October 12th, 2010

TransPac vs. TransPac II – The evolution of a harness


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.


3 Responses to “TransPac vs. TransPac II – The evolution of a harness”

  • I have an original Transpac with the bolted on shoulder straps. My query is I wish to revert to single cylinder use and have mislaid/lost the original short cambelts. Can these still be purchased if so is there a speccific part no. ?
    Still as good as new except for the odd grommet but considering it’s almost 15yrs old it’s brilliant.

    Harry J Nuttall, November 28th, 2010 at 2:12 pm

  • Hi Harry,

    We can sew one for you if we have a sample. Let us check to see if we have one in storage to use as a guide. Please email Mike in service at service@diverite.com and he’ll be able to work on this with you.


    kathleen, November 29th, 2010 at 10:00 am

  • I have a Transpac II and a Nomad now, and I find that I much prefer the older backplate pad to the new one. Wish I could put it on the new one…

    I don’t really use the pad unless I’m diving doubles or am using a STA without a wetsuit. I like that the pad is basically there to just protect you from the wing nuts and isn’t so cumbersome. The attachment is nice as well since it’s much easier to align and keep stationary.

    Tom Nelson, December 3rd, 2010 at 4:36 pm