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In Topic: Drowned Inon Z240 - anything worth salvaging?

29 July 2015 - 07:33 AM

maybe you are the one who could test the reliability of the second o-ring: Remove the yellow main o-ring and use the second o-ring alone on a deep and a shallow dive. Then check the battery compartment.

Hey, that's a pretty danged good idea. Why didn't I think of that? (On second thoughts, don't answer that question...)

I don't feel any need for those knob extenders, despite using either 5mm gloves or drygloves, so some 20€ is a bit much for an O-ring. But I'll look around for a suitable O-ring at a decent price, and if I find one I'll do that experiment.


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In Topic: Does a harness bcd improve shooting uw?

29 July 2015 - 06:11 AM

The negative is having an extreme off-centre of gravity. 


But you don't have to have an extreme off-center COG, even with a BP/W.

Sure, using a steel tank on a weighted STA on a steel plate and the weights on your belt pushed around to the small of your back will make you top-heavy when you trim out horizontal. But move those belt weights around to the edges of your hipbone and put a couple of weight pockets on your waistband, and you trim out beautifully. Even with lots of weight and a DS with winter undergarments.

Sure, on the surface you need a couple of dives to get used to having your buoyancy on your back. But as soon as you learn that lying on your back is the preferred option anyway, that issue, too, is moot.

Disclaimer: I'm using the generic "you", not the personal "you" :)


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In Topic: Does a harness bcd improve shooting uw?

27 July 2015 - 11:01 PM

the more diverse your diving experience is the more likely your skill can make up for the negative side of your choice- lying on your back at the surface in a BPW is an example.

 

Is lying on your back on the surface a negative side of using a wing or back-inflate BCD? I actually prefer lying on my back on the surface, regardless of whether I use a jacket-style or wing-style BCD. It's very relaxing, and you get your feet up, avoiding shrink-wrapping your legs and crotch if you wear a DS. Using frog kicking, the surface swim back to the shore or the boat is also very relaxed and laidback (pun intended).

 

But I agree that dumpable weight pockets move some of the ballast from your backside to the underside, working as a keel and stabilizing you in a horizontal, belly-down position. I like that.


In Topic: Drowned Inon Z240 - anything worth salvaging?

27 July 2015 - 09:56 PM

I've got one of these kits and have split the extenders between two strobes for the power adjustment on both. I may get a second kit eventually. 


So, what's your experience with the backup O-ring? Have you had any failed original O-ring where the backup has saved you? Do you see any downsides?


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In Topic: Drowned Inon Z240 - anything worth salvaging?

26 July 2015 - 10:01 PM

And how are you going to explain that one to Mrs S, eh?


No problem..

It's a replacement for stuff that broke, not a new toy. Besides, it saved her the hassle of coming up with a BD present this year  :-)