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Want to Buy Starter sidemount rig

Discussion in 'Classifieds: BCD's and Weight Systems' started by victor808, Dec 2, 2019 at 5:22 PM.

  1. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Napa, California

    A ScubaBoard Staff Message...

    Aaaannnnd, the OP's okay with the hijack!!!
    @wetb4igetinthewater has safely stolen second base. The Moderators are watching closely, but not feeling strict today.

    Carry on. :)
  2. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    lol. I just totally misread the post and unintentionally went OT (as compared to all the times I intentionally go OT! )
    chillyinCanada and RainPilot like this.
  3. victor808

    victor808 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Columbia, MO
    Hell.... with that big red font I thought I was going to get banned for just starting the thread.
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  4. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: High Springs, FL
    You can get a brand new HOG sidemount BC for probably under $200. I have one lightly used one and one that’s brand new, never wet. They may not be the best in any one certain area, but they work well enough. I know a couple cave divers that have been using them for at least a year of semi regular diving.

    I don’t think they make them any more, but some of us still have them.
  5. Andrew Dawson

    Andrew Dawson Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Kenmore, WA
    If one were to say....make their own harness or buy a cheap used one, as the OP desires, what are the options for bladders that are modular [attach to any harness] that has enough lift for cold water diving [>30# of lift]?

    Mods, please admonish me to the land of shame if this is a hijack...and inappropes... :)
  6. Caveeagle

    Caveeagle Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: High Springs, FL
    There are two paths of travel, that I am aware of for a DIY, modular approach.

    For Mexico, warm water and aluminum tanks.. there are people who have made minimalist web harnesses with a bladder or trim pillow that mounts to the lumbar region. I have even seen people who modify water bladders to add a BC inflator. A few eBay sellers have offered metal buckles and hardware to make this easier. Purchased webbing, and even seatbelt webbing sourced from junkyards have been used in the past.

    I actually own an old vintage (80s era) homemade SM harness that was used by a North FL cave diver, where heavy steel tanks are the favored tools. Once again, salvaged webbing that looks like it came from an old Pinto, is very similar to a DIve Rite Nomad and sandwiches a #30 wing against the back of the diver. It used pieces of bike inner tube to keep it all streamlined.

    I guess you could call this modular.

    The Dive Rite Nomad system certainly is modular in that is shares the same harness and soft backplate has a TransPac. It has the added butt plate and a slightly modified wing that goes inside the harness against the diver’s back.

    I find these very interesting, but you would be hard pressed to really save any money vs buying a gently used manufactured, purpose built BC.

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