Hey there, I understand the Scout doesn't have a weight release system, though the info says the rear weights are dumpable through a fastener release. So, are the weights really dupable? Thanks.
Yes they are "dumpable." There are pockets on the rear of the BC that load from the bottom and are fastened with velcro. There are also straps with grab handles attached to the flap that make for a quick opening of the pocket. As long as you are in a somewhat upright position, your weights (bags if not too big or solids) will fall right out,
The weights are dump-able one side at a time but you must reach around to the tank to do so. The Scout is designed as a light weight travel BC. I use mine on trips where the luggage volume is a issue. The way I use the Scout is to take 2 24" strips of 1" webbing and tie my lead together and put one in one pocket and one in the other. In 700+ dives I have had to dump my weights one time. The side pockets hold the weights just fine and only require a quick zip to open. If you require more than 16lbs total you might not want to consider the pocket solution
There are pull handles at the bottom of the weight pouches, but (at least on my version - which I bought 4-5 years ago) the multiple layers of hook-and-loop fastening are so robust and the pull angle awkward enough that I wouldn't count on my ability to dump that weight quickly in an emergency situation.
On the scout the back weights are dump able. You reach back and pull each tab on the pocket to dump the weight. Other zeagle bc use a rip cord to dump weights this feature is not found on the scout. Great bc easy to pack and comfortable.
Yes , The releases are red handles located right next to the tank band . They are hard to reach but it can be done . When the red handles are pulled , the velcro tabs at the bottom of the weight pouches are opened and the weights drop. I would not hesitate to buy this BC , it is great fitting and lightweight for travel.
Yes they have handles which open on the bottom although I've never tried them. Also I put weights in the front pockets which are zippered in order to stabilize. The best part about the is that it's streamlined in the front so there's less drag.
I took the weight pockets off right away and never used. IMHO integrated weights are totally useless and very dangerous.