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Oceanic Flex 2 Scuba BCD Review

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

The Flex 2 is a jacket-style BCD with an air cell made from BioiFlex, a stretchy, airtight material that allows for the BCD to get the same lift from a smaller air cell. The air cell is also supposed to be more flexible, for a better fitting BCD with minimal drag.

The main part of the Oceanic Flex 2 is made from 1000 denier fabric, so you can count on it being quite durable. The other features include two big zippered side pockets, integrated weights with trim pockets, cummerbund and sternum strap, plush back pad, and mounts for doo-dads like retractors and knives. There are two overpressure/dump valves, one on the right shoulder and one on the rear, and the inflator control is through the usual corrugated hose set-up.

The larger versions of this BCD have a 38 lbs (17 kg) lift capacity, so the BCD is suitable for cold water use, even if it doesn’t have quite the same heft as some other BCDs of its type. The Flex 2’s main innovation is the stretchy air cell, and while owners of the Flex 2 have yet to comment on whether that cell is more comfortable than a conventional bladder, they have confirmed that it reduces a diver’s profile and lowers drag in the water. Otherwise, the Flex 2 is a fairly conventional, heavy duty BCD design.

Average Price: $515