Bryan wrote:I didn't think there would be much interest in the nylon covers for the original hoses so I only had them made for the new larger hoses.......If there is some interest it's not difficult to have them made as they are manufactured over in Zephyrhills by the Zeagle plant.
By larger Bryan do you mean longer or diameter?
I want to recommend highly the hose covers for the standard silicone hoses, be they black, yellow or Argonaut red hoses. Not only do they look cool and garner tons of attention from other divers, they definitely have practical benefits and I have seen no real negatives. They do stiffen the hoses a bit (and I take that as a good thing) but I have not noticed them to cause pulling of the mouthpiece or restrictions to movement and I am kind of sensitive to that so I think not. The ones I have are of a nylon material with a very tight weave, they have no tendency to snag. I am sure a treble hook bait would grab them, maybe, but maybe also save your hose
Silicone is a wonderful material for the hoses and any material, neoprene, EDPM, what have you, has pluses and minuses, the silicone has an awful lot of positives but they do seem to make more noise and float about a bit more and silicone is notch sensitive. The nylon covers for those diving in a rugged environment (such as wreck penetration, low viz etc.), I would recommend having a set for that if not just for general use.
As to hose length, I like the current hose lengths, I can see a little longer for the big guys and for the tank draggers, but just little ol' me, I am quite fine with the current (standard) length. Which is already longer than the old stuff. But, again, to be clear, I can see why some folks might desire a slightly longer hose.
Did I mention they sorta look really cool