Stealth 2.0 Sidemount Units
If you remember, I have already written an article about sidemount units in the past. This one should make a mark in the sidemount diving world, in the sense that it unveils the latest technology serving the new generation of sidemount divers. So get to your computers or tablets and book your unit right away through your local Xdeep dealer. They will sold out as soon as the launch is made. Be the first to dive the Xdeep Stealth Rec and/or Tec units.
Note: For now only the Tec unit is being shipped out. The Rec version will ship later. Contact me for more info.
It’s been announced at the last Dive show in Germany that XDeep has a new addition to their sidemount units. In fact, it is two new units – the rec and the tec version. Both fully integrated to your Stealth 2.0 harness. The core structure of the Stealth 2.0 sidemount system is the harness. Now, XDeep offers two additional wings that will mount onto your harness. No need to buy a full set again… Well, you can if your original harness looks a bit too old! 🙂 When bouthg all together, the unit will be assembled already. You just have to set the bungees to your prefered length.
All this with some great added gizmos patented by the great team of engineers at our favourite tec gear facility.
Finally, a piece of sidemount gear made by tec sidemount divers, for tec divers…and recreational divers.
So without any overdue, lets check out those units and start with the Stealth Rec setup.
Open water recreational sidemount bonanza
Finally, the pool of recreational divers has some serious piece of sidemount gear to play with.
It’s been a while since a manufacturer has put on the market something specifically dedicated to rec divers. No convoluted rig with so many D-rings you’d think you forgot to clip something and a lift capacity…well, let say that diving with some rig feels like diving with a Samsonite suitcase on your back.
This XDeep Stealth Rec Sidemount wing boosts a good 35lbs of lift, nicely trimmed around the diver’s body with some funky looking attachment points.
Fitted with quick release buckles at the shoulder harness, it is a clean continuity for all the avid recreational diver out there. Easy to adjust and fits any body size.
It boosts some great weight pockets with quick release pockets that will please all recreational divers. A great travel sidemount unit.
Made of the fabric that made the first Stealth 2.0 sidemount rig, the most rugged piece of gear – Cordura® 1100 dTEX – tested by Mauro Bordignon from Cave World extensively in the super tiny caves of Mexico. I have dived with him more than once on exploration dives and let me tell you, he did put it to the test. Xdeep has it’s test pilot when it comes to cave sidemount 😉
“One harness, one system, many different configurations. With STEALTH 2.0, divers soon would be able choose the best configuration for their current needs without changing the whole system.”
This is what you can read on the official Facebook page from XdeepGear.
I am personally looking forward to teach Rec 1 and 2 divers with this great piece of gear.
Thanks XDeep for you efforts in putting this together.
Tec Sidemount mode Stealth 2.0
Apparently, there has been a lot of thinking behind the Tec version of the Stealth unit.
First, the wing is attached to the harness. That is the top part of it. The upper section of the wing doesn’t inflate. The lift stays pretty much where it would if you were wearing the classic Stealth 2.0
We still have the famous centrally located dump valve with the strong corrugated inflator hose and power inflator. One very interesting detail is that this hose, can be either placed on the left for wetsuit diving or on the right side, if diving dry.(if that applies to your config)
This modularity brings the Stealth line into the real sidemount only dedicated unit. It breath simplicity but it is packed with all we, as tec divers, are looking for.
The wig being fixed to the harness at the top, offers two option for attachement at the front of the diver. One would be to clip short bungee loops to the “new” XDeep sidemount flat D-rings. Or the diver can choose to use the more classic big bungee loop, like the original Stealth 2.0 wing.
Obviously, a larger lift capacity. This Tec version has a wing with 50lbs of lift… Yes, you read properly 50lbs of lift. More than the Cave version and this will appeal to multi stage/deco deep trimix sidemount divers.
Remember the minimum weight vs minimum lift? 😉
Everybody has seen Tomasz Michura’s videos where it is obvious how versatile and spot on this unit is in terms of lift and trim possibilities.
Stealth 2.0 Tec unit’s User Manual is available here.
And last but not least, the Stealth 2.0 Sidemount pouch
Great addition to the Stealth 2.0 tools, that pouch is what was missing and we’ve all been waiting for.
We all, sidemount divers and tec divers, need a pouch!
Fully expandable, to carry your SMB, spool, spare mask, wet-notes, spare mouth piece, double-enders…and…your BUL aka back-up light. Inner loop to clip all your goodies closed by YKK quality zippers.
The ingeniously positioned window allows for divers and team members to see if the BUL has been left ON in the pouch and will drain it’s battery !! One great piece of thinking behind this.
This makes the Stealth 2.0 pouch the one you want to clip on your DAPs 😉
So here it is a few words what we will start seeing emerging from the local dealers. Some great, fantastic sidemount products. If you are already a proud owner of Stealth 2.0 sidemount rig, simply order via your local dealer teh wing that will suit your needs as a scuba diver.
Remember though, that the Rec wing will not yet be available. Most likely around late Spring, early summer diving diving season 🙂