Hollis SMS100 Sidemount System
"There are probably a handful of things happening in the dive industry that we could peg as the latest and greatest idea or innovation… but surely the hottest trend right now has to be side mounted diving"Steve Lewis, SDI TDI.
Sidemount diving is simply configuring one or two cylinders on either side of your body, as opposed to backmounting. Tanks can be attached on or near the water, providing much less stress on the body. Regs and gauges are totally independent of each other, creating a fully redundant air supply, with the added advantage that the first stages are within full sight at the diver's side.
It is becoming a commonly held belief in the dive industry that sidemounts will become a more popular way of diving for all divers - from technical to open water - and will gradually replace backmounted twins. There are many advantages including accurate buoyancy control, and a streamlined set up for low lying environments and wreck diving, where the potential for line entanglement is much greater when using a backmounted system.
The innovation and evolution of Sidemount systems in recent years has helped bring sidemount diving into the mainstream. Systems are affordable and comfortable to wear, with many of the comforts of a traditional BCD. Sidemount instruction is now also becoming more accessible and easier to do.
Jeff Loflin, without doubt the most predominant Sidemount instructor in the world today has said, 'I have taught around 400 Instructors to Sidemount their gear, all of whom originally used back mounts, and to date have not had one diver go back to back mounting their cylinders'
Full visibility over your system
Reduces additional gear: Doubles bands / Hardware / Manifold - Benefit when traveling
Aids in transporting gear to and from the beach or boat - one tank at a time
Streamlines profile which in turn reduces drag increasing your bottom time
360 Degree wing - 52 lbs Lift
Single or Dual wing options available
Centrally and uppermost located elbow to avoid overhead interference
Upper/Lower cam band slots for rear mounted single tank
1000 denier CorduraTM w/ PU lamination outer shell & 15mil urethane internal bladder
Streamlined design for reduced drag and passing through confined spaces
Lower left pull relief valve on SMS100 wing + Lower right on SMS100D wing
Includes elastic bungee system (removable)