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About Oceanic Probe HLC BCD

The Oceanic Probe HLC BCD is a heavy duty tech oriented Jacket Style BCD. Exterior abrasion points of the Probe HLC are covered in Oceanic's new "Fadeless" 1600-denier ballistic nylon - Tough Stuff that will hold up to years of Extreme Diving and keep that "New Look" longer. Your equipment should enhance- not-hinder the joy and exhilaration of diving. Nowhere is this more important than with BCD's, where comfort and freedom of movement must be balanced against function and- durability. Responding to this challenge led Oceanic design engineers to create BioFlex - a unique "living fabric" that stretches flexes and conforms to the body. BioFlex is an extraordinary fabric, which stretches, fully inflated up to 30% over conventional nylon or polyurethane BC materials. The idea being that if a material could stretch while remaining airtight, you could make smaller air cells, creating less bulk and drag underwater, while achieving high volumes of lift when required, BioFlex eliminates chest squeeze, conforms to the diver's body and provides a slim, body hugging profile.

The BCD comes equipped with Oceanic's Reliant Integrated Inflator. Ergonomically designed to be functional and easy to use in any dive position, the Reliant Integrated Inflator provides a full range of airway exhaust/inflation control. Simply press a button to produce precise flow for trimming dive attitude or maximum flow for major changes in buoyancy. A large exhaust valve creates a flow rate higher than the inflation rate of the power inflator, improving diver control during ascents.

The lower profile Quick Lock & Release (QLR3) Weight System has a capacity of up to 24lbs (11kg) between the two Weight Pockets. The QLR assures weights stay in position throughout the dive and do not shift around affecting buoyancy or position in the water. The weight pouches are simple to load and easy to release. Best of all, Oceanic's patented "Positive-Lock" System helps to ensure that they'll stay put. The BCD also comes equipped with two rear trim non-releasable weight pockets that combined hold up to 10lbs (4.5kg) of weight. The BCD has two generous zippered utility pockets for all of your accessory needs. 2-pre-bent welded stainless steel D-rings on the shoulders, multiple standard D-rings, integrated instrument retractor mount (retractor not included, see SKU: OCNBCR) and spinner knife (see SKU: OCNKSP) mounting grommets on either the left or right are all for accessory storage and attachment.

The Oceanic Probe HLC has torso adjustable shoulder straps. The shoulder straps, waist strap and sternum strap all come equipped with squeeze-style" quick-release buckles for easy donning and doffing. The BCD also comes standard with Oceanic's patented adjustable depth compensating cummerbund. The BCD provides a high lift capacity (up to 28 liters - size XL). The Prbe HLC has reflective accents for added safety, comes with a 3/8" threaded low pressure hose with quick-disconnect, owner's manual and is covered by a 24 month limited warranty.

The Oceanic Probe HLC BCD is commonly used for Cold Water, Extreme Depths, Recreation, Warm Water and more. The Oceanic Probe HLC BCD is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced, Beginner, Casual/ Recreational among others. The Oceanic Probe HLC BCD is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Oceanic Probe HLC BCD: Comfortable, Durable, Easily Adjustable, Lots Of Features.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 24 months.

