The Cressi R1 is a rugged BCD with the New Flat" Lock Aid Integrated Weight System. The R1 BCD is made of Durable 500-Denier COURDURA Internally Urethane Laminated Color-Lock Nylon Material. The BCD comes with a Rigid Back Pack that is Padded-and-is-Equipped with a Built-In Carry Handle. The R1 is also fitted with features such as a Rear Kidney and Right Shoulder Pull Dumps, an Inflator Integrated Pull Dump on the Left-Shoulder and Manual Deflation from the Inflator Assembly. Two Large Zipped Pockets can be found on either side of the BCD for Convenient-Storage of Accessories. The R1 Harness System uses Traditional Squeeze-Style" Quick-Release Buckles and Adjustable Straps on the Shoulders, Chest and Waist for Precise-Adjustment-and-Fit. A Velcro Adjustable Waist Cummerbund provides Extra-Security and Comfort.
The Cressi R1 BCD comes with the Integrated Lock Aid Quick-Release Weight System that hold up to 20 lbs (9 kg), with 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in each Pocket. Light-Alloys have been used to make the D-Rings in place of Traditional Stainless Steel with two D-Rings Pre-Bent for Easier Attachment of Accessory Items. The R1 provides from 16.9lbs to 36lbs (7.6kg to 16.33kg) of Lift depending on the BCD Size. The Cressi R1 BCD is available in Multiple Sizes, comes with 3/8" Low Pressure Hose, an Owner's Manual and is covered by a 12 month limited warranty.
This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.
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Comments about Cressi R1 Weight Integrated BCD:
I purchased this item because it seemed to be the best value for the money. All in all I like this BCD however there are 4 issues I had with this BCD. the first 2 that I really disliked:
1.) It doesn't work with a weight belt. Because this BCD has an integrated weight system, if you wear a weight belt, the extra length of thi BCD skirts over the weight belt and basically "sits" on it. Resulting in a odd feel and look.
I really didn't like it at all, so i was kind of forced to use the integrated weight. Is that bad?
Well, that's a matter of preference. I prefer my weight belt, these pokets aren't the easiest to insert (although I have seen MUCH worse, so their not bad relatiely speaking) I was able to squeeze 10lbs of bag weight in each integrated poket but that was a challenge. then I had a few extra Lbs in the pokets. This was while using a 7mm farmer john & hooded vest on an ice dive that required a lot of weight.
Remember the more weight you put in the integrated pokets the less room you have in your zipper storage pockets.
2.) If I have to say there is something that I hate. It's that the pockets zip back to front.
When you are underwater it is near impossible to find the zipper located behind your kidneys to open these pockets. And if your lucky enought to do that, good luck tryingn to close them. There is NO WAY you could see them so it's a blind activity, underwater, w/tiny zipper heads, and very difficult to reach. I must say. I hate this aspect of the BCD.
3.) The upper D-Rings are steel however, the lower D-Rings are used much more and they are plastic. It may just be the gear I use but with this BCD, the upper D-Rings are too high and the lower plastic D-Rings are too low. I wish tere were some in the middle like my old Genesis had.
4.) The upper air dump took me at least 10 dives to get used to it's location. I can't tell you why. It just never felt right to me, and you can't see it, so you need to just get used to it.
Everything else I like about this BCD.
Fits great. I love the handle at the top. Well constructed, should last a long time. I get more air trapped in it then my other BCDs so with this unit make sure you get used to the air dumps and don't rely on your hose valve.