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BCD to Wing
Diving4Fun - 2/01/2011 9:19 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 11

I am up for changing my BCD out (smaller size) and in looking at all the options; a back plate/wing seems to be coming up in conversations. I currently have a WI Mares back inflate BCD, and looking to move to a wing (no brand chosen yet). Any comments or information would be great.

I am in Michigan so the winter months it is a dry suit where as in July we can use a 3mm suit in places. In the future doubling up my steel tanks is a consideration also.

I am open and appreciative to any comments.
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LatitudeAdjustment - 2/01/2011 11:01 AM


 That’s the beauty of a BP&W, you can adjust the harness to fit a 3 mil or drysuite but with steel doubles you may want a larger wing.


 I actually have two set ups, a plastic BP and a small wing for travel and a six pound stainless steel BP from FredT with a thirty pound wing for cold water. I move the OMS weight pockets to whichever set up I’m using.


 Be sure to look at Deep Sea Supply’s site.
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slippin2darknezz - 2/01/2011 5:55 PM


I use the Transpac system by Dive Rite, it’s modular, easily adjustable and if you want to add a back plate for doubles you can. Great choice of single and double bladder wings to choose from. Can easily be set up for single or double sidemount as well and support is great.


Check out Divegearexpress for more info.
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SCUBASMITTY - 2/01/2011 8:44 PM
From slippin2darknezz:

I use the Transpac system by Dive Rite, it’s modular, easily adjustable and if you want to add a back plate for doubles you can. Great choice of single and double bladder wings to choose from. Can easily be set up for single or double sidemount as well and support is great.

Check out Divegearexpress for more info.



AGREED dive rite makes some good equipment, I have a dive rite pro knight for rec diving, and an oms IQ harness BP rig for the tech stuff,It should depend on what kind of dives do you wish to pursue in the next 6/8 yrs as to the set up that would be beneficial to you.- im a big fan of O M S gear, never go out of style and never had a problem...classic



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slippin2darknezz - 2/01/2011 9:09 PM
I like OMS as well. The one thing that had me sold on DiveRite was it didnt really matter what I wanted to do with the Transpac, it could be configured for it. From single backmount all the way to rebreather with bailout bottles. To me it is a system that grows with you, not to mention its inter changable with OMS wings as well. Great product by both companies.
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slippin2darknezz - 2/01/2011 9:10 PM
Happy Birthday also Smitty.
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SCUBASMITTY - 2/01/2011 9:26 PM
tanx for the b-day wishinyour right on the money with the mix and match, but INQUIRING MIND’S WANNA KNOW whats up with the 

(divers)-forum you posted??????? forget something ???
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Indiana - 2/02/2011 8:21 PM
I dive a trans pac also.Bp&w is a good way to go but I like the comfort of the trans pac.It a bp&w but with a soft plate not metal.
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Nesher - 2/04/2011 2:37 AM
I’ve used Deep Sea Supply, Halcyon and Dive Rite.

I absolutely love my Halcyon BP/W system and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone. DSS is also very high on my list of systems.

Some of my buddies dive Oxycheq systems and they absolutely love them.

Dive Rite is a good and decent system as well. You really need to make sure you do your own research and get whatever fits you and your budget best based upon the diving you’ll be doing.

The only problem about BP/W systems is that sooner or later you end up with multiple wings & backplate combinations to fit every possible dive scenario you’ll be in.

I suggest you call the different companies and speak to them about their systems. They are very helpful, especially Tobin who owns DSS.

Come on over......... make the transition you’ll never regret it.


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Diving4Fun - 2/04/2011 9:56 PM


Thanks for the great information everyone. I have done some additional digging and found prices all over the place. A semi local LDS has a nice set-up, maybe more then what I need now but sounds decent. Stainless backplate, 80 lb. bladder, crotch strap, etc.


Just trying to cross all my "T’s"
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Nesher - 2/05/2011 8:53 PM
From Diving4Fun:

Thanks for the great information everyone. I have done some additional digging and found prices all over the place. A semi local LDS has a nice set-up, maybe more then what I need now but sounds decent. Stainless backplate, 80 lb. bladder, crotch strap, etc.

Just trying to cross all my "T’s"


I want to emphasize the importance of doing as much research as possible BEFORE you purchase your first BP/W configuration.

80 lbs lift capacity ??? You need to know WHY you need that much lift. What are you carrying that you need that much lift capacity?

I hope that encourages you to do more research and not allow costs to dictate your choices for you.

One thing is for certain once you cross over (transition to BP/W) you’re going to find that you’re going to need and want more gear and training and that means more money...a lot more money.

So please do your homework first then you’ll make better decisions from here on out.

You do know that transitioning from a BCD to a BP/W rig is considered going over to the "Dark Side"?
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SCUBASMITTY - 2/06/2011 11:32 AM


THE DARK SIDE ???-COME ON IN THE VIZ IS FINE !!!


GEAR JUNKIES UNITE !!!!!