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    Cable management options

    Hi all
    I am looking to see how everybody manages all of their cables going to the handsets/computers and any of the other crap we strap to ourselves.
    i have been using loops of bungee halfway up the cable and I slip my arm thru the loop to keep the cable nice and neat, but sometimes i am all kitted up and forget to put my arm thru the loop so I am thinking of gluing some Velcro straps to my suit so I could just fold it over the cable.
    Ant ideas?
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    Re: Cable management options

    Hey man, you tryin to steal my velcro idea? Just kiddin. I had the same idea and a couple of my buddies don't see anything wrong with it. I just haven't gotten around to doing it yet.

    I was planning to tie off any extra cable in a coil (close to the rig) and use the velcro in the vicinity of my elbow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dsix36  View Original Post
    Hey man, you tryin to steal my velcro idea? Just kiddin. I had the same idea and a couple of my buddies don't see anything wrong with it. I just haven't gotten around to doing it yet.

    I was planning to tie off any extra cable in a coil (close to the rig) and use the velcro in the vicinity of my elbow.

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    Re: Cable management options

    There are various lengths of Velcro tie wraps sold to manage electrical cords- some easily long enough to wrap around a drysuited arm. I use them quite a bit. They even come in a variety of colors so that I can use green for items velcroed to inhale hose (HUD & BOV hose) and red on the exhale side ( ADV hose). Keeps stuff nice & tidy, avoiding the 'danglies'. I've never once had one come loose.

    There's another type of Velcro band sold at farm stores called "Flagging Bands" intended for going around the ankle of livestock. They come in a wide variety of colors & are VERY sturdy. They're around 12 ~ 14 inches long and about 1.5 ~ 2 inches wide. If you're really, really cheap like me :D you can even cut them into 2 or 3 strips; I used wide bands for heavier stuff, strips for everything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin stone  View Original Post
    Hi Don I figured you would have made one out of Aluminum by now.
    The aluminum kept poking holes in my drysuit whenever I bent my arms. I had to s**t can that idea.
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    Re: Cable management options

    How about changing the length of the cables so that they are correct just for you. Run them from the head thru the inside panel of the wing so they come out on the side of your backplate and then route them inside your arm. If they are the correct length for this routing then you can still move your arms unrestricted and there is no extra cable hanging out to get snagged. You can try this routing before having the cable lengths changed by rolling up and securing the excess cable somewhere behind the wing between the tanks, cannister and wing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkaterenchuk  View Original Post
    How about changing the length of the cables so that they are correct just for you. Run them from the head thru the inside panel of the wing so they come out on the side of your backplate and then route them inside your arm. If they are the correct length for this routing then you can still move your arms unrestricted and there is no extra cable hanging out to get snagged. You can try this routing before having the cable lengths changed by rolling up and securing the excess cable somewhere behind the wing between the tanks, cannister and wing.

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    I have been wrapping up the spare cable I still get some loops sometime when I bend my arm, the cable loop tangles in the stage rigging I am thinking a little velcro will be helpful.

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    Re: Cable management options

    Use a safety pin LOL>>>>to your drysuit..

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    Re: Cable management options

    Quote Originally Posted by kevin stone  View Original Post
    I have been wrapping up the spare cable I still get some loops sometime when I bend my arm, the cable loop tangles in the stage rigging I am thinking a little velcro will be helpful.
    Let me know how you make out with it. I've got to say I am not a big fan of adding one more thing to do at the critical gear up time. For me I think it would be another thing thats sometimes forgotten, a pain to do correctly when you have all the gear on and difficult to do with restricted movement and poor dexterity with cold water gloves.

    As I think about it I wonder if doing it might create a possibly more serious issue should you have the cables velcro'd down and you still at some point get part of the cable caught on something. Now you have less leverage and a stronger connection that might not be able to be broken or cut. Not saying its highly probable but might be worth thinking about what might get caught when doing a valve shutdown.....it would be a PIA finishing a deco dive as a one armed diver.

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    Re: Cable management options

    I would think that 1) the velcro cable would help prevent such occurrences, 2) that if you did get a velcro cable stuck, that pulling the velcro connection apart would be trivial, (it is just velcro) and 3) who cares about valve shutdown? Piss the gas into the wind, cut the handset cable if it came to that and bail out. You do carry enough bailout hopefully....

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