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Twinset Manifold

Discussion in 'Dive Equipment' started by Cybes, Sep 2, 2015.

  1. Cybes

    Cybes Active Member

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    I've been diving a single 15 bp&w for a while.

    I'm looking into what makes a good twinset whilst I save my pennies to pay for one.

    2*12ltr 232 euro round bottoms, 2* Apeks DS4 's with ATX50 & ATX40 secondaries, Evolve 40lb wing. Well trodden path, seems to be the way to go.

    But which manifold? I was leaning towards the Halcyon one, but then had a chat with a bloke about the Apeks manifold. Ok, he was trying to sell it to me but it did look like a well put together bit of kit. Nicely built and very smooth valve operation.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Definitely.

    The Apeks manifolds are very nice and I paid the extra for one. Smooth, strong, well built. I did have a problem with a cylinder O-ring, but not sure if that was the fault of Apeks.

    Seem popular on the boats.

    Oh, and I'd definitely recommend the flat-bottom Euros. They stand upright:)
     
  3. Sidemount_Stu

    Sidemount_Stu Sidemount & Sane!
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    Without wishing to hijack this thread.... if anyone is interested in Flat bottom Euro's, I may have a pair up for sale very shortly.... manufacture date April 2014, so almost new and in excellent condition! PM Me for details. (Add bands and a manifold, twinset sorted!)
     
  4. hawk

    hawk Doing It Rong
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    And likewise, I have twin round bottom euros, Halcyon manifold (really nice) and bands and also a Halcyon harness, Apeks SS backplate and Apeks wing all up for grabs :)

    There's a deal to be had if you want the whole lot (which is a good to go twin set up)

    Tins in test and wing has done less than 20 dives
     
  5. hawk

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    Round bottom are what the cool kids have :)
     
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  6. Cybes

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    Flat bottomed cylinders? Standing them upright?! I didn't think you did that sort of thing anymore
     
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    Well I've got Fabers coz I'm a radical!
    Apeks manifold though which is very nice.

    And no, shouldn't stand them up ;)
     
  8. Wibble

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    Yellow. Hmmm nice... :)
     
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    Actually my main set are white. The mix set are yellow.
     
  10. Wibble

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    White Fabers? Well slap my thigh!
     
  11. Cybes

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    I'm diving an Eclipse so I won't need the plate and harness. I like the halcyon single wing so will probably go for their double - 30lb Evolve, which I have used abroad.
    I'll probably go for round bottom euros and I liked the build quality of the Apeks manifold.
    I have time to look around and see what works for the people doing the diving I'm interested in. Plan is to sort out the twinset early next year. I want to spend the rest of this year improving my skills and gaining experience.
    I'm enjoying my diving, lots to learn.
     
  12. Wibble

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    It's really convenient to be able to stand the flat-bottom Euros upright. Particularly when filling and when donning/doffing.

    Not sure there's any drawback.
     
  13. Sidemount_Stu

    Sidemount_Stu Sidemount & Sane!
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    They're also heavier at the base which is excellent for balancing out the heavy tops with 1st stages, often means you can just use V weights with no P weight required. Obviously this is dependant on the individual, but it's an advantage for some.
     
  14. hawk

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    A 30lb wing will be just about OK for twin 12s but probably pushing it if you want to add stages - I'd go up a size ;)
     
  15. Gareth Burrows

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    You got there just before I did. 30lb is marginal for twin 12s. I'd always recommend the 40lb Evolve for such a configuration.
     
  16. Cybes

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    40lb? Ok, good to know. Thanks for that.
     

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