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    DIY Sidemount Harness

    If I do end up going to France next year, looking at the caves available, and indeed for some of the sites over here, clearly sidemount is the best/only option. I just wondered how easy a DIY set up is, or whether a package is better.

    I have seen some patterns on scuabtecphillipines and Kent Tooling do a basic rig without the wing etc. I think Martin Farr has knocked some up before now and the CDG must have done.

    Ideally if it could be built around my backplate that I use on doubles and RB that would be even better.

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    I have a halcyon contour going for a steal - done 2-4 dives

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    When you say a steal, what does that mean when a blue H is involved...........

    What size is it too Graham or just 1 size fits all

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    Its original contour so N/american / European sized. I never even put it on but was able to fit some regular sized people (70-80kg 1.70-1.8m)

    I'd take any sensible offer - its just gathering dust and getting in way in garage

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham_hk View Post
    Its original contour so N/american / European sized. I never even put it on but was able to fit some regular sized people (70-80kg 1.70-1.8m)

    I'd take any sensible offer - its just gathering dust and getting in way in garage
    Thanks Graham, I am 1.93m and around 85kg so might not fit, plus looking online there is a bit of a premium attached to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonG View Post
    Thanks Graham, I am 1.93m and around 85kg so might not fit, plus looking online there is a bit of a premium attached to them.
    You are definitely not as wide as me - but 70kg @ 1.7 would be comparable width I would guess. In any case the retail is not important just what you're prepared to offer - if you don't ike it or it doesn't fit just cover postage and return it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham_hk View Post
    You are definitely not as wide as me - but 70kg @ 1.7 would be comparable width I would guess. In any case the retail is not important just what you're prepared to offer - if you don't ike it or it doesn't fit just cover postage and return it.
    Thanks for the offer Graham, but quite like the idea of a pikey DIY approach, plus would be a winter project when the sea isn't calling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonG View Post
    Thanks for the offer Graham, but quite like the idea of a pikey DIY approach, plus would be a winter project when the sea isn't calling.
    Good luck - all those type of projects end up with spending 1000s in man hours to save 10s

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    You do like your open questions Jon!

    As I see it (will preface it with that as there's many other experts on here that have far more experience), it falls into the two camps of the CDG-style no-mount harnesses and the ready rigged camp which has many variants.

    The no-mount harnesses -- Martyn Farr's, Warmbac's, etc. -- but loads of home-made variants are suited to the UK caving-to-get-to-sump style of diving. Some home made ones even work with SRT (rope climbing) kit. You need to add buoyancy to these which can even be an innertube!

    The made-up harnesses are from the Florida and Mexican environments including the XDeep Stealth, Razor and all their myriad variants and copies; Apeks, Halcyon, Hollis...

    There's also the "Toddy" style harness which started as a couple of backplates sandwiching a twinset bladder.

    Lots described on the highly recommended Speaking Sidemount podcast. Steve Davis (not the interesting one) interviews loads of different people well-known in the industry including the geezers who designed the Razor, Stealth & Toddy systems. Plus some CDG people such as Mike Thomas.

    Seems that the XDeep Stealth's pretty common and well regarded. I ended up with one of those.

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    I just made one out of a ratchet strap and some bits i had kicking about and a couple of bits from sump uk
    MSR water bag as a bladder is cheap. I've glued up a bladder with a bit of curtain sider material which seems strong.

    Mine just started off as a half pissed conversation about why side mount harnesses needed to be these complicated fkin Xdeep things for the same price that you can put a rebreather together for and a "sod it lets have a go". design should work for caving and open water but we will see.

    Question to ask is where are you going to use the thing?
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