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Apeks WTX3 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Apeks WTX3 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

A wing-style buoyancy controller, this BCD comes from British company Apeks and (unsurprisingly therein) has a tec diving-orientation. The way Apeks runs the WTX line is by having a core harness, and then selling a range of air cells to attach to it, so by focusing on the WTX3 this review looks at the WTX harness plus WTX3 cell.

The WTX3 has a 32 lbs of lift, out of an air cell made out of heavy 840-denier nylon. This plugs into a harness that can have as many widgets put on it as Batman’s utility belt, including highly regarded integrated weights using the Aqua Lung Sure Lock system. Field reports and consumers testify to the heavy duty construction of the rig, but because the system can be disassembled into discrete units it is also rather travel friendly. Much of the rig compresses down, and you can distribute different bits among different bags. Just about the only negative comment on the WTX3 is that the cell simply doesn’t deflate from the horizontal position, but then again many divers aren’t familiar enough with the BCD dump valves to do anything but use the corrugated hose in the first place.

The WTX3 isn’t exactly what the typical sport diver wants, but tec-interested, wing fans, and cold water divers should take a close look at it. For its durability and versatility, Dive magazine gave it 8 out of 10, Scuba Diving rated it a Tester’s Choice in 2014, and Divernet gave it high marks as well.

Average Price: $750