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Oceanic Excursion 2 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Excursion 2 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

The Oceanic Excursion 2 is Oceanic’s latest premium BCD entry. The unit is a back-inflating design with 50 lbs. (22.7 kg) of lift in S, M and L sizes (58 lbs in XL), so it has plenty of lift for cold water conditions. However, the Excursion 2 comes in at only 9 lbs (4 kg), a 20% reduction in weight over its predecessor. While not exactly a travel BCD, the Excursion 2 is light and compact enough for easy checked bag travel, making it a flexible BCD.

The Excursion 2 uses the conventional lay-out of a chest-strap, shoulder straps and cummerbund with a padded back, and owners report the BCD is very comfortable to wear. Cargo-carriage comes in the form of a pair of zipper pockets mounted outside the integrated weight pockets, two big D-rings on the right shoulder, plus smaller rings mounted above, below and behind the pockets. Plenty of grommets line those zipper pockets as well, enabling a diver to strap on knives and other accessories. An added plus is that the pocket assembly as a whole is big enough to leave some space in the pockets even if the integrated weight inserts are stuffed full of shot pouches or lead blocks.

Another improvement is Oceanic’s new QLR3 integrated weight system. This design builds on the conventional buckle-secured weight pocket design (such as that of the popular Scubapro Knighthawk) by hiding the buckle inside the pocket and adding a control handle.

Consumer feedback about the Oceanic Excursion 2 has been overwhelmingly positive, although owners have some criticisms. The most common complaint was the BCD has a pronounced tendency to ride up in the water, beyond what is normal for most BCDs, and some owners indicated they had added an under-leg strap to counteract that. LeisurePro users rated it a 4.6 out of 5.

Average Price: $550