Hybrid represents the apex of Mares Jacket Style BC product development. Thanks to features such as a completely detachable harness and air cell, seamless shoulder straps and special padding around the wings of the back pack, we have reached an unparalleled maximization of comfort, fit, stability and lift.
The Foldable Backpack System maximizes the blend of comfort, lightness and size. The grip provided by the rubber portion of the backpack in contact with the tank, when open it ensures total stability and comfort of a long backpack, but when folded it's 30% shorter than a traditional backpack. The honeycomb structure makes it 40% lighter than a traditional backpack, weighing 8.3 lbs (3.8 kg) in large size making this the perfect travel BC. The Quick-Pak system makes it easy to compact and transport the BC with a few simple moves. Once closed it is minimal 17" x 12" x 12" (45 x 30 x 30 cm) in size and can easily be transported in your suitcase or a small travel backpack.
The Hybrid is equipped with Mares MRS-Plus 13 lbs (6 kg) Mechanical Release System in Medium, Large and X-Large and 8.82 lbs (4 kg) in X-Small and Small. A simple click ensures easy and secure storage of the weight pockets. A single outward pull on the oversized handle releases the weights. If you don't need to use the maximum weight load each pocket has Velcro dividers to eliminate weight shifting adding stability to your dive. Two trim weight pockets attached to the tank strap hold an additional 10 lbs (4.5 kg) between the two pockets.
Comfort is important, but durability means years of maintenance free use. The outside of the BCD is made from durable 420 Cordura Denier Nylon with strong polyurethane inside. Seven lightweight aluminum D-Rings and grommets for accessory attachments and Mares Force Knife Collection allows maximum accessorizing. With adjustable and removable chest strap, zippered pockets, ergonomic transport handle, and lots of lift 42.5 lbs (19.3 kg) in the M/L size makes this one great BCD. The Hybrid comes with a Low Pressure Hose; Owner's Manual is available in three sizes and has a 24 month limited warranty.
This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.
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Comments about Mares Hybrid BCD with MRS Plus System:
I've used the BCD for 17 dives so far, and am very, very impressed. First: I've made 200+ dives, have multiple BCDs of varying makes and am a PADI Assistant Instructor. My prior personal BCD was an Aqualung Axiom which is very good as well; however, it does not have the "wow" factor of the Mares Matrix.
Let me explain: As a "travelling" BCD, it folds in half, leaving the handle sticking out while the shoulder straps secure it to be half the size of a normal BCD. In addition, it has trim weights in the back and it's very light weight. However, don't let the size fool you: It has all the D rings you could ask for, the dump valves work perfectly, and the pockets hold large quantities of items (gloves, flashlight, noise banger, etc.) The integrated weight pockets easily slip in and out with the accompanying rings on the pouches and the matching BCD portion to "pull the BCD" while "pushing" in the weight pouches.
Moreover, as a dive professional, I need to be streamlined when working with students. This BCD makes it easy to hover in a neutrally buoyant divers" position and demonstrate all the required skills for students making it all look easy.
Overall, I love the size, other divers often comment as I come on the dive boat holding my BCD on its "hanger" being half the size of others, and fits all the needs of a recreational diver. It is also VERY durable due to its fabric strength and immensely resizable just by adjusting a few straps.