Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black X-Large

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About Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black

Mares' new Jacket Style Dragon Bladder design is tightly tailored to reduce drag, placing much of the air cell around the tank. The air cell is contoured to greatly minimize the feeling of the bladder underneath your arms, and gives comfortable surface flotation. All that ergonomics and still has a lift of 44 lbs (20 kg) size lg.

Innovative Protective buoyancy Cover Material: Superior combination of 3D Alutex net adds protection, abrasion resistant, with a smooth shield fabric covering. The Air Cell is made of durable (420) Cordura denier. The Mechanical Release System (MRS Plus), Mares evolution of the first mechanical weight system introduced to the market, incorporating a newly designed buckle system, one pull movement to release your weights. Ergonomically shaped pockets to form to your waist, with large, zippered opening allows for easier insertion of weights. Max load of 13 lbs (6 kg) with most sizes. Inside Velcro to section the pocket in case you don't use the full capacity.

The Dragon has two rear trim weight pockets holding up to10 lbs (4.5 kg) total. These pockets are positioned in the lower part of the BCD for better upright body efficiency at the surface, and a more streamlined profile. Back Protection System (BPS Plus) patented dual position lumbar capability. Heavily padded in either position, you can double the padding for increased lumbar support or extend the length of the padding depending on body shape for ultimate pre-dive comfort.

Smart D-ring position with large AISI 304 Stainless Steel rings, 2 bent: 2 upper and 2 lower that are positioned intelligently within your downward vision also functioning as leverage while inserting the weight pockets. Comfort is paramount with the Dragon with its independent harness which allows the air bladder to inflate away from the diver eliminating the crushing effect of BCD's that have fixed harnesses. Elastic cummerbund secures the BCD in place and adjusts for wetsuit compression at depth. QAS-Quick Adjust System, change the length of the cummerbund for a better customized fit. A neoprene padded collar and internal plush lining also adds comfort.



For perfect buoyancy underwater, the first and only pneumatic system (patented) that revolutionizes and simplifies buoyancy control during the dive, making it precise and immediate in any position and under any condition. It features a single intuitive and ergonomic control to inflate and deflate the BC. Two oversized buttons, which are easy to operate and allows for easy and accurate buoyancy control. The exclusive "Twin Exhaust Valve" technology, patented by the Mares research laboratories, allows the Airtrim deflation button to simultaneously control both of the pneumatic exhaust valves: that way, it's possible to deflate the BC simply by pressing a single button, without worrying about your position in the water.

With adjustable chest strap, two angled zippered pockets, rugged carry handle, dual position hose clip for your gauges, shaped shoulder straps adapt better to alleviate pressure on the shoulders, safety whistle and lots of lift 44 lbs (20 kg) in the large size makes this one great BCD. Dragon comes in four sizes and has a 24 month limited warranty.

The Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black is commonly used for Cold Water, Extreme Depths, Professional, Recreation, Warm Water and more. The Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced, Advanced Diver, Casual/ Recreational, Recreational Diver among others. The Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black: Comfortable, Durable, Easily Adjustable, Lots Of Features.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.

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(800) 874-3236

Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black Features

  • Jacket Style BC
  • 3D Alutex Protection
  • MRS Plus included 13 lbs (6 kg) Capacity Per Pocket in Size L
  • Trim Pockets 10 lbs (4.5 kg)
  • Maximum Lift
  • 2 Zippered Pockets
  • Ergo Inflator
  • 420 Cordura Nylon/Polyurethane Construction
  • Five AISI 304 Stainless Steel D-Rings

  • Elastic Cummerbund
  • Neoprene Padded Collar
  • Interior Plush Lined
  • Two Rear Quick Dump/Over-Expansion Relief Valves
  • Grommets for Mares Force Knife Collection
  • Adjustable Chest Strap

  • Shoulder Straps Relieve Shoulder Pressure
  • Dual Position Gauge Hose Clip
  • Safety Whistle
  • BPS System
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black Specifications

