Dumping air from Katana 2 Sidemount

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VWRdiver

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Hello all,

I've started diving sidemount recently, and wondering how everyone else dumps air from their harness. I have the Kitana 2, and find the power inflator dump doesn't work well unless I really break trim.

However, the dump valves aren't the easiest to use while using dry gloves. Do you guys use the power inflator valve to dump air, or do you use the dumps with the pull cords.

I've also thought about relocating the inflator hose to the dump valve towards the base of my neck and routing it over my shoulder like a conventional BC. Thoughts on this?

Thanks.
 

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Put on the harness, insert your hand into your dry glove with 1-2 pairs of undergloves, and gain muscle memory. Because the between-the-shoulder dump string is routed adjacent to the inside of the left shoulder so tightly, it rarely (if ever) moves. The toggle that's tied in is sufficient to find. Doubly true with some practice. The dump being on the inside of the wing renders it a very poor place to run a backmount style inflator. Lastly, running the inflator over the shoulder generally renders reg to inflator hose routing a fugly mess.
 

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Okay, that's kind of what I figured. Just have to get used to it.

Oh yeah, that's why I didn't pursue moving the inflator in the first place now that I remember - the inflator hose routing would be a mess.

So, you generally use the dump valve on the left shoulder? That's the one I've been using too, so probably just need to get used to it more.
 

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That’s the one. I don’t find the other dumps of much use.
 
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