March 18th, 2013

Diving the newest model Nomad XT Sidemount Rig

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I wrote a blog back in October on the new Nomad XT model with the reshaped wing (Oct blog).  Since that time, I had not switched the inflator and OPV on my own rig, primarily because I had started diving the Nomad LT. Recently, I wore my Nomad XT for a dive and it reminded me of how much I like this rig.

The fit is more comfortable with the addition of the TransPac XT. I went ahead and moved the inflator and it was then I realized how much I like it positioned on the bottom and the pull dump on the neck. You can put the pull dump over the left shoulder or right and also adjust the cord length. I prefer to keep the cord higher up on the shoulder, above the D-rings.  This keeps it away from the busy area with cylinders and regulators.  The BC2748-TP comes as a kit with a long pull string and ball so you can find the sweet spot for it. The inflator is positioned just like my Nomad LT Cave. I like to run it on the right side so I still have my lower left pull dump that I use for trim.

I put D-rings on the belt that are high enough to clip off reels and keep the bottle area clear. This was something I have done for years but couldn’t always recommend it with the older style TransPac. Now it works perfectly on the TransPac XT, so it will be added to all the Nomad XT rigs from this point forward. I’ll show you my rig in this short video. VIDEO: Nomad XT Mods

Lamar

March 11th, 2013

XT Regulator With Choice of Yoke or Din

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Dive Rite makes equipment for serious divers, and those divers who are taking the first steps to becoming serious divers.  Our new XT series regulator is no exception.  We have seen numerous Dive Rite regulators in the field being used by single tank, open water divers.  Since we get a lot of product ideas from the divers who use it, we dug deeper into this to discover that while the users were happy with the regulator, the common downfall that we heard was that the first stage would hit the diver in the back of the head.  The one thing that we saw from all of these divers was that they were using the DIN first stage with the spin-on DIN-to-yoke adapter.  While functional, using this adapter added to the depth profile of the first stage, moving it nearly an inch closer to the diver’s head.  We also found that a large number of these divers rarely, if ever, used the regulator with a DIN valve.  The solution was simple – offer the first stage with the choice of DIN or yoke.  We want everyone to be able to enjoy the performance of this regulator, no matter what kind of diving you’re doing or what kind of experience you have.  Like many other Dive Rite products, this regulator can grow with the diver.  If the owner of a yoke XT regulator decides to change it to a DIN, this can easily be done by any authorized Dive Rite dealer, or by our technicians at Dive Rite. XT Regulator Performance Stats

Mike Engle, Dive Rite Sales Manager

 

March 4th, 2013

Public Safety Teams Gravitate to the RX10 Dive Light

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It’s been very busy over the past few months. We have been swamped with orders from public safety dive teams. We give these priority production because we want to show our support however we can. We have equipped a number of teams in harness/wing systems and especially our RX10 lights. With over 100 lights recently going to public safety dive teams we are proud they looked to a US made product. Our lights are made in the USA, from the electronics to the housings. The teams were looking for products made in the USA for local service and reliability. We don’t buy off the shelf but rather design it and build it here. The engineers designing our lights are divers and take every aspect of performance and quality personally, as if they were going to dive it themselves just like we do.

The RX10 is getting brighter, we haven’t changed anything but improved heat sink and boards yield longer burn time and some more light output. Every module comes in tagged with its individual quality control analysis for color frequency, current draw and LUX output at one meter. We are going to start including these specs with every light so you know they have been individually tested and inspected.

Look for some new accessories coming out for the RX10 light: our new comfort fit Goodman style hand mount with large footprint pad for the back of your hand.  This new pad has three sets of mounting holes for single or double light head mounts. As with any hard hand mount it feels better with a glove on. In the Florida caves I wear fingerless gloves to protect my hands from the light mounts and gear, it’s the little things that make the sport comfortable.

If you are at the springs over the next week I will show you some of the new accessories since I will be testing them.

 

Lamar