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Welcome to Dive Gear Reviews, a comprehensive guide to scuba diving equipment. Scuba diving is an expensive pursuit, so looking up reviews for a particular article of equipment is a wise precaution before investing any hard-earned money in it. However, consumer reviews may or may not be written by an experienced diver, and magazine reviews could be suspect due to the advertising ties of the publication in question. Dive Gear Reviews provides cross-referenced reviews assembled by an expert, making it possible to see at a glance what multiple sources said about a particular piece of scuba equipment. If one magazine loved a scuba regulator or a dive computer, but the consumers hated it, that information will be found here.

Category Archives: BCDs

Reviews of scuba buoyancy control devices.

01
August

Mares Kaila AT Scuba BCD Review

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The Kaila is a women’s BCD, and Mares bills it as a practical fashion accessory for female divers. The basic idea that defines all women’s BCDs is to tailor the design so it is more comfortable on the typical female frame, something that buying a normal BCD in a smaller size usually fails to accomplish, […]

21
July

Tilos Armada Scuba BCD Review

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The Armada is Tilos’s back-inflating travel BCD. It sports a compact design weighing in at 8.25 lbs, which is a bit heavy for a travel BCD, but the Armada incorporates many features that are rarely seen in stripped-down, travel-ready pieces of dive gear. Tilos made the Armada from 840 denier nylon for starters, and there […]

20
July

Cressi S300 Scuba BCD Review

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Cressi’s latest pro-level BCD, the S300 is a roomy, high-lift piece of gear, making it a logical choice for cold water divers encumbered with dry suits and thick wet suits. The S300’s air bladders are distributed around the sides and the back, and provide between 21 and 52 lbs (9.7 and 23.5 kg) of lift, […]

15
July

Scubapro Litehawk Scuba BCD Review

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The Litehawk is Scubapro’s main travel BCD, and it has many features in common with Scubapro’s back-inflating BCDs. One way to look at it is as a stripped-down version of the Knighthawk. After all, the Litehawk has the same 1000-denier nylon construction as the Knighthawk and most of Scubapro’s other BCDs, making it much tougher […]

08
July

Scubapro Seahawk Scuba BCD Review

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Scubapro’s Seahawk BCD builds on the success of their much-loved Knighthawk, so much so that some consumers labeled it a “Knighthawk with more pockets.” That captures the idea, even if it understates the case quite a bit. The Seahawk enjoys the same tough 1000 denier nylon construction as the Knighthawk, as well as other similar […]

14
June

Zeagle Stiletto Scuba BCD Review

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Zeagle’s Stiletto BCD is a fine example of a general purpose piece of recreational diving equipment. With a dry weight of 7.4 lbs (3.35 kg), the Stiletto isn’t as light as a true travel BCD, nor is it as collapsible, but it isn’t so heavy that it will tip a wisely packed bag of dive […]

10
June

Cressi Air Travel Scuba BCD Review

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Updated July 8, 2013 Cressi’s Air Travel BCD is a true piece of travel-friendly dive gear, so compact and light that it could fit into a carry-on bag or accompany a backpacking, traveling divemaster. The medium version weighs 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg), and with little fuss the BCD can be folded up and tucked away. […]

27
May

Mares Hybrid Scuba BCD Review

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Mares touts the Hybrid as the apex of their BCD line. The BCD is based on a collapsible, folding frame, enabling the diver to pack the BCD up into a very compact unit for travel. If that sounds uncomfortable, Mares makes the Hybrid with a suspension system inspired by hiking backpacks for better weight distribution. […]

18
May

Seasoft Sea Lion Scuba BCD Review

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Seasoft’s Sea Lion has the kind of adjustable harness that a dive shop owner dreams about. You can buy the extra-small Sea Lion BCD for a 12 year old, who can keep adjusting that harness until he grows up into a 20 year old, 180 lbs adult. This feature is especially handy for the diver […]

18
May

Tusa BCJ-1800 Voyager Scuba BCD Review

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As the name implies, Tusa’s BCJ-1800 Voyager is a travel-oriented BCD that offers many of the same features usually limited to its heavier counterparts. The BCJ-1800 weighs in at 4.4 lbs, but has plenty of padding and is made out of 840/420 nylon. It uses the double rails of Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness plus a […]

26
April

Aqua Lung Dimension i3 Scuba BCD Review

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*Note: In the United States, Aqua Lung often goes under the brand name “Sea Quest.” This review therefore applies to the Sea Quest Dimension i3 BC, which is the Aqua Lung BC under another name. Aqua Lung’s Dimension i3 is a high-end, back-inflating BC utilizing Aqua Lung’s i3 technology. In this way, the Dimension i3 […]

26
April

Mares Dragon AT Scuba BCD Review

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The Mares Dragon AT has two stand-out features. The first and signature feature of the Mares Dragon is its winged air cell design, with the cells inflating around the tank in a fashion designed to reduce drag. Those air cells provide up to 56 lbs of lift in the biggest versions of this BCD. The […]

20
April

Zeagle Scout Scuba BCD Review

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Zeagle’s Scout is a warm-water/travel BCD which is widely available at bargain-basement prices. The Scout uses a low-profile, back-inflation design, with both the single air bladder and the integrated weight system located on the mid-to-lower back. The lift capacity is 24 lbs (11 kg) and the weight pockets can stow 20 lbs (9 kg). Tool […]

19
April

Aeris Atmos LX Scuba BCD Review

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Aeris’s Atmos LX is a hyrbid BCD, mixing the air cell design of both back-inflating and jacket-style BCDS. The distribution of air puts just enough buoyancy around the waist of the jacket to improve surface stability, which is an absolute boon for divers with sensitive, sea sickness-prone stomachs. Lift is 46 lbs (20.5 kg) for […]

19
April

Cressi Start Pro Scuba BCD Review

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Cressi’s Start Pro is the upgrade on its Start BCD, and meant for the rental inventory of dive shops and liveaboard ships. Like most BCDs of this type, the Start Pro is a tough piece of gear, but unlike most BCDs meant for the rental gear market, it has many features more often found on […]

12
April

Scubapro Knighthawk Scuba BCD Review

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The Knighthawk BCD from Scubapro is a durable piece of dive gear meant for use by both recreational and tec divers. The integrated weights are stored in zippered pouches and then tucked into pockets on the front-sides of the BCD’s waist, and secured by a quick-release buckle system. Even if the weights fall out of […]

05
April

Mares Pegasus Scuba BCD Review

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Compared to the Icon, the Pegasus offers fewer features, but the couple of extras it does have might make it more comfortable to some divers. The major difference is the price tag, as the Pegasus typically costs about $100 less than the Icon and is therefore a prime BCD choice for traveling divers on a budget.

01
April

Mares Icon Scuba BCD Review

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It has hefty capability for its size, and few if any owners complain about the BCD’s travel-readiness or its comfort.

13
March

Oceanic Islander 2 Scuba BCD Review

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In most travel BCDs, these two functions are performed by the same strap, so the handle is of little or no use once a diver’s kit is assembled. This is precisely the time when a solid handle is most useful, making the Islander 2 a cut above most travel BCDs in terms of handiness.