I still remember my sidemount course and 3 hours lost on adjusting the harness. And still after classes at the pool you had to adjust the whole equipment to the dry suit again. The Side 16 setting is as simple as adjusting the waist belt.
The shoulder straps are adjusted as in a jacket. In my case, the bungee seemed ideally suited. From my experience of diving with aluminum tanks I know I have to put the weights as low as possible to compensate for the displacement of the bottom of the tank. It turned out that the 2kg weights fit ideally on the crotch belt under the butt – plate. Important information for the aesthetes – it is mounted on the inside, so it’s not visible from the outside.
As you can see the initial setup took just a moment and the harness was ready to use.
It is also worth saying more about the weight system. The BCD has 4 solid pockets inside, which can easily accommodate 16 or even 20 kg of weight. There is a small zippered pocket that can accommodate 1 kg of weights in the upper part (behind the neck). Ideal for trimming! Additionally, 2x5kg weight pockets have been assembled on the belt, which in my opinion are not necessary for 2 x 11.1l alu set.
As you can see, the Side 16 configuration does not differ from the configuration of a jacket. Hence, this is a great solution for instructors, course participants and all those who appreciate comfort, especially travelling and diving in dry and wet suits interchangeably.