I'm trying to decide what to get. Why did you pick this one?
i bought this for my son when he was 12 it is a rock solid bc it can be adjusted to fit a small person or grow into it we have now adjusted it out because hes 16 still in great shape I also use it in open water classes if a students rental fails its my back up i dive master for a shop in califonia good luck!
I had basically the same BC before and really liked it. I lost 50 pounds, so I needed a new BC that fit. After using this BC, I can say I like this one even more than my old one. Loading weights is much easier, and it is very comfortable. I found this BC to be an excellent value.
Good price. Integrated weight system and two large pockets. However I did change out the bcd inflator and added my backup second stage/inflator much nicer to have it right there think it to came from Tusa. Overall good setup have had it now for 3 years never any problems been on about 90 dives in 3 countrys.
I picked this BCD because when I tried on several at my local scuba shop this was my favorite fit. I also liked that it is a trusted brand that I have used before. When I saw it for such a great price on Leisure Pro, I had to get it! It has tons on pockets and has held up really well. I'm very pleased with my purchase. Good luck!
I chose for its ballast compartments. They are easy to secure and release if necessary. If you want You don't need using weight belt or use it very light weight. I am satisfied with this BCD. Something I would have liked is that their support was solid.
My Fire Dept Divers wanted a traditional jacket style BC w/ integrated weights and decent buoyancy, along with a livable price tag. The newer style weight release system works great (2 of the same model BC's were from when Tusa used to make these with velcro releases- not good). My guys like the pockets and usability. We dive Lake Michigan alot, and my divers were not happy with back inflator B.C's (they felt the forward push when inflating alot). We don't have many "No Go" dives when in rescue mode, so they wanted a jacket/ traditional BC. Our only complaint with this BC is sometimes the single tank strap allows the tank to slip. Hope this helps. Battalion Chief Mark
I happened to be in NYC and knew I needed to buy a BCD, so I stopped by the Leisure Pro Store. I knew that I wanted integrated weights and these work great--with two pockets on the back to balance weight better. It also has nice amounts of storage and clips. A someone who is fairly tall and thin, it also has nice adjustment straps to customize the fit.
Tell you truth I bought it in a set for a great price as a back up to my current BC, I haven't used it yet since don't really want to put it in salt water till I need it. I have put it on, it fits great, constuction seems very good, I think it is a great BC. If I had any negitive it would be weight, since it is heavy duty/ well made in my opinion & has built in weight pockets it is a lot to fly with. If you are not planning on travel diving with it (which you could but it takes room & weight) I would highly reccommend this BC. For the money I spent and the product I got I think I got a heck of a deal.
When selecting a BCD, I wouldn't worry too much about the specific brand and model at first. First, select the style of BCD that is the right one for your purpose: full size, travel, ladies, wings, etc. Then, pick a brand that is serviced in your area. Finally, I'd recommend matching the brand to the brand of the rest of your equipment, and (if possible) take advantage of a package discount.
To answer your question, I selected this BCD as I was looking for a full size, durable BCD (I dive in cold water with shore entries) and leisurepro hAppen to have an excellent price for a TUSA package.
So far, my experience with the BCD has been very positive. I like the controls and the integrated weights. For cold water diving, I like the two (non removable) pockets at the back as they allow me to carry enough weight and at the same time keep a proper trim. A minor negativet is that you need to double check that all the pockets are locked (specially the ones at the back) as it's easy to believe that they are close when they are not (I lost some of my weights that way in a rough shore entry).
I chose the Tusa Platina Evo because I think it is a great BC for the price. Great fit and lift capability as well as the integrated weight system.