October 12th, 2010
We get questions about the difference between the TransPac and TransPac II so I thought I would give you some history on the TransPac. The original TransPac was on the market from mid 1995 to March of 1997. This first generation model had the shoulder straps bolted to the waist belt. In the spring of 1997 we launched the TransPac II. The key differences were the change from bolts to a stainless steel sideplate and interchangeable shoulder straps so we could customize the fit to the diver. The shoulder pad and strap were integrated and attached to the back plate via stainless steel slides and Velcro for pad placement. After a few years we eliminated the right shoulder epilate to stop the routing of backup BC hoses over the shoulder. At some time late in this product’s life we dropped the II from the name “TransPac II,” while making some important changes for the evolution of the product. This era TransPac can be easily identified by the embroidered red/white logo and TransPac name on the epilates.
In 2005 we moved production to a modern facility in the USA that used computerized machines to produce a high quality product. The major change to the product was integrating the over-the-shoulder straps into the back plate so sizing could be more easily changed by trading out only the shoulder pad and not the entire assembly. This allowed divers to tweak the fit even more with half sizes if desired.
In 2010 we introduced narrow side plates and resized the hip pads for improved accessory mounting. You can spot the latest production product by checking the epilate. It will be labeled with a rubber patch that has our new red/yellow/white logo.