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Tusa BCJ-1800 Voyager Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Tusa BCJ-1800 Voyager Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

As the name implies, Tusa’s BCJ-1800 Voyager is a travel-oriented BCD that offers many of the same features usually limited to its heavier counterparts. The BCJ-1800 weighs in at 4.4 lbs, but has plenty of padding and is made out of 840/420 nylon. It uses the double rails of Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness plus a pair of straps to secure the air tank, thus ensuring a tight grip and no rolling during the dive. The BCJ-1800 has a life capacity of up to 33 lbs, which is enough for warm water use but a little on the low side for cold water diving.

The BCD has an integrated weight system with 16 lbs (7.25 kg) in the ditchable pockets and 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in the trim pockets on the back. For cargo carrying, Tusa’s Voyager has two internal pockets plus ten small D-rings, eight of them mounted on the pockets. The pockets suffer from a fairly typical problem for BCDs that put the pockets alongside the integrated weights, however, namely that using the integrated weight system squeezes the volume of the pockets and renders them almost useless.

The left side of the BCD’s waist has a console sleeve, a feature of the sort that has become increasingly popular with new BCD designs. However, the use of that sleeve to secure the console is an odd touch, since the sleeve idea is more often used to tie down the secondary air source. In the opinion of Dive Gear Reviews, anything that reduces “danglies” is a good idea, and using a sleeve to strap down the console is probably safer than using it for the secondary air source. That arrangement keeps panicked, out of air divers from clawing at the interior of your BCD in an attempt to free the secondary air source.

Thus far, the BCJ-1800 has attracted some notice from consumers, although ownership is not widespread yet and consumer commentary is consequently limited. Scuba Diving thought it was an economical BCD with good performance for the money, and made it a Tester’s Choice for 2011.

Average Price: $390