Average Customer Review: based on 10 reviews.Rating: Dragon
How sturdy is the MRS plus weight system. I have heard (on the internet) that the weight system can be easly knocked and unclip itself while diving. How true is this and whats your opinion as i am thinking of purchasing this BCD.
The older style Velcro style pockets would (rarely) have this problem. Newer style BCDs, such as this Mares Dragon, uses a quick release buckle assembly. As long as the buckle is clipped in, the weight pocket will not inadvertently drop out. During your pre-div safety check, always inspect your weight pockets (and double check your buddies weight system).
Hi, I am looking at the Ocenaic Probe HLC BCD and the Mares Dragon BC with MRS. From what I can tell they are both hybrid back and vest BCDs. The one negative comment I picked up about the Mares BCD is the bladder is exposed in the back when inflated. Any commnets one relative to the other? Thanks, Joe
Hello Joe, yes the Mares air-cell moves independently from harness. I my self wear a back inflation BCD. Between the two you are asking about I find that the Oceanic version is a more comfortable BCD then the Mares. Both BCD are is the higher quality BCD. So with either BCD you go with would be a very go set-up.
Does the Mares Dragon pitch you forward on the surface like a back inflation BCD?
The Mares Dragon is a Jacket Style bcd and will not push you forward on the surface. Incidentally, that is also an old issue with back inflation bcds that is not now, nor ever really was valid. Remember PROPER buoyancy at the surface is eyeball level in the water with a full breath of air in your lungs. Basically your face is already in the water if you are properly buoyant at the surface. The bcd cannot put your face forward into the water if it's already in the water where it should be.
•Mares new Dragon Bladder design. Tightly tailored reducing drag, placing much of the air around the tank, contoured to greatly minimize the feel of the bladder underneath your arms, and creating comfortable surface flotation. With a lift of 20k/44lbs size lg.
•Innovative Protective buoyancy cover: Superior combination of 3D Alutex protection, abrasion resistant net, smooth shield fabric covering 420 denier bladder
•MRS Plus. Mares evolution of the 1st mechanical weight system introduced to the market. Incorporating a newly designed buckle system, one pull movement to release your weights. Shaped pockets to form to your waist. Large, zippered opening allows for easier insertion of weights. Max load of 6k/13 lbs with most sizes. Inside Velcro to section the pocket in case you don’t use the full capacity.
•Trim Wts holding up to 4.5/10lbs total. Positioned in the lower part of the BCD for better upright efficiency at the surface, and a more steamlined profile.
•BPS Plus (Back Protection system) patented dual position lumbar capability. Heavily padded in either position, you can double the padding for increased lumbar support or extend the length of the padding depending on body shape. Ultimate PRE dive comfort...===secondpage===
•Smart D ring position. Large AISI 304 Stainless steel rings, 2 bent: 2 upper and 2 lower that are positioned intelligently with in your downward vision also functioning as leverage while inserting the weight pockets.
•Elastic cummerbund secures BCD in place and adjusts for wetsuit compression at depth.
•QAS- Quick Adjust System, change the length of the cummerbund for a better customized fit.
•Neoprene padded neck collar to eliminate uncomfortable chafing on the neck and shoulders.
•Plush interior. BCD fabric that is characteristically tough may not feel so nice against bare skin in warm water, so we added velvet finish on the inside body and shoulder area.
•Ergonomically shaped shoulders to alleviate pressure on the shoulders.
•Adjustable chest strap securing shoulder placement.
•2 Zippered pockets Using the best quality nylon zipper chain on the market, the 2 large zippered pockets incorporate a zipper slide with a thick, high quality pull cord and are angled for ease of opening and closing.
•Two rear quick dump/over-expansion relief valves
•Right hand shoulder pull dump
•Ergo Inflator with pull dump
•Rugged carrying handle
•Dual position hose clip for your gauges
All current in line Mares B.C.D.s are compatible up to 40% Oxygen (EAN 40) right out of the box.
Material: Cordura 420 with Alutex protection and abrasion-resistant mesh
Rings: Stainless steel (5)
Weight: 4.0Kg (size L)
Lift: 140N(XXS-XS); 170N (M); 190N(L); 220N(XL)
Mrs small: 417955
Mrs large: 417954
The standard inflation and deflation control device used in PAD training porgrams. Intuitive use and secure grip.
Combines features of backmounted and classic bladder. High lift capacity, unrestricted movement and a comoftable position on the surface characterize this type of bladder.
Available for shipment only to the United States, Canada and Caribbean addresses