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Mares Bolt SLS BCD Customer Reviews

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3.7

(based on 7 reviews)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Mares Bolt SLS BCD

I bought the Bolt in February for a dive trip to Roatan in March 2018. Like any other piece of new equipment the was the initial adjustment stage, I had never dived a back inflate before. Did 10 dives with the Bolt, it took the first 2 dives to get adjusted. After that no problems. As far as the problem of pushing forward on the surface I found that only inflating 1/2 full took care of that. I didn't experience any problems with deflating, just pulling on the inflator hose was generally enoug...

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Not I've expected

I used this BCD in 22 dives, cold and warm water. The design of the BCD forces you to have an almost vertical position while diving. You need to put most of the weight in the front, in order to obtain a proper trim. The SLS system can be tricky, because it can be released with a minimum of effort, and you can lose the entire pocket. It's difficult to release the air while diving, because you need to be in vertical position to do it.

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Mares Bolt SLS BCD

By Steve M.

from Winnipeg, MB, CA

I bought the Bolt in February for a dive trip to Roatan in March 2018. Like any other piece of new equipment the was the initial adjustment stage, I had never dived a back inflate before. Did 10 dives with the Bolt, it took the first 2 dives to get adjusted. After that no problems. As far as the problem of pushing forward on the surface I found that only inflating 1/2 full took care of that. I didn't experience any problems with deflating, just pulling on the inflator hose was generally enough with a slight downward position of my legs or rolling slightly over on my right side to get the exhaust valve to a higher position helped as well. Overall a very nice BC to dive, highly recommended.

 

Mares bolt sls BCD

By Reagan L.

from Boston, MA, US

Great product and very comfortable. I have only gone on two dives so far but very pleased with it

 

Cool BC

By bigfishy

from Smithfield, UT, US

Works great is light and I have had zero problems with the unit.

 

Very good BCD

By L M.

from KC, MO, US

This BCD is very good. However it takes getting used to a more upright vertical body position required for the air release valve to work properly when the BCD. I have not experienced this issue with other standard jacket type BCDs. I weigh 165 lb (~75 Kg) use 1.5 Kg trim weights on each of the back trim pockets with 1 Kg each in the front slide off pockets for a total of 5 Kg, in a 3mm shorty wetsuit. That makes me very horizontal under water...

 

Good BCD

By Tabor T.

Had some issues with the tank coming lose when I entered the water, but wasn't a huge deal and I am still very happy with my purchase.

 

Unnecessarily Bulky

By Christopher G.

Have used this BCD for around 50 dives. The weight pockets are very rigid and much bulkier than they need to be. The back pad stitching ripped after about 30 dives. The back inflate is nice, but there are more streamlined BCDs out there.

 

Not I've expected

By Emanuel

from Greensboro, NC, US

I used this BCD in 22 dives, cold and warm water. The design of the BCD forces you to have an almost vertical position while diving. You need to put most of the weight in the front, in order to obtain a proper trim. The SLS system can be tricky, because it can be released with a minimum of effort, and you can lose the entire pocket. It's difficult to release the air while diving, because you need to be in vertical position to do it.

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Easy to travel with.
Miguel X on Aug 28, 2019
Easy to travel with.
Miguel X on Aug 28, 2019
Good afternoon, I bought a vest order L2018100515011296324 and would like to know if it is delivered until Sunday.
Daniella R on Oct 5, 2018
Good afternoon, I bought a vest order L2018100515011296324 and would like to know if it is delivered until Sunday.
Daniella R on Oct 5, 2018
What is the difference between the Pure and Bolt BCDs? The only difference I can see in the pictures is that the Bolt has a cummerbund and the Pure does not.
April L on May 24, 2017
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BEST ANSWER: I own the pure and the only difference I saw was the mentioned above about the cumberbund vs. The belt. The other is the back bracing on the pure is a mono plate so there is a polymer spine with the shoulder straps attached at the top of the spine and the waist with the belt is attached at the bottom of the spine. There is no support in between the top and bottom. The bold has a lumbar sup port system that runs up the hole rear of the bc connecting top and bottom supporting the entire back. Hope this helps
I am looking to purchase the Bolt BC and found where there was an issue with the handles coming off after pulling.
Does anyone know if this issue has been reviewed or investigated? If so what was the conclusion of the findings?
Ron H on Oct 20, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Not sure you mean by handles, but if your asking about the integrated weight (SLS) system I can comment. My bolt has about 10 dives on it this year. I've only once experienced one of the weights coming loose during a dive. It was at a very inopportune time as well, but I caught it before it was too late. Cant really say if its coming loose was operator error or some fault in the BCD. Now before every dive I really pay special attention when I lock the SLS down, hadn't had an issues sense. That said, I really do like the BCD, but may have oped for a larger size. I have the medium and am 6'1" about 185 lbs, fits but snug on my chest. Let me know if you have any other questions
Tom
what is the smart trim weight positioning mentioned in the description?
scott on Aug 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Scotton,

Here is the info on the weight system. In short, there are non-release let pockets on the back which can carry weights for trim. The SLS system on the side are release let. Hope this helps.

The Slide & Lock System (SLS) weight pockets have sturdy zipper closures and are easy to slide into the BCD even when wearing thick gloves. The SLS is the safest system available and come in weight capacities of 9 lbs. and 13 lbs. (4 kg and 6 kg) weight capacities. For a balanced weight distribution, the Bolt SLS BCD also has a rear weight trim pockets with a weight capacity of 5 lbs. (2.27 kg). SLS weight and trim pockets will work with block or soft pouch weights.
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