March 22nd, 2010
I am constantly watching how divers stow gear when diving. Sidemount has presented its own issues for equipment storage with everything on the side from cylinders to reels.
Sidemount buttplate rails offer lots of real estate to attach cylinders and reels, yet the shared connection adds its own problems. The reels will sometimes fall between the body and the cylinder making it uncomfortable or difficult to remove a reel. The best thing to do is attach the reels to a more centered D-ring mounted on the crotch strap on top of the butt plate. Many divers use the scooter tow D-ring for this, but a better way is to mount two Offset D-Rings stacked on the 2” crotch strap so the attachment points do not interfere with cylinders or DPV tow. Easy access without interfering with other gear.