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IST Dolphin Tech JT40D BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on IST Dolphin Tech JT40D BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

With it’s modular design and heavy duty construction, the primary virtue of the IST Dolphin Tech JT40D is its adaptability. The harness and its set of doo-dads allows a diver to add pockets, weights, crotch straps and just about whatever else might be desired for a particular dive. The hefty 5 lbs stainless steel backplate is designed specifically to reduce or eliminate the need for trim ballast, and the BCD’s dual tank straps can be fitted with a tank as large as 95 cubic feet (15L). Rounding out the package is the 40 lbs air cell.

With the ability to freely add and remove kit from the BCD’s harness, just about the only thing the JT40D isn’t good for is travel. Even so, a traveling diver could strip the harness down to the bare minimum and go with that; while not exactly lightweight, it isn’t travel unfriendly either. The tough construction ensures it will last a long time, and the harness was built with an eye on expanding to fit a diver in a drysuit.

Divernet gave the BCD a 7 out of 10, and while the consumer commentary on the BCD has been neutral: no complaints, but no ringing endorsements either.

Average Price: $600