November 12th, 2012

BC Hose Length for Nomad LT Sidemount

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We don’t include a low pressure BC hose with the Nomad LT because we can’t decide on a single solution for everybody. My son, Jared, and I couldn’t agree on the same hose length when we were test diving the LT in Mexico this summer. Now that we have two versions of it, one with an over the shoulder BC hose and the tech version with an under the arm inflator hose, it’s even a more personal choice for the proper length hose. I have some suggestions to help you get a good fit.

The tech model has the inflator and OPV protected on the side close to the diver and both located on the bottom, you can switch them to have the inflator on the left or right and it comes up from under the arm. With a fifth port first stage you can go as short as 6″ to 9″ but it can limit cylinder movement so some people don’t like it. With standard first stages a 15″ to 22″ works better.

The OW model has the inflator hose over the shoulder so the most appropriate lengths will range from 15″, 22″ or 27″, the larger the size the longer the hose needed, up to XL can use 22″.
One of the key points of side mount is the regulators are now under your arms and the hose lengths are crucial for comfort. Standard regulator hose lengths are 28″ to 30″ and OW inflator hoses are 27″ to 28″ and in most cases too long. The best tips for comfort are 70 degree angle adapters on the regulator hoses, fifth port first stages for optimum hose routing and 6″ hoses on the SPG. And like Jared and me, there is not a single solution that works for everyone.

Lamar

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