One of the exciting features of the TransPac XT are the new chest plates. I wanted to make it easy to add D-rings or adjust the length of the shoulder straps for a custom fit. The new chest plates will let you lengthen the straps or add D-rings in just a few minutes without having to double weave the webbing back through the hardware. For rebreathers, the offset D-rings can be added on top of the chest plate for a solid connection point. This is the best spot for bailout bottles when the rebreather has shoulder mounted counter lungs.
VIDEO: How To Adjust TransPac XT Shoulder Straps
What makes the new, TransPac XT fit better than the Classic TransPac? Let me take you down memory lane on the evolution of the TransPac. The original TransPac had integrated hip support, but the shoulder to waist connection used screws and nuts. Any adjustment by the diver usually resulted in loosing one or more of the screws. The next generation incorporated side plates at the waist so divers could make their adjustments easily without concern of loosing any hardware. The TransPac had a cummerbund to cushion the diver against the side plates. This sacrificed some comfort and back support for versatility. VIDEO: TransPac XT Features
The new TransPac XT brings the best of both together: the hip pads are a continuous part of the backplate to increase the lumbar support for carrying heavy tanks. By extending the backplate around and morphing it into hip pads, more weight is shifted off the shoulders and across the entire back, reducing shoulder strain. The narrow side plates let the diver tweak the fit for comfort if you want to move them back further toward the lumbar for greater support.
The new design allows divers to now wear weight pockets in front of the sideplate, rather than captured on top of it. This gives more freedom for mounting options and the pockets will stay in place as long as you capture the belt loop on the hip pad. VIDEO: How to Install 16lb QB Weight Pockets on the TransPac XT
The TransPac will do everything the Classic TransPac can do, but now with greater support and comfort. I happen to believe you can be comfortable when diving.
I had a great dive last week with my friend, Bill Main. He was taking his new RX10 on its maiden voyage while I bolted a production TransPac XT to a set of back mounted steel 104 cylinders, some of the heaviest cylinders on the market and preferred by Florida open circuit cave divers. We went for a leisurely swim in Devil’s Ear cave at Ginnie Springs. I was amazed at the support of the new XT. I had dived every prototype up until now and knew it was better than all previous models, but I hadn’t taken a production unit out for a swim yet.
I thought the changes were going to be more cosmetic than functional, but was I ever surprised. The guys at the office had already dived steel 104s a few days earlier and had told me the new harness was impressive.
Drop me a note if you want to stop by and try A TransPac XT, maybe I can get away and dive with you.