“ Manufacturer: Scubapro / Type: Weights „
Scubapro ankle weights are used when diving in a drysuit to stop your legs sticking upwards.
When wearing a drysuit, you have air inside your suit which helps to keep you warm in cold water by creating a layer of air insulation between you and the water. When you are swimming along horizontally and raise your leg a bit too much you find all the air will rush into the leg of the suit. Air is buoyant which means your leg shoots upwards. Assuming that you are weighted around your waist using a conventional weight harness or weight belt this will leave you dangling upside down underwater (possibly giving your friends a bit of a laugh).
In order to solve this problem ankle weights can be strapped around your ankles to keep you horizontal. The Scubrapro ankle weights are attached via clip in plastic strap. For a weight system it iimportant that this is simple to use so that it can be detached in an emergent to help you surface as quickly as possible. These weight are detached by pressing each side of the clip to release.
Some more experienced divers may dive without the ankle weights as they can get more air out of the suit and know how to distribute their body to control their position, however the ankle weights can then be used as an option to distribute the weight required to keep you underwater to where you want it.
The weights come in 0.5kg or 1kg sizes. In a dry suit it is likley you will be using somewhere between 8-14kg of weight to keep you underwater, and this want to mostly be around your waste. SO for a smaller diver using 8 kg you would use the smaller 0.5kg weight and for the larger diver needing more overall weight the 1kg ankle weight is better. For a middleing weight it is personal choice and experience to use in deciding how much to use. I dive on about 10kg total and use the 0,5kg ankle weights.
As with most diving weights, the weight comes from lead. These ankle weights use waterproof pouches to contain the lead and stop any lead pollution into the sea. This also means the lead won't making more hazardous byproducts.
Scubrapro make good equipment and most of the time it is good value. The pouches that contain the lead are well made and the stitching seems strong. The clips are made from good quality plastic and I would trust them not to fall off underwater. They clips can easily be undone to release in an emergency and don;t seem to have any problems with sticking.
These sell for around £15 for the 500g ankle weight and £20 for the 1kg. For standard waist weights you normally pay around £6 per kg, so in this case you are really paying a lot for the clips and method of carrying the weight. This price is still fairly reasonable as there don;t seem to be many cheaper manufactures for this type of weight about. I guess they are fairly specialist so expect to pay that bit more.
Scubapro Ankle Weights. Ankle weights for use with drysuits or by divers who just want better redistribution of additional weight for fine-tuning their body position. Also relieves weight and discomfort on waist or hips. -European patented system available in 0,5kg & 1kg soft, lead-grain packs, conforming to ankle shape. -Quick-release buckle on adjustment strap for safety and convenience. -Watertight pocket seal between lead and water to prevent any contact and protect the environment.