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Dive Rite offers two different versions of the Nomad: the LT and the XT.

Sidemount isn't just for cave divers anymore and neither is the Dive Rite Nomad system. The Nomad systems are popular with technical divers for their trim characteristics as well as open water divers wishing to transition into technical diving down the road. The Nomad is a complete harness, butt plate and wing system. Utilizing the harness and butt plate hard points, tanks are attached with a strap and bungee system that allows primary, stage, deco and bailout tanks to ride closely at the diver's side, yet not be jammed under the arms. The very compact design, that minimises lift at the neck, also makes the Nomad perfect as an extended range diving harness and wing for use with doubles and rebreathers.

The Nomad XT is a versatile modular system assembled from separate components: TransPac XT Harness, Nomad XT butt plate, and Nomad XT wing. The Nomad XT wing features the SuperFabric® technology for maximum abrasion resistance. The Nomad XT can be worn with backmount single tanks and doubles, as well as rebreathers. The non-modular Dive Rite Nomad LT is the lightest and most streamlined Nomad. The LT is designed strictly for sidemount diving and will not adapt to backmount tanks.

Sidemount diving is rapidly evolving and we are often asked if our Nomad inventory is the most current version available from Dive Rite. The answer is YES, Dive Gear Express is the worlds largest Dive Rite dealer and our Nomad inventory is fresh. We always take care to be sure your Nomad order ships with the latest version available from the Dive Rite factory.

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Designed for sidemount diving in a wetsuit with aluminum 80s or in a drysuit with steel 85's, the Dive Rite Nomad LT is the lightest and most streamlined Nomad. Weighing only { 5.4 lbs | 2.5 kg }, the Nomad LT is a great choice for travel to warm water destinations. The Nomad LT is simple to set up and configure with a one-size-fit-all webbing harness and wing combination. Harness pivot points at the chest provide comfort for women and broad-chested divers and stainless steel slides at the waist provide a customizable fit.

Unique to the Nomad LT is the tight wing profile that provides instant trim with a { 3 in | 8 cm } expansion panel located at the base of the wing. This puts air where it is needed for optimal trim and efficiency. A low profile buttplate is located just at the base of the wing, providing easy access to bottles. SuperFabric® brand technology on the outer wing provides optimum resistance to punctures and abrasions, while remaining very flexible.

The versions of the Nomad LT offer different locations for the pull dump. The Nomad LT Tech version has the pull dump located on the bottom with the inflator on the inside right and OPV located on the inside left. These can be reversed by the diver, if desired. The Nomad LT Bluewater version is for divers who need to dump gas from their wing in a vertical orientation. The Nomad LT Tech primary inflator is located on the back of the wing, over the left shoulder and the OPV is located on the back of the wing, bottom left. While the Bluewater and Tech versions offer { 22 lbs | 10 kg } of lift, the Nomad LT Extreme offers increased lift capacity of { 35 lbs | 15.9 kg } of lift. A pair of dump valves located at the lower outer corners of the Nomad LT Extreme give easy access to vent air from the wing with either hand. An optional 22lb lift capacity backup bladder is available for divers needing a redundant source of buoyancy. All other features are the same on all three versions. The Nomad LT comes standard with a { 12 in | 30 cm } corrugated inflation hose, a plain elbow and a { 2 in | 5 cm } crotch strap, plus two 2012 style inch ring and loop bungees w/medium snaps and chokers. Watch the video to the left to see the latest innovations to the LT Extreme.

IMPORTANT: Extremely streamlined, the Nomad LT has lift to carry twin aluminum 80 cylinders with a wetsuit or steel 85s when wearing a drysuit. The Nomad LT is designed to support a maximum of { 10 lb | 4 kg } of additional weight worn for trim or buoyancy purposes. When diving the Nomad LT, you must not attempt to dive with cylinders or additional weight that exceed Dive Rite recommendations.

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Nomad XT BC - Back Built with the explorer in mind, the Nomad XT Sidemount system is made with a super-tough exterior engineered using SuperFabric® brand technology for optimum resistance to punctures and abrasions, while remaining very flexible. In addition to its rugged exterior, the Nomad XT has the added benefit of being a modular system: the harness, wing, buttplate and crotch stap are all separate elements. This allows the traveling explorer (or any diver wishing to modify their rig) the ability to trade out wings, remove the buttplate or make any fit adjustments necessary to meet the objective of the dive mission.

The Nomad XT Sidemount system comes assembled and includes a TransPac harness, XT Buttplate, Nomad XT wing ({ 50 lb | 22.68 kg }) with a { 16 in |
40.64 cm } corrugated hose, a plain elbow, a { 22 in | 55.88 cm } low pressure BC inflation hose, and a { 2 in | 5.08 cm } crotch strap, plus two ring and loop bungees w/medium snaps and chokers. Note: To order dual bladder wing upgrade, see pricelist below.

Recently Updated, the Nomad XT has a new shape, giving the diver improved trim where its most needed for sidemount. The top portion of the wing no longer has a middle panel and is much narrower, while the bottom of the wing has a slight flare as compared to the previous model, providing more lift at the hips and less at the head. The inflator has been moved to the center of the wing, while an additional OPV has been added on the right side, allowing divers to switch the inflator and OPVs if they choose. When switching the pull dump to the shoulder, divers like to customize the cord length. Dive Rite now offers the Nomad with a {25 in | 64 cm} long pull string and ball so divers can select their own custom length. The video at left illustrates some of the new updated Nomad features in greater detail.

