I use the Stix floats too. I have been pretty happy with them until my last trip. They seam to be losing buoyancy. Where 7 jumbos use to be just right 8 are not enough now. Anyone tried the new Nauiticam Carbon Fiber floats yet? If so what do you think?
Interesting; I've been using the same jumbo floats for about 5 years with no issues.
Thanks for your responses everyone, I really appreciate the feedback!
So it's clear from your comments that extra buoyancy is a must with this Ike setup. I got 2 sets of arms by Ikelite - its obvious that these aren't a favorite amongst you guys, but I am on a budget and they were a good deal so I'm stuck with them for now. What kind of buoyancy options are available for Ikelite arms? I've looked on website like backscatter and blue water photography but I can't seem to get a clear explanation as to what would work with these arms... the Stix looks like the most efficient and practical solution but do they work with Ikelite??
The Ikelite arms are just fine, just buy the jumbo stix floats for buoyancy - I used those for a couple of years on Ike arms. The buoyancy is more important than the actual arms. I like the ULCS arms better; but it's not that big a deal.