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.
Edited by: ALEFSCUBA at: 11/13/2009 (14:08)
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