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ScubaLab 2013 BC Review
AQUA LUNG AXIOM (TESTERS' CHOICE)
• MSRP: $575
• Warranty: Ltd. Lifetime
• Made In: Mexico
• Dry Weight: 7.8 lbs. (Size ML)
• Inherent Buoyancy: Less than 1 lb.
• Sizes/Buoyant Lift: XS-31, S-31, M-36, ML-41, L-44, XL-47, 2XL-54
• INFO aqualung.com
The Axiom comes in a wide range of sizes and offers a swivel buckle harness and adjustable sternum strap to dial in the perfect fit, some excellent back and lumbar padding, and the Wrapture harness system. The Sure-Lock II weight system is about as good as it gets; weights snap right in even when wearing the BC, and they ditch on demand. With its efficient valve system, the Axiom joined only a few other BCs able to go three-for-three in the flow rate tests. The Grip Lock tank strap system worked quite efficiently, as long as it’s not adjusted too tight. By using the proper macro adjustment guide for the tank you’re using, and resisting the urge to over-tighten the micro adjustment, you can enjoy substantial tank security while making it easier to manipulate the buckle release. Test divers weren’t wild about the positioning of the lower rear exhaust valve, which is located on the left side of the BC.
The Axiom was this year’s Testers Choice winner in the Jacket-Style category. It’s a comfortable and stable BC with a good weight system, efficient valves and a long list of convenience features.
No piece of dive gear needs to multi-task more than a Buoyancy Compensator. It has to secure tank, hoses and accessories. It must support weight pouches and cargo pockets and still maintain a streamlined profile. It has to enable you to safely control your ascents and descents, and afford relatively comfortable surface flotation. That’s a tall order. Clearly, no one BC can hit all the marks for all divers in all diving conditions. But if you can identify where you spend most of your wet-time, it’s not so hard to find a BC with your name on it.
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