Thomas J D
This BC does not have an integrated weight system. Do you have to wear a weight belt, or is there an alternative system?
The small pouch shown in the picture is on both sides and a 4lbs soft weight fits inside each which can supplement your weight belt. However, there is NO emergency quick-release system!! Your experience level will determine how much weight you will require and your comfort in diving without quick release weights.
you can use a weight belt or you can purchase weight pockets to add to the BC. I purchased 2 utility pockets and took the 2 small utility pockets that came with the BC off and reinstalled them upside down to use them as quick dump weight pockets should be large enough to hold 6 or 7 lbs. each which is plenty for warm water diving.
Actually, you can put weights in the (small) side pockets, depending on how much you usually carry. The weight capacity is not as great as, say, the Knighthawk, but may be sufficient for tropical travel (warm water) use. I actually prefer to wear a belt most of the time anyway, I think a rig is heavy enough to lift into a boat without stuffing 10 lbs. or more of lead into it. Personal preference.
First off, I am extremely pleased with the Scubapro Litehawk BC!!!
There are 2 integrated pockets (removable) that can hold several pounds each. So, if you are able to dive with minimal weight, no weight belt will be required. I have had up to 5 pounds in each of the 2 pockets (using single 5 pound lead weights). If you were to use soft weight pouches, you might be able to get 7 pounds in each (guessing, not a promise).
If you need any more weight than that when diving, you would need a weight belt for sure.
I will say that this BC can help you dive with less weights than ever before as it has almost exactly nuetral bouyancy with no inflation while alot of other BC's are slightly positive bouyant so part of the weight you adorn is being used to overcome the positive bouancy of the BC.
Hopefully this is helpful to you. Good luck and safe diving, ~~Ray (aka ScubaHawk)
You may put weight in the pouches on left and right of waistband, usually that's only enough to offset the positive buoyancy of the tank as the air is used up. A weight belt would be required if you need more negative buoyancy. This BC is designed for warm water diving
without a wetsuit and with minimum weighting. Hope that helps.
I used a weight belt. Only thing is when taking it off in the water both the BC and weight belt buckle feel the same so need make sure you get the right one. The small pockets that come with it are the size to fit one weight each. They are tucked way back behind and would be difficult to unload in an emergency. They can be moved forward however. If u like weight integrated u would need to buy specific dump able pockets.