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ScubaMax BC-7000 Integra 2 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on ScubaMax BC-7000 Integra 2 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The most recent evolution of ScubaMax’s buoyancy controller line, the Integra 2 (BC-7000) is a rugged, highly functional jacket-style BCD, with an emphasis on the “rugged” part. The Integra 2 is made from 1100 denier Nylon, a very heavy and tough grade of fabric. While that adds to the weight of the BCD (8 to 9 lbs dry weight for most models), the basic construction of the BCD will take punishment and last for a very long time.

The Integra 2 also delivers in the cargo carrying department. Whereas many BCDs have three or four stainless steel D-rings, this BCD has six: two on the shoulders, two on the upper waist/lower chest, and two on the bottom waist. The BCD also has two ample size pockets, with most of their volume resting above the integrated weight system’s pockets. This corrects a fault common in many BCDs with integrated weights and pockets, namely that the use of integrated weight system fills most of the interior volume of the pockets, making them useless. There are also two back pockets for trim weights, each capable of holding a 5 lbs/2 kg block.

The tank mounts are capable of handling single or double tanks, a plus for tec divers or divers interested in some growth potential into tec diving. High lift capacity, three dump valves, and the standard corrugated hose inflator round out the picture on this ScubaMax BCD.

Average Price: $440