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Sherwood Axis Scuba BCD Review

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

Sherwood’s Axis BCD was designed as a flexible, back-inflating BCD, suitable for cold water use while light and compact enough for travel. The air cell is wedge-shaped, making it steamlined while retaining enough volume to give the XL-sized Axis 42 lbs of lift. The integrated weight system can store 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in each pocket, while the rear trim pockets (non-ditchable) can store 5 lbs (2.25 kg). The Axis provides a stable platform, and Sherwood has gone out of their way to create a padded, comfortable BCD.

The Sherwood Axis has good cargo-carrying capacity. The left side of the BCD has a small pocket, a buckle/clasp and a large steel D-ring. The right waist has a roll-out mesh pocket, another buckle/clasp and D-ring set and a pocket for signal tubes. On the upper harness straps are a second pair of large D-rings.

Consumers gave the Axis BCD high marks, with LeisurePro users giving it a 4.5-Flag rating. The sole caveat among owners is that many report the inflator tends to come unscrewed, and requires regular attention between dives. The latest version, updated with Sherwood’s CRQ-3 weight system, earned a 2013 Tester’s Choice Award from Scuba Diving.

Average Price: $480