Now that we have been delivering TransPacs with new,, narrow sideplates let me share some advantages. The original wide plate was a rigid platform for earlier weight pocket designs but as the weight systems evolved I knew it was time to change the plate design. After the new weight systems were out I could change the plate size to make it more tech friendly. It’s thicker and serrated so it stays in place without the aid of an additional belt slide. Yet, more important to me is that is takes up no more room than a normal slide so I can use it for a D-ring without taking up additional space on my waist belt that interferes with accessories. It also lets me move weight pockets around on my wife’s rig since she doesn’t have the real estate on the waist that I have, another plus for women. You can also put a rigid D-ring on it if desired.
The EXP Fins are here after months of testing and slow production to ensure they are what they should be. The fins are retro – the original monprene blend that Apollo used. Monprene is the best choice for a high performance blade and exactly what we want in a tech fin. Our blades offer the best blend of power to work ratio.
I have tested a pair for the past three months and knew the formula was right because I found a set of original Apollo fins upstairs to dive against in testing (sorry Dan, I trashed your original Apollo fins while testing). I could swim in high flow for 3 hours nonstop without any calf cramps.
Two weeks ago, I was teaching a cave course the day our full production models arrived so I put both students and the assisting instructor in the blades to test rather than the rubber fins they were wearing. All three guys refused to give them back and bought them on the spot. Their comment was it was the best fin to actually swim with. A little something most divers don’t think about: in cave diving we swim for miles, nonstop. We aren’t floating and we use a wide variety of kicks. It’s the best environment to test fin performance. If you have doubts come swim with me.