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Tag Archive: hollis


nomad xt sidemount hybrid sidemount systems

Top 5 Convertible Hybrid Sidemount Systems by Andy Davis My list of the top 5 most popular hybrid sidemount systems currently available worldwide. All of these hybrid systems are able to be converted for sidemount and backmount singles/doubles use. Hybrid sidemount systems offer the diver the adaptability to use their rig for either sidemount or […]

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Hollis SMS100 Sidemount Modifications by Andy Davis I regularly have sidemount students  bring the Hollis SMS100 for their courses. The SMS100 is a good sidemount rig, but it is a ‘convertible’ backmount / sidemount system – so it definitely benefits from some ‘sidemount focused’ modification.  Also, it is a rig that primarily caters for cold-water […]

New Product – Hollis Katana 2 Hollis release the Katana 2 sidemount BCD at DEMA 2018. It looks very reminiscent of the XDeep Stealth Rec/Tec BCDs, with a flat back panel and air cell curved at the bottom/sides in a ‘U’ shape. The wing is available dual-bladder,  with the redundant LPI removable on the right-side. […]

apeks rk3 sidemount fins

Top 5 Warm-Water Sidemount Fins by Andy Davis Wetsuit divers using sidemount in warm-water conditions typically suffer trim issues when using ‘traditional’ tech-style fins.  Heaver buoyant, fins (such as the ubiquitous ‘Jet Fin’) tend to cause too much negative buoyancy in the lower-body. Whilst these fins provide an excellent ‘foot weight’ for drysuit divers; or […]

Apeks Sidemount Regulators

A List of Sidemount Regulator Sets by Andy Davis A greater number of scuba equipment manufacturers are now offering dedicated sidemount regulator sets.  Here is my guide to some of the best sidemount regulators sets available. For the average novice sidemount diver, there are some distinct advantages to buying a complete set-up rather than attempting […]

sopras sub sidemount 3 soprassub

Sopras Sub Sidemount Release at DEMA 2015 Czech company Sopras Sub are releasing two sidemount systems at DEMA 2015.  The first is a dual-purpose ‘universal’ sidemount/backmount system, the second is a dedicated recreational sidemount rig. Universal Sidemount System The dual-purpose system allows the user to switch between single-tank backmount and sidemount configuration by adding a […]

Hollis SMS Katana

Hollis SMS Katana – Pre-DEMA Sneak Peak Hollis  have announced they are to unveil a new sidemount system at DEMA 2015; the SMS Katana! I was shared a photo today that is believed to be a sneak peak at the SMS Katana system.  At first glance, the system looks like Hollis are finally producing a […]

Hollis SMS75 Sidemount

Hollis SMS75 Sidemount The SMS75 is an evolution from years of sidemount development, which started with the SMS100. A product that has been copied, modified and a benchmark for technical sidemount for years. Even more popular has been the lightweight SMS50 line. These two have taken sidemount mainstream and the building blocks this new harness. […]

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First Peak: The Hollis SMS75 Prototype First sneak peak at the prototype Hollis SMS75 sidemount BCD, due to be unveiled at DEMA 2013.  Thanks to Wayne Fisch, from The Scuba Connection, and Tony Cooper  for sharing these photos. Having seen only this photo of the prototype Hollis SMS75, it looks like a nice compromise between […]

Technical Sidemount Diving

 The following commentary was first published as a post on the Scubaboard internet discussion forum. I felt that it provided a very beneficial perspective on the positive and negative aspects of sidemount configuration; particularly in comparison with back-mounted alternatives.  It’s a useful read for those divers, of all levels and backgrounds, who are considering their […]