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Ok, going to go down the harness/wing route shortly (funds permitting !) and am looking at ...D/R Transpac 11, OMS ( IQ or S/S backplate) or ?? The Scubapro RecTek seems ok too.

Now do I go for the soft systems like Dive Rite or S/pro or the IQ or stainless steel - I've used the Dive Rite and found liked it though it was only with a single and one dive - any thoughts or guidance as to where my cash should go or why I should go for a hard backplate ?

Thanks in advance !
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I have a IQ pack (no wing) with an ABS backplate that I am about to advertise, you can have it for what I paid, £120.00. Personaly I tried it a few times and decided that I would go for the 'plain' SS back plate, as I didn't like all the clutter. The difficulty I had was with the SS back plate and harness. Horrendous, then spoke to andy2tanx who explained that I'd had the harness adjusted too tightly.
I think you need some-one to visualy explain the pit falls.
 

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I have an OMS single bladder with SS backplate and basic harness. Like Andy says, I avoided the IQ harness because of unnecessary clutter but I am going to make my own harness from webbing to make it even simpler. I currently have my wing bungeed and find no problems orally inflating it under water. I can always remove them at a later date if I decide to.

Why a SS backplate? Takes weight off my belt and I dive with twin 15s so it gives added durability.

If we meet up on a dive you can gladly give it a try and see what you think.

(Edited by Heads Up at 10:36 pm on Oct. 25, 2002)
 

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Twin 15s I have to have a think about inviting you over here .....I am not going to lift them on my rib mate.....are you planning to live down there
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I thought you were on 12's Jay?
 

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I thought it might have been Mr Heads Up I saw at Devils Bridge when the Twin 15s were mentioned ;). I can't imagine what the twin 20s of Andy's are like for hugging around.

jjflash. I will get the p*** taken out of me for this but. Have you checked out www.narkedat60.com. No I am not on commision.
 

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I called at Narkedat60 and spoke to the owner, who has, I say politely 'his own views' of how things should be done some of which are not exactly accurate.
I also found that most of the things sold can be obtained under the 'correct' badging at a reduction in cost.
All in all I wasn't impressed and was sorry after all the posts I had read about the shop.
 

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My two cents worth:
I've got an OMS 100lb bladder (in red) with the IQ pack + Ali backplate, DWH did a decent deal on the package which swung it for me.

Re "clutter" of IQ, which model of IQ? mine is from earlier this year and doesn't have the built in pockets of the previous model (which admittedly does look a bit "busy").

FWIW,I picked this set up because: I wanted something that would take twins or a single depending on my mood; didn't want to pay 60+ quid for the single-tank adaptor; and wanted something I could "comfortably" use in warm water diving. I'd been warned that the backplate was a bit chilly without a drysuit. Plus like other wing systems eg Zeagle, the IQ is easy to don/doff and doesn't require the same approach to setting up the webbing (which prompted an instructor buddy of mine to get his Zeagle).

Of course, if you're not bothered about the same criteria as me, then the bladder/webbing/backplate combo will be much cheaper than the IQ/bladder package.
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Sorry - typo caused by an excess of Stella and an over furtive imagination. Twin 12s it is!
<span =''>Exaggerating about your size again Jay? Tsk tsk.....
 

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I'm afraid? my IQ pack is the earlier one, with the integrated wieght pockets, I'm not saying there is anyhing wrong with the system, it just doesn't suit the 'clean clear' type of diving system I want to try. But it does make getting the pack on a doddle.
 

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Jepp I can manage the 12`s after all I am an old man. Get your ar..... in gear and come over Jay
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(Edited by Scuba1 at 1:36 am on Oct. 27, 2002)
 

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Cheers guys !
Still thinking - probably moving towards the backplate/webbing rather than the IQ though, it looks much cleaner (Andy W thanks for the offer mate - may still go that way so I'll come back 2 you if you still have it!)

Having said all that, there's always the CD stuff to look at too !

Think I'll blag another go on the mates Transpac at Wast this coming w/end  anyhow!

Dive safe all
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Just another thought ...

What about Halcyon? Not as expensive as you might think and well regarded by many here including our technical moderator Andy Dalesdiver.
 

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In short, yes.

Nah - all paid for just awaiting delivery. Can't wait.
 

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Sorry v. new to forums not sure how to get an address to appear as hyperlink!

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Yes, it's a nigel plate.....

I think Dommie uses one?

To do a hyperlink type {url=*http://www.insertlinkhere*}Link name{/url} but replace the {} with [] and without the **

So for the backplate, you would go to Nigel's

Good eh? ;)

(Edited by Driftwood at 3:55 pm on Oct. 31, 2002)
 

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Yeah, seen Nigels plates and they do look good, esp for that price !

Couple of weeks with luck and cash can be spent !

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Paul
 
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