Scuba Diving - - Head-To-Head-Testing -

As the price sug­gests, this new jacket from Da­cor is a no-frills de­sign, but in the wa­ter the Nautica turned out to be a real gem, with very good scores for com­fort and sta­bil­ity and one of the high­est scores for sur­face float­ing po­si­tion. It has ex­cel­lent trim pock­ets placed just right, and the in­te­grated weights load se­curely and ditch re­li­ably with a pinch of the buck­les. It has just 1½ pounds of in­her­ent buoy­ancy de­spite the cush­ioned back pad that works well with the rest of the har­ness to cre­ate a se­cure, com­fort­able fit. The zip­pered cargo pock­ets are big enough to be use­ful and you can ac­cess them with­out dou­ble-jointed el­bows, and the octo pock­ets are well-placed. Test divers would have liked a right shoul­der ex­haust, more and bet­ter D-rings, and a less abrupt in­fla­tor. But they praised the Nautica’s sta­ble com­fort, and sev­eral picked it as one of their fa­vorites of the test.

PRICE $369 CON­TACT west­ma­rine.com

“Sta­ble at sur­face and depth.”

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