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1/17/11 7:49 P

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Hi, I'm a dive master in australia and i used to be a weightbelt girl (padded one to prevent bruising!). However i know use a mix (1/3 belt to 2/3 integrated. This helps keep all my weight fixed and doesn't shift, resulting in better control. Also helps in an emergency weight dump situation, as you can control your emergency ascent a lot more.
Also depends on what kind of diving you do, boat or shore.



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2/19/10 12:40 P

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I much prefer my weight integrated BCD. I often dive with just a skin and the weight belt, especially at depth, has a tendency to slip and slide. I end up with weights in the front sometimes!



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1/24/10 2:00 P

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Maybe it is the backpacker in me.. or the steep hill we have to climb to get back to the tarp at our most common dive spot, but I prefer a combo of weight belt and bcd integrated.. that way when you're out of the water the majority of the extra weight is supported by my hips and legs not my back.

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11/2/09 1:51 P

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I use a combination, mainly for attitude control: about 4 lbs on the BCD, and the rest on the belt (anywhere from 16 to 24 lbs, depending on salt/fresh water and how much insulation I have). The 4 lbs on the BCD help my attitude by making me slightly more prone.

After the previous posts, I must clarify that most of the arguments seem to be against HARD weight belts, and not against weight belts in general. I use a SOFT weight belt. So for example, I can drop it with 24 lbs as many times on my toes as I wish, or for that matter hit my face with it, and it will cause no pain or bruising whatsoever. I also can't imagine it hurting my hips in normal diving. It is made of fabric, and inside it has soft fabric pillow-like pouches filled with tiny lead pellets.

So you really have at least four choices: integrated weights, weight harness (like integrated, but independent of the BCD), soft weight belt, and hard weight belts.

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11/1/09 4:01 P

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Can't imagine ever going back to the weight belt. My boyancy is much better, my lower back doesn't give me fits anymore and I use less weight. Plus I don't have to worry about dropping a weight belt on my toes anymore.

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10/30/09 7:40 P

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I also have intergrated weights. Like Debie the belt rEally bothered my hips. The only downside for me is that it is that much heavier to move your gear around and I have to keep taking the weights off to change tanks. But I would still not go back to a belt, ever!

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10/30/09 3:40 P

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No more dive belt for me...tired of getting bruising, hitting my hips with them on me (I lack a coordination gene) and having one more thing to remove after getting out of the water, I prefer not to use a belt

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10/30/09 3:16 P

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I know that the current trend is BCD's with integrated weights but still I'm hearing from "old school" divers who still prefer weight belts. Anyone willing to share an opinion? After trying out a dive-rite last weekend using a combination of both, I'm considering going that route. Whats your preference?

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