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Zeagle Scout Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Zeagle Scout Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $101-$250

Zeagle’s Scout is a warm-water/travel BCD which is widely available at bargain-basement prices. The Scout uses a low-profile, back-inflation design, with both the single air bladder and the integrated weight system located on the mid-to-lower back. The lift capacity is 24 lbs (11 kg) and the weight pockets can stow 20 lbs (9 kg). Tool and cargo storage on the BCD is through four D-rings (two on the shoulders, two on the waist) and two big pockets. The dry weight is 6 3/4 lbs (3 kg), and the BCD folds down into a compact package for travel.

If this BCD has any problems, its in the weight system. Back pockets are usually used for trim weights and not for the storage of primary ballast. The reason is simple: if a diver needs to ditch his weights, he can’t get to weights stored on his back. In an emergency, either a buddy has to ditch the weights or the entire BCD has to go. A safe, conservative diver would therefore never use the back pouches to carry all the weights, and is therefore compelled to either carry some weights in the storage pockets or wear a weight belt. Ergo, the Zeagle Scout cannot truly be said to have an “integrated weight system.” Furthermore, a few consumers who were diving in cold water and stowing a lot of weight on their back reported that it tended to slosh around and tip them over to the left and right. For tropical diving, however, the weight load would be lighter and therefore this should not pose a problem.

Average Price: The Zeagle is listed at $330. However, the BCD is routinely discounted to below $275, and is sometimes on sale for as low as $200.