Even though DIVAIR and Healthways had the Hope-Page as an extra option, the ability to replace a bite piece was just too hard to resist for me. I realize that the 1961 DAAM had "flex" hoses like Spirotechnique though they were sized to fit the Kleer-EZ USD mouth piece. This one came with its original flex hoses, but they were suspect. So when I turned it into a PRAM-HPR, I decided keep it close to its roots and dropped new flex hoses from Bryan on it, as well as a Hope-Page. I've had it on about 35 dives now and it works wonderfully. As far as diving in the ice box you all call home waters, you definitely have the right equipment for cold water when it comes to DH regulators. I've never heard of one freezing up. I know what you are going into, as I first started diving in Puget Sound about 8 miles south of Canada when I was a kid and have dove Scapa Flow, the Bodensee (Lake Constance) and parts of the north sea near Bremerhaven, Germany as well as spots and all along the US West Coast up to Anchorage. Definitely 1/4 inch farmer johns and a 1/4 inch top for 1/2 inch core protection and a 1/4 inch hood to boot. Not to mention about 15-20 pounds of weight. It's that kind of water that makes one really think about getting a dry suit.
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