The Single Tank Adapter (STA) was originally named “Singles Mounting Plate (SMP)” when I designed it in 1985. At that time, we had just launched the Dive Rite Wing, the original doubles wing with 60lbs of lift. Cave divers dropped by the old shop to share their ideas and show us their modifications, since back then no one could dive a product off the shelf without a few adjustments.
Guys were cutting slots in the wing for diving singles and my girlfriend (now my wife) was a new cave diver that wanted to dive her backplate all the time, including with a single tank. We had a ABS plastic plate, so I got the idea to rip it from top to bottom on both sides of the cradle that nestles between the double tanks. I added cam strap slots on both sides of the bolt holes. I now had a set up to attach a single tank to a backplate, my girlfriend was happy and the guys stopped mutilating their wings.
Today, the STA is so popular with the single tank crowd that we have now shortened our STA so it doesn’t interfere with the smaller center section now prevalent on single tank wings. Our single tank wings (Travel and Voyager) do not require a STA since we have gone to a crosshair center section that keeps the wing and harness securely together, however some prefer the convenience and added weight of a Single Tank Adapter. VIDEO: Single Tank Adapter 2012
I have to travel with my own rigging for stage, bailout and sidemount bottles. We are launching a deluxe version for 80 or 40 aluminum bottles, but I need to travel light and flexible so we put will also offer a travel strap combo that includes the hose retainers for 40, 80, and 8″ cylinders. The 1.5″ cam buckles and smaller clips all add to the convenience. These include chokers for the ring bungee system. I’m always looking for a way to lose a few pounds when I travel.
Look for these beginning March 1st. VIDEO: Stage Bottle Travel Straps
I have played with Sidemount regulator rigging for 30 years and what I have learned is one size does not fit all and some missions require something out of the ordinary. I used to dive a short hose, 28″, on each side because I was mission oriented and the team was on Sidemount so it didn’t require a long hose on one bottle for mixed teams. Now that I dive Sidemount for lifestyle when I’m not on my rebreather I think about other team members and now have a long hose on my left bottle for a team concept.
Right bottle, short hose, 22 or 28″ hose with a right angle adapter to manage the hose coming up from under the arm on a necklace like all technical divers are taught. A 22″ inflator hose for my dry suit so I can push the bottles back under the arms in tight places.
Left bottle, 5′ or 7′ hose is recommended, I use a 5′ because I use a Jetstream that can breathe left or right side. If you use a standard right side regulator you should lean toward a 7′ hose so it can wrap around the neck, either way it should have a right angle to make it easy to manage and a clip on it at the right angle adapter. I use a 22″ BC inflator hose so I can have room to maneuver the bottle in tight spaces.
Both bottles have 6″ SPG but some friends like 9″ SPG because it’s easier to read with old eyes, I thought the same until I got readers in my mask.
Just goes to prove that we all have to configure for our personal needs. The goal is a streamlined system, a quick check is how long does it take you to set up and get your bottles on compared to your buddies. It may be surprising. VIDEO: Sidemount Reg Set Up
If you already own a TransPac and want to convert it into a Nomad XT, you’ll need to lengthen the shoulder straps about two inches to make room for the wing. The Nomad wing rides beneath the harness, between the diver and the TransPac and this extra padding means the shoulders will be shorter unless you lengthen them.
It’s easy to do. Take one apart first and keep the other for an example. Make sure you have about two inches of space between the TransPac backplate and the start of the shoulder padding. That will give you enough space for the XT wing.
TransPac After XT
TransPac Before XT