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seeyoudownthere

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Travel BCDs
« on: 25 Mar 14, 23:43 »
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  • Hi!
    Which brands and models of travel BCDs are recommended and where to buy here?
    I see a lot of folk using wing/bp style but I can't justify that setup.

    Requirements
    Metal D rings
    Pockets
    Integrated weights
    Easy to pack/fairly light

    Suggestions and WHY?

    Cheers!



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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #1 on: 26 Mar 14, 00:21 »
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  • What's your budget like?

    Interestingly enough, it seems like most travel BCDs only fit 3 of your 4 requirements. The Cressi Travel Light fits your requirements nicely, and someone is selling one here:
    http://scubasg.com/index.php?topic=9415.0
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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #2 on: 26 Mar 14, 08:31 »
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  • Which of the 4 items arent met by these types of BC's?
    I guess the budget will be a max of say $800 - i'm really not sure how much these things are!
    I need a medium so the ad doesnt quite work for me but appreciate the suggestion..looks good though!

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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #3 on: 26 Mar 14, 08:58 »
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  • Which of the 4 items arent met by these types of BC's?

    Well, a BCD made with the goal to be light usually does not have metal d rings or integrated weights, that's exactly what adds weight. Only one I can come up with that has all four is the Scubapro Go. I had the older model called Geo before which was the same except of the integrated weights. I am by now on a BP myself, so it's a bit strange to recommend you what I am not using myself anymore... but anyway: the upside of the scubapro is that the they were way more rugged than many other travel BCDs. I compared my Geo back then with the AquaLung Zuma and decided that I rather have a 200 gramm or so heavier model but therefore not rely on some small plastic pieces to hold the thing together...

    If there is one thing I can completely recommend you: don't shop with a list of requirements like you do, but go to shops and try them on. A BCD that fits you well but maybe misses one of your points is way better than a "technically perfect" but uncomfortable one.

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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #4 on: 26 Mar 14, 09:26 »
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  • Fair point re the D rings and the suggestions.

    I know there will be some compromises so looking forward to trying and being comfortable with the darn thing before buying.

    Seems some of the shops i've visited a while back near my office don't really carry a wide range so if I can get a list of the possible brands/models to try and where, I can target my hunt better.


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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #5 on: 26 Mar 14, 09:39 »
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  • Which of the 4 items arent met by these types of BC's?
    I guess the budget will be a max of say $800 - i'm really not sure how much these things are!

    Aqualung Zuma - plastic D rings
    Cressi Air - no pockets
    Diverite Travelpac - no integrated weights or pockets, but it can be added later
    Hollis Ride BC - same as the Travelpac

    $800 should be enough for a decent BCD, but not for very high end ones - those can even go up to $1k+.

    If there is one thing I can completely recommend you: don't shop with a list of requirements like you do, but go to shops and try them on. A BCD that fits you well but maybe misses one of your points is way better than a "technically perfect" but uncomfortable one.

    Agree with this! And if you can borrow the BCDs and try them out on a dive trip, even better.

    Seems some of the shops i've visited a while back near my office don't really carry a wide range so if I can get a list of the possible brands/models to try and where, I can target my hunt better.

    You could try out ADEX from 11-13th Apr, there should be a good selection of BCDs there.
    « Last Edit: 26 Mar 14, 09:40 by runez »
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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #6 on: 26 Mar 14, 09:42 »
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  • U can try out a oceanic islander..used to dive with one..very comfortable :)
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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #7 on: 26 Mar 14, 09:43 »
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  • Fair point re the D rings and the suggestions.

    I know there will be some compromises so looking forward to trying and being comfortable with the darn thing before buying.

    Seems some of the shops i've visited a while back near my office don't really carry a wide range so if I can get a list of the possible brands/models to try and where, I can target my hunt better.

    The last time I went for BCD testing I started at DiveShop@SG (ScubaPro) at North bridge road, then proceed to SportsCentre at Beach Road (Beuchat, Dive Rite) then walk to The Dive Company at North Bridge Road (Mares) then to Waikiki (forgot what brands they carry) along the way and lastly Amazing Dive at Crowford Lane. Quite a number of dive shops there so you can test and make comparison  ;)

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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #8 on: 26 Mar 14, 10:22 »
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  • Nice list folks so many thanks for the suggestions!

    DiveBrg...that's a good 'divekit-crawl'...looks like a good plan!

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    Re: Travel BCDs
    « Reply #9 on: 26 Mar 14, 11:13 »
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  • I have many instructor friends and long time diver friends who swear by TUSA jacket BCs. A lot of them use the Platina model without integrated weights.

    http://www.tusa.com/sg-en/Tusa/BCJs/BCJ-3860_EVOLUTION_PLATINA

    Mixture of plastic and metal d-rings, got integrated weights and pockets and pretty light. If going to Hong Kong or Japan i heard it's very cheap.
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