When choosing the best bcd for you, there are two considerations to make:
What you’re reading now is the parent page to a series of 5 sub articles on the best bcds. Each sub article explains a different type of bcd and reviews the very best models of that type currently trending markets.
In this article, we present the very best bcd from each of the sub articles. Just before we get into that, below are brief descriptions of the 5 types of bcd we’ll be reviewing. Click on the green buttons to get more info and multiple reviews of that type of bcd or keep scrolling down for a summary of our all time favourite models.
|Check Latest Price||Type||Model||Defining Feature:||Other Specs:|
|Click Here||Travel BCD (back-inflate)||Oceanic Jetpack||Turns into day pack.||– Light & Compact.
– Rapid drying
|Click Here||Women’s BCD (back-inflate)||ScubaPro Hydros Pro for Women||Moulded to female physique||– Modular Design
– Injection harness
– Extreme comfort
|Click Here||Beginner’s BCD (jacket bcd)||Cressi Aquaride Pro||Easy to use and setup||– Cressi = bomb proof
|Click Here||Back Inflate BCD||Aqualung Dimension I3||Integrated wrapture harness for comofort||– 1 Touch inflation/deflation
– Great aqua-dynamics
|Click Here||Cheap BCD (jacket bcd)||Cressi Sub Start||Cheapest bcd||– Durable
The Oceanic Jetpack is both a bcd and a semi-dry day pack that clip together. Despite the fact that it has two functions in one, there is no sacrifice of quality:
The day bag section features ergonomic compartmentalisation including a laptop sleeve, a main compartment plus two external, easy access pockets as well as water resistant zippers and hideaway backpack straps.
The bcd itself is highly adjustable to allow a custom fit. It also features adjustable position weight pockets as well as a versatile power inflator that allows you to achieve optimum buoyancy control and trim when diving. Plus, it’s air cells feature elastic bungee straps that keep the back inflation low in profile to aid with rapid deflation.
This is our absolute favourite travel bcd. It has many other cool features, which we cover along with reviews of other top lightweight bcds in our main article on the Best Travel BCDS
The ScubaPro Hydros Pro is the most comfortable option for women because it’s been designed by the scuba diving ladies for the scuba diving ladies; by being moulded specifically to female proportions.
But on top of that, it’s revolutionary 3D gel manufacturing process, generous padding and dual compound backplate add even further comfort. Seriously – if you’re a woman and your main priority for selecting a bcd is comfort – this is the absolute best choice.
Made of tough material that’s resistant to UV, chemicals, abrasion and knocks this bcd will last you for life. Furthermore, it’s modular design means that virtually every component can be replaced and changed resulting in an insanely customisable bcd.
This is our favourite women’s bcd as it offers the best overall quality and it’s modular setup means it suits petite girls equally well as it will well as it does larger ones, unlike some of the other female bcds we’ve reviewed, which were designed specially for smaller or larger gals.
The Cressi Aquaride Pro is issued to first time divers, by dive schools around the world. It’s made by Cressi, the most bulletproof brand in underwater sports gear today.
This is a jacket bcd, which is without a doubt the most simple style of bcd to use. That’s because jacket bcds require minimal adjustment and also do not push divers faces forwards in the water at the surface, an issue experienced with back-inflation bcds.
The Cressi Aquaride Pro is a highly durable bcd so will easily endure any nooby knocks and dings it sustains,. Furthermore, it is generously padded lending to formidable comfort, meaning you can pool all your attention towards diving, instead of fiddling around with adjustments. Theres also loads of space for easy reach accessory attachment.
Without a doubt, our favourite beginners bcd and also relatively low in price meaning you don’t have to fork out an arm and a leg on what might be only your first bcd.
The Aqua Lung Dimension I3 features several superb, patented features. Our favourite of these is the next level wrapture harness system which uses swivel shoulder buckles and an ultra thin backplate to achieve stellar comfort and stability.
The design of the wrapture harness also limits how much this bcd pushes your face forward at the surface, an inconvenience caused by many back inflation bcds.
Out of the water, the wrapture keeps the air cylinder close to one’s centre of gravity transferring the weight to your hips – meaning it’s easy to stand upright.
The i3 control system let’s you inflate and deflate the bc with just one touch. There’s also a bladder retraction system that’s used to pull in the sides of the bladder during deflation, keeping the unit streamlined and reducing drag considerably.
Guess what? We’re still not done with the awesome patented features of this bcd! You can read more about it and other inflation bcds on our main inflate bcds article.
In short though, this is a superb option for divers with a little more experience who are looking to achieve optimum trim underwater in order to master their aqua-dynamics.
At just under $200, this is the cheapest reliable bcd you’re going to find anywhere. Period. Despite this, the Cressi Sub Start BC offers great value for money being a safe, comfortable and durable piece of kit.
It is made by Cressi, arguably the most respected underwater sporting gear brand of all time. This is a jacket style bcd meaning that it’s easy to setup and use: what this results in is a bcd that is extremely beginner friendly.
You can adjust the sternum straps and torso to get the perfect fit plus the waist straps are equipped with squeeze style release for quick and easy donning and doffing.
On top of that, the waist strap/cummerbund is independently suspended from the air cell which allows it to inflate away from the diver and thus prevent the squeezing effect sometimes found with other jacket bcd when they inflate.
With full padding and a rigid back support it’s also surprisingly comfortable for something so dang affordable!
We want to stress a few final notes, before we wrap up:
And that concludes the main page to our bcd reviews! We truly hope you’ve found the information useful and are now well on your way to outfitting yourself with your dream scuba diving harness.
All the best. Diving Squad Out.