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ScubaLab 2013 BC Review
BEUCHAT MASTERLIFT X-AIR LIGHT 2
• MSRP: $547
• Warranty: 1 Year
• Made In: China
• Dry Weight: 7.5 lbs. (Size M)
• Inherent Buoyancy: Just over 2 lbs.
• Sizes/Buoyant Lift: XS-25, S-29, M-40, L-47, XL-61
• INFO spearotek.com
This hybrid-style BC offers lots of padding and effective shoulder swivel buckles for dialing in a comfortable fit. Having inflation under the arms as well as in the rear creates a secure feeling, especially when floating on the surface. The Quick Lock Release integrated weight system proved to load easily. Weight pouches also ditched without a problem, although having Velcro backup pads does require a more vigorous tug. Test divers thought the sternum strap was positioned a little too high. Also, while the cargo pockets are big and deep, because they don’t expand outward you loose lots of pocket volume when weight pouches are loaded. Testers did like the double tank band system that combines modern buckles with traditional hook-on clips. Also popular were the big D-rings and bungee straps with squeeze clips located inside the cargo pockets for attaching extra gear.
For traveling divers who like hybrid BCs, this is not a bad choice. While a bit more bulky than your average travel BC, the X-Air Light 2 is comfortable, it offers lots of convenience features, and it stows pretty smartly in its own travel bag.
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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