2013 ScubaLab BCs: Testers' Choice
Cressi Air Travel BC
• MSRP: $425.95
• Warranty: 1 Year
• Made in: Hungary
• Dry Weight: 5.6 pounds (size M)
• Sizes/Buoyant Lift: XS-22.5, S-22.5, M-35.9, L-35.9, XL-35.9
• Info: www.cressi.com
Lots of padding on the shoulders and in the lum- bar area, plus an easy-adjust waist strap and a three-position sternum strap, equals a really cushy BC that can be easily adjusted to fit. With all the inflation held in back, you have a very minimalist feel. Test divers felt the D-rings were too few and too small, and the pull dump was stiff. They also thought the roll- down cargo pocket offered good volume, but it wasn’t the easiest to use underwater. Once deployed, testers had trouble getting it rolled up and secured again. At depth, the Air Travel was stable, and our test divers found the Lock-Aid weight- ditch system among the easiest to load and ditch, with weight pouches positioned perfectly over the hips. The BC’s power inflator is well shaped and offers responsive buttons, plus the right-shoulder exhaust dumps air efficiently.
When it comes to a lightweight BC designed for travel, it’s hard to beat the Air Travel. no surprise, it earned the Testers’ Choice in the Travel category.