I recently purchased a new B.C. to replace the Dacor horsecollar that I
bought new thir*** years ago. I wanted something with the durability to
match the length of service that I had gotten with my first B.C. I
shopped around and was impressed by the materials that go into the
construction of, and the features of the Zeagle high-end B.C's. The Tech,
which I bought, is a rear-bladder type of B.C. While this is my first
experience with ANY jacket-style B.C., I understand that this design is
preferred because it eliminates squeeze as air is put into the bladder. I
can vouch for its effectiveness in this regard. The vest is made out of
extremely durable ballistic type nylon. It is conformable to differing
body types in that the shoulder straps, cummerbund and bladder assemblies
are interchangeable. The quality of the design is apparent in numerous
ways. For instance, there are six, heavy duty D-rings firmly attached to
the strap assemblies for securing incidentals. The tank is secured by two
soft bands, and the use of twin tanks can be accomodated without any major
modifications, you simply employ longer tank bands and thread them through
the backpack portion a little differently. One of the nicest features is
the use of integrated weight pouches. I bought 24 lbs of lead shot in two
8 and two 4 lb bags and they fit real nicely into the low slung pockets.
They can be dropped quickly by pulling a ripcord, allowing them to drop
out of the bottom of the vest. This is definately a well thought out
product and although I've only dived with it twice since I got it, I think
I'll be very happy with it.
No, it wasn't cheap. This vest sells for $439.00 normally at the shop I
frequent in Danvers, MA, but I got it at their one-day-a-year sale for
$389.00. Plus another $50 for the soft weights.
I'd be interested to hear any other comments or questions.