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Oceanic Probe HLC BCD Review

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

Oceanic’s Proble HLC is a high-end, tech-oriented, hybrid-design BCD. As such, it is a very heavy-duty rig with plenty of cargo-carrying capability and serious lifting power.

In terms of cargo-carrying, the BCD comes with six steel D-rings, not counting rings on the end of the various adjustment straps, plus two over-sized, zippered pockets that are big enough to handle both the integrated weight system and store tools and other items at the same time. Those pockets also have flaps mounting grommets, for extra flexibility in mounting items such as dive knives.

The aforementioned integrated weight system is of the Oceanic QLR3 design, the latest development of the company’s quick-release locking design. The pockets can store up to 20 lbs (9 kg), plus a pair of trim pockets in the back holding 5 lbs (2 kg) each.

The buoyancy system uses the typical corrugated hose and power inflator, while the BioFlex air bladder can hold a lot of air. The XL version of the Probe HLC has a potent 60 lbs of lift. The hybrid design combines elements of a back-inflating and a jacket-style BCD.

Consumer commentary on the Probe HLC has been overwhelmingly positive, with LeisurePro users giving it a 4.8 rating (out of 5), and the forum buzz around the Probe HLC has been execellent. There have been some complaints about the rig not being particularly comfortable, but most owners disagree, and describe the BCD as a comfy rig to wear.

Average Price: The Oceanic Probe HLC is listed at $600. On sale, you might find it for as little as $400. Expect to pay around $550 most of the time.