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lgriffinwscc - 5/13/2010 12:32 AM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 9

Looking at buying a BCD for this season and I’m debating between a Beuchat Masterlift X-Air Tek and a Aeris Atmos LX. Any idea which would be better (Price is about the same)? I’m a newbie but plan on furthering training and going diving often. Thanks.
RAWalker - 5/13/2010 12:52 AM
There is no simple answer to which is better. It is a matter of which one is better for you. Which keeps you more comfortable and has features that you want and can make use of.
Dusty - 5/13/2010 11:47 AM
I have a Zeagle Brigade that I’d like 2 sell size L about 25 dives on it. Very good condition.
squirt - 5/13/2010 12:28 PM
I purchased the Aeris Atmos Lx back in 2005 and have been to Belize, Florida, Cozumel, New Jersey Ocean, Dutch Springs in PA and countless pool classes. What I like most about the BCD is that it looks brand new. It absolutely will not fade. It is nice and stable underwater in a vertical or horizontal position and is the same on the surface. I find that there is enough space in the pockets for stuff and plenty of clips for recreational diving. Also plenty of lift (45 lbs). I don’t find that it squeezes me that bad with it full of air. Then again, I wear my BCD a little loose to be more comfortable.

I set it up with the Aeris Air Link, so that you get another octo out of your dump valve and mounted my dive knife on the left side in the holes provided for mounting your knife.

Good luck. Dive safe.
Rich-D-Fish - 5/13/2010 5:28 PM
My advice is to rent as many different types of BCD you can. Every dive shop seems to have their own favorite brands, so there should be many different choices. I personally found that I loved a back inflate much better than vest style, as it gives me a more level trim in the water, and I don’t get the chest squeeze. Some people say the back inflates push you forward on the surface, but I haven’t found that to be true for me. I rented three different kinds of Seaquest BCD’s and found I loved the comfort of the Sequest Balance, but ultimately I bought a DiveRite Transpac because it was more durable, simple, and easy to pack for trips.
jimran - 5/13/2010 10:09 PM
OMS you wont have to buy another ,,,,works for all types of diving ,
Aquaman247 - 5/14/2010 12:10 AM

Although you are just now learning and getting comfortable with the gear, it’s features and uses and such, do yourself a favor and take a realistic approach in regards to the type of diving you REALLY want to do in the future. I went from scratching the surface in the sport, doing only quarry dives, then a few ocean dives which lead to an interest in spearfishing and lobstering, and now I’m a full-blown wreck diving and spearfishing junkie who is on his third set of gear. If I had taken the time to think about what I really wanted to do with this sport I would have spent a whole lot less money, although I have no regrets. Just something to think about.
mikekol - 5/14/2010 8:08 AM
I will agree with one of the comments on here, get the one that fits you best and is most comfortable. I personally happen to like Sherwoods best. But to each his own. Good luck and be SAFE.
DiveBuddyChgo - 5/16/2010 10:15 AM
Before you decide on what brand you want to buy.. First you have to decide on what type of BC is best for you. I would prefer the Backplate Buoyancy Systems type of BC, but one size doesn’t fit all. You will have to decide on the type of backplate, the harness and size of back-inflation air cell and then combine the entire system to fit your needs. The simple harness of a backplate system leaves the chest area unencumbered and inflating the wing doesn’t create a felling of squeee. Maintaining trim and horizontal swimming position is easier also. So decide on the type of BC you want first. Mike B.
WCReefers - 5/16/2010 6:00 PM
Have you considered the Zeagle Ranger. An awesome BC.