2013 ScubaLab BCs: Testers' Choice
• MSRP: $588
• Warranty: Two-Year Limited
• Made in: Thailand
• Dry Weight: 6.6 pounds (size M)
• Sizes/Buoyant Lift: S-23, M-28, L-37, XL-42
• Info: www.sherwoodscuba.com
This rear- inflation BC earned high marks in virtually all ergo test categories. In particular, test divers gave it kudos for its snug and comfortable fit and its stability in the water. The web- bing used for the adjustment straps didn’t thread through their buckles as smoothly as others, making it more difficult to cinch up the BC. It stood out as having some of the best valve performance of this test group, thanks to a responsive power inflator that creates pin- point ascent control and exhaust valves that move air efficiently. In flow-rate tests, the Axis earned a perfect score. elsewhere, the new CRQ-3 weight system loaded and ditched like a charm, and testers liked the addition of the optional Pro Kit, which adds a dive light, knife and useful integrated retractors.
Voted Testers’ Choice in this category, the Axis delivers the functions, features and performance most coveted in a streamlined general-purpose back- buoyancy BC without unnecessary bells and whistles.