Aqua Lung Lotus i3
» Style Back Buoyancy
» Weight System Mechanical: Ditchable Pouches and Tank Band Trim Pouches
» Dry Weight 6.8 pounds
PRICE RANGE Over $400
TEST STATS Real-World Performance: 4 (VERY GOOD)
The female version of the Dimension i3, the Lotus i3 has all the same features as its male counterpart in a smaller package designed for women. Female testers found the Lotus comfortable and stable in all positions, and they also liked the weight system and unique i3 inflator, which adds/dumps air with a simple lever on the left pocket. Testers commented that the system’s tank straps secured the cylinder in an excellent position to prevent the regulator from bumping into the head, and liked the inclusion of trim pouches even on size small. As with the Dimension, testers remarked that the relatively small zipper pouch did not provide much storage space. Second only to the Dimension i3 in overall ratings, the Lotus i3 joins its larger sibling as Testers’ Choice in the Over $400 category.
BEST FOR Women, travel, general recreational diving, underwater photography