if the integrated weights are a decent design (and in fairness not all are) passing them up isn't any harder.