IST’s JT-50D tec BC is a rugged, modular system designed for twin-tank scuba diving. ScubaLab’s test rig came with a stainless-steel back-plate, deluxe harness, back pad, weight pockets, 50lb-lift air cell and a set of twin-tank bands. ScubaLab found the JT-50D to be comfortable as well as functional. The deluxe harness’ contoured shoulders, with their adjustable quick-release buckles, work together with the sternum and crotch straps to create an ultra-snug fit. And, the back-plate has flared lower corners for relief in the kidney areas. The air cell is made of super-strong ballistic nylon to resist damage and has a replaceable heavy-duty inner cell. It’s circular, so it eliminates gas-trapping. The air cell is also available in the JT-30 model, a single-tank, 30-pound lift design. With a sensitive inflator, an efficient valve system, and convenient weight pouches, the BC proved to be stable at depth. The bottom line: The JT-50D is an inexpensive, easily customizable tec rig that offers great features for advanced scuba diving, yet provides a level of comfort not often found in back-plate systems. Click here for more information. Find this product at your local IST dealer.
60:Second ScubaLab: IST JT-50D Tec 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.