We are just over a month into this New Year and with a New Year comes fresh and exciting pieces of scuba kit that we have all been waiting for.
BCD’s (buoyancy control device) are an essential part of every scuba divers gear. When you are looking for a BCD, there are a few key things that divers look out for which include; comfort, control, stability and balance.
Here is our list of the best BCD’s for 2016…let us know what you think in the comments below.
Number one on our list has to be the Zeagle Halo. With its well known ‘Zeagle’ features such as its jacket design and comfortable harness with lumber support, if you are looking for a BCD which can adjust to fit your exact body shape, then this Buoyancy Control Device is the one for you. Harnessing a ripcord weight system and Bx power inflator assembly, this BCD is perfect for scuba divers looking for comfort as well as exceptional control.
Cressi Aqua Pro 5
If you are looking for a slightly cheaper BCD, with all the best features of a ‘top-of-the-range’ piece of equipment, then the Cressi Aqua Pro 5 will fit all of your criteria. With a durable fabric construction, this BCD is built to last. A great feature of this newly designed Pro 5, is the fact that it has ‘removable weight pockets’ which aim to help you maintain control throughout your dive. This great BCD also provides rigid back support for cylinder stability.
For all of the female scuba divers out there, the Zeagle Grace is a great BCD to use. This is a female specific, jacket style BCD with ‘super soft’ back padding for extra comfort throughout your dives. With an adjustable harness, this BCD has been designed to fit all and has its own integrated weight system.
Cressi Air Travel 2.0
If you love to travel, however never have enough space to take all your dive gear, then the Cressi Air Travel 2.0 is designed for you. With its compact shape, this BCD can easily be placed into a carryon bag. Designed not only for its convenience, this BCD boasts a soft padded backpack to ensure your comfort throughout your dives. With a low maintenance, sealed rear inflation design, this BCD has been rated as a top piece of equipment by Leisurepro.com.
Seac Sub Trip BCD
If you are a travel diver, then this is a great BCD to take a look at, as it is lightweight and easy to pack away. It also has straps, which are specifically used to fasten the BCD when packing it in your bags. It boasts an easy release double pocket system to ditch your weights if needed as well as an effective valve system to help with buoyancy control.
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Sherwood Scuba Ventura
This really lightweight BCD weighs approximately 4.7 lbs and demonstrates a compact BCD design, perfect for travelling and packing away neatly. The TPU aircell is extremely durable and this BCD has a power inflator with a cable activated pull dump. This BCD is a great all rounder and the best thing is that it absorbs no water, so it will still weigh the same, even after a couple of weeks diving.