Aqua Lung’s Zuma is a featherweight back-buoyancy BC designed for travel. It packs so compactly you can easily fit it into a carry-on bag. The contoured shoulders are nicely padded with open cell foam, and there’s padding in the back and lumbar areas as well — a big bonus when wearing the BC without a wetsuit. The Zuma’s sternum strap allows you to dial in a snug fit. The buckles ride on a rail system, so you can raise or lower the strap to 14 different adjustment points. And best of all, the Zuma features Aqua Lung’s SureLock II, the Cadillac of integrated weight ditch systems. In the water you’d never guess the Zuma was a soft backpack BC. Its unique tank security system locks the cylinder in solidly, making the Zuma comfortable and giving it excellent stability at depth. The low-pro power inflator’s inflate and deflate buttons allow for pinpoint buoyancy control. The BC comes with a very useable fold-down cargo pocket and four plastic D-rings for clipping extra gear. The bottom Line: Earning a Testers Choice in this year’s New BC review, the Zuma is ScubaLab’s favorite Travel BC for 2010. Click here for more information. Find this product at your local Aqua Lung dealer.
60:Second ScubaLab: Aqua Lung Zuma BC
Zeagle’s new featherweight Covert back buoyancy BC is a dream come true for divers looking for a lightweight BC that can be taken anywhere. The Covert can be rolled into a package not much bigger than a folded newspaper and is loaded with tons of features.
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.
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.
This year’s Testers’ Choice winner in the jacket-style category is a comfortable and stable BC with a good weight system, efficient valves, and a long list of convenience features.
Divers looking for an entry-level BC that’s well appointed and performs admirably — and doesn’t cost a lot of money — will be drawn to Prime MRS. It nails the important stuff at a good price, earning it the Best Buy award.
Cressi’s R1 jacket-style BC is comfortable and easy to use. It features padding in the back and lumbar areas as well as underneath the shoulders, and the air cell slides on the cummerbund, eliminating body squeeze. The rigid backpack delivers a stable ride, and the Lock Aid integrated weight system loads and ditches easily. Available in five sizes with buoyant lift up to 36 pounds
From buying new dive equipment to taking care of what you already own, these simple tips will help you get the most out of your money.
The winner of both a ScubaLab Testers Choice and a Best Buy, the Travelight is a full-featured jacket-style BC designed for traveling divers. Constructed of featherlight 210-denier nylon, it comes with Cressi’s Lock Aid integrated weight system, two zippered pockets and six alloy D-rings. Its soft pack design can be folded in seconds and stowed in its own carry bag. For 2013 the BC features a new range of colors.
Sure, there might be other dive gear deemed more important to basic survival (a reg) or your general well-being (a dive computer) than a BC. But when it comes to being able to comfortably acclimate to being underwater — to the point where you feel like a resident rather than a clumsy topside tourist — the BC is the most important component of your kit.
Follow these 8 tips to keep your BC in good working order and ready for your next dive.