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Mares BCD Frontier
Diver38 - 5/24/2013 7:52 PM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 8

Ok so i pulled out my daughters Mares Bc from storage and found that the inflate hose Male end had dry cracked and tore free from the air bladder 5 dives and this call mares and was told nothing I can do the factory cant even fix it really anyway long story short services after the sale is NO Good and wont ever buy their product again. FWI dont store bc in garage unless it has a/c in it friend told me that may have helped with the trouble
Eric_R - 5/25/2013 5:30 AM
Proper storage is essential. Garages are usually full things that give off vapors that break down plastics and rubber.
Greg - 5/25/2013 5:41 AM
I have kept all my scuba gear in non-climate controlled garages for the past 6 years and haven’t had any problems (so far). That might be because of the humidity in Texas...maybe it keeps the rubber and plastics moist enough to not crack. Also, just take care of any mice problems and hang stuff up on racks, don’t just lay gear on the floor. If scuba gear starts coming with a "keep refrigerated" label, I need a bigger house :)
LatitudeAdjustment - 5/25/2013 5:52 AM
IF the hose fitting/dump valve has torn from the bladder you are S.O.L. but if it’s just the big inflator hose they are interchangeable between brands except for Oceanic and can be found online in different lenghts.

When changing or inspecting these always make sure there are two cable ties on each end, nothings worse (except maybe OOA) than going to add air to accend and finding the hose is no longer attached to the BC!
Greg - 5/25/2013 5:53 AM
I figured I’d "poll" the audience to see where other people store their scuba gear:
Diver38 - 5/25/2013 5:33 PM
Well had it in the same dive bag as my oceanic bc but the mares is the only one out of the three stored in thesame place hmm guess the two oceanic just better
Eric_R - 5/25/2013 6:01 PM
How old was the BC?
Diver38 - 5/26/2013 5:35 PM
maybe 5yrs
John_giu - 6/01/2013 7:09 PM
Almost every piece of scuba gear I own has the Mares logo on it.

I have found they have the best of quality. I have to come to their defense

with respect to warranty as they have made good on warranty repair of my regulators.

Well, after a dispute with their retailer and finally finding my way to the factory representative.

As with most warranties you need to keep up with annual service. For a BC I don’t know if after five years

it would be out of warranty.

Sorry you had such bad luck with your BC