Bc Body
Jacket
Buoyancy Bag
31.5 Lbs (14.3 Kg) Xxs/Xs, 38.2 Lbs (17.4 Kg) Medium, 42.7 Lbs (19.4 Kg) Large, 49.46 Lbs (22.5 Kg) Xl
Valves
2 Rear Dump/Over Pressure Relief/Inflator Pull Dump
Pockets
2 Zippered
Shoulder Straps
Torso Adjustable
Stainless Steel Rings
Yes 5
Waist Strap
Elastic Cummerbund
Chest Buckle
Adjustable Sternum
Oral Inflator
Ergo Power Inflator
Materials
420 Cordura Nylon, Polyurethane, Aisi 304 Stainless Steel
Weight Integrated
Yes
Weight Capacities
26 Lbs (12 Kg) Mrs, 10 Lbs (4.5 Kg) Trim
Weight
8.8 Lbs (4 Kg)
Available in the Following Sizes:
Large, Medium, Small, X-Large, X-Small
Weight [with packaging]
Small: 9.85 lb,
X-Small: 10 lb,
Large: 10.5 lb,
Medium: 10.55 lb,
X-Large: 10.8 lb
Mfr #
SKU
MRSDR
Mares Dragon BC Size Chart
    XS  SM MD LG XL
Height ft/in <5'5" 5'5"-5'9" 5'5"-5'11" 5'7"-6'1" >5'11"
cm <165 165-175 160-180 170-185 >180
Weight lbs <120 110-155 130-175 155-200 >175
kgs <55 50-70 60-80 70-90 >80
Waist in 27-35 29-37 35-45 40-47 43-55
cm 70-90 75-95 90-115 100-120 110-140
Chest in <37 33-42 29-45 42-47 >47
cm <95 85-105 95-115 105-120 >120
Lift Capacity lbs 30.8 30.8 38.1 42.5 49.6
kg 14.2 14.2 17.3 19.3 22.5
Weight Capacity lbs 18 MRS Plus/ 10 Trim 18 MRS Plus/ 10 Trim 26MRS Plus/ 10 Trim 26 MRS Plus/ 10 Trim 26 MRS Plus/ 10 Trim
kg 8 MRS Plus/ 4.5 Trim 8 MRS Plus/ 4.5 Trim 12 MRS Plus/ 4.5 Trim 12 MRS Plus/ 4.5 Trim 12 MRS Plus/ 4.5 Trim
Product Weight lbs 7.9 8.1 8.4 8.8 9.0
kgs 3.6 3.7 3.8 4.0 4.1

Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black Customer Reviews

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Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black
 
4.2

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    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (2)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (45)
  • Easily adjustable (45)
  • Durable (28)
  • Lots of features (27)

Cons

  • Poor craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Recreation (41)
  • Warm water (32)
  • Cold water (27)
  • Extreme depths (8)
  • Professional (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Recreational diver (14), Advanced (10), Casual/ recreational (10), Advanced diver (7)
    • Diving Type:
    • Open water diving (32), Drift diving (23), Night diving (17), Wreck diving (16), Outdoor professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Comfortable and Trustworthy

I bought and used this BCD for my entire Rescue training certification and a couple freedives. I love this BCD! This is my first BCD so I don't have much to compare except the...Read complete review

I bought and used this BCD for my entire Rescue training certification and a couple freedives. I love this BCD! This is my first BCD so I don't have much to compare except the rentals I've used.

The Dragon is very comfortable! The back cushion is great and the bottom can be folded down to protect more, or folded up to double protection on your lower back. The velvet lined neck saved my neck from chafing. Plenty of dump valves, easy to orally inflate. My only complaint is for the price, I feel like I should get more clips to hold things. It has a place for my gauge, but nothing for my octo. The pocket is big enough for me to keep my pocket mask in. And really, it looks pretty sweet. It held 6lbs each in the integrated weight pouch (1 4lb and 1 2lb lead), which is easy to quick release and snug enough that it didn't fall out.

I would recommend this to a friend, if you're willing to shell out the money; it's worth it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad wt pocket release mechanism design

The first wk I owned it, I went to release the wt pockets so I could change the weights(on shore). As I pulled the handle, the interior pin releasing the pocket...Read complete review

The first wk I owned it, I went to release the wt pockets so I could change the weights(on shore). As I pulled the handle, the interior pin releasing the pocket broke, and since the actual release spring is inside the pocket I could not release the weight. The pocket had to be removed with a hacksaw blade( I sent it in and Mares replaced it under warranty). I decided that I should have a backup pocket should this happen again and for approx. $75(a very expensive part) I got one. I've had 235 dives with the BC and have had to again replace the pocket(twice) because the zipper failed!Mares needs to redesign this system so that a wt pocket can be released if the interior release mechanism failes! Also needs better quality zippers.

