What our staff think…
XDeep make some very nice gear!
So far, I have been very impressed with everything from XDeep! All of their products are well designed, well styled and very well priced! This trend is continues in the Hydros BC.
The Hydros wing is designed to be used with twin cylinders. It comes in 40lb and 60lb. I would recommend most divers to go with the 40lb, unless you are carrying multiple stage tanks.
There are only a couple of changes that XDeep have made to this DIR system. Firstly, they have moved the inflator hose so that it attaches at the centre of the wing. This makes it slightly easier to deflate your wing at the surface. They also use two different thicknesses of webbing in the harness. The main harness is made from a thinker webbing, as this area will see the most fatigue. The crotch strap is made from softer webbing for added comfort.
Other than that this is exactly what you expect from a traditional, DIR, Hogarthian back plate and wing. Perfect for all technical diving with no added bull@#%&, that will just bake anyway!
The XDeep HYDROS is a high quality Europen backplate, harness and wing system; the perfect technical diving buoyancy compensator. The HYDROS matches the rugged simplicity of a DIR-style harness and backplate with an advanced wing structure featuring optimal geometry.
Select from the HYDROS 40 (18L/40lb) wing or the HYDROS 50 (22L/50lb) wing with a Stainless Steel Backplate and Simple Harness. See the tips tab to read about the wing that’s right for you.
The XDeep HYDROS wing is simply excellent. It’s narrower across the top, which gives the diver problem-free access to the manifold and tank valves plus better hose routing options. The shape of the wing is proportioned through the side and lower sections to help attain a better horizontal trim position when compared to more traditional wing shapes (those with similar thickness bladder all the way around). It’s modern sculptured design is also more streamlined than many traditional round and horse-shoe wings. As a bonus, this optimal shaping for trim also provides a higher upright position on the surface.
With the HYDROS you really do get the benefits of great design. The HYDROS wing is also made with only the best quality materials, including a very strong outer shell fabricated from genuine German-made Cordura© 1100dTEX. The inner bladder is made from a tough Nylon 440dTEX material with anit-bacterial coating.
There is more information about the design and construction of the wing on the HYDROS wing product page.
XDeep backplates are designed and built for comfort and strength. The Hydros 40 is available with either an aluminium or stainless steel backplate (this set). Slots are positioned to ensure maximum comfort for the diver and the stability of the mounted cylinders. With the optimal angle of slots and precisely bevelled edges the total surface of the webbing is used, which reduces wear along the edges and prolongs the life of the webbing. The backplate has plenty of slots and holes to enable you to mount any element of dive gear you need, as well as an optional 3D mesh back pad and shoulder pads, for your comfort.
The HYDROS 40/50 includes:
Simple DIR harness with medium / stiff webbing.
7 x smooth tri-glides,
5 x 6mm flat D-rings,
rubber ring (to hold inflator hose in place),
stainless steel buckle.
Stainless Steel 3mm Backplate
Hydros 40lb (18L) or Hydros 50lb (22L) wing with inflator system and LP hose.
The HYDROS 40/50 comes fully assembled with a XDeep backplate – choose your type. You can also add the comfort harness which includes the special 3D mesh pad system. Or if you prefer, we’ll put together something different and extra for you – just e-mail.
Add XDeep comfort harness (3D mesh system), dumpable weight pockets (Weight – medium) and trim pockets (Trim) as necessary.
For more information please refer to the User Manual.