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May

Seasoft Sea Lion Scuba BCD Review

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

Seasoft’s Sea Lion has the kind of adjustable harness that a dive shop owner dreams about. You can buy the extra-small Sea Lion BCD for a 12 year old, who can keep adjusting that harness until he grows up into a 20 year old, 180 lbs adult. This feature is especially handy for the diver who travels far and wide, because while the Sea Lion BCD is neither light or compact, the flexible fit means the Sea Lion will fit just as snugly over a bulky dry suit for diving in Vancouver as it will over a Lycra shorty for diving in the Similan Islands. Seasoft is confident enough in this feature of the design that the Sea Lion comes in only four sizes.

The largest Sea Lions have 50 lbs of lift. The integrated weight system can stow 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in the rearward trim pockets and up to 30 lbs (13.6 kg) of ditchable weights in the front pockets. Consumers who compared the weight system to that of their previous BCD(s) thought it was the easiest to ditch set of weights they had ever used. The BCD weights either 9 or 10 lbs, depending on the size.

Seasoft Sea Lion Scuba BCD

Seasoft Sea Lion Scuba BCD

Gear storage might be the best thing about the Sea Lion. The BCD is strongly oriented towards grommets, with eight spread over the waist area. The D-rings consist of traditional ring-mountings on the harness straps, plus tassels with small D-rings on the end attached to the bottom of the harness straps. In a nifty touch, Seasoft has put a built-in, retractable clasp on the waist. and the air tank is secured by two straps. A diver who has a lot of gear to tie down to their harness should give the Sea Lion a long look, since it provides plenty of options for securing equipment. Consumers loved this feature and gave it high marks.

Average Price: $500