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BCD that can do both sidemount and backmount?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by fuzzybabybunny, Aug 3, 2018.

  1. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    need a second backplate. Super useful for cold water diving because you can double up thick SS plates which is nice. Not a great tool for true sidemount squeezy stuff, but it works pretty darned good for bigger stuff
     
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  2. Pedro Burrito

    Pedro Burrito Moderator Staff Member

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    I have a Dive Rite Nomad XT with a double bladder. You can use it for backmount, sidemount and rebreather. It was very expensive and I rarely use it. I was convinced to purchase it by a former Dive Rite employee and I regret the purchase. I still use it for sidemount but I would prefer the Xdeep stealth 2.0 Tec rig for sidemount and a BP&W for backmount.
     
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  3. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

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    There are a couple of wings/rigs that can do both, but really when you’re switching back and forth it’s such a hassle that sooner or later 2 dedicated systems find there way into your gear.
     
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  4. PML_318

    PML_318 Garibaldi

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    just an idea, just place a small donut wing (maybe ≤ 20lb) horizontally and wrap it around your torso with bungee straps and you will have yourself a sidemount wing, brilliant?
     
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  5. stretchthepenn

    stretchthepenn Nassau Grouper

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    I largely agree, but the 100D has the advantage of being double-bladder, and if you get Edd Sorenson to do his namesake mods on the unit, you can get some nifty upgrades.
     
  6. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    many arguments against the dual bladder as being advantageous, but to each his own.
     
  7. athigunk

    athigunk BKK Divers

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    +1 on getting two dedicated rigs. If $ is your concern, here this out: Dive Rite nomad XT will cost you $839. You can get an extremely good-value $349 bp/w set from DGX and maybe (if you can find some good deal) you can spend $4-500 on xDeep stealth 2.0 and end up around the same price. You can even go Razor if you prefer something US made but you will end up paying maybe $1-200 more. All in all I think it is worth it.
     
  8. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @athigunk The Razor is no longer made in the USA and hasn't been for some time.
     
  9. athigunk

    athigunk BKK Divers

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    That's new for me. I saw a friend posting his new RSMS black edition rig a few days ago and it says made in USA.
     
  10. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    they must be on a new supplier then. It went to Mexico a few years ago but must be back in the US for this iteration of it. Not a company I can really get behind for a myriad of reasons, but if anything, their wing is nowhere near as good as the xDeep. I say that owning a Razor, and not owning an xDeep....
     
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