Wing Style BC (Zeagle/Mares) only for tech divers?

Wing Style BC (Zeagle/Mares) only for tech divers?

Post by F » Thu, 18 Sep 1997 04:00:00


I like the concept of the back floatation with integrated weight belt.
The Zeagle Tech and Mares Synchro Tech are good examples. However I am a
recreational diver and wander whether these back floatation bc's are
suitable for me.
Up to now nowbody has been able (dive shops) to give me a very clear
picture of the different advantages/disadvantages between these bc's and
the old jacket style systems such as the Mares Vector 1000. I get the
idea that most shops preach their own favorites.

Please send reply by email.

Frank

 
 
 

Wing Style BC (Zeagle/Mares) only for tech divers?

Post by Gre » Fri, 19 Sep 1997 04:00:00

Frank,
I am a divemaster and a cavern diver. I use a Dacor RIG.
my dive shop sells Dacor, Tusa, Scuba Pro, as well as Dive Rite.

Wing offer many advantages with a few disadvantages.

PROs:  
Tech Design: Lots of D-Rings
Open: no wrap around to squeeze you.
comfortable: fit is usually very adjuustable.
Weight Int.: NO Weight BELT!!!
Back inflation:Holds you horizontal in the water.
large Bladders:greater lift
Dacor Rig ~$550 (75lb lift)& Dive Rite Trans Pac ~$650 (75lb lift) have 2 tank
capabilities

Cons:
Tech Design: to much stuff for SOME diver
Open: can't feel inflation of BC
Weight Int: Weight Pockets Expensive if lost $30-75 ea
Back inflation: tips you forward. takes some getting used to.
Large Bladders: More lift than most rec. divers need
$$$: average $100-150 more

Most of these CONS can be compensated for with a little practice

**************

I can not say anything about the Zeigle or Mares wings for I have never used
them.  
But I understand Zeigle makes excellent dive gear

For Rec divers. on what I SELL,
Scuba Pro: nice but to $$$$$$$$$
Dacor Flyt Pac: A little techie but very comfortable  r. retail ~$400
Tusa BCJ-3900: Probably one of the best for the Rec diver. Not to techie with a
Weight Int located near the body's center of gravity.
Tusa's ads for this BCD shows the BC floating with no tank or diver, in the
heads up position. very unique for a set of wings. Retail ~$400

Any other questions ...please ask.

Good luck and GREAT DIVING!!!


Quote:

>I like the concept of the back floatation with integrated weight belt.
>The Zeagle Tech and Mares Synchro Tech are good examples. However I am a
>recreational diver and wander whether these back floatation bc's are
>suitable for me.
>Up to now nowbody has been able (dive shops) to give me a very clear
>picture of the different advantages/disadvantages between these bc's and
>the old jacket style systems such as the Mares Vector 1000. I get the
>idea that most shops preach their own favorites.

>Please send reply by email.

>Frank



Quote:

>I like the concept of the back floatation with integrated weight belt.
>The Zeagle Tech and Mares Synchro Tech are good examples. However I am a
>recreational diver and wander whether these back floatation bc's are
>suitable for me.
>Up to now nowbody has been able (dive shops) to give me a very clear
>picture of the different advantages/disadvantages between these bc's and
>the old jacket style systems such as the Mares Vector 1000. I get the
>idea that most shops preach their own favorites.

>Please send reply by email.

>Frank


 
 
 

Wing Style BC (Zeagle/Mares) only for tech divers?

Post by William Mart » Sat, 27 Sep 1997 04:00:00

: I like the concept of the back floatation with integrated weight belt.
: The Zeagle Tech and Mares Synchro Tech are good examples. However I am a
: recreational diver and wander whether these back floatation bc's are
: suitable for me.
: Up to now nowbody has been able (dive shops) to give me a very clear
: picture of the different advantages/disadvantages between these bc's and
: the old jacket style systems such as the Mares Vector 1000. I get the
: idea that most shops preach their own favorites.

: Please send reply by email.

Nope, sorry, you posted, you follow up - I don't believe
knowledge should be effortless.

The short answer is, wings offer the best submerged bouyancy
profile.  If you're worried about being unconscious on the
surface, then you're not being realistic.  

And if you're serious about a tech rig, then I'd suggest an
aluminum or steel backplate with a set of Dive-Rite Classic wings and
a simple WKPP-style single-piece harness.  It is not only the
best technical rig, it's also the simplest and cheapest, which
is a rare combination in life.

-Will