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Sherwood Avid CQR-3 BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Sherwood Avid CQR-3 BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The CQR-3 is the latest evolution in the Sherwood Avid BCD, the company’s top-end jacket BCD, so don’t confuse it with the CQR-2. Also don’t be alarmed by blog posts and internet threads about recalls for Sherwood Avids. The recall dates to 2004, and therefore is completely irrelevant to a model introduced in 2012.

The main changes for the Avid CQR-3 are an improved integrated weight system and altered styling. The improvements for the weight system make installing and dumping the weight pockets easier, while adding security through the addition of a toggle. Each pocket intended to hold between 8 and 13 lbs (3.6 to 5.8 kg), depending on the size of the BCD. Divernet described the system as easy to use, so the improvements had their intended effect. A pair of trim pockets can hold an additional 5 lbs (2.2 kg) each. The BCD’s lift capacity is between 22 and 40 lbs (10 to 18 kg), once again depending on the size. The BCD is made from tough, 1000-denier nylon.

For cargo-carrying, the Avid CQR-3 has six stainless steel D-rings and a pair of big pockets. The integrated weights fit into those pockets, causing a potential problem common in many BCDS: when you use the integrated weight system, it fills up part of the pocket volume. Divernet  reported these pockets were awkward to access due to the zipper position, which zips open from back to front. In addition to the standard pair of jacket pockets, however, the Avid CQR-3 has a utility tool pocket secured by a velcro flap mounted on the outside. This sort of thing is ideal for a folding knife, back-up dive light or similar item, providing as it does an easily accessed, compact third pocket for the one or two items a diver needs to keep handy.

Sherwood’s Avid CQR-3 BCD is a tough, stable and comfy jacket BCD that covers all the basics. For divers who are looking for a jacket BCD in the Scubapro Knighthawk class, this latest installment of the Avid offers similar features at a lower price.

Average Price: $375