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IST J1300 Artemis Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on IST J1300 Artemis Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The J1300 Artemis from IST is women’s BCD design. That shows in what has become the standard style for a woman’s BCD, namely a shorter overall design with more of the BCD’s material distributed to the lower back, hips and waist. The Artemis has thick padding on these areas, making it very comfortable. As an added touch, the J1300’s shoulder width is adjustable, making for a snug fit. The BCD is made from 840D nylon, giving it above average durability (and contributing to its bulky 9.5-lb weight).

The integrated weight system has met with mixed commentary. On the one hand, the forward pockets are angled specifically to make it easier for a diver with a female build to use, and the system is very secure due to its dual clips. However, while those dual clips are easy to disengage and dump, the field testers at Scuba Diving found it tricky to get the weight pockets back into place while underwater. The system might not be the easiest to use if you need to add or subtract weights in mid-dive. The front pockets can store 8.8 lbs (4 kg ), and the rear trim pockets can hold 2.2 lbs (1 kg). The largest version has a lift capacity of 31.5 lbs (14.3 kg).

For cargo carrying, the J1300 Artemis uses three stainless steel D-rings, two Delrin D-rings, and a pair of roomy pockets. Overall, the J1300 Artemis is thought to be a comfortable women’s BCD offering decent capability and a very good fit. As for the problems with re-connecting the weight pockets during a dive, Dive Gear Reviews suggests you consider how often you actually do this and weighing that drawback accordingly.

Average Price: $500