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    Default BOV or no BOV

    This is probably better asked in a RB forum, but most of those guys get annoying with their back and forth, so I thought I'd get opinions here.


    I'm moving to my first rb in december and have gone back and forth between choosing a bov or no bov. Obviously my instructor and I will have a long discussion on it and I will ultimately go with what he recommends, but thought I'd see what people say here. I've been told as a first time rb diver I absolutely should have one, but then I'm told any rb diver that's dove their unit for a few years never uses their bov and gets rid of them. I am seeing a bigger trend in new rb divers not having them. I see the pros and cons of both sides. There does seem to be some hose routing annoyance sometimes with them.



    So....opinions.


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    Needing it and not having it could be exceedingly bad.

    Having it and not needing it is a slight inconvenience at worst.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PfcAJ View Post
    Needing it and not having it could be exceedingly bad.

    Having it and not needing it is a slight inconvenience at worst.

    Agreed. And that's why I was originally leaning to towards having it.


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    I dive an SF2. It came with a DSV. Pretty quick i hated it when scootering, it was just unconfortable. I moved to a shrimp + RB80 hoses and I would never go back. The BOV does give you a chin rest that most DSV's dont (unless the Golem DSV).

    Switching to OC quickly is very nice on the spot and the shrimp operates like a dream (the SF2 dsv required frequent lubing and would often need 2 hand operation.


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    Quote Originally Posted by patpicos View Post
    I dive an SF2. It came with a DSV. Pretty quick i hated it when scootering, it was just unconfortable. I moved to a shrimp + RB80 hoses and I would never go back. The BOV does give you a chin rest that most DSV's dont (unless the Golem DSV).

    Switching to OC quickly is very nice on the spot and the shrimp operates like a dream (the SF2 dsv required frequent lubing and would often need 2 hand operation.

    Comfort of the bov over the dsv wasn't anything I thought of. I assumed the dsv would be better since it's lighter, but didn't think of the chin rest. Didn't know the golem dsv had a chin rest either.


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    Quote Originally Posted by rddvet View Post
    I'm told any rb diver that's dove their unit for a few years never uses their bov and gets rid of them.

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    Anyone unhappy and unloading an annoying shrimp BOV please let me know


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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavão View Post
    Anyone unhappy and unloading an annoying shrimp BOV please let me know
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Buya...essenger_share

    hell of a deal


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    The Hollis P2 BOV is a POS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxguru View Post
    The Hollis P2 BOV is a POS.

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    i also hear mixed reviews of the divesoft one w/ paddles. very hard to open/close.

    The Golem Shrimp is KING


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    Quote Originally Posted by patpicos View Post
    A Brand new one from GG is $830
    Thanks for the link though.


    And not to hijack the thread, here's one article.
    http://underwaterjournal.com/2015/09...or-not-to-bov/



 

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