The Armadillo is a sidemount specific rig, with integral buoyancy compensator and limited adjustment harness. Armadillo CCR Side mount System. Armadillo CCR side mount kit provides attachment points for carrying ultimately streamlined bailout bottles. The basic setup. Sidemount is a scuba diving equipment configuration which has scuba sets mounted alongside .. In Brett Hemphill designed the Armadillo Side- Mount Harness. The Armadillo innovated several features that would be utilized in many.
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Weight can be added to exactly where you need it on the harness to optimize trim. The rope slides under the cam band fastener and the knots lock it in place once the cam bands are tightened. The Armadillo comes with two large bungees that are attached to the inside back of the harness. Also, the tanks can be easier to attach by just clipping sidemouunt butt clip then looping the bungees over the tank valves.
Taking off side,ount is fine. Insert the waist strap through the waist buckle and pull it tight. I use standard tank cam-bands rather than metal hose clamps because this allows me to sideount or adjust the clip easily, which allows me to use the tanks as ‘normal’ SCUBA tanks if necessary. Tecline Sidemount Tecline Side Standing is fine, until you find you are juggling trying to hold two tanks, two fins, and then trying to unclip the LP inflators.
Attaching cylinders to the butt plate Fig. From almost the first dive with this system I was sold on the benefits sidfmount sidemount and have been diving sidemount rebreather bailout ever since.
I kitted up with Linda looking on.
These training courses then develop core diving skills that are specifically relevant to sidemount equipment usage — namely: Download the Owners Manual. Even though the Armadillo harness is designed for simplicity, it is extremely important that it fits the diver correctly.
Cylinders are supported at the valve end by bungee loops that run from the backplate to the front chest D-rings. In the end I found that using standard hoses and regs was not a big deal underwater, so I doubt I’ll change that anytime soon. Right and left post cylinders Fig. This equipment provides a link between cylinders and dispenses with the need to swap regulators and balance tanks.
There will also be an add-on redundant bladder option with the same materials and dimensions. Everything checked out fine so I submerged in 5 fsw. The shorter torso and smaller buttplate will better fit smaller divers. It is available in 2 material options; nylon and reinforced kevlar. Tighten the cam strap and close the cam buckle. These cylinder bags would also not work effectively if the user opted for a different bungee method, for instance loop bungees.
Kent Tooling Sidemount Harness. Sidemount systems provide buoyancy through a wing-style bladder that is located behind the diver.
It has a fitted buttplate with rails; and supports a range of bungee options. The concept of sidemounting cylinders originated from cave diving in the UK, during the s. By comparison, the rebreather easily gives me as much time and more if I can stand the cold and is depth independent. Sieemount can also be configured as a dual wing two bladders for technical diving redundancy. View wishlist Shopping Cart: Designed mainly for side mount cave exploration, the Armadillo has evolved into a streamlined rugged system that can be used for all types of diving.
Ninety-degree elbow adapters can be amadillo on the second stage regulators to prevent jaw fatigue from sharp hose angles. Outer abrasion resistant shell is made from Cordura denier material. When tightened, the knot cannot pass through the T-bar.
It resists hydrolysis, low temperatures, and hydrocarbons. It has a weight pocket system on the inside of the wing, capable of holding up to 12kg of lead. These were quickly added, and I was ready for a test dive.
The benefits for cave diving and wreck diving with tight penetrations are largely accepted, but they are not so obvious for the typical recreational diver. Once at the ocean I entered, donned fins and mask, and headed out.
There is no doubt about it, getting out of the water on a shore dive with armacillo is a huge pain. Kent Tooling make a variety of stainless steel diving accessories, including this stand-alone sidemount diving harness. This causes yanking of the LP inflator and a general ‘this is not fun’ experience.
Make sure you can obtain positive buoyancy with all cylinders and equipment. The first explorers to use sidemounted tanks were English sump cave divers. Because air-sharing will remain sicemount possibility while a second diver is present, it is considered good practice that both cylinders retain independent reserves of sufficient gas for both divers to reach the surface safely from any point in the planned dive.
The basic sidemount configuration requires different techniques for sharing gas, compared to the isolation manifolded twins back mount configuration. That said, I don’t do dives at this time that require more than two bailout tanks. How it is attached to the diver and its shape makes backing out safer.
The harness can be re-configured to allow incorporation of a climbing harness rather than standard waist belt.
Tighten the bungee enough to hold the inflator in place, but keep it loose enough so that you can remove the inflator if necessary.