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Scubapro Seahawk Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Seahawk Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

Scubapro’s Seahawk BCD builds on the success of their much-loved Knighthawk, so much so that some consumers labeled it a “Knighthawk with more pockets.” That captures the idea, even if it understates the case quite a bit.

The Seahawk enjoys the same tough 1000 denier nylon construction as the Knighthawk, as well as other similar features such as the super-cinch buckle tank strap,  comfortable back padding and collar, an internal carrying handle, and the buckle-secured integrated weight system. It also has a similar D-ring arrangement, providing plenty of options for clipping on cargo.

However, the Seahawk improves on the original by expanding its pockets. In the Knighthawk, only one pocket had a roll-out mesh pocket for expanded storage. The latter is an important feature for storing gear, since using the integrated weight system fills up the internal pocket space. In the Seahawk, Scubapro gives you two of these roll-outs instead of one. Also, the pockets are located on the top of the waist section and behind the integrated weights, rather than outside and beneath them.

Another difference is in the Seahawk’s air bladder. The biggest Knighthawks had a maximum lift of 46 lbs. All sizes of the Seahawk have a life capacity of 56 lbs. That is a lot of lift for a small or medium-sized BCD by any standard, and a substantial increase over the Knighthawk for the bigger rigs.

In terms of Knighthawk vs. Seahawk, consumers who know both BCDs think the Seahawk’s extra lift and pocket space make it a somewhat bigger, more confining BCD. However, divers who needed either the extra cargo capacity or the extra lift loved the BCD’s improvements in these departments. Some commented that the Seahawk was therefore ideal for a diver who mixes recreational diving with tec diving, or wants to have some growth potential into tec diving. Scuba Diving named it their Tester’s Choice for 2010.

Average Price: $600, $725 with the Air2 alternate air source inflator.