IST Sidemount Systems Released

 Here are the first release details of the two newly released IST sidemount systems.

From  IST:

New for 2014, these side mount bladders are the result of hundreds of side mount dives in real world conditions by experienced side mount divers and cave explorers. IST’s SMBs are the lowest profile; streamlined buoyancy devices, which provide maximum balance and ideal, trim control. With IST’s bladders, you move through the water easier and more efficiently.

IST Sidemount System SMB-21

IST Sidemount SMB-21

The IST SMB-21 seems designed for warm-water/travelling divers. It offers 21lb/9.5kg of buoyancy.  Wing material is 1680 denier nylon with TPU coating.  IST SMB-21 product link

For low-profile side mount dives in the tightest spots such as wreck or cave exploration, IST’s SMB-21 with 21 lbs of lift fit the profile perfectly. It is a complete integrated system that can be used for warm water diving with wetsuits and aluminum tanks, or cold water diving with drysuits and steel tanks.  The minimalist harnesses also give more chest room for easier access to attachments and better maneuverability underwater. 

From the materials I was sent, it looks like a modular system. From the basic harness, you can swap between the 21lb and 42lb bladders and add/remove the butt-plate as desired. I’d like to see more modular rigs like this on the market… making use of a single harness, with different options to suit your immediate diving needs.

IST Sidemount System SMB-42

IST SMB-42 product link

IST release notes:

For low-profile side mount dives in the tightest spots such as wreck or cave exploration, IST’s SMB-42 with 42 lbs of lift fit the profile perfectly. It is a complete integrated system that can be used for warm water diving with wetsuits and aluminum tanks, or cold water diving with drysuits and steel tanks.

IST’s SMBs are completely scalable from single tank recreational to double tank technical, and have components that are even compatible with back mount diving.  The SMB-42 is constructed of armor-like 1680 Denier Nylon with a coating of TPU fully shielding them from abrasions, tears or punctures.

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