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Technical Gear Question
OcalaJim - 12/10/2007 12:04 PM
Category: General
Replies: 7

I`m new to technical gear, but, feel the next step for me is to go with doubles, so, last week I purchased a new backplate, bladder and webbing. I went to the dive shop to jump in the pool to get my rigging adjusted and I have a problem with my 7ft. long regulator hose. Most divers I see with this sort of setup tuck the extra hose in their waist band... however, me being 6` 4" tall, don`t have enough length of hose to tuck in the waist band... What are my options for tucking this out of the way?
jed130 - 12/10/2007 3:15 PM
try putting some surgical tube looped around in to a circle with a zip tie to hold them together then attach to your backplate , frome there run your hose up itnto each loop kinda like a Z , if you need to deploy the long hose just pull and it all comes out
Jen-Michael - 12/11/2007 4:06 PM
I keep mine tucked in down along the bungees of my bladder. It`s out of the way and easy to pull out if I have to pass it off.
OcalaJim - 12/11/2007 6:39 PM
Thanks - I will try those techniques and see which one works best for me --
OcalaJim - 12/13/2007 6:54 AM
That certainly makes sense (going with a 9` hose). It makes me wonder why my good friend at the dive shop didn`t pick up on that? I`m having to make quite a few adjustments due to my height, but, I`m glad I`m finding these pointers out. I do have to admit that coming from a standard sport diving setup into the back plate / wing rig was quite intimidating, but, after getting into the pool with it I fell in love! I could not believe how much better my buoyancy was - perfect horizontal. The openness on my mid section was nice, too. I used to think I liked being "hugged" by my BCD until I wasn`t being constricted! I appreciate all of your pointers!
Crush - 2/11/2008 2:28 PM
I`ve seen divers tuck under their left arm, that may give you the extra slack you need.