29 December 2006
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I stole the truck from Christine today and cruised over to Underwater Sports to pick up an Octopus for to replace the one I returned. I chose an Aqualung Calypso/Titan. Although I've seen nothing in my research saying this reg/octo is cold water rated the guy in the shop told me that unless I was going ice diving this one would be good. As you may remember from my other posts this is the same brand as my primary regulator and first stage. In fact this is the model that Aqualung created specifically for my first stage and reg.
Aqualung's Specs for it are as follows -
- A mid-sized, feature-rich alternate air source
- Diver-controlled Venturi Adjustment Switch (VAS) reduces sensitivity to free flow on the surface and provides maximum airflow at depth
- Equipped with Aqua Lung's exclusive Comfo-Bite™ mouthpiece
- Equipped with 39-inch yellow hose for visibility
Scuba Diving Magazine had this to say - Although it just missed the cut for the Testers' Choice rating in this category, our evaluation clearly shows this simple, no-frills octopus version of Aqua Lung's Calypso second stage to be a worthy backup breather. It comes with a high-vis yellow 39-inch hose and a large yellow full-cover purge that delivers a powerful burst of air. This makes clearing the octo easy for an out-of-air diver on the verge of panic. A Vane Adjustment Switch (VAS) helps prevent free-flows when the octo is not being used. Test divers found it to be a little small for a gloved hand and not very well-marked, but said it gets the job done. Its exhaust tee is larger than most, which contributes to better-than-average bubble dispersion, but also makes the reg a little harder to stow. All in all, however, the Calypso/Titan is a full-sized octo with full-sized breathing performance. It earned Very Good to Excellent scores on the breathing simulator, and test divers found it to be a smooth, dry breather.
I was going to try out all my new equipment in the pool at the shop but someone was having a refresher course at the time. I did pick up a few more items. Some clips for attaching equipment to my BC and a dive slate.
Update - Although neither I or my buddy needed to use this back up breather I had no problems with is over my Mexico trip.
21 December 2006
The first day we stayed here and bundled up. We actually tried to find a hotel but everyone else in the city beat us to them. The second day Christine called around all day for a hotel and finally found one up in Edmonds. We stayed there for 2 days then, since I work for Starwood, I managed to hook up a "hot rate" at the Westin. This worked out pretty well since our holiday party was on the 19th. We just walked from the hotel to the party and back.
During the outage I would come home to see if the power came back on again and feed the cats. I called it the dead zone. No one was around. All the usual noise was gone. No lights in the neighborhood. No heat. No hot water. No phone. For the first 2 days even our cell phones didn't get reception here. It was almost like a ghost town. Many gas stations were without power and lines were getting long at the others. I heard someone say they saw a bunch of people wandering around like zombies in front of a powerless grocery store. That cracks me up. Like the movie Dawn of the Dead.
Lets see, scuba wise, I'm going to go have all my new gear checked out by a local shop, buy another octo and possibly try it all out in their pool tomorrow. UPS shows that Leisure Pro received the octo I returned but I haven't seen a credit back to our card yet.
Oh we closed on our condo.
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I chose the Zeagle Stiletto. Here are it's features as per their web site -
The Stiletto is ideal for the diver who wants a system
for both travel and local diving. It is designed to pack
easily into a lightweight travel system, yet has plenty
of capacity for cold water or drysuit use.
• Zeagle’s most rugged Travel BC
• 35-lb lift capacity heavy duty low profile .
. retracting bladder
• Personal Fit System (PFS)Sizing
• Reinforced 1000 denier nylon construction
• Two zippered utility pockets
• Adjustable elastic waist panels
• Lumbar Pad
• 5 Stainless Steel D-rings
• Adjustable Sternum Strap
• 30-lb capacity Ripcord weight system
• 20-lb Capacity (sewn on) rear mount
I also like the fact that Zeagle is a family own business and still designs and produces their BC's in their own factory in Zephyr hills, Florida. About Zeagle.
Update - This BC worked great on my Mexico trip. Never felt like it was riding up. Never felt like it was riding funny, no problems, easy to reach and use controls. Although thankfully I didn't need to dump the weights, they were easy to load and unload.