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Hose Lengths

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by Manatee Diver, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    I finally got my own regs, and I am having trouble with hose lengths. Namely I am having two issues, one is my inflator, it is being pushed down and out of position. The second is my short hose feels too short.

    Current setup:
    Left - Deep 6 Signature First Stage
    24" rubber LP hose connected to turret around neck to 70 degree adapter to second stage
    6" or 9" inflator hose hooked up to fifth port

    Right - Same first stage plus normal 7' hose.

    Tanks are pushed well into my arm pits as that is what brings me into trim. Pictures here.

    The second stage is easy, I ordered a 28" LP hose. But what should I try for the inflator, go to a 12" hose or a 4" hose?
  2. Doby45

    Doby45 Do I have something in my teeth?

    This is where you are actually going to need to spend some time with someone. Not necessarily an instructor, but a buddy or something. Different strokes for different folks when it comes to sidemount. I use a 7' on my right bottle and a 40" on my left bottle. My inflators are standard length inflators as my left hose routes down and then back up to my wing inflator and then my drysuit inflator on the right bottle routes down and then back up under my my right shoulder strap and to my suit inflator.

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