May 10th, 2013
Last October when Lamar and I were headed to Bonaire for two weeks, he thought he would pull a fast one on me. As always Lamar got all our dive gear together and packed it for the trip. I just didn’t know what he had packed. Quick back story – In our early days of diving together I kept my gear locked up and packed it myself so he couldn’t mess with it.
When we went on the first dive, I noticed that I was much more comfortable than I had been on previous dives. I just didn’t put it together that once again Lamar had been messing with my gear. I found out later that I was testing the prototype for the new M/L Transpac.
I am short, 5”3”, about 20 pounds heavier then I think I am and I have boobs. The standard backplate of a Transpac was too long for me, and the cummerbund of a small backplate was not long enough to come around my waist. What he made for me was a Transpac using a small backplate for my height, a longer cummerbund for my waist, and large shoulders to take care of my chest. This allowed the tank to drop lower on my back, not create tank head, and gave me stability in the waist. The Transpac I was diving before this trip always worked for me, but now I had something that fit me like I’d want it to. The custom sized Transpac XT is now available to everyone, and it doesn’t require Lamar messing with your gear without you knowing.
For more info on the new sizes added for women, check out the updated Transpac XT sizing chart here: http://www.diverite.com/downloads/diverite_259.pdf