Nomad streamlining is achieved by integrating the special Nomad wing with the TransPac® harness through wing keepers that hold the wing low across the back to reduce drag. Proper trim comes from the longer wing and a Gusset Control System (GCS) cord that is woven through tabs on the front face of the wing. The GCS cord is positioned on the upper portion of the wing, forcing the lower part of the wing to inflate preferentially, keeping lift around the divers hips where it is needed.

The Nomad wing dual upgrade incorporates two bladders to provide back-up inflation. The dual option is ideal for technical divers who dive wet and do not have a drysuit as alternate buoyancy, or for any diver who wants to ensure their backup buoyancy has the same lift capacity as their primary. The Nomad's unique bladder design allows a single bladder wing to be altered (at the factory) to become a dual bladder wing at a later date, or it can be initially purchased as a dual bladder wing.

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Dive Rite Nomad T-Shirt Detail Are you a Nomad Sidemount diver? If you've 'gone sidemount' and will never go back this t-shirt is for you. The new Nomad t-shirt displays the Dive Rite Nomad logo on the front and the Dive Rite line arrow logo on the back.

Adult T-Shirt is preshrunk 100% Ultra Cotton jersey from GildanUSA Activewear with an ultra tight knit surface. Features a traditional fit with seamless double-needle collar, taped neck and shoulders, double-needle sleeve and bottom hems. Deep red and gold silkscreened colors on the front of charcoal color material available in Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and 2X-Large sizes.

Harness Sizing with Nomad

The harness is available in a wide range of sizes. While weight and height are a good starting point for determining your size, a perfect fit requires addtional information. Please carefully take the actual measurements explained below to make sure you select exactly the right size. Be sure to allow for exposure suit thickness. Keep this in mind if your measurement is near the higher end of the range for a particular size. The Nomad XT system is designed using a standard size backpad for the Medium, Large, X-Large, and XX-Large size. The Nomad LT system is a 'one size fits all' design that can be adjusted to fit everyone including small women and very broad-chested men.

IMPORTANT: For true sidemount cave diving, most cave divers prefer a loose fit for their harness. If you intend to use your Nomad for sidemount cave diving, you should seriously consider stepping up to the next size in the guide below unless you are at the smaller end of a specific size range. However, if you are sidemount diving in open water, then follow the Dive Rite sizing guide below as appropriate.

  • Shoulder to Waist Length -- To ensure proper shoulder strap length, measure from a point at the top of the shoulder to a point immediately below the waist, as shown in the accompanying diagram. Be sure to allow for exposure suit thickness.

  • Torso Length -- The Standard lumbar backpad and soft backplate is the size that most often fits average build individuals with back-of-neck measurements greater than { 17 in | 43.2 cm }. If your measurement is significantly less than { 17 in | 43.2 cm }, a small Nomad can be custom sewn by Dive Rite, contact us for availability and pricing.

Shoulder Strap Sizing  Back-of-Neck to Waist Measurements for Standard and Short Sizes

Size Shoulder to Waist Torso Waist Weight Height
Medium 15 - 18 in Standard 24 - 34 in 110 to 150 lb 5 to 6 ft
Large 17 - 22 in Standard 32 - 42 in 150 to 200 lb 5 to 6 ft
X Large 18.5 - 23.5 in Standard 32 - 42 in 180 to 220 lb 5 to 6 ft
XX Large 22.5+ in Standard 42+ in 220+ lb 5 to 6 ft

Size Shoulder to Waist Torso Waist Weight Height
Medium 38.1 - 45.7 cm Standard 61 - 86.4 cm 49.9 to 68 kg 1.5 to 1.8 m
Large 43.2 - 55.9 cm Standard 81.3 - 106.7 cm 68 to 90.7 kg 1.5 to 1.8 m
X Large 47 - 59.67 cm Standard 81.3 - 106.7 cm 81.7 to 99.8 kg 1.5 to 1.8 m
XX Large 57.2+ cm Standard 106.7+ cm 99.8+ kg 1.5 to 1.8 m

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Pricing for Dive Rite Nomad BC

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Dive Rite Nomad LT Bluewater Sidemount BC  DR-BC4530 Dive Rite Nomad LT Bluewater Sidemount BC In Stock  $400.00
Dive Rite Nomad LT Tech Sidemount BC  DR-BC4525 Dive Rite Nomad LT Tech Sidemount BC In Stock  $400.00
Dive Rite Nomad LT Extreme Sidemount BC  DR-BC4535 Dive Rite Nomad LT Extreme Sidemount BC In Stock  $499.00
Dive Rite Nomad LT Extreme Sidemount BC w/DUAL Bladder  DR-BC4535-DUAL Dive Rite Nomad LT Extreme Sidemount BC w/DUAL Bladder In Stock  $599.00
Nomad XT System, Medium  DR-BC4650P-M Nomad XT System, Medium 2-3 Days  $699.00
Nomad XT System, Large  DR-BC4650P-LG Nomad XT System, Large In Stock  $699.00
Nomad XT System, X-Large  DR-BC4650P-XL Nomad XT System, X-Large In Stock  $699.00
Nomad XT System, XX-Large  DR-BC4650P-XXL Nomad XT System, XX-Large 2-3 Days  $699.00
Upgrade Nomad XT to Dual Aircell (Requires Order for Nomad)  DR-BC4550-DUAL Upgrade Nomad XT to Dual Aircell (Requires Order for Nomad) 2-3 Days  $160.00
Dive Rite 'Nomad Sidemount' T-Shirt  DR-LW3537 Dive Rite 'Nomad Sidemount' T-Shirt
In Stock  $19.95

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