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BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:48 pm
by Frosty
Hey guys my wife is showing a fair bit of interest in doing more than just a trial dive. She tried on my BC which is size med and it fits her except the velcro belt is a bit short.
Is she better going to a large size BC or a med and lenthening the velcro strap?

Re: BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 6:56 pm
by Andy
Most BCs have a means for making the velcro strap longer or shorter, so that is an option. Try that, but also try the larger size as well.

You can also take a look at the BCs that are specifically shaped for the female form.

Re: BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sat Feb 26, 2011 10:04 pm
by ChuckyBob
Andy wrote:Most BCs have a means for making the velcro strap longer or shorter, so that is an option. Try that, but also try the larger size as well.

You can also take a look at the BCs that are specifically shaped for the female form.

(Or just get a BP/W)

Re: BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 2:35 pm
by Frosty
Andy wrote:Most BCs have a means for making the velcro strap longer or shorter, so that is an option. Try that, but also try the larger size as well.

You can also take a look at the BCs that are specifically shaped for the female form.

I'm assuming you mean getting someone to simply stitch in an extention?

Re: BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 4:42 pm
by GoatFish
Frosty wrote:
Andy wrote:Most BCs have a means for making the velcro strap longer or shorter, so that is an option. Try that, but also try the larger size as well.

You can also take a look at the BCs that are specifically shaped for the female form.

I'm assuming you mean getting someone to simply stitch in an extention?


If you lie the bc flat and open it out follow the cummerbund (velcro strap) towards the back padding and have a nosey back around there. Some BC's have adjustments at the back that allow for the strap to be lengthened...

Failing that you can purchase extensions.

Re: BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 7:02 pm
by binklebonk
Or as has been suggested already you could cut out all the if and buts and get a backplate and wing set up.

It's better and no chance of it not fitting.

Re: BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 8:08 pm
by Andy
binklebonk wrote:Or as has been suggested already you could cut out all the if and buts and get a backplate and wing set up.

It's better and no chance of it not fitting.


Whilst I agree with Rob (and Greg), I also think that it's really up to a person to want to have something.

Frosty - I've got a spare backplate and wing, if your missus wanted to try one then I'm happy to go for another splash in the lake. Bring the kids, have a barbeque after the dive etc. As they say, the proof of the pudding.....

If your wife wants a traditional stab jacket, though, there's nothing that anyone can do to change her mind! 8)

Re: BC for a broader person.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 27, 2011 11:35 pm
by Frosty
sorry guys I missed the comment about BP and wing.
Frankly she's got no preconceived ideas -and I don't wanna give her any
She's as happy as a pig in poop because she JUST fits a size 14 steamer so a wetsuits gonna be fine.
Andy -thanks for the offer mon and I'm keen for another splash anytime.-gotta sort out this danged gear setup.
My wife only has snorkle gear at the moment--so no BC/regs/tank weight belt etc.