bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by hz.. » Sat, 05 Jul 1997 04:00:00


The 'jacket style' is used in my classes.

I read that the 'back filled' ones are more comfortable,
but have a tendency to put the diver face down
when at the surface.

Oceanic's Chute-1 has two weight pockets near the back
(each of which can hold a 4 pound weight)
which are supposed to provide 'for better vertical stability'.

Has Oceanic fully solved the problem?
Or is it safer to use the 'jacket style'?

I know....I ask too many questions.....but I'm a newbie!

 
 
 

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by Scott and Trac » Mon, 07 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Quote:

> The 'jacket style' is used in my classes.

> I read that the 'back filled' ones are more comfortable,
> but have a tendency to put the diver face down
> when at the surface.

> Oceanic's Chute-1 has two weight pockets near the back
> (each of which can hold a 4 pound weight)
> which are supposed to provide 'for better vertical stability'.

> Has Oceanic fully solved the problem?
> Or is it safer to use the 'jacket style'?

> I know....I ask too many questions.....but I'm a newbie!

My wife and I have U.S. Diver Alcyons that are back filled.  We love
them.  Comfort to us is very important.  They do, however, have a
tendency to tilt you forward at the surface.  My solution to this is lye
on my back (comfortable).  This BCD is also weight integrated... pockets
inside for putting weights.  That means no weight belt.  Drawback to
this is the BCD is heavy to lift out of the water when diving on a dive
boat.

 
 
 

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by Kevin D. Lebsac » Wed, 09 Jul 1997 04:00:00

I have an Alcyone Lite that i like VERY much, all of my diving is done
from the beach and a lot of the time i have a long surface swim to the
dive spot. The back inflation makes this nice because its like laying
back on a raft. The way i solved the problem of the forward tilt was to
thread a three pound weight on to each side of the tank strap, this left
plenty of weight on my belt to drop if i need to in an emergency- the
Alcyone Lite is U.S. Divers non weight integrated back bouancy BCD

 
 
 

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by Jo Ann 4 » Fri, 11 Jul 1997 04:00:00

Unless you plan to be a technical diver (or dive with more than one tank),
stick with the jacket style BCD for less drag and more comfort.

 
 
 

bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by Mike Walla » Sat, 12 Jul 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>Unless you plan to be a technical diver (or dive with more than one tank),
>stick with the jacket style BCD for less drag and more comfort.

I find that my backplate/wings/harness provides much more comfort and
considerably less drag than a jacket style bc.....

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bcd: 'jacket style' or 'back filled'?

Post by Shannon Cook » Sat, 12 Jul 1997 04:00:00

I agree.  "Wings" are more comfortable and have less drag.  The back tilt
problem is a small price to pay and very easy to deal with.