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Cressi S300 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Cressi S300 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

Cressi’s latest pro-level BCD, the S300 is a roomy, high-lift piece of gear, making it a logical choice for cold water divers encumbered with dry suits and thick wet suits. The S300’s air bladders are distributed around the sides and the back, and provide between 21 and 52 lbs (9.7 and 23.5 kg) of lift, depending on the BCD size. The air bladders are restrained by elastic bands, ensuring the BCD remains streamlined. In addition to the inflator, the BCD has three dump valves.

The S300 is relatively lightweight due to its 420 denier nylon construction, with a dry weight of 8.8 lbs. However, that also means the nylon fabric is relatively thin compared to some other BCDs in this class, so this is not the most durable pro-level, cold water BCD around. The BCD has two big pockets, two snap-hook rings, and four D-rings for carrying tools, cargo and accessories, so its cargo capacity is excellent. The integrated weight system includes the standard two waist pockets using Cressi’s Lock Aid system (7 kg/15 lbs per pocket), plus two non-ditchable trim pockets in the back. The S300’s harness is reported to be snug, and has a rigid, padded backplate.

At the end of the day, the Cressi S300 is a capable, stable BCD in a thoroughly conventional style, but it is a bit expensive considering what you get. If you can find a discounted S300, then it becomes competitive.

Average Price: $550