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    Heated vests - what do you think? Any suggestions?

    Hi,

    Does anyone own or have used a heated vest? If so, what do you think? Positive and negative views welcome! I see Mares do the XR active heated vest 240 and the Santi BZ200 235, any thoughts on these two please? I see a vest is 780 which is wireless. Is wireless better or the way forward (to be honest not sure what difference being wireless really makes?)?

    May be you divers have used other brands and would recommend them?

    Thanks

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    Heating systems add complication - I wouldn't bother unless you have reason to need them (long, cold sub 6o, deco or all three).

    Dont' forget the connector and battery - all of which make it getting on for 1000 to get into from new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham_hk View Post
    Heating systems add complication - I wouldn't bother unless you have reason to need them (long, cold sub 6o, deco or all three).

    Dont' forget the connector and battery - all of which make it getting on for 1000 to get into from new.
    Ah thanks, may be the 780 one includes the extras, I will check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham_hk View Post
    Heating systems add complication - I wouldn't bother unless you have reason to need them (long, cold sub 6o, deco or all three).

    Dont' forget the connector and battery - all of which make it getting on for 1000 to get into from new.
    Well the mares comes with recharger and battery.

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    How does the "wireless" one work? I've heard tell of people having vest malfunctions and unplugging the battery (outside the suit) to avoid burns. If the battery is within the vest and wirelessly controlled, there's no way to do this.
    The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair.

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    They're great. Well worth the hassle and cost. They really help at deco when you're not moving and have nothing to distract you from the slow countdown. Always seems coldest then.

    You need a feck-off great big battery, 20ah or more.

    Toasty or shivering, your choice.

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    I have tried three different systems

    The Mares XR (3)

    Thermulation (2)

    and

    the Santi heated vest and gloves.(1)


    As Wibs says you really need a bigger battery, especially for longer run times but given the type of diving I do and water temp I wouldn't be without mine.

    I have ranked my preferences in brackets.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyG View Post
    I have tried three different systems

    The Mares XR (3)

    Thermulation (2)

    and

    the Santi heated vest and gloves.(1)


    As Wibs says you really need a bigger battery, especially for longer run times but given the type of diving I do and water temp I wouldn't be without mine.

    I have ranked my preferences in brackets.
    Great thanks. How long do the standard battery's last, which comes with the vests do you know please? What do you base the rankings on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wibs View Post
    They're great. Well worth the hassle and cost. They really help at deco when you're not moving and have nothing to distract you from the slow countdown. Always seems coldest then.

    You need a feck-off great big battery, 20ah or more.

    Toasty or shivering, your choice.

    Hi,

    What hassle comes with the vests? Which do you use?

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    What ever you get make sure the battery is outside of your suit.

    Graham


 
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