with the Hollis DX300 Drysuit
First off I have to say this is quite possibly one of the easiest projects I have done related to scuba diving. At first it does seem intimidating but it is easy I promise. If you have been following our blog then you know that I recently reviewed the Hollis DX300 drysuit. This suit was super comfortable with it’s silicone seals and material. The major benefit of this suit is that is utilizes quick change SiTech QCS Oval Ring system that is completely compatible with the SiTech ANTARES system.
If you don’t have a new Hollis DX300 and you are using this on an older QCS Oval system then you need to verify if you have the new or old QCS system; the older version requires the additional purchase of the Oval Stiff Ring which replaces the thinner older (non-ANTARES-compatible) rings that attach the seals (this is an extra step but it is as simple as changing your silicone seals).
If you are lucky enough to have the new QCS seals (any QCS Ovals manufactured after May 2013) or the Hollis DX300 then you are a mere 10 minutes away from dry hands.
Total Cost of Project:
- $124 for parts (not including shipping)
- 10-15 minutes of your time
Items you need to purchase:
I highly recommend the blue/orange gloves because it is easy to see hand signals if you have a darker drysuit or black gear, or limited visibility. The black gloves look great on the surface however they aren’t as functional underwater for signaling.
- Find the spacer ring that creates a snug fit with your glove (if you purchased the blue gloves above then it will be the blue spacer). Thinner gloves like rubber only (no fabric on the inside) should take the green spacer.
- Tuck the glove wrists into themselves to fold over the spacer ring.
- Check to see fit on writs and verify oval is properly placed for wrist and movement.
- Hold glove and ring in place and press firmly into the quick connect cuff ring that attaches the glove to the drysuit ensuring there are no creases in the glove as the ring seats itself.
- Push the ring all the way against the quick connect cuff ring.
- Pull the glove and the quick connect cuff ring in opposite directions to ensure proper installation.
- Trim excess material from glove cuffs. (1.5cm/1.25in should be enough)
- (Optional) install ANTARES support ring into the drysuit sleeve. This is included in the ANTARES kit (previous kits required an additional purchase).
- Lubricate the glove seals with the lubrication stick provided
- Test glove to suit fit by pressing the glove into the suit.
- Relax…your done.
Surprisingly easy huh?. That’s exactly what I thought and it was truly simple. The modular system is amazing and it really makes the Hollis Drysuit even better. Now you can quickly (within 1 minute) change from wet to dry gloves or back. Even better you can swap out gloves should a previous pair become damaged, torn or flooded.
I can’t stress enough what an amazing system this is, especially when paired with the Hollis DX300. I think that my next project will be installing the SiTech QCS Oval system on my Hollis BioDry 100 so stay tuned.
If you purchase these and doe this easy project let us know how it went for you and what your thoughts are on this system. If you have questions drop us a line as well.