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Cressi Travelight Scuba BCD Review

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

Updated June 9, 2014

The Travelight from Cressi is designed as a super-serious travel BCD, and strongly oriented toward contributing towards a light, compact travel package for flying. The basic design was drawn from the Flex BCD, and Cressi chose to make the Travelight from 210 denier nylon, sacrificing durability for extreme lightness. This isn’t to say that the Travelight is flimsy, far from it. It just isn’t tough, but as a result is has a dry weight of only 6 lbs. (2.7 kg). The back is amply padded, and consumers almost universally found the Travelight had a comfortable fit.

The BCD uses a dual-strap system with a rubber back pad (for extra friction) to secure the air tank and provide extra stability. The BCD uses Cressi’s Lock Aid integrated weight system, and can store 20 lbs (9 kg) in the front pockets and a further 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in the non-ditchable back pockets. Cargo carrying comes in the form of two deep, zippered pockets, two big shoulder strap D-rings, two small waist D-rings and the usual D-rings on the ends of the various straps. With an eye on keeping the weight down, all of those D-rings are made from a lightweight allow. The air cell inflates away from the body, which increases drag, but avoids constricting the body. The Cressi Travelight has 13.5 lbs of lift (6 kg) in its smallest size and 36 lbs (16.3 kg) in its largest.

The Travelight is a proven BCD that delivers as promised. It is so light and compact it can be squeezed into a carry-on duffel bag if necessary, but doesn’t sacrifice any features to achieve this. That makes the Travelight an ideal choice for traveling, backpacking divemasters or anyone who does most of their diving at the end of a plane trip. Divernet gave the BCD eight stars, and Scuba Diving named it a Tester’s Choice and a Best Buy in 2009 and 2014. The lift capacity of the Travelight is low and not a good match for cold water diving, but few travel BCDs are well-suited to chilly, high-lift environments. Even the most negative consumer review at LeisurePro said the Cressi Travelight “performed as advertised.”

Average Price: $350, and sometimes this BCD is available for much less.