PART 1 Our Scubalab test team put eight new jacket-style BCS through their paces

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Our test team tries out eight new jack­et­style BCS in a range of prices.


What are BC mak­ers do­ing to in­crease se­cu­rity, con­ve­nience and dura­bil­ity? Here are a few ex­am­ples from our lat­est test batch. The ratch­et­ing tank-band lock on Atomic Aquat­ics’ BC1 op­er­ates sim­i­larly to the bind­ing on a ski boot; flip the han­dle back and forth (click, click, click) un­til the band is snug, then press it down to lock in place. The less me­chan­i­cally in­clined among test divers took a lit­tle longer to mas­ter it, but it cinched up tight with­out the man­han­dling that ny­lon web bands can re­quire.

Adding more D-rings, loops, grom­mets, etc., is one thing. Get­ting them where a diver wants them is an­other. Along with its fixed D-rings, Tusa’s Sover­inAl­pha has a cou­ple of de­tach­able con­nec­tors, sort of like in­dus­trial-strength safety pins, that let you eas­ily move D-rings around be­tween sev­eral at­tach­ment points on the top and bot­tom of both front pan­els and the left shoul­der strap.

Self-seal­ing zip­pers used on the BC1 have cov­ers on the teeth that meet when the zip­per is closed to block sand and de­bris from get­ting into the mov­ing parts. The BC1 has them on cargo pock­ets and in­te­grat­ed­weight pock­ets. The zip­pers have a smooth pro­file that helps keep them from snag­ging, or scratch­ing your wrists when you reach into the pock­ets. They also look cool.

“Su­per comfy, ex­tremely sta­ble.”

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