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i actually used this velcrod to itself around the back of my belt (instead of the intended passing of the belt through the "belt tunnel"), since the belt wasnt broken-in enough to adjust the standard fittings. it held very well w/ 4 pounds in it, even though i couldnt get the entire velcro patch to overlap (it overlaps just fine when you use it properly). i felt free to use heavier weight for breath-hold diving, knowing i could ditch a single pouch as opposed to the whole belt got deeper, longer!!
The belt is very comfortable, and you can sling it across your back during gear rearranging, and also not worry about a hard edge nicking your car or other gear. I also like the yellow option. However, it is not very easy (while in the water) to adjust weight in the pockets if you have 4 pounds in them (5 pounds fits in each pocket, but definitely has to be adjusted w/ non-gloved hands). I got around this using an extra Quick Release Single Weight Pocket, so I dont have to overstuff every one of the pockets. If the standard pockets were a bit larger (6 or even 7 pound capacity - not for adding that much weight but for easier weight adjustment), this would easily be a 5 star.
Kept me very warm in Northern California waters. Theres plenty of room to trim the rubberized face seal, and just 1/4-1/2 inch was all I needed off the bottom lip, so my snorkel fit effortlessly (my prior hood pressed my lip in too much). It was also flexible enough to pull on the edges of the face seal after I had minor ear barotrauma, so my ears normalized easier/faster.
used these in northern california, and the water temperature never entered my mind at all. im not sure which part added more to the warmth (titanium or merino), but they were definitely warmer than regular neoprene (mainly evidenced by the lack of tingling when washing off in hot water after). the heel tab gives extra heft for the fin strap to stay put. would be a 5 star if it had more padding on the sole, as there are some longer trails i hike to dive from, and areas where pebble avoidance isnt quite as easy (perhaps ill experiment w/ a shoe ?)