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Old 09-13-2007, 06:11 PM   #1
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Best travel BC / non-integrated weights

I am thinking of buying a new BC for travel. I should note that we carry on everything, so I am looking for lite and simple. One I looked at is the XS Scuba Companion BC set up. It is fairly simple with shoulder straps, waist belt and horseshoe or doughnut bladder in back. Any others you know of and would recommend?
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Zeagle Brigade. Great BC and packs great!

http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detai...=ZeagleBrigade
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Already have a Ranger. Too big and heavy and it is weight integrated. Any thoughts on a mini me? Compact, lite, straps and a bladder?
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Already have a Ranger. Too big and heavy and it is weight integrated. Any thoughts on a mini me? Compact, lite, straps and a bladder?
If you took off the bladder of the ranger.. it gets pretty small... then just toss on an escape bladder... That's what a brigade is! So you could just get a bladder and swap them when traveling!
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Already have a Ranger. Too big and heavy and it is weight integrated. Any thoughts on a mini me? Compact, lite, straps and a bladder?
If you took off the bladder of the ranger.. it gets pretty small... then just toss on an escape bladder... That's what a brigade is! So you could just get a bladder and swap them when traveling!

Larry as I have stated on a previous thread I am interested in a new travel BC. I have been looking at the...I think it is the Oceanic Ocean Pro about 7 lbs size XL.....but being DEMA is coming up I am hoping perhaps some wonderful 4lbs Jacket style maybe coming on the market....keep me in mind.
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Already have a Ranger. Too big and heavy and it is weight integrated. Any thoughts on a mini me? Compact, lite, straps and a bladder?
If you took off the bladder of the ranger.. it gets pretty small... then just toss on an escape bladder... That's what a brigade is! So you could just get a bladder and swap them when traveling!

Larry as I have stated on a previous thread I am interested in a new travel BC. I have been looking at the...I think it is the Oceanic Ocean Pro about 7 lbs size XL.....but being DEMA is coming up I am hoping perhaps some wonderful 4lbs Jacket style maybe coming on the market....keep me in mind.
Will do... I'll hunt up the smallest, lightest thing I can find for you. So aside from basic bc... don't care about integrated weights - anything you want? Do you care about d-rings, # tank straps, amount of lift??
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The XS might be the smallest... we carry the pony pak http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detai...XSscubaPonyPac and the companion is just the pony pak with different tank straps and a small bladder. If you wanted even a smaller bladder, oxy makes an 18 lb bladder http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detai...t_id=OXY18Wing

So you could set up what ever size bladder, you want. But if I see anything smaller I'll let you know!
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Already have a Ranger. Too big and heavy and it is weight integrated. Any thoughts on a mini me? Compact, lite, straps and a bladder?
If you took off the bladder of the ranger.. it gets pretty small... then just toss on an escape bladder... That's what a brigade is! So you could just get a bladder and swap them when traveling!

Larry as I have stated on a previous thread I am interested in a new travel BC. I have been looking at the...I think it is the Oceanic Ocean Pro about 7 lbs size XL.....but being DEMA is coming up I am hoping perhaps some wonderful 4lbs Jacket style maybe coming on the market....keep me in mind.
Will do... I'll hunt up the smallest, lightest thing I can find for you. So aside from basic bc... don't care about integrated weights - anything you want? Do you care about d-rings, # tank straps, amount of lift??
Love D rings for all my toys...integrated weights...ahhh....if so must have a lock no velcro....amount of lift???...hmmmmm I weigh about 220lbs...weight belt usually about 10 to 14 lbs....what do you think?
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Thanks Larry!
I will tear into my Ranger and see what it could strip down to. I think around 18lb lift would be fine, no recovery diving and i always dive a single, on vaca its Alum 80, at home steel 98.
I am not looking for too much dangle. A d ring or two would be fine. Definatley don't need pockets and more pokets. This would be used with a weight belt, not integrated weights. Two tank straps would be nice.
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