XS SCUBA

Scuba Diving - - Head-To-Head-Testing - IN­HER­ENT BUOY­ANCY BUOY­ANT LIFT

The Triton was the only jacket in our test not equipped with in­te­grated weights, which some­times makes us won­der what other ameni­ties we’ll be giv­ing up. But while it’s not long on frills (there are just three plas­tic D-rings), the Triton de­liv­ered per­for­mance above its pay grade. The rigid, thickly cush­ioned back plate pro­vides good sup­port, and the har­ness has a wide range of ad­justa­bil­ity, in­clud­ing cum­mer­bund straps that can be shifted a cou­ple of inches. There are ex­tras: a right shoul­der dump, octo/gauge pock­ets, and a pair of siz­able cargo pock­ets. While we’ve some­times griped about pock­ets with too lit­tle hook-and-loop fas­ten­ing, the Triton’s were the op­po­site: The 8-by-1½-inch fas­ten­ers are so grabby, they’re hard to open with one hand. In the wa­ter, the Triton was rated good for at­ti­tude and sta­bil­ity, ad­justa­bil­ity and com­fort (although some divers wished the shoul­der straps had a bit more pad­ding).

TRITON PRICE $330 CON­TACT xss­cuba.com

“Com­fort­able and up­right at the sur­face.”

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