Which ‘Travel BCD’ will win the comparison?

The BCD is not the lightest item of your scuba dive equipment. For example, my Mares Prestige MRS weighs around 4,2 Kg and as we all know when traveling by airplane every gram plays it's part in packing your suitcase. That's why several scuba brands have developed a special light weight BCD for traveling. Let's take a closer look at what is being offered.

I've taken six different well known brands, at least in Europe, to compare with each other: Mares, Cressi, Aqua Lung, Scubapro, Seac and Tusa. With Cressi offering even two different types. To get an better understanding between the differences I've compared them on several criteria. In which the most importants ones, in my opinion, are 'weight', 'lift' and off course 'price'.

 Name  F-light  Air Travel  Travelight  Zuma  Scubapro
GO
 Sub
Airone
 BCJ 1800
Voyager
 Brand
 Mares
 Cressi
 Cressi
 Aqua Lung
 Scubapro
 Seac
 Tusa
 Weight
 2,2 Kg
 2,5 Kg
 2,6 Kg
 2,2 Kg
 2,7 Kg
 2,25 Kg
 2 Kg
 Integrated 
 Weights
 No
  Yes
 Yes

 No

 
 Yes
 No
 No
 Trim
 Weights 
 Yes
  No
 Yes

 No

 
 No
 Yes
 No
 D-rings
 6
  6
 6

 4

 
 6
 6
 10
 Lift Kg
 (Seize M) 
 16,4 Kg
  16,4 Kg
 9,2 Kg

 15,4 Kg

 
 13,3 Kg
 15 Kg
 11,8 kg
 Material
 Cordura
Denier
nylon
 Denier
nylon

-

 
 Denier
nylon
 PU coated
nylon
 Denier
nylon
 Price*
 € 219,-
€ 319,-
 € 279,-

€ 249,-

 
 € 299,-
 € 259,-
 € 279,-

*Except the 'Zuma', prices come from one single Dutch webshop (www.lucasdivestore.com). This way it was possible to compare prices on a fair basis. Off course prices vary per country and webshop and this isn't even taking certain discounts into account.

Maybe I'm a bit of a Mares fan, taking my current gear in to account. However it's undeniable that the F-light is the winner in this comparison. It has one of lowest weights, biggest lift capacity and has the lowest price. All though it may not be the best looking one it's your best choice.

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