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Scubapro Knighthawk Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Knighthawk Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The Knighthawk BCD from Scubapro is a durable piece of dive gear meant for use by both recreational and tec divers. The integrated weights are stored in zippered pouches and then tucked into pockets on the front-sides of the BCD’s waist, and secured by a quick-release buckle system. Even if the weights fall out of the pockets of this BCD, they will remain buckled to the strap and attached to the BCD. The pouches can store up to 12 lbs (5 kg) of weights, depending on the shape of the weights in question. Two weight pockets carrying up to 10 lbs (4.5 kg) are also situated on the back of the Knighthawk, but these are meant to provide trim and are non-ditchable. Overall, the integrated weight arrangement makes this a very stable BCD. The Knighthawk is a back-flotation BCD and offers between 34 and 46 lbs of lift, depending on the size of the BCD. The air bladders were made with an eye on being tough and puncture-resistant, and it comes with three dump-vents.

The Knighthawk is also very generous with its gear- and cargo-storing arrangement. The BCD has four stainless steel D-rings for clipping things on, two on the harness straps and two on the waist. Two more plastic D-rings are found on the buckle strap for the integrated weights. Further cargo can be stored in two roll-out mesh pockets, one large and one small, located beneath the integrated weight pouches (note: Scuba Diving magazine got this wrong, stating the Knighthawk has only one such pocket). The tank is secured by a traditional strap with a cinch buckle, which is easy to use. The system is a classic, but you can’t adjust the strap’s grip on the tank without undoing it, so the tank had better be on tight and in the right position before hitting the water.

Another feature of the Knighthawk is how comfortable it is to wear and how handy it is to use. A molded handle is built into the inside of the BCD, just under the collar, which makes carrying the BCD with the tank and other dive gear easier. The Knighthawk has a hard back plate with plenty of padding, including around the collar, offering lots of support and comfort. An alternate regulator-inflator is available, but not standard.

Scubapro Knighthawk BCD

Scubapro Knighthawk BCD

The bottom line on the Scubapro Knighthawk is that it’s an outstanding BCD. Dive called it “tough and weighty,” and Scuba Diving praised how the Knighthawk made assembling a scuba kit easy. Once the weights are properly distributed, the stability and comfort of the BCD are such that it practically disappears from notice once the diver is underwater, becoming virtually an extension of the torso. The Knighthawk is also not going to fall apart with regular use, and its features give it growth potential into tec diving, making it a natural choice for divers who might want to move up the ladder into that field one day. The BCD only has two real negative points to it. First, it is bulky on land, which makes storing it for travel difficult. Also, the Knighthawk BCD is a bit on the pricey side. Therefore, divers who travel by air a lot or who are on a strict budget might be better off with another BCD, but for divers who want to maximize durability and performance, the Scubapro Knighthawk is the way to go.

Average Price: $600