Author Topic: Choosing a BCD  (Read 2075 times)


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Choosing a BCD
« on: February 22, 2014, 13:00:24 UTC »
Am looking to buy a reliable BCD.
Until now, I always dove with rental gear and because now I decided with some friends to go to Surin-Thailand, I was thinking on buying one of my own.  I found one that seemed ok, judging by price and description,  on a Discontinued Mares Pegasus BCD, but am not sure if it's the right choice or not, considering that I want something for a long term use.
So, am asking you, please, can someone tell me, if it's ok ? If not, maybe you guys,  can suggest something else ?
Thank you,


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Re: Choosing a BCD
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2014, 03:05:32 UTC »
I strongly urge you to try on any BCD before purchasing. If at all possible, test dive the BCD before purchase. Otherwise you risk a poor fitting BCD.


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Re: Choosing a BCD
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2014, 04:17:58 UTC »
Trying on and making a test dive with new BC is great if the store will let you. Many will allow credit towards a different BC if the test one is not right for you. It sounds like you travel to dive, so you might want to look into a "travel" BC. Generally they are lighter and pack flatter. Regular BC's are in the 10 lbs. range, though I'd bet the Mares is more. Most travel BCs are in the 6 lbs. range and the Aqua Lung version is more like 4.5 lbs. I have not used or tested any of them but I am looking at them for myself.


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