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    TadPole mouse2146's Avatar
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    Best Woman's BC?

    Many years ago I purchased a Seaquest Diva and it was ok as far as BC's go. Looking to upgrade my BC after many years of not diving. Most of my diving will be a mix of freshwater/saltwater. After some extra training, possible member of PSD team of local fire department.

    What woman's BC do you have and why do you like it?

    Thanks.
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    I have a Zeagle Zena and adore it. Besides being back inflate, the bladder stays behind you around the tank so its never in the way. The corset design has 6 points of fit and adjustment so its easy to fit perfectly on different bodies, and with the modular design of Zeagles, there are 4 different components that can be sized differently for a custom fit at any time of ownership (weight loss, gain, need a different sized bladder....). You can also add accessories to it out of the way by the bladder (pockets, pony holders....). Then there's the ripcord weight system and the lifetime warranty from Zeagle. However, not all women like the minimalist design.

    PS My first BC was a Diva.....sold it after about 10 dives...it never fit right
    ScubaToys and Zeagle....it just doesn't get better than that!

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    I dive a Brigade. I looked at the Zena, but I really like being able to tuck my SPG under the cummerbund, and I generally wasn't sure how I'd feel about the zipper. I like the back inflate, and it fits me great, and I'm a small but not tiny woman.

    So I guess I'm saying don't feel that you absolutely have to buy a "women's" BCD. Try a couple (and I would try back-inflate before you buy, there are people who dislike it). I'm sure you'll find one that's comfortable for you.

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    I have the SeaQuest Libra (w/ airsource package). I like it so far! I've had it for a little while now, and have no complaints!

    Out of curiousity, I haven't seen many women/men with SeaQuest BC's...why??

    Seems like everyone goes with Zeagle or Brigade
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    Wow, your experience is far different from mine...I see a LOT of Seaquest BCs as well as Oceanic, and not usually that many Zeagles. Seaquest seems to be a popular rental and training BC where we dive.
    ScubaToys and Zeagle....it just doesn't get better than that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zenagirl View Post
    Wow, your experience is far different from mine...I see a LOT of Seaquest BCs as well as Oceanic, and not usually that many Zeagles. Seaquest seems to be a popular rental and training BC where we dive.
    Really?! Wow, how weird... :hmmmm:
    Do you know why SeaQuest is popular for training and rental BC's?
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    I think Seaquest are popular for rentals because they really have excellent construction and put up with a lot of abuse. One DM said that because of the plastic hard pack and 1 tank band, they are easier to set up and move on boats.
    ScubaToys and Zeagle....it just doesn't get better than that!

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    Thanks for all the replies, Keep them coming. I've been away from diving for 10+ years and things have changed in BC designs. I'll admit I'm leaning towards a Zeagle Lazer or Stilletto. Haven't gone to my LDS to try them on yet. Just wanted to read about other women and BC's why you liked yours.
    mouse

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    I tried on several, including the Diva and a few back-inflates.

    I ended up with an Oceanic Hera, which I just got and had the chance to try out in the pool last night. I absolutely love it!

    It's a hybrid in that most of the air pushes into the back so your chest doesn't get compressed when you inflate, but it also pushes air into the hips, so you're not tipping forward on the surface.

    I still have to adjust with some trim weights, but it's a great BCD. It's very well made - has steel d-rings (unlike the Diva's plastic), big pockets and lots of additional clip secures for hoses.

    I have not yet adjusted the shoulder straps but I will be doing so soon.

    It's also a very substantial BCD - in fact it's heavier than my husband's Seaquest ProQD. So it's definitely not a travel version. But it's very comfortable and had everything that I was looking for when I was shopping around. It fit me better than most of the other ones I tried on.
    Co-author of Yoga for Scuba Divers

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    Wow, heavier than a Pro QD?!? THAT'S one hefty BC!

    Bottom line is it doesn't matter which BC I like best, it's what YOU like and what fits YOU best that's the best BC for YOU.
    ScubaToys and Zeagle....it just doesn't get better than that!

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