leading deep wreck explorer Mike Barnette wanted a custom designed
Rebreather wing capable of meeting his rigorous needs, he turned
to the only manufacturer with the requisite experience: Halcyon
Manufacturing. Halcyon’s long history of building leading-edge
technical equipment, together with their in-house design team,
proved a perfect match for the development of this unique product.
This team effort resulted in a custom fabricated CCR rebreather
wing. The CCR-35 is built using the same time-tested material
found in all Halcyon wings: the 1680 ballistic nylon outer cover
is coupled with a urethane coated, puncture resistant 400-denier
Cordora bladder. This RF welded inner bladder is finished with
Halcyon’s high quality OEM plastic inflator.
has 35 pounds of lift tailored into a unique horseshoe style wing.
Utilizing industry standard 11-inch, on-center grommeted holes,
the wing will mount to most CCR’s. Rebreather divers will
appreciate the carefully engineered lift dynamics that were built
into the design. The Explorer CCR-35 limits lift behind the divers
head, instead placing lift where it is needed most– under
the cylinder valves and near the bottom of the rebreather system.
This design facilitates ideal horizontal trim while enhancing
a diver’s balance in-water balance. The offset inflator
elbow is located between the cylinder and rebreather canister,
allowing easy access to the lid for turning the unit on and off,
as well keeping the inflator clear of the breathing loop and secure
on the harness. The slotted wing allows hoses to be routed through
the body of the wing and over the backplate, keeping the hoses
streamlined and close to the body. The opv is positioned at the
extreme lower perimeter of the wing, allowing easy dumping of
gas and avoiding conflict with open-circuit bailout bottles.
team has been testing and refining the Explorer CCR-35 with the
Megalodon Rebreather for the last several months. We also have
extensive in-water feedback from divers using both the KISS Classic
and Sport units. Preliminary testing has shown that the Explorer
CCR-35 also performs with most other closed-circuit rebreathers
that utilize inverted cylinders.