Some divers won’t try a softpack-style harness due to concerns about plastic buckles. However, they miss out on comfort and versatility. We designed the new TransPac XT with these divers in mind. The new TransPac XT Tech model removes the shoulder strap buckles in favor of continuous webbing. The chest strap remains in order to achieve the mountaineering backpack fit and support.
Try one at a Demo Day or Tech Tour, or come by the factory in Florida. Chances are, one of us will go diving with you.
VIDEO: Technical Diving: TransPac XT Tech Version
It’s not just about the regulator you choose, but also how you configure it. If you want to look like you know what you’re doing, then hose management will impress anyone. I can always tell the casual diver from the serious diver. When I dive a single tank, I like to keep all the hoses tucked in close to the body just like when I dive doubles, sidemount or rebreathers. It makes it easy to keep up with everything: a short hose (22”) on a necklace and a longer hose (40”) for the sharing air comes under the arm and comfortably up to the mouth. We started putting a 22″ inflator hose with our open water wings so it would lay better on the diver. Standard SPG hoses are 32″ and I assume this is for divers that want to attach a compass console to it. If you aren’t going to put a compass on it a shorter 24″ to 26″ hose is better. It’s the little things that make the dive safer and more comfortable.
VIDEO: Regulator Set Up for Recreational Diving
VIDEO: Regulator Set Up for Advanced Single Tank Diving
I took my Classic TransPac off my O2ptima and replaced it with the new TransPac XT. Since you need Offset D-rings on your harness to accommodate shoulder-mounted counter lung,s I made sure the Offset Ds would lay on top of the shoulder transition plate of the harness and lock in place. The narrow, double padded shoulders lay nicely under the counter lungs. The tech butt plate attaches via assembly screws and hugs the bottom of the TransPac XT so it feels integral to the backplate. The stability of the new XT makes the added weight of the bailout bottles feel much lighter than before. I can’t get over the noticeable improvement in comfort.
After setting my unit up, I have requests for a CCR model of the TransPac XT so we built it up. The chest only has a set of Offset D-rings and the waist has two sets of Ds: low profile D-rings on the waist plates to attach the SPG to and a set of standard D-rings in front of those. By the way all new O2ptimas have shorter SPG hoses (42-inch), so they can be stored down the side of the unit.