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I'm mad at Dive-aholic

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by TSandM, Dec 7, 2010.

  1. LiteHedded

    LiteHedded Contributor

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    andrew ainsle is using a razor harness in florida when he's diving open circuit I think. not sure exactly how he's pulling it off but it can be done. and since UTD's is just a clone it should work too :p
     
  2. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Steve, it's funny that you chose that picture of Jim to post. Another from that same series is my desktop picture, and has been for quite a while, simply because the grace Jim shows epitomizes what I love about diving . . . what I learned two days ago was that I can have that feeling, too.
     
  3. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

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    Jim, It can take months to work through the fine tuning of sidemount. I don't think any of the commercially available rigs are great right out of the box. They all need modifications. The best thing to do is find an experienced instructor or mentor to guide you through the process. This should be someone who has experience with many different configurations and rigs, not just someone who took the zero to hero sidemount instructor course.
     
  4. Pearldiver07

    Pearldiver07 IDC Instructor

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    I now am the proud owner of a Hollis SM.

    I see all of this talk about the Nomad (and I know it's the first real commercial option), but not much discussion on the Hollis rig.

    Anyone care to chime in?

    I'm still in the very EARLY stages of prep and tuning now.
     
  5. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

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    I'm still undecided on the SMS100 wing. I need a couple more dives in it before passing judgment on it. However, I absolutely do not like the harness. The routing of the webbing, the design of the shoulder straps, and the position of the rails were all poorly thought out. The routing traps back up lights kept on the shoulder straps. The shoulder straps are not stable enough. The webbing pulls away with the weight of the cylinders. And they sewed the webbing to the pads so it can't be fixed. The rails are too close together. And the fact that the harness and butt plate are all one unit is a negative attribute. I've been diving my rig for 3.5 years now. The wing will likely be the first thing I replace due to wear. The butt plate will be the second. With the Hollis, I'd be replacing the entire harness to replace the butt plate. Some of these issues can be modified. Most cannot.

    That being said, none of the commercially available rigs are great out of the box. My Nomad has a lot of modifications to it, and more to come.
     
  6. Pearldiver07

    Pearldiver07 IDC Instructor

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    Rob,

    Thanks for the honest assessment. I'll use that input to focus on what I can (and cannot) do.
     
  7. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    HEY, TSandM! I'm working on a sidemount class with Rob between now and February . . . . :blinking: Care to join us?

    :spit:

    :shocked2: Kinky! :blinking:

    Wow! I'm on the front edge of a wave! :yeahbaby:
     
  8. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

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    ... I'm going to be doing the same in May ... :D

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
     
  9. Kevin Carlisle

    Kevin Carlisle Contributor

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    Oh I will finally get to meet Bob!!!
     
  10. Jax

    Jax Deplorable American ScubaBoard Supporter

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    :shocked2: Why so late?!?!?!?
     

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