Your BCD is the first major piece of equipment any diver purchases. There are a massive number of BCD’s on the market, and this makes it confusing when choosing a BCD.
Traditionally back inflation BCD’s were for the technical diver but over the past decade, recreational divers have adapted the BCD to meet their needs while taking advantage of the features which made them so desirable to technical divers.
Back inflation BCDs have the advantage of naturally holding a diver in the ideal horizontal position. This reduces drag, which makes it easier for a diver to move through the water and may reduce air consumption rates. In contrast, vest-style BCDs tend to force a diver into a slightly fins-down position, which is less efficient.
On the other hand, traditionally back inflation models may not deflate so easily. The air cell, or wing, hangs freely behind the diver, and no straps squeeze the wing to force air out when deflating. This means that air may take a longer time to exit a back inflation BCD, and increases the likelihood that air may become trapped in crevices or folds in the wings.
The new Oceanic Excursion QLR4 gives you the best of all worlds and is by far the best BCD I have dived. The Excursion QLR4, gives you the benefits of back inflation but has addressed the issue of deflation by modifying the shape of the donut bladder and giving dual shoulder dumps.
The new QLR4 weight system ensures weights stay in position throughout the dive and do not shift around affecting buoyancy or position in the water. The weight pouches are simple to load and easy to release. Best of all, our patented “positive-lock” system helps to ensure that they’ll stay put. The QLR4 Integrated Weight System hold up to 26 lbs (12 kg) of hard or soft weight and the trim pockets situated on the tank band have a capacity of 10 lbs (5 kg).
One of the other neat features of the new Excursion QLR4 is the body of the BC is made from 800 denier (quick-dry) double-coated nylon, which ensures you don’t have the issue of a soaking wet BCD to put into your dive bag. At the same time, the bladder is made from fadeless 1600D Nylon BioFlex – a unique “living fabric” that stretches, flexes and conforms to the body. BioFlex is an extraordinary fabric, which stretches, fully inflated up to 30% over conventional nylon or polyurethane BC materials.
Ensuring the maximum comfort of the recreational diver the Oceanic Excursion QLR4’s streamlined harness has reinforced contoured shoulders, padded back pack with lumbar support and the adjustable position sternum strap is designed for maximum comfort with torso adjustable shoulder straps. The shoulder straps, waist strap and sternum strap all come equipped with “Squeeze-Style” Quick-Release buckles for easy donning. The Excursion also comes standard with Oceanic’s patented adjustable depth compensating cummerbund. The BCD’s bladder retains its low-profile with integrated bungees and has a moulded tank cradle with anti-slip pad
Your BCD is a key piece of dive gear and the Oceanic Excursion QRL4 extremely comfortable and stable rear inflation BC that meets the needs of the most demanding recreational diver. The Excursion would be my recommendation to any diver who wants to make scuba diving an ongoing sport.