August 27th, 2012

How to Get a Custom Fit from the Nomad LT Sidemount Rig

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There are two points of adjustment to size your LT, the shoulders and the wing waist tie end points. The harnesses will ship as a large so you have a starting point. If you need to make some major adjustments I recommend a piece of chalk to mark the webbing. The shoulder/chest transition should be done first, for the guys on the nipples and for girls just above the bust line. Adjust the webbing at the pivot rings to get the right fit and then remove the waist d rings that limit the travel of the harness inside the air cell. Put it on and get the fit right, it’s easy and should be very comfortable. Once you do this, grab the oval loops on the waist webbing, attached to the air cell and pull both sides out along the waist belt and mark with the chalk, reinstall the waist d rings capturing the oval loops. Why? This part of sizing is critical to make sure the air cell lays flat on your back, if it’s lose the air cell will ride up and be difficult to dump air. If it’s too tight the harness will be lose from the chest down and can move on you affecting trim and the balance of the bottles.

Lamar

Nomad LT Custom Fit Video

August 14th, 2012

New RX10 Flashlight Battery Recommendation

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New lithium primary batteries preform in RX10 flashlight.  The RX10 flashlight draws .5 amps of power as compared to the RX10 canister light drawing 1 amp. This doesn’t mean half the output but rather only a 30% drop in output. When running alkaline batteries in the flashlight it will drop to .35 amp draw and about 50% brightness after 2 to 3 hours depending on the battery brand/type. At this lower power drain the light will continue to fun for approximately another 3 hours.  The new lithium primary batteries are the answer to keeping the light at higher output for up to 6.5 hours before dropping to the lower setting.

The new generation of AA Energizer Lithium Ultimate batteries are designed for high drain devices light flashlights. Don’t mistake these for early AA lithium batteries that boasted long duration but the fine print defined this for devices such as cameras.  Duracell makes their version too but I only tested the bunny brand.

This new battery has many pluses over rechargeable and alkaline battery options for divers, especially the cave divers that prefer the RX10 flashlight as a primary back up light.  Any back up light is just that a back up so non rechargeable long shelf life batteries are preferred and now the longer full power mode means it can be used a number of hours before having to replace the batteries. So its actually cheaper to use the new lithium primary cells for their longevity at full power.  I was impressed.

Lamar

August 6th, 2012

Nomad LT Defines the Market for Lightweight, Warm Water Sidemount Rigs

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This is one of our most innovative products. We integrated the harness into the wing to keep everything in place like the Nomad JT. Basically it’s a mini-me JT. We added an expandable panel in the bottom to put more lift at the waist to help with trim and kept a butt plate for attaching the bottles down on the hips a proven attachment point for keeping bottles in place. A couple of personal features are the two inch belt loop on the waist for the end of the belt webbing and the 2″ plastic slide to manage the buckle end of the webbing. I like this method to position the waist belt buckle slightly off center when going from wet to dry suit.
It’s designed for warm water aluminum 80 diving or steel 85 with a drysuit. With only 25 pounds of lift don’t try heavy cylinders. Remember if you need a 40 pound wing with your twins, you still need a 40 pound wing when you break them down into sidemount bottles. If you need more than 10 pounds of weight this isn’t the side mount system for you. The Superfabric back on the LT gives it a tough finish for those low areas in a cave or the sharp edges of a wreck. With all this it weighs under 5.5 pounds including the stainless hardware and bungees. It packs very nice and with more and more weight restrictions on airlines every pound counts. Nomad LT VIDEO
Lamar