www.oceanicworldwide.com
(800) 435-3483

Oceanic Probe HLC BCD Features

  • Oceanic Probe HLC BCD
  • Heavy Duty Tech Oriented Jacket Style BCD
  • "Fadeless" 1600-Denier Ballistic Nylon
  • Tough Stuff, Keeps that "New Look" Longer
  • Equipment Should Enhance, Not-Hinder the Joy & Exhilaration of Diving
  • Comfort and Freedom of Movement
  • Bioflex Material:
    "Living Fabric", Stretches Extraordinary Fabric
    Stretches, Fully Inflated Up to 30% Over Conventional Nylon or Polyurethane BCD Materials
    Smaller Air Cells, Less Bulk and Drag Underwater
    Eliminates Chest Squeeze, Conforms to Diver's Body
    Slim, Body Hugging Profile
  • Oceanic's Alliance Integrated Inflator:
    Ergonomically Designed
    Functional and Easy-to-Use
    Full-Range of Airway Exhaust/Inflation Control
    Large Exhaust Valve
    3/8" Threaded Low Pressure Quick Disconnect Hose
  • Oceanic's QLR Integrated Weight System:
    Releasable Capacity: 24 lbs (11kg)
    Non-Releasable Trim Pocket Capacity: 10 lbs (5 kg)
    QLR: Weights Say-in-Position, Won't-Shift-Around Affecting Buoyancy or Position in Water
    Simple-to-Load and Easy-to-Release
    Oceanic's "Positive-Lock" System Ensure Weights Stay-Put
  • High Lift Capacity and Minimum Drag
  • 2-Generous Zippered Utility Pockets
  • 2-Pre-Bent Welded Stainless Steel D-Rings On-Shoulders
  • Multiple Standard D-Rings
  • Integrated Instrument Retractor Mount (retractor not included, see SKU: OCNBCR)
  • Spinner Knife (see SKU: OCNKSP) Mounting Grommets
  • Harness Assembly:
    Torso Adjustable Shoulders
    Sternum Strap
    Adjustable Waist Strap
    Adjustable Depth Compensating Cummerbund
    All Straps Equipped with Squeeze-Style" Side-Release Buckles
    Easy Donning and Doffing
    Sternum Strap with Safety Whistle
  • High Lift Capacity: Up to 28 liters, Size XL
  • Reflective Accents for Added Safety
  • Multiple Sizes
  • Owner's Manual
  • 2 Year Limited Warranty

Oceanic Probe HLC BCD Specifications

BC Body
Jacket Style
Buoyancy Bag
Up to 28 liters
Valves
2-Overpressure Relief/Pull Dump, Inflator Cable Activated Shoulder Pull Dump
Pockets
2-Zippered
Stainless Steel Rings
Yes, 2-Pre-Bent Shoulder, 4-Vest
Waist Strap
Yes, with "Squeeze-Style" Side-Release Buckle and Cummerbund
Chest Buckle
Yes, Adjustable Sternum Strap with "Squeeze-Style" Side-Release Buckle
Oral Inflator
Yes, Oceanic's Reliant Integrated Inflator
Materials
1600-Denier Ballistic Nylon
Weight Integrated
Yes
Available in the Following Sizes:
2X-Large, Large, Medium Large, Medium, Small, X-Large
Weight Capacity
Releasable: 24lbs (11kg), Non-Releasable: 10lbs (4.5kg) Size Dependent
Oceanic Probe HLC BCD Size Chart
  Small Medium Large X-Large 2X-Large
Height 5'2"-5'7" 5'7"-6'0" 5'11"-6'2" 6'2"-6'5" 6'2"-6'5"
Weight (pounds) 120-155 150-175 180-210 195-240 230-270
Waist (inches) 30-38 32-40 34-42 38-46 40-48
Chest (in) 30-40 34-44 38-48 40-50 42-52
Lift Capacity (lbs) 38 38 50 60 60
Weight Capacity (lbs) 26 dumpable, 10 trim 26 dumpable, 10 trim 26 dumpable, 10 trim 26 dumpable, 10 trim 26 dumpable, 10 trim
Product Weight (lbs) 9.1 9.2 9.65 9.95 10.05

Probe HLC BCD Customer Reviews

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4.6

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable (18)
  • Lots of features (17)
  • Durable (16)
  • Easily adjustable (14)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Recreation (15)
    • Cold water (7)
    • Warm water (7)
    • Extreme depths (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (9), Advanced (5), Beginner (4)
      • Diving Type:
      • Open water diving (17), Drift diving (11), Night diving (7), Wreck diving (7), Cave diving (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It takes practice.

    I liked this BCD so much that I got one for my son as well. Using the integrated weight system takes practice. There are easy grip handles and plenty of leverage for dumping the...Read complete review

    I liked this BCD so much that I got one for my son as well. Using the integrated weight system takes practice. There are easy grip handles and plenty of leverage for dumping the weights in an emergency. However, putting the cartridges back into place, ounce they have been removed, does require some finesse. A perfect BCD would have a foolproof mounting bracket to help you push the cartridges into place. Once you do hear the cartridge click into the Oceanic HLC, the weights are very secure.

