Why is a Rubber Weight Belt Better?

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Better than what?

…better than a nylon weight belt. In a pinch a nylon belt is ok but not ideal.
Rubber weight belt for freediving

The stretch is why rubber weight belts are better

The elasticity allows for a snug fit. When descending, a rubber belt will stay in place. A nylon belt will become loose the deeper you go and could fall down to your arm pits as you descend. Nylon belts become loose at depth because your open cell suit compresses and nylon does not. If you wear a rubber weight belt correctly (on your hips and snug) the stretched rubber will compensate for the temporary loss in your diameter. Everything stays in place. If you dive with a nylon belt now, you may have noticed your weight move. That is caused by the same shrinking suit phenomena.

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