Jakob
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Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:12 am

Hi

New to wing / back plate diving but thinking about a Kraken / VDH back plate / wing combination. But I am unceartain about wing size. I dive often in cold water, drysuit and Steel bottles only. Normally i need about 10-12 kg of lead for those conditions.

What wing size would you recommend. Another question, are the wings not quite “alike” from different producers ?? Since I am on the other side of the Globe I am thinking about just getting a wing locally, what would be the advantage of getting the VDH wing, is it specifically tailored to the kraken??

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Fri Jul 27, 2018 6:46 am

With using steel tanks and my dry suit, I use a 30-35# wing. The thing I most importantly look for in the wing is an offset elbow.
Bob

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:06 am

Newbie here :-), what is the offset elbow??

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:26 am

look where the inflator hose comes off the wing. Some make it in the top center (can conflict), while others make them offset (no can conflict).
Bob

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Fri Jul 27, 2018 1:32 pm

Ahh got it thx

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:17 pm

For me, most of the time when I am diving my dry suit with a double hose reg and the VDH plate, I do not use a wing. I find my trim is much better that way. I dive that way at places like Lake Wazee and Fortune Pond and also wreck diving on Lake Michigan. Works great!

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:38 am

swimjim wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:17 pm
For me, most of the time when I am diving my dry suit with a double hose reg and the VDH plate, I do not use a wing. I find my trim is much better that way. I dive that way at places like Lake Wazee and Fortune Pond and also wreck diving on Lake Michigan. Works great!
For work I dive shallow that way just using the suit, BUT on deeper dives I would be a bit hesitant not to have alternative buoyancy how do you deal with that??

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:58 pm

If you get in a jam you can always dump some weight. I didn't mention it in the post, but I normally use a pony with a single hose reg to supply air to my dry suit. This also gives me a bail out option if the you know what hits the fan.

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Re: Wing recomendation for Steel tank and drysuit ?

Tue Jul 31, 2018 6:21 pm

swimjim wrote:
Sun Jul 29, 2018 5:58 pm
If you get in a jam you can always dump some weight. I didn't mention it in the post, but I normally use a pony with a single hose reg to supply air to my dry suit. This also gives me a bail out option if the you know what hits the fan.
Roger that :0)

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