Cressi’s Air Travel has the lift capacity and rugged materials of a standard BC and the compact, fold-up design of a specialty travel model. Available in silver and blue mens versions as well as pink for ladies, the result is an easy-to-pack BC that stands up to year-round use and is excellent for warm and temperate water.
The Transpac XT harness from Dive Rite was inspired by packs used for mountaineering. The contoured harness fits securely and allows excellent mobility. Thickly padded shoulder straps and a lumbar support distribute weight across the hips and back. This reduces joint and muscle strain while moving around the boat or walking along shore. A crotch strap is also included to prevent the BC from shifting while in the water. Optional weight pockets can be mounted vertically or horizontally and hold up to 16 lbs.
›› Grip Lock stainless-steel tank buckle allows for the quick mounting of BC to cylinder›› Octo slot provides a place to stow a safe second stage where it’s easy to see and access during a dive ›› Wrapture harness system hugs the body and stabilizes the tank for maximum comfort and control at depth ›› Available in seven sizes; buoyant lift: 35 lb., weight: 7.6 lb.
Zeagle’s new featherweight Covert back buoyancy BC is a dream come true for divers looking for a lightweight BC that can be taken anywhere. The Covert can be rolled into a package not much bigger than a folded newspaper and is loaded with tons of features.
Buoyancy, comfort and a whole lot more. New BCs don’t just provide buoyant lift on the surface and underwater; they do it in comfort, style and with features that’ll make you never want to come up for air.
Designed for the advanced diver, this tough BC includes the Wrapture Harness System, Surelock II integrated-weight system, a dump valve in each corner, plus lots of D-rings and other features no serious diver can do without.
The winner of both a ScubaLab Testers Choice and a Best Buy, the Travelight is a full-featured jacket-style BC designed for traveling divers. Constructed of featherlight 210-denier nylon, it comes with Cressi’s Lock Aid integrated weight system, two zippered pockets and six alloy D-rings. Its soft pack design can be folded in seconds and stowed in its own carry bag. For 2013 the BC features a new range of colors.
1. Owning your own Wetsuit. What’s better than wearing a comfortable warmer that molds to your body shape like a second skin? No more squeezing into rental suits that are long in the legs and short in the torso. No more having to constantly readjust your ballast weight to match each rental suit’s buoyancy characteristics. Oh yeah, and no more wondering if that foreign pee smell is coming from the suit, or is just your imagination.
We’ve got predive and postdive steps to keep your BC in top-notch working condition. If you want to extend the life of your BC for years to come, follow our maintenance tips.PREDIVE:• Check your BC inflator by connecting it to a regulator that’s hooked to a tank. Shoot a few bursts of air into the BC, then release the inflate button and listen for air leaking into the BC that would indicate a stuck inflator. A technician must repair any leaks before you get in the water.