The evolution of AKUANA Hummingbird Side Mount System has reached new heights by introducing Hummingbird 2 Extreme, which is designed specifically to meet the needs for extreme diving experience and tested in extreme depths of cave diving/wreck diving. Hummingbird 2 Extreme Sidemount BC will bring you extraordinary performance and safety for all the sidemount enthusiasts.
AKUANA Hummingbird 2 Extreme Sidemount BCD
AKUANA Hummingbird 2 Extreme Sidemount BCD features streamlined diamond shape black wing with 35 lbs (15.8 kg) of lift, which is perfect to maintain trim during your dive. The highlight of Hummingbird 2 Extreme is its Dyneema high-tech bladder. This super-strong fiber material is 15x stronger than steel, extremely durable and resistant to water elements, UV light and chemicals, making it durable for cave divers. Besides, the upgraded harness system makes Hummingbird 2 Extreme the best sidemount BCD for any size divers.
Hummingbird 2 Extreme Inflator Hose and Exhaust Valve
Hummingbird series sidemount buoyancy compensator have the reversible inflator hose valve and exhaust valve because they are exactly on the same position which means you can quickly switch the position of these valves to meet your need. Another feature is the inflator hose has a 90-degree angle which to avoid point of failure in low situation such as cave restriction or in a wreck, which to make the inflator hose unbreakable.
Hummingbird 2 Extreme Harness System
Hummingbird 2 Sidemount Scuba BCD has several highlight features compare to the old hummingbird series. One of the new features of Hummingbird 2 Extreme is continuous webbing throughout the all harness system. This creates the most stability and avoids any weak and failure points. The use of Triglide makes the whole system very easy to adjust to fit any size of divers.
The low profile D-rings and buckles on the shoulder straps and the waist belt have the lowest risk to entanglement in all sorts of cave or wreck diving compared to those bulky hardware. Also these low-profile D-rings on your waist strap helps to put your tanks closer to your body. Divers are able to switch between two connection points on the waist belt if they dive with aluminium tank to control their buoyancy and to stay trim.
There are several ways to configure bungees on the Hummingbird 2 Extreme Sidemount System. Loop Bungee as the common system, with Triglide you can easily adjust bungee to move it up and down. Hummingbird 2 Extreme can also be configured for continuous bungee with two simple clips. Divers are free to choose which sidemount bungee systems to use depends on their preference.
The attachment points on the Hummingbird 2 Extreme Harness System are super flexible as different size divers can easily attach the wing in any position on their back, which makes Hummingbird 2 Extreme very versatile as it allows divers to adjust the setup very quickly on dive site. The added feature on the harness system is the plate with lift-up square where divers can add more items without having to attach everything on D-rings. The crotch strap is separated from the dorsal strap and divers can move the stainless steel piece between these two straps up and down along the body, in order to keep the same distance between the chest D-rings and waist D-rings. Therefore, different sizes divers can easily exchange cylinders during the dive if they keep the same distance between those D-rings, which makes it an excellent safe feature for cave divers.
Hummingbird 2 Extreme Weight Management System
Hummingbird 2 Extreme sidemount buoyancy control device features the Molle weight system and also provides extra 4 weight pockets up to 17.6 lbs (8 kg) to customise your own.
- 35Ibs (15.8 kg) lift capacity
- Bladder made of Dyneema high-tech materials used for bulletproof vest
- Light weight and cut proof
- Molle weight system on the bladder, the systems can fit up to 8 weight pockets or more.
- Including one pair of trim weight pockets.
- Nylon upper back plate, more comfortable and lighter
- Reversible inflator can be positioned on left or right side
- Low profile exhaust valve
- 8 low-profile stainless-steel D rings
- Low-profile stainless-steel waist buckle
- Including tank rigging package
- Grommets at lower corners to keep bladder streamlined to body
- Customized butt plate to fix the lower corner of the bladder and provide external clips
- Dorsal length can be adjusted, one size fit all
- 2 of stainless-steel snap hooks on the waist harness
- Dual loop bungee system to hold the tanks close to body, fit also for single bungee system
- CE certified
What’s in the box:
- Hummingbird 2 Extreme Sidemount BCD x1
- Weight pockets x2
- Low pressure hose x1
- Bungee + bolt snaps x2
- Rubber band x3
I have been diving the Hummingbird 2 Extreme for last couple of months and I’m quite satisfied with the upgrade version that AKUANA came up with. The whole BCD is exquisite and easy to pack for a remote dive. The high quality of the material and easy-adjust harness system makes it a must own for technical sidemount divers.
I owned one Hummingbird 2 and I bought Hummingbird 2 Extreme for my wife. Triglide on the harness system makes the BCD super adjustable, we manage to adjust pretty fast on dive site. My wife and I use different bungee systems the Hummingbird 2 Extreme can do both which is kind of great.
This is definitely the most cost-effective technical sidemount BCD on the market. It was hard to choose between Hummingbird 2 and Hummingbird 2 Extreme at first, then I decided that the Extreme is more professional with its Dyneema material and Molle weight system as I spend most of my time go technical wreck diving and cave diving.