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What are YOUR hose lengths and why?

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by beanojones, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. billgraham

    billgraham Barracuda

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    This is not anywhere as easy as it sounds in a small, silty area. I tested this theory years ago and went to the long hose.




    I’ve never geared up in the water off a dive boat, or taken off a sidemount cylinder to climb the ladder, but I do use a drop line on occasion for deco bottles. You have an extra bolt snap on the neck of the bottle, undo it first, snap it to the drop line, then undo the bottom clip. With a sidemount cylinder, undo the bungee, put the top clip to the dropline, THEN undo the clip to the door handle. This is sort of an essential technical wreck diving skill in any configuration.

    Lastly, I’m a big believer in unidirectional regulators for sidemounting. Yes, the Poseidons are a pain to get serviced and finicky and there are tons of things that probably breathe a bit better, but they are super for sidemounting. Route them from the valve straight up into your mouth, nothing behind your head. This eliminates the need for right angle fittings, swivels and the like. That being said, I have borrowed Edd’s entire pile of gear and dove it, and was very comfortable with the long hose behind the head and the right angle fitting on the reg.
     
  2. beanojones

    beanojones Solo Diver

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    I don't like 90 on the wrapped hose, and I wonder whether it is my big head, or not. The not quite 90 degree hose is fine, as is the 45.

    I always use 90 swivels on my Underarm hose for my rec gear, and I wish I could just use them directly for the sidemount, but the 90 swivel pisses me off.
     
  3. watercooled81

    watercooled81 Angel Fish

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    I have exactly the same set up on each side! 6" spg, inflator hose, 7' hose. The extra hose is looped back along the tanks, left hose comes up in front of my shoulder round the back of my head and is on a bungee. right comes up across the front of my body and round over the the left shoulder and round the head.

    My view is, I have same set up, means I can swap tanks around if needed and both have the perfect setup for sharing. So if one fails, I still have a 7' hose to share if needed.
     

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