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    Xdeep BC




    I just received my XDeep Stealth II sidemount rig and here are my initial impressions. This is the first BC I ever purchased that came with a very nice put together 25 page instruction manual. The first time adjusting the harness took a little time to get right but will be easy to make adjustments for difference between drysuit and wetsuit thickness. Each shoulder strap can be adjusted independent and same with the waist strap so you donít have to adjust the waist d-ring each time you adjust shoulder straps. I also like that the crotch strap and the strap between the two back plates are not one piece, just makes it easier to do quick adjustments. Not having one continuous strap does interject failure points but the attachment points are well thought out and I donít believe it would ever be a problem. Using the three different weights of webbing I thought was more of gimmick but it really does make the harness more comfortable and functional. One of my grips with other BC is that hard to find places to put pockets if you diving AL80 and drysuit and need 16lbs of weight. This BC has solved the problem; it comes with 4 pockets that go down the middle of the back that can take either 5lbs hard weight or 4lbs soft weight. If that is not enough weight it comes with two additional pockets that can be installed in several different locations on the harness. I did decided to go with the loop bungees and I changed the shoulder d-rings out to a low profile fix d-ring. The rubber d-rings on the waist and being able to slide the back d-ring forward during the dive is something I donít think I going to like but were left in place and I will give them a try. I really like the being able to remove butt plate when diving AL80. I would give the harness a 9 out 10 and the only reason I didnít give it a 10 is because of not being sold on the rubber d-rings.
    The wing seems to be really well built with heavy outer shell and light inner bladder. There is a zipper in the back side so you can get the bladder and possibility being able to repair it if you are on you first day of live aboard and punch a hole in it. Also, unlike several other BC the inflator hose is long enough to orally inflate the wing. The wing has 36lbs of lift so for the diving I do with small steel and AL80 it should be enough lift. The wing is broken in to compartments so when inflated it doesnít look like an over stuff couch pillow. The wing is attached to the diver using bungee cord and has no direct attachment to the harness. I have mix feelings on this concept of just attaching the wing to the diver and not the harness so I will reserve my positive or negative comments till I get a few dives on the system.
    Just my history: I have owned a razor harness and msg bag, Diverite EXP, Oxy Recon and currently own a UTD Z, UTD Z-Plus, Hollis 50 and Hollis 100 and now a XDeep. I have some where around 150 dives in sidemount.

    Next question I get ask is "Why Sidemount" Here my reason:

    - Dennis ><()))">

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    I didn't do the review to post here but I thought Bod and couple others would like to see it.
    - Dennis ><()))">

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    Very nice CW. One of these days I would like to try the side mount setup. I can see a lot of advantages to it. Roughly, what's the cost to convert back mount to full side.

    I really like the availability of the tank valve. It's a bit cumbersome for me to reach my back mounted tank valve. I also see some advantages for video work. I take it there is a separate primary and a backup reg on each tank.
    --Zeagle Eagle

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    You setup your left regulator with a 31 to 34 inch regulator hose, SPG on 6” hose, and a inflator hose on a 6 to 15 inch hose. The right regulator would have a 5 or 7 foot regulator hose, SPG on a 6 inch hose and drysuit hose if needed. If you diving single sidemount then you would add an octo to the left hand regulator setup. No, diving single tanks does not roll you one side using AL80 - steel tanks are a different story.

    If you told me today that you were going to do tech dives with heavy steel tanks and stages I would recommend a SMS100 from Hollis. If you said that you were only going to dive AL80 and want a rig that travels well I would tell you to get SMS50 from Hollis. The SMS50 would handle 2 AL80 and 1 AL40 stage if you wanted to do some tech light dives. The jury is still out on the XDeep.
    Formal instruction is always good but I think you can learn to sidemount with a good mentor to help setup your gear and get your trim up in the water.
    Last edited by CWSWine; 12-03-2012 at 17:15.
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