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Spectrum FFM LP 2nd stage hose preference

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by F_Raven, Aug 2, 2020.

  1. F_Raven

    F_Raven Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: SD, CA
    As the title states 2nd stage hose length preference on a FFM, any FFM to be honest. Im just curious if people shorten their 2nd stage hose with FFM's. Thinking about going half the length of my standard apeks XL4 hose length.

    Thanks :)
  2. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    My full face masks all have hoses, just short of a meter in length (36"); and I never had a reason or desire to shorten any of them . . .
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  3. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    it all depends on your routing. I use a setup very similar to @Lake Hickory Scuba since mine needs to have dual inputs. I use a Poseidon Atmosphere and use an omniswivel on there that takes care of hose adapter/swivel/OPV duty for me, and the block is on my left shoulder. For the university owned masks that I use, we have fairly short hoses on them, I think about 28" or so, but if you used braided and/or a swivel you could go shorter.
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  4. Resqdivemedic

    Resqdivemedic Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: chepachet, RI USA
    I use a Spectrum with Hog Zenith. I found with a shorter hose there was a pull on the mask when looking left. Changed to a 32 inch hose with a swivel and problem solved.
  5. Jayfarmlaw

    Jayfarmlaw Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tuttle, Ok
    I dive a Guardian for team work and run a 39" octo hose under my arm to a 90 degree fitting on the mask. I find it very comfortable with no restriction looking left.

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  6. Sh0rtBus

    Sh0rtBus One of those damn FFM divers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denton, TX
    I dive the Ocean Reef ffm with a 40" MiFlex routed under my right arm and hard 90 fitting. I previously used a ball swivel but following a bailout last summer due to a blown o-ring in that swivel, I switched to a hard 90 and it works, but I'm going to be switching to a 110 just to give me a little more kick out away from the mask and surface air valve. When I first started diving ffm I ran the normal hose that it came with, but I found that it created the possibility of getting snagged so I changed to a longer hose that I could keep tucked closer to my body and a little more streamlined. It's worked so far.
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