The dive world is getting smaller by the day thanks to more numerous and more frequent airline service to heaps of our favorite destinations. It’s never been easier to reach dive destinations that will truly blow your mind. But with increasing baggage restrictions and charges, getting there with all your favorite gear is becoming more and more difficult — and expensive. Thankfully, scuba gear manufacturers have brought travel-specific equipment to the market that weigh less, pack more easily and make travel generally more convenient, from regulators that weigh next to nothing to BCs that fold into nice, neat packages and nearly every category in between.
I’m very fortunate to travel frequently, exploring amazing dive destinations across the globe to gather content for Sport Diver. And here are three of my favorite travel-oriented pieces that I’ve field-tested.
When you have to be quick on your feet, shuffling between transport modes from planes to buses, taxis and sometimes your own two feet, the ability to carry your entire scuba kit comfortably on your back is worth it’s weight in gold. The Dive Caddy travel bag system makes this possible in some really smart ways. First, the burly bag’s three main compression areas squeeze everything down to very manageable sizes. Second, click-on compartments for clothing, toiletries and other necessities are capable and convenient. And finally, it’s all transported via a backpack suspension system with waist strap that is both tough and comfortable. divecaddy.net
Apeks Flight Reg
One of the lightest regulators on the market, the Apeks Flight weighs in around 16 ounces, making it a superb traveling option. But despite the compact size and minimal weight, the reg’s performance is big time. I like the user-adjustable Venturi switch on the second stage and the ultra-small first stage is a breeze to pack. Overall, this piece is a winner and it was difficult to give this one back when my field test was complete. aqualung.com
Aqua Lung Zuma BC
One of the best examples of travel gear hitting the mark is Aqua Lung’s Zuma BC. It’s minimalist design weighs less than five pounds, the feature list is robust, with integrated weight pockets, a comfortable padded shoulder straps and enough attachment points for all the accessories I ever needed. Plus, it folds easily to fit in whatever conveyance you choose, from backpack to rolling dive bag. The price is right, too. aqualung.com
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