Irvine’s Equipment List

Irvine’s Equipment List

by George Irvine

-DRYSUIT – CUSTOM OR “CAVE CUT” DUI TLS 350, NORMAL FEET, VELCRO BELLOWS POCKET ON THE LEFT, VELCRO UTILITY POCKET ON THE RIGHT, APEX DUMP VALVE (OLD STYLE) ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER, SI-TEK HOODED INTAKE VALVE CENTER CHEST EITHER FIXED STRAIGHT DOWN OR SWIVEL, LATEX SEALS, P-VALVE, THINSULATE UNDERGARMENT – USUALLY C-4

-HOOD – AQUATIC WETSUITS – CUSTOM – COMMERCIAL GRADE NITROGEN BLOWN
NEOPRENE 1/4 INCH

-GLOVES – FOR COLD WATER – HARVEY’S NEOPRENE

** I do not use gaiters, ankle weights, or anything else, but Halcyon
has good gaiters if you need them

-FINS – SCUBA PRO EXTRA LARGE JET WITH SPRINGS FOR STRAPS

-MASK – TUSA. others use Scuba Pro.

-BACKUP MASK – same as mask , clipped off in pocket, unless you can find
a free diving mask, which is what I use.

-MANIFOLD – 300 BAR DIN HALCYON, SEA ELITE OR EXACT REPLICA WITH THE CORRECT SIZE
CENTER ISOLATOR PIECE. REPLACE DISKS WITH PLUGS OR 1/16 SHIMS. SOFT
PLASTIC OR RUBBER KNOBS WITH SOLID METAL INSERTS, SCREWS LEFT LOSE SO
THEY CAN ROCK, CENTER PIECE LEFT LOSE SO IT CAN SPIN.

-BANDS – HIGHLAND MILL WORKS OR EQUIVALENT

-TANKS- PRESSED STEEL LP’S, OR FABER ( MUST ADD WEIGHT OR USE STEEL
BACK PLATE FOR THE FABER) AT LEAST 16.5 LITER FOR CAVE. AL 80’S FOR OCEAN
WITH WETSUIT. TANKS HAVE NOTHING BUT YOUR NAME ON THEM.

-ARGON BOTTLE – 15 CU FT 2015 PSI LUXFER MOUNTED WITH HALCYON VELCRO
STRAPS ON THE LEFT TANK. FOR WRECK, SMALL ARGON BOTTLE MOUNTED ON THE
LEFT WAIST WITH BELT LOOP SLID OVER THE D RING ALL THE AY BACK AND HELD
TO THE BACK PLATE WITH A BUNGEE LOOP.

-WINGS – HALCYON “55#” , WHICH ARE REALLY ABOUT 40 . HALCYON “38#” FOR AL
80’S.

-BACK PLATE – HALCYON ALUMINUM FOR PRESSED STEEL AND ALUMINUM 80’S,
HALCYON STEEL FOR FABERS. THE HARNESS COMES WITH THIS ALREADY RIGGED
DIR OR SEE THE HARNESS PHOTOS ON THIS WEBSITE.

-BACKUP LIGHTS – EE (HALCYON) 3 C CELL TWIST ON. HUNG ON THE HARNESS CHEST D RINGS
WITH A SMALL SS BOLT SNAP WHICH IS TIED ON WITH CAVE LINE

-KNIFE OR CUTTER – ON THE WAIST LEFT OF CENTER IN A HALCYON HOLDER – NO
RESTRAINTS – MUST BE FREE. YOU CAN ADD A BACKUP KNIFE TO THE GOODMAN HANDLE ON THE LIGHT. ADD SHEARS IN THE POCKET FOR WRECK DIVING

-COMPASS – SUUNTO REVERSE BEZEL ON LEFT WRIST, BUNGEE MOUNTED

-TIMER – UWATEC OR WHATEVER IS NOW AVAILABLE, LIKE SUUNTO VYPER USED IN GAUGE MODE

-REGS – BACK – I USE APEKS NON SWIVEL FIRSTS ( “FLATHEAD 6″ PREFERRED) SET AT 120 PSI INTERMEDIATE
PRESSURE WITH THE APEKS ADJUSTABLE BACKUP AND THE APEKS ADJUSTABLE PRIMARY. THE PRIMARY IS UPSIDE DOWN SO WILL NOT FREE FLOW WHEN PARKED, THE BACKUP IS DETUNED AND HELD CLOSE TO THE NECK BY ITS STRAP – SEE PHOTOS. SEE THE WEB PAGES FOR HOSE ROUTING. FOR THIS KID OF REG, THE LENGTHS NEED TO BE 24 FOR INFLATOR, 26 FOR BACKUP, 24 FOR HP , AND 7 FEET FOR PRIMARY.

-STAGES – LUXFER AL 80’S – SEE PHOTOS FOR PROPER RIGGING

-STAGE REGS – APEKS , OCEANIC OR SCUBA PRO. G-250 SECOND IS NICE FOR LONG DECMOPRSSIONS, APEKS AND OCEANIC ARE NICE FOR NOT FREEFLOWING AT DEPTH.

-PRIMARY LIGHT – EE (HALCYON) – SEE THEIR SELECTION.

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