Short question how do people find sidemounting steel 10s?
Comfort, ease of trimming out, usable gas?
I am about 180cm tall (5'11''). I have an Xdeep harness. I use loop bungees and waist d ring. I rig the cylinder and harness so torque between the neck and lower connection point keeps it tidy to the side of my body.
I like to shore dive, sometimes involving clambering down to access the water's edge and have experimented with hauling euro 12s which has been a mixed bag over wearing a comparable twinset and walking down in terms of effort and ease.
For shore diving I don't need a ton of gas and so the idea of going down a size is appealing to make carrying easier and also make the cylinders even less noticeable in-water. Ideally I want be able to do two shallower(esque) dives in a day without having to decant or access a compressor. Owning a 3rd sidemount cylinder to switch out between dives is an option but brings extra cost.
For this reason I think 8.5s is a bit on the "too small side". 10s would a lovely amount of gas (I am fairly confident) but I have never tried them in-water so don't know how they feel / work. They are shorter than 12s so present a new unknown challenge in terms of how to rig them.
Any advice gratefully received