John 


The philosophy behind this product is revealed not only by camband straps long enough to accommodate the biggest tank, but by the fact that the loose ends are tucked away through both stretchy sleeves and plastic loops.
Too much of anything isnt necessarily good.
It can make rigging it each time a little tedious.
I had trouble pushing the double camband arrangement with its waistcoat over my tank, because I wanted to incorporate a couple of elastic straps to hold my surface flag and the braided Miflex long hose of my octopus rig.
Only after the second time I rigged it to a tank did I realise that the manufacturer had supplied a couple of pairs of elasticated loops each side of the waistcoat for this very purpose.
The buoyancy cell is retained within a hardwearing outer cover and compressed by elastic loops so that it is bunched up when not inflated. Some say straps like these will
stop the cell from inflating fully, but this was clearly not the case.
An independent harness has a wide cummerbund with a wide length of webbing and a metal weightbelt-style buckle.
I feel there could be confusion between this and your actual weightbelt buckle, and on one highly motivated descent in a strong current I managed to leave my own weightbelt straddling, magically, the almost horizontal mooring line of the boat.
In the rush to get down and while attempting to tighten my harness waistbelt, I had obviously touched the wrong buckle.
I was as surprised as anyone when a diver descending behind me returned to the surface with the belt. It was waiting there for me after I had made a somewhat buoyant retreat back to the boat!
The sternum strap has a choice of fixing points to suit the wearer. I had already decided to remove the double crotch-straps, simply because there seemed to be an overload of webbing.
Similarly, the direct-feed hose and corrugated hose run inside a Velcro-covered sleeve. It looks nice but is simply more clutter.
Thankfully, this can also be discarded easily, leaving behind a conventional epaulet. Six big shiny D-rings are enough, but there are lots of little ones too. Its the sort of thing the magpies among us love.

Comfort
The Audaxpro Papeete proved very comfortable in the water, because the bungeed cell offered so little drag as I swam. Once I had tightened up all the possible adjustments under water, it really became part of me, something every BC and wing should do for its wearer.

Efficacy
This wing is designed for use with a single tank, and should not be confused with wings with bigger buoyancy cells that may be sold bearing the same brand. I guess its really a wing for the wannabe tekkie rather than someone who dives with multiple tanks.
That said, it works really well in the water.
Not only that, but it has accessory pockets that would take a spare mask and a small winder-reel.
The zips on the pockets of the test BC ran the wrong way, making them difficult to find to open under water. If it were my own BC, I would swap them round.
The direct-feed control has two big, shiny metal buttons. These are for inflation from the pressurised air in the tank as well as by mouth.

Control of Ascent
Unusually there is no pull-dump at the top of the corrugated hose at the left shoulder, though there is one top right. Alas, this is operated by a toggle and a pull-cord that is massively over-long, causing the toggle end to get muddled with the complex straps, and making it hard to find in a hurry.
When you do pull on it, it tends to distort the buoyancy cell, pulling it down on the right side and leaving the left high, proud and still containing air you will eventually need to dump.
This rather spoils the product, and it gets marked down because of it. Colin Mac Andrias used the Audaxpro Papeete and succinctly called this dump cord a pain in the butt.
There is a lower dump at the right side. The cord that operates this is also very long and fed through to the front of the buoyancy cell rather than the harness, making it equally difficult to find. I tended to reach back to the dump valve itself and pull the cord at this point.
If I owned one of these BCs, I would get to work with some scissors and a cigarette lighter to shorten both cords.

Surface Support
Masses of maximum lift was available at the surface. Correct positioning of my weights meant that there was no tendency to tip me forwards, and I was lifted high above the surface of a turbulent sea even with a steel 15-litre tank.

Ease of Removal
Conventional pinch-clips at the front of the harness made it easy to swim out of when the time came. I always passed my weightbelt up first, so there was no danger of confusing the waist-strap buckle with my weightbelt buckle.

COMPARABLE BCS TO CONSIDER:
Buddy Tekwing Lite from £275
Deep Outdoors Unity II £248
Cressi-sub Back Jac £348



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The bungeed cell offers little drag
accessory
accessory pocket
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harness waistbelt buckle
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and elastic loops hold the octopus Miflex long hose.

SPECS
AUDAXPRO PAPEETE BC
PRICE
£399
STYLE Wing in five colour options
DRY WEIGHT 5.1kg
POCKETS Yes
INTEGRATED WEIGHTS 6
D-RINGS Stainless steel
MAX LIFT 20kg
SIZES One size fits all
CONTACT www.godive.net
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