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The unit offers a choice of electronic or manual control for maintaining the loop PPO2
Includes shoulder-mounted counterlungs and rear-mounted radial scrubber for easy breathing
This is a fully closed-circuit rebreather for adventurers interested in serious cave diving, wreck diving or open ocean exploring. The standard kit comes ready to dive right out of the box, but the unit can also be purchased with or without tanks/valves.
- Harness arrangement improves tank grip and comfort without restricting movement
The Aquaride Blue Pro’s inflator is more ergonomic and has an improved hose retainer. There’s an expandable zip pocket, and it has Cressi’s integrated-weight system.
- Simple gravity-ditch ballast pockets load easily and secure with durable Fastex buckles
The Aquapro 5 has been upgraded with a jacket-style design that provides reliable stability at depth as well as on the surface. The harness eliminates squeeze when the BC is fully inflated.
- Comfort comes with shoulder straps and a soft back pad
This new back-inflation BC is feather-light — a size medium weighs only 4.4 pounds, yet provides from 20 to 33.7 pounds of lift. It comes with a low-profile integrated weight system, hideaway cargo pocket, and folds compactly for travel.
- Tech tough, under 6 pounds and built for travel
The minimalist travel rig folds fl at for easy packing, but still boasts burly nylon webbing, a 1.5-inch crotch strap and four large D-rings. The 360-degree doughnut wing, made of 210-denier nylon, is designed to maximize underwater trim and keep divers upright at the surface.
- QDS Weight System holds 16 pounds of ballast and ditches with a simple pull of the cord
A lightweight jacket-style BC made from 420D nylon, its features include a rapid exhaust valve for efficient buoyancy control, a cummerbund and a removable sternum strap.
- A compact sidemount system built for cave diving
The SMS Katana is the newest addition to Hollis’ line of sidemount systems. Building on the innovations of the SMS 100 and SMS 75, the Katana was designed in collaboration with cave instructors to perform in extreme environments.
- Fine-tune fit with the Adjustable Position System (A.P.S)
The BC is made for a woman’s body and features a wraparound air cell, contoured shoulders and an adjustable cummerbund. The integrated weight system holds 20 pounds of ballast; rear pockets hold 5 pounds each.
- Made of durable 1000D fadeless nylon
This jacket-style BC is tough yet has a comfy padded backpack and an easy-to-use inflator system. It is available with or without an integrated weight system that holds up to 20 pounds of easy-ditch weights.
$390 w/o weight pockets; oceanicworldwide.com
- 3-D design wraps around tank for even distribution
This rugged back-inflation BC is built with polyurethane-coated 1000 denier Cordura combined with 420D nylon. It also boasts an AHS Frame-to-Back harness system, a proprietary Q&S integrated weight system, and a half-dozen stainless steel D-rings.
- Semi frame-to-back harness anchors shoulders directly to the bottom of the backpack for better load distribution and stability
Travel divers who prefer a jacket-style BC with wraparound bladder will respect the fact that the style is lightweight and designed for easy packing, it features easy-release weight pockets, six alloy D-rings and an efficient valve system for pinpoint buoyancy control.
- Made of double-coated TPU so it doesn’t absorb water
The low-profile BC weighs less than 5 pounds and is perfect for dive travel, but it can handle local diving too. The TPU aircell is extremely durable. The best part is that the BC still weighs 5 pounds after a week of diving. It absorbs no water.
The single-gas nitrox system is electronically controlled to optimize the balance of PPO2 and dive time
Simple user interface is easy for newer divers to learn and easy to dive
A true recreational rebreather, the Explorer is a hybrid design, combining the best elements of fully closed circuit and semi-closed circuit rebreather systems. This innovative design provides a fun way to explore the depths without disturbing sea life with your bubbles.