I know most back-inflate BCDs have rear trim pockets, but this one doesn't. Is it comfortable on the surface? Can you keep your head up in choppy water? Thanks!
ROBERT S I've logged 22 dives so far on my Air Travel BCD. I haven't had any problems keeping my head up in choppy water. I do have to lean back a little to compensate on the surface but Its nothing that I've had concern myself with. I weigh about 195 lbs and this BCD has performed great regarding its surface buoyancy.
JAVIER S I returned this BCD when I first got it, without trying it, as it seemed flimsy and of poor craftsmanship. I bought an Aqualung Balance instead (has trim pockets) and have no issues keeping my head up. I make it a bit rear-heavy on purpose.
BARRY H Neil, I have dove it and found it to be a very comfortable in fit and function. Mostly my students use this particular vest and we practice various rescue techniques. They are able to keep the divers head above the surface, when inflated. Hope that helps. I am a NAUI instructor and a retired Navy Diver. My bottom time goes into months, not days. All the best to you and yours and please stay safe under the waves.
CHRISTOPHER M The Cressi Air Travel BCD is very comfortable and stable in all conditions. So long as you have the right size and wear it down snug over your shoulders, you should have nothing but a good time diving. It will be one of the first things you will forget you're wearing when you enter the water. It will become as much a natural part of your day as breathing.
KATHRYN P I had no problem with this BCD. I wore it on 12 dives in Jamaica in December. I was able to keep my head up even though the water was sometimes fairly chppy. Kathy P
PHILLIP L C I would say that overall its not as easy to stay comfortable on the surface in choppy water as a vest type. I have used in on some fairly choppy days and haven't really had any problems - but since it is a back inflate you definitely have to use it a little different by laying back onto it after surfacing. By laying back onto it - I have had no problems and never really felt uncomfortable in rough seas. So- bottom line - it hasn't been a problem for me.