March 22nd, 2010

HW1109 Offset D-Rings – Inexpensive Storage Tip Esp. When Sidemounting


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.


2 Responses to “HW1109 Offset D-Rings – Inexpensive Storage Tip Esp. When Sidemounting”

  • Great tip as usual but please include photos. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?

    Erik Dasque, March 27th, 2010 at 10:26 am

  • ive seen a few peole use a butter fly d-ring on the butt plate and was very usefull for the same equipment placement. (reels, back up lights ect.)

    John Gettings, July 21st, 2010 at 4:44 pm