    Although it is much lighter than it looks, this is a very durable BCD that drains really well while leaving the water. The cumberbun is a little oversized for the rest of the unit. Everything else adjusts with great ease. My XL fits a little loose on me while my son's Large is still a little snug on me. My XL should fit perfectly in the spring. My son has no complaints about the fit. The air dumps are located conveniently on the right shoulder and right hip. We love the big pockets, although they might be a little easier to unzip if the openings were a little lower. My son's only source of frustration is in mounting his Wenoka knife onto this BCD. His favorite piece of gear is his dive knife. An Oceanic Spinner attaches to the convenient flaps on either side, above the pockets. I'm not crazy about the Oceanic knife's sheath, but that is another review. A few extra grommets on those flaps or a more standard spacing would help though.

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    Not quite what I was expecting!

    I bought this for my son, same size as his old one, thinking an upgrade would be good,(at present he has an ocean pro 1000D size M,lacks features and not as...Read complete review

    I bought this for my son, same size as his old one, thinking an upgrade would be good,(at present he has an ocean pro 1000D size M,lacks features and not as comfortable, but ample waist adjustment).
    The problem with the Probe HLC is the waist adjustment is very limited, even with the waist strap adjusted to it's minimum I could still fit my hand between him and the strap. If your 6' and thin I would not recommend this BC, I think Oceanic have designed this for the vertically & horizontally challenged diver.
    Also, the rear weight pocket are mounted on the tank band, when you try to secure the tank strap to the velcro, the strap fouls on the weight pocket and not much sticks to the velcro. The Probe LX had them in a better position.

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    4.0

    Very Nice Product!

    By Buffalo Mike

    from Buffalo NY

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Easily Adjustable
    • Lots Of Features

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recreation
      • Warm Water

      Comments about Oceanic Probe HLC BCD:

      Very well thought out product. I like the two additional air releases at right shoulder and right hip. Very convienent for rapid air release when descending. The integrated weight system is very nice. Easy to use. Fit and buckles all seemed rugged. I used this product for first time on six dives in the BVI last week.

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

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      5.0

      Excellent BCD!

      By kman779

      from SD

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Easily Adjustable
      • Lots Of Features

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Oceanic Probe HLC BCD:

          I love this BCD, fits true to size and seems extremely durable.

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          4.0

          GOOD FIT,QUALITY

          By mike

          from suffolk,va.

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Easily Adjustable
          • Lots Of Features

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Cold Water
            • Extreme Depths
            • Recreation
            • Warm Water

            Comments about Oceanic Probe HLC BCD:

            true fit to size chart ,alot of adjustment

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

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            4.0

            Great Bc !

            By Undertow69

            from ChCh New Zealand

            About Me Advanced

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable
            • Lots Of Features

            Cons

            • Waist band -

            Best Uses

            • Cold Water
            • Recreation

            Comments about Oceanic Probe HLC BCD:

            Great Bc with super durable construction! Can only fault it in one place. The sizing, I purchased a L and for the most part iit fits great, the only let down is the extremely large velcro waist band... It is far to large and even with an 8mm wetsuit it had a lot of room. That said, with some adjusting and re-threading at the rear, it can be fixed to fit, just a litlre patience required!!

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

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            4.0

            It takes practice.

            By River Monster

            from Ohio

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Durable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recreation

              Comments about Oceanic Probe HLC BCD:

              I liked this BCD so much that I got one for my son as well. Using the integrated weight system takes practice. There are easy grip handles and plenty of leverage for dumping the weights in an emergency. However, putting the cartridges back into place, ounce they have been removed, does require some finesse. A perfect BCD would have a foolproof mounting bracket to help you push the cartridges into place. Once you do hear the cartridge click into the Oceanic HLC, the weights are very secure.

              Although it is much lighter than it looks, this is a very durable BCD that drains really well while leaving the water. The cumberbun is a little oversized for the rest of the unit. Everything else adjusts with great ease. My XL fits a little loose on me while my son's Large is still a little snug on me. My XL should fit perfectly in the spring. My son has no complaints about the fit. The air dumps are located conveniently on the right shoulder and right hip. We love the big pockets, although they might be a little easier to unzip if the openings were a little lower. My son's only source of frustration is in mounting his Wenoka knife onto this BCD. His favorite piece of gear is his dive knife. An Oceanic Spinner attaches to the convenient flaps on either side, above the pockets. I'm not crazy about the Oceanic knife's sheath, but that is another review. A few extra grommets on those flaps or a more standard spacing would help though.

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

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              ANDREW M  Yes there is a snap in/snap out holder on both sides and each one can be. Loaded with 6-7 lbs.
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