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5.0

Good stuff

By Joe

from Ontario, Canada

About Me Advanced

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        Comments about Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black:

        Very comfortable and well made. Easy to adjust with large heavy-duty buckles. I've only had a max of eight lbs in each weight pocket but they've been stable, no issues to report there. Rear trim weight pockets are a little hard to get at but other than that I'm pleased. I added the Mares air control inflator / octopus and would recommend that combination.

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        1.0

        Not the quality or durability I expected

        By Captain Dave

        from SW Asia

        About Me Professional

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        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easily Adjustable

        Cons

        • Poor Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Recreation

        Comments about Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black:

        I purchased this BC to do my divemaster training. After 60 dives the plastic is peeling off the denier and the decorative plastic is falling off. All my gear is well maintained and this BC was never abused. Bottom line is that this is no a durable, professional-quality product. I am returning it to LeisurePro and will purchase another BCD. Another irritation is that Mares provides no way to contact them directly. Everything goes through a distributor.

        • Diving Type:
        • Drift Diving, Night Diving, Open Water Diving, Rescue Diving
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect In The Water

        By ScubaJoe

        from Texas

        About Me Advanced

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Easily Adjustable
        • Lots Of Features

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cold Water
          • Extreme Depths
          • Recreation
          • Warm Water

          Comments about Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black:

          Buying a Mares BCD (and all Mares equipment) was a no-brainer for me because there is a Mares Lab 3 miles from where I dive in the Caribbean. I chose this one because I won't be traveling with it (it's bulky) and it's comfortable and perfect for my dive needs. I've used it on 8 dives so far and the weight system is PERFECT. It is the first BCD I've owned but had tried Oceanic and other BCD's before choosing this one. So far I'm very happy in more ways than one.

          • Diving Type:
          • Cave Diving, Drift Diving, Open Water Diving, Wreck Diving
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Superb BCD but check before using it

          By Don Quixote

          from Taipei, Taiwan

          About Me Advanced

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          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easily Adjustable
          • Lots Of Features

          Cons

          • Poor Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

          • Recreation

          Comments about Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black:

          Have made over 20 dives now with this BCD. The MRS Plus weight pocket dropped in two diving occasions. The second time, it dropped into more than 100 meters deep and can not be recovered. After checking it carefully, found that all the pouches (we originally have 4 between me and my buddy) are not properly assembled. It is a case of bad manufacturing quality. The engineering is superb but manufacturing quality is bad. The Dragon BC is superbly engineered with lots of redundant safety interlocks. But, it, too, came with a lot of the buckles and straps not properly secured. But I love the BC, just need to fix the loose bolts and nuts.

          If you do decide to use or already own a BCD with MRS Plus pockets, check my post in Scubaboard to understand how to correct the problem:
          http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/buoyancy-compensators-bcs-weight-systems/452497-mares-mrs-plus-weight-pouch-dropping-root-cause.html

          • Diving Type:
          • Open Water Diving
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          2.0

          Bad Weight Integration

          By Scuba Bert

          from Post Falls, ID

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Lots Of Features

          Cons

          • Bad Design

          Best Uses

            Comments about Mares Dragon BCD with MRS Plus Weight Pockets, Black:

            I bought this BCD a little over a year ago and have around 25 dives using this BCD. I have found that it does have some nice features (included SS Rings & Pockets), but the design of the weight integration system is severly flaud and needs correction. I have put the maximum 12lbs. each as well as less (6lbs each) in the weight pockets and had issues keeping the weights in the BCD a hand full of times. The most recent caused me to lose one on the boat after being slightly hit and the other as soon as I hit the water. I have lost the weights time and time again and ready to replace this already for a more reliable BCD.

            • Diving Type:
            • Drift Diving, Open Water Diving, Wreck Diving
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
            GERALD O  This is everything you would want in a BCD looks fit comfort.
            Shopper  Can this BC take dual tanks?
            Eric T  I personally would not suggest this BCD for dual tanks.
            Shopper  Looking for some Size suggestions. I am 6'2" and 190 Pounds. Average build,not fat but a little gut. Not sure if XL or L would be best?
            WILLIAM H  XL, see size chart also to confirm this.
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