One of the important parts of your diving gear is a Buoyancy Compensator Device. How to buy the best one for you?
Think about where and how you are going to dive most and then focus on choosing the BCD best for your needs. Do you plan to go on diving trips, try wreck and cave diving? Are you interested in enlarging your diving experience in future?
Diving in your own equipment is definitely more enjoyable, comfortable, safe and efficient experience.
There are two common styles of BCD for you to choose from, the jacket and the wings.
The BCD jacket is traditionally more popular. Jackets are quite comfortable, above and below the water. A typical BCD jacket inflates evenly around your torso.
The squeezed feeling and movement restrictions of fully inflated vest are some of annoyances of this system. The size recommendations are strict enough and if you gain or lose weight you might need to buy another. Due to the way air and weight are distributed in the jacket BCD the ideal horizontal position under the water is not easily obtained. That leads to the streamlining loss and unnecessary air waste. But the most disappointing is that this system puts definite restrictions on enriching your diving experience in future. Sooner or later many divers get bored by the monotony of open water dives and decide to enlarge their underwater experience. The old fashioned jacket does not suit their growing needs anymore. They switch to a wing and harness system.
The wings style BCD is becoming more popular in recreational single tank diving due to its simplicity. You don’t get that bear hug feeling that you have in fully inflated jacket BCD, as your ribcage remains free. In harness and wing BCD the size is not that important, the harness is easily adjusted. One set of equipment fits people of different sizes. It is recommended to those who plan to upgrade their diving level in future.
The unbeatable advantages of wings are high buoyancy control and the ease of ideal horizontal position under the water, thus better streamline and optimization of your dive. It is extremely important for save and comfortable diving in overhead surrounding such as wrecks or caves.
The weight integrated system when the weights are put in weight pockets on your BCD harness allows to distribute the weight to sharp your streamline and that results in less dragging and air economy.
If you are a travelling diver you might be interested in a lightweight and compact BCD with low profile wing, easily stored in your bag.It makes sense to consider some BCD with enough attachment points and pockets to clip on and to store in the accessories like surface markers, extra mask, lights and others.
You should pay special attention on the quality and durability of the used materials.
Taking into consideration all the above we would recommend the modular wing and harness BCD. This system allows the beginning diver to adapt the equipment to his level and budget and to upgrade it in future by adding elements to the existing system. You configure your BCD adding or replacing modules depending on the requirements of the concrete dive. The modular BCD can be your first and only BCD for different types of diving
Amphibian Gear is a European company specializing in production of high quality modular type BCD Smart Pack transformer adapted for all levels of diving. You can start with the standard model of harness and wing and then add elements to optimize your BCD for diving with one or twin bottles in back or lateral (side mount) configuration. Your BCD will upgrade with the growth of your diving skills.
This versatile diving equipment with multiple configuration options offers you a vast variety of options to fix additional accessories in the most convenient locations.
Smart pack is ideal for traveling, compact and lightweight, only 3 kg. It is easily adjustable for perfect fit, increasing your comfort and safety in diving.
Amphibian Gear pays great attention to the quality of the used materials.
The wings are made of double fabric, very resistant to abrasion, low temperatures and cuts (Nylon 1680 DEN with PU) with ultrasonic welded joints and reinforced seams. Smart pack is a strong and durable system of very high quality.