I love this BCD. There are many new lightweight travel BCD's available, but I live in remote alaska and cannot put my hands on them. The dealer up here was trying to get them in stock, but could not. i went solely on the few reviews I could find and Brett H's from LP's recommendation and made the decision to get it.
No extra pockets for stuff.
It does have limitations due to it's size, but I learned in the Navy with a horse collar. I have had other BDC's over the years, but this is the best to date.
It has some adjustments to customize the fit. I have heard it tends to roll, inherent with the wing design as flotation is in the back? I got used to it by securing jacket and slowly rolling so I don't even notice. Also, perhaps those others put weight in tank pockets, maybe too much? Therefore, increasing the roll. These weight pockets can be rotated towards the BCD limiting profile.
I like the wights in the front pocket for diving, but while sitting on the surface waiting fr a buddy, and holding a heavy camera, I was quite uncomfortable, but breaking out my snorkel would have fixed that! Ha!
It is important to wet the tank strap as the tank will slide when walking if the strap is dry. I simply took a wet rag and got it wet .... easy.
I was able to put the tank strap high enough that it did not hit me in the head, even when I did a pike surface dive.
Other BCD's have a second strap near the bottom to give additional securing, but I would think that may limit my movement when photographing.
Hope this helps,
Michele D Thanks! I travel a lot and I already have an Oceanic Chute II. Great for diving. Love it. Great for diving in cool to cold water but a bit heavy when travelling and with all these travel restrictions. So I am looking into buying a lighter BC, even though I don't want to. The airline weight restrictions are getting harder for me to meet.
Again thanks for opnion. I really appreciate it.