Author Topic: Good, Affordable Women's Travel BCD  (Read 8487 times)

mwood9

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Good, Affordable Women's Travel BCD
« on: September 08, 2008, 19:13:48 UTC »
Looking to buy my daughter a BCD for warm water that is lightweight, for women and affordable.  Is this a pipedream?  I've only seen women's BCDs for $450-$600.

Maybe there is a travel BCD that is uni-sex in your experience?  I think the mfgs. are gouging on women's BCDS.

Thanks!

Michael Wood

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Re: Good, Affordable Women's Travel BCD
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2008, 23:22:51 UTC »
I bought a Dive Rite TransPac, and my diving buddy loves it - it packs beautifully and he loves its performance on dive trips.  I (a girl - OK woman!!!), didn't go for it so much - kept banging my head against the tank valve.  I have a Zeagle Ranger and it is all decked out and I LOVE IT!!!!  Can't bang my head at all anymore.  I didn't like my TransPac, but that was just me.  Before the TransPac I had a Genesis Athena, but had the same head-banging problem  with it.  Now you daughter may like the Athena or the TransPac (the TransPac is a dream to pack - really flat and takes up no room), but I tried a Zeagle Ranger of a friend's and was just in love with it from the minute I had it on.  That was about 35 dives ago, and I'm still in love with it.

I'm short-waisted, have a very thin waist with a medium sized chest and hips - I'm hour-glass shaped, and like something that has padding around my waist - it doesn't ride up on my ribs or hip bones, at the same time I can snug in the waist which allows the tank to hit right on my back so that I'm not banging my head - can you tell I don't like banging my head?!!! ;)  I'm also a clothing designer and am very picky about how things fit - you can imagine what I go through for a wet suit!  That's a whole other novel!

The Zeagle Ranger can be all decked out - more expensive;  or very basic - less expensive.  I'm a Dive Master, so I dive a lot so makes sense that I get something that suits my quirky taste.

Hope this helps.
« Last Edit: September 08, 2008, 23:24:31 UTC by ClaireOK »

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Re: Good, Affordable Women's Travel BCD
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2009, 12:09:24 UTC »
My wife has a Scuba Pro Lady Hawk and simply loves it.  Through her advancements she will giving that up for a true wing and plate system.  The Lady Hawk give you the rear inflation but yet the comfort of a jacket style BC...sort of the best of both worlds.

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Re: Good, Affordable Women's Travel BCD
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2009, 21:05:21 UTC »
My wife and daughter love their Scubapro Ladyhawk BCs. Great fit, very comfortable, back inflation.

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Re: Good, Affordable Women's Travel BCD
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2009, 05:12:03 UTC »
My daughter dives a ScubaPro Bella.  For low cost and never break down, go backplate and wings.  Can adjust everything to match your body.  Use an aluminum or Kevlar plate for light weight.

Doug

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Re: Good, Affordable Women's Travel BCD
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2009, 23:26:40 UTC »
For something lightweight, adjustable and back inflated go with the Zeagle Escape, Express or Scout.
The express sells for around $250
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