Will 24lb of lift be adequate enough for me? I rec dive California with a 7mm suit and generally 16 lbs and steel tank... I weigh about 165 at 5'6''.
I don't think there is a simple yes/no answer to your question. If it were me, I would find out the lift capacity of my current BC, estimate how much of that capacity I'm actually using, and compare that to the lift capacity of the Scout. I'm sure you know whether you need lots of air in your BC when you dive or only a little. If you're only using a little air in your current BC to stay neutral, then the Scout will probably be fine for you. If you need a lot of air in your current BC, then you might need a higher capacity BC than the Scout to replace it.
The Zeagle Scout BC works great for me because it has very little obstruction in the front of the BC. I use it for spearfishing and wreck diving (as in sunken boats). I use 20 lbs and aluminum tanks, my weight is 186 lbs. The only reason to inflate a BC is for buoyancy control under water. As you ascend you want very little air if any inside your BC because you need to control how fast you go up and the Zeagle Scout I have only has release pulls in the rear-bottom and the inflator hose (which is harder to use when releasing the air). I rather use my fins to go up slowly or use a line attached to the boat stern or the anchor line. The great thing about the Scout is that I can lay comfortably flat at the bottom and have less drag when chasing fish mid-water. It's great for spearfishing. Hope this helps.
I weigh 210, 6ft., dive cold in a dry suit with 25 lbs of weight and a steel 100; this vest provides all the lift I need without a bunch of extra drag under water.
24 lb lift should be very adequate for this diving experience.. Your body weight generally does not affect the amount of lift capability that you would need in your BC.
I have one and dive with it in Monterey, using a 7mm Farmer John and AL tanks and 29lbs. It works, but it's kind of pushed to its limit, so I'm starting to think about getting something with more capacity,to be absolutely sure that I can stay positive in the surface (and not have to dump weight). Wanted to save a little $$ when I got it, compare with a higher capacity BC. I don't regret it, but mildly wish I had saved up a bit longer to get a proper backplate and wing.
Yes it will... I wear 16-18lb, 250lb, steel tank, etc.. Not a problem..