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