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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Retrieved 18 August Remove the harness and weave the buckle into place see the diagram below. Retrieved 2 November This usually required the diver to lie down to fit the harness, and if the cylinders were large, to be assisted to a standing position. The light canister can be worn on the waist belt under the wing. Carter Lift Bag Inc. Bungee retrieval strap Fig. That is, of course, unless a diver owns his or her own industrial-size sewing machine.
The tank band placement is critical for proper trim of both the tanks and the diver underwater. Tucking the cylinders under the arms reduces water resistance, potentially increasing kick efficiency.
Details not available Manufacturer Link: Overhead environment divers find this an especially prudent measure when sidemount diving through restrictions in high silt and muddy conditions. There is no doubt about it, getting out of the water on a shore dive with sidemount is a huge pain.
The trapezoid wing shape to promote horizontal trim and it has an adjustable and removable wing bungee if individual wing shaping or retention is desired. At this level, students are taught to adjust, fit and operate the sidemount rig, whilst diving with one or two cylinders maximum.
Keep the adjustments lose enough for your type of exposure suit wet suit or dry suit. Also, the tanks can be easier to attach by just clipping the butt clip then looping the bungees over the tank valves.
Align the curve of the shoulder harness to the base of your neck see the diagram below. Both harnesses include fixed front D-rings and armadiloo drop D-rings at the read.
This method also pulls the edge of the wings tight against a diver’s sides. A good rule of thumb is to start with the bungee length just forward of your armpit.
It also prevents the bungee from becoming lost when it falls between your body and the harness. Weave a stainless T-bar and D-ring onto the right and left shoulder straps.
This enables the diver to easily remove tanks, in and out of the water. The new S model was developed based on user feedback:. That said, I don’t do dives at this time that require more than two bailout tanks. Nitrogen Narcosis — Perceptions of Susceptibility. The nature of these ‘dives’ in cramped sumps did not prioritize the need for buoyancy control or underwater propulsion — so the bare minimum needed was a mask, a cylinder, a regulator, a method of attachment to the body and, only on rare occasions, a set of fins.
White Arrow produce a wing system that utilizes a conventional back-mount backplate. The clip is located directly opposite the tank valve so that when attached, the bungees will loop aroung the valve and hold the tank securely. Feeding the cam strap Fig. From these experiences, the Armadillo system has been perfected to provide the serious diver with a rugged tool to go where no diver has ever gone before. After traversing the sump into the dry chamber beyond, the side mount cylinders could be easily removed and transported to the next sump.
There will also be an add-on redundant bladder option with the same materials and dimensions.
The loop is used to prevent the waist and light buckles from accidentally opening. This French designed stand-alone sidemount harness features low-profile D-rings and uniquely shaped lumbar and shoulder plates.
Assembling the shoulder, crotch, and waist straps Fig. This fabric includes tiny, hard guard plates that are adhered to multi-layered base fabrics. What I am not thrilled about after rigging the regulators and doing my test dive is the position of the two hoses coming off the regulator first stage.
Position the T-bar and D-rings 1 to 3 inches 2. The Armadillo is specifically designed to provide more lift on the divers hips, which displaces the weight of the cylinders.
Access to courses at this level is typically reserved for fully qualified sidemojnt or armaadillo wreck sidemount divers, who have significant experience and skill. The use of bungees for upper cylinder attachment and trim is aramdillo quintessential identifier of sidemount configuration.
It is sold complete as a complete unit, with all necessary ancillaries. See the diagram below for a suggested regulator configuration. With CC I carry much less weight on the harness 10lbs vs 28and getting in and out of the water is a breeze – even with sidemount bailout unclip, stand and walk out.
Tying a bungee into a ring Fig. To assemble the shoulder, crotch, and waist straps: By clipping cylinders to the waist or hip area of the harness, divers could traverse submerged sections of the cave without needing to haul extra scuba equipment throughout the dry tunnels.
In Mount, Tom; Dituri, Joseph. Attaching the waist buckle Fig. Archived from the original on 6 October armqdillo They are strong, simple to make, and easy to remove and replace in the field.
It incorporates a specially designed BC wing that provides lift on the diver where it is needed for carrying cylinders on the side.