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Tusa BCJ-3200 Liberator Sigma Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Tusa BCJ-3200 Liberator Sigma Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The Liberator Sigma is a fairly middle-of-the-road BCD from Tusa. The design includes Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness, which mounts the tank close to the body and uses stabilizing rails, features that promote stability and prevent tank rolling. The BCJ-3200’s rig is made from 840 denier nylon, so it stands up very well to wear and tear. The Liberator Sigma also has integrated weights using Tusa’s Advanced Weight Loading System, which is secured by buckles. The integrated weight pockets in this system are set below the jacket’s pair of zippered storage pockets, and therefore do not occupy all of the room in those pockets while in use. That is a common design flaw in many BCDs, but the Liberator Sigma avoids it nicely. The jacket also has a pair of non-ditchable, rear-mounted trim weight pockets.

The BCD’s other cargo-carrying features include one shoulder strap D-ring and clasp buckles fitted around the front of the waist. These can be mated to accessories like hose clamps, clasp hooks or extra D-rings, giving the Liberator Sigma a little more flexibility than is the norm for a BCD of its class. The BCD is well-padded, comes with a sternum strap, and fits comfortably. The other features are fairly conventional, and the BCD’s air cell has a lift capacity of 18 lbs (8 kg) in its smallest version and 46 lbs (21 kg) in its largest.

Most owners gave the BCD high marks, and overall the Liberator Sigma provides plenty of bang for the buck. There were few complaints about the Liberator Sigma, and most of those focused on how the integrated weight system wasn’t large enough to store enough weights for cold water diving in thick semi-drysuits. Otherwise, the consumer commentary was all positive.

Average Price: $350