Wetsuits and dry-suits are substantially buoyant. Properly adjusted, your weight system adds just enough weight to offset this phenomenon. Resulting in neutral buoyancy which allows the diver to descend easily and dive with peak buoyancy control.
How to choose a spearfishing weight belt
Selecting the right weight belt is essential to the success of your spearfishing adventures. We’ve put together a quick guide that you can follow to ensure you are purchasing the correct size, functionality, and weight for your body.
Let’s get started.
Consider opting for a quick-release buckle
A quick-release buckle is one of the most sought-after features of spearfishing weight belts. These buckles ensure that, in the event of an emergency, you can get to the water’s surface as fast as possible.
Two types of buckles
Weight belts generally sport one of two types of buckles:
A traditional buckle, much like the buckles found on the leather belt you wear with your jeans
A clasp-style buckle, which offers custom sizing for a secure, comfortable fit
Which you choose really depends on personal preference.
Evaluate weight belt materials
As with many other spearfishing accessories, weight belts come in a variety of materials. It’s essential to weigh up the pros and cons of each material, so you can rest easy knowing you’ve got the best quality product within your budget.
Webbed weight belts featuring plastic clasps
The cheapest weight belts generally feature a plastic clasp. Although these types of weight belts are more affordable, they are less durable. You may also notice that the weights slide around.
As you might expect, a stainless steel clasp will be more durable and last longer than a plastic clasp. What’s more, stainless steel clasps are typically smoother and easier to unclip.
Rubber weight belts
Rubber spearfishing weight belts are the preferred style among experienced fishers. The weights are held securely in place, meaning they don’t move around as you dive. They are, however, more expensive.
Sizing your weight belt
The majority of weight belts come in a ‘one size fits all’ length. This generally results in quite a bit of overhang, which can get in the way as you dive. This tail can be cut off. Just be mindful not to cut it too close to your exact fit. If you are wearing a thicker wetsuit or bulky equipment, you should still be able to wear your weight belt.
Choosing the right amount of weight
As a general rule, if you typically wear a wetsuit when spearfishing, you should add about 5% of your body weight to your weight belt. If you don’t typically wear a wetsuit, 1-2% of your body weight should be adequate.
Why shop spearfishing weight belts online with Dive Warehouse?
Dive Warehouse is the Gold Coast’s biggest scuba diving, freediving, and spearfishing supplier. Our passionate, expert team is committed to delivering the best possible customer service. If you have any questions at all about our products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 07 5531 6511.