Monday, 23 April 2012

The Hollis SMS 50 review 2012

The long awaited arrival of the Hollis SM50 finally came to an end with some help from Hollis and Hollis UK,  Kelvin Richards and his team including PADI regional Manager Richard Howes,, Still currently unreleased Till June with only a few test models existing in the world, I was honoured to be one of the first to test the new sleek unit. Which I found to be a brilliant unit.. I got given the unit like it would come out the box,, with a few Easy changes I like to do to any unit for the way I Side mount.. (Although this unit comes ready to go) I like a continues bungee,, fixed D rings ect..

The Hollis SM50 is the new, sleeker smoother, and more streamlined ‘sidemount only unit. Unlike the SMS 100 the SMS 50 is aimed at the recreational market of SM not the technical sidemount diving. I did dive it in the shallows of Capernwray with my dry-suit steel 10s and ali 80s,,
The SMS 100 (the multipurpose unit and big brother to the SM50) is the unit I choose to do my technical sidemount diving on, and is also great for recreational sidemount diving too.

The new design and low profile of the SMS 50 wing and harness makes for an INCREDIBLY comfortable, streamlined, and easy to use unit underwater,, it is a smooth unit that is small and supportive unit.. I went in to the cock pit of the plane with ease and threw the escape window with ease.. Hovering around in all orientation was easy, all my finning techniques where easy, with the help due to the less drag,, even when fully inflated had little drag unlike the RAZOR which when inflated seems to be like Turtle Shell creating drag.. There has been a lot of thought gone into this unit even the little weight pouches which are great..

Hollis has seemingly taken over the sidemount market for me having dived a lot of the other units on the market, I will be using Hollis all the way..

 Thank You Tony Cooper (UK)

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