The Dive Otter

My Dive Gear - Tropical

Bouyancy Control Devices

xDeep Zen Standard (Ultra Light) - BPW

  • - Large "Ghost" Backplate (~6lb travel weight)
  • - 42lb Toroidal Wing \w Double shell Cordura 1100
  • - K-Type inflator
  • - Padded Backplate \w Standard Harness
General Opinion: xDeep was chosen because of the modularity and my intent to have one system that can dive both cold and warm in either skin/rashguard, 3mm, 7mm or Drysuit simply by replacing the backplate. Everything else stays the same when I'm diving cold or tropical.

Regulator

Aqualung Legend - Regulator(s)

    • - DIN 1st Stage
    • - Overbalanced diaphragm design
    • - Environmentally sealed
    General Opinion: It's a regulator..nothing particularly awesome about it. It's comfortable in my mouth and breaths just fine (as far as I can tell).

Dive Computer & SPG

Perdix II + Air Integration

General Opinion: Haven't dove it enough to have a valid opinion

Dive Rite Mini 2" SPG

  • - Easy to read with 100-psi increments
General Opinion: I use the SPG to confirm air pressure during kitting up...and then only use it for backup, as needed, during the dive.

Mask

Venom Frameless/Low Volume Mask (RX)

  • - Custom prescription lenses from See The Sea
  • - Have spare identical non-RX mask in different color
General Opinion: Works fine. I get mask squeeze during the first 10ft of decent, but once I equalize I'm fine for the rest of the dive. I get a VERY small amount of water in the nose pocket that I have to live with during the dive. This has been the case for every mask I've tried to use. Water near/in my nose doesn't bother me (water polo days kicking in) so it's virtually unnoticeable.


Stream2Sea Mask Defog

  • - Reef Safe
  • - Little goes a long way
General Opinion: Far better than soap/water mix or spit. Apply it before every dive (including the 2nd one of the day) and you'll see clearly.

Exposure Protection



Bare Velocity Ultra (3mm) size XLT

  • - Good for me down to ~65F
  • - 6lbs of positive buoyancy
General Opinion: My favorite wetsuit and the one I wear until the water temperature gets below ~65F.


Bare Exowear Socks (~2/3mm)

  • - Also have Sharkskin Titanium 2 version (kinda meh)
  • - Also have Worn frictionless version (discontinued)
General Opinion: Why let your toes get cold when you don't have to? I put these on before I put on my wetsuit so my feet slip through super easy.


Sharkskin Titanium 2 Hood size XXL

  • - Worn whenever I'm diving my 3mm
  • - Neutrally Buoyant
General Opinion: Much easier to get on and off than the Aqualung hood and there is no point letting my head and ears get cold when I don't need to.


Bare Ultrawarmth Glove (3mm) size Large

  • - Worn on most of my dives
General Opinion: My absolute favorite gloves so far. So nice, I purchased another pair just in case I loose one or I wear them out. It's like I'm not even wearing gloves and they can go anywhere my 3mm wetsuit can take me (down around ~65F).


Chuck Taylor (10.5)

General Opinion: These "boots" are much more stable when walking on gravel for shore entry than traditional wetsuit boots. And...I mean...they also look cool and match my BPW harness color and my 3mm Bare wetsuit...so why not?

Fins



Mares Avanti Quattro+ Fins

  • - Slightly Negatively Buoyant
General Opinion: These are what I learned in and have served me well and what I usually pick unless I have a very good reason to use the tech fins. Not as easy to use when looking for precision adjustments of movement but they are super fast on a straight line flutter kick.

Flashlight (Torch)

OrcaTorch D710 (Primary)

  • - 6deg beam
  • - 400/800/1700/3000 lumens
General Opinion: Great flashlight for the price. It goes with me on every dive on my left shoulder DRing. I can work the push button with large cold water gloves with no issues. I like the ability to select the lumens based on murkiness of the water and what I'm trying to do. When I believe I'll be using it frequently, and when not in use, I will clip it off to a small Dring wrist band I wear on my left arm so my hands remain free.

Cutting Device

Trilobite

  • - Strap mount holster
General Opinion: Have used this to cut lost/abandoned fishing line in the local quarry where I dive. It is mounted to the underside of my Dive Computer strap on my wrist or along my waist belt on the right side. I've been playing with both places and have not decided on which I like best.

Travel Bag

Stahlsac Steel Duffel

  • - Airplane carry on approved
  • - Can be slung like a backpack
General Opinion: Haven't used it yet