Sherwood Avid CQR3 BC AVD401BK 006267

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Sherwood Avid CQR3 BC

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  • Brand new & completely redesigned!
    Not like most other sites that sell the old discontinued model
  • Integrated Weight System - 36 lb capacity (26 lbs Diver releasable -
    10 lbs non-diver releasable trim weights for improved weight distribution and balance)
  • Completely new and redesigned CQR3 state of the art weight release system
    with larger pull handles which are more accessible while adding support from the backplate -
    A major improvement from previous models
  • BC Accessory Kit Ready (not included-see above to order)
  • Quick Release/Adjust Shoulder Straps
  • 2 large zipped pockets designed for easy access
  • State of the Art Weight Release System (quick release buckles with-out Velcro)
  • Heavy-Duty 1000 Denier urethane-backed nylon for long lasting wear
  • Depth-compensating cummerbund
  • Advanced padded backpack frame
  • Double tank bands for single tanks included
  • Sternum strap
  • 6 Stainless Steel D-rings
  • SIZES/LIFT: XSmall/20, Small/25, Medium/29, Large/32, XLarge/36, 2XLarge/36, 3XLarge-5XLarge/36 (adjustable shoulder and waist straps) 

Customer Reviews for Sherwood Avid CQR3 BC:

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Average Customer Review: based on 21 reviews.

Rating: Sherwood Avid CQR3 BCD Review - Scuba Gear Customer Reviews
Reviewer: Andrew Fowler
I bought this BCD to do my Padi rescue course in as my back inflation BCD is not very stable on the surface so not really suited to complete the course in. The reason I chose this BCD over the others is because of its good reputation of being very comfortable and stable when on the surface. I have to admit though that it is much better than the current BCD I use which cost double what the Sherwood cost. What I like most about it is all the D rings and little clips and female clips it has fitted as standard. This has got to be the best value BCD around and for sure I will most likely use this more than my more expensive one.

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Rating: Sherwood Avid CQR3 BCD Review - Scuba Gear Customer Reviews
Reviewer: James Conn  -  View all my reviews
You cant beat Sherwood when it comes to moderate priced scuba gear. We all cant afford the expensive stuff and you get tired of renting old gear. I like my Avid. It fits right and it did not break my bank accountant.

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17 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

Rating: One great upgrade...2 small steps back
Reviewer: Scott Michael  -  View all my reviews
i bought a sherwood avid cqr 2 in july 2009 and have used it almost exclusively since. i did replace those silly cam tank straps with "scubapro" style fully opening tank straps and jury rigged a crotch strap but thats just personal preference. it is still in great shape, but i recently lost 70 lbs and my xxxl bc no longer fits. i did not even give it a second thought when i ordered an xl avid bc with the new cqr 3 upgrade. the only really serious design problem with the cqr 2 was the difficulty in reing the weight pockets back into the bc. the cqr 3 has a redesign that puts the locking clips up front in a separate pocket where they are much easier to reattach. the new bc itself is just as comfortable and works just as well as the older cqr 2 model. the bc work well underwater and it is nice having a choice of 3 exhaust valves. the real joy is how well you ride at the surface. i know that people will rant on about how wonderful a back inflation is, but i have a wing and plate for tech diving and it is murder on the surface in chop. this bc is the one i take for rec diving. i hate waiting on the surface just prior to the dive, on a long surface swim or waiting for my turn at the ladder getting slapped in the mouth with seawater. now as to my complaints. first they tucked the rear trim weight pockets underneath the fabric belt of the bc instead leaving them on the outside as in the older model. i have no idea why they did this? i makes the bc look more streamlined but it also makes it harder to load and unload trim weights. the really incomprehensible change is the deletion of the velcro "smb" pocket on the right side of the bc. it was a great place to keep defog, a small light, etc. it was almost as it they were trying to streamline this into a technical bc for cave or wreck diving. i cannot for the life of me figure out why they made these two changes. still it is and excellent bc. the 6 stainless steel d-rings are very handy and there are 2 places for built in re tractors. on on the right shoulder and the other inside the left cargo pocket. i purchased two innovative "max force" retractors with male connectors form and cut off the connectors. these retractors are about the strongest for the size and will easily support a heavy back-up light at your shoulder or computer/gauge from your cargo pocket. dont waste your time with the akona kit the light is junk, the shoulder retractor is too weak and the knife will fall out of its sheath unnoticed after the first couple of dives. buy a good quality dive knife with a positive locking mechanism an secure it to the corrugated inflator hose with nylon ties. all in all i still love the bc and recommend it highly.

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Rating: Diver Benjamin
Reviewer: Stephen Page
I use this BC for much more then recreation. It has proven to be a great and realiable working BCD. A feature that I utilize most is the 6 stainless steel D-rings, also the ease of the intergrated wieght system is convient. I am considering purchasing the CQR3 for the whole team.

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Rating: Sherwood Avid CQR3 BCD Review - Scuba Gear Customer Reviews
Reviewer: Maxine Brittain
We are very pleased with our purchase of the BCD. It was a great value. Fits great.

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Reviewer: Bob Wells  -  View all my reviews
I have had this BC for over three years and it has performed great it is easy to find and bleed the air. It fits comfortably and is very rugged. I just ordered a second Avid BC to keep on my boat

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Rating: Scuba 2014
Reviewer: Dominic P.
Very good control. A bit stiff on shoulders but able to adjust.

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Rating: Great BC for the money
Reviewer: Marvin E.
Bought as part of a package and have no complaints at all. Pockets and D-rings come in handy for securing gear.

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Good BCD
Reviewer: mario west  -  View all my reviews
After diving with in Panama City, Panama (On Portobelo), the BCD was very conformable because Im 65 (and 250). Went on 4 dives between 40-90 feet, on all dives the BCD inflated comfortable and held weigh bags great (with quick release). I would recommend this BCD.

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Rating: sherwood avid CQR3
Reviewer: James Smith
Great price, 5 star BC.

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Questions and Answers for Sherwood Avid CQR3 BC:

  • Jim:

    I am a new diver. A dozen or so dives. I am a big guy. 511 270 54 chest, 40 waist. What size BCD XXL or XL. That being said, I am more interested in buying something that is the best rather than how much it costs. 006272 Sherwood Avid CQR3 BCD 2XLarge ? What would you recommend? Thank You

    Arthur  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello, the avid is a great bc. And according to you measurement's I would go with the 2XL.

  • Adam:

    Hi there, I was about to buy this BCD yesterday at $260, ive come back today and the price is now at $499. Is there a reason for this? If you could let me know if its possible to do the previous price again as soon as possible as im looking at putting in a big order now that includes this BCD. Regards, Adam

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    The prices shown on our site are always the lowest prices the manufacturer allows an authorized dealer to list an item for. If you do happen to find something lower priced at the time of your sale or within 30 days of receiving your order contact one of our instructors at 800-34SCUBA and they will be happy to assist you with our 150% Price Guarantee Policy.

  • John:

    Dear sir, Where can I mount my knife on this BCD (avid) which I just purchased. Thanks, John

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    There are a variety of places to mount accessories on your bcd. Depending upon the exact item you are mounting it can be attached to the corrugated hose, various clips or d-rings of even attached to the adjustment belts on the unit.

  • Don:

    The price is 499.00. If I order a 4XL does it go up in price? Also if I order today can I get it by Thursday?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Don, yes the price would go up by $30. Also if you ordered it today yes we can have it on your door by Thursday. You would have to do express 3-day shipping and that would put it on your door either Wednesday or Thursday. It depends on when you place your order today. Also we do have 2-day, Next day, Next day AM, and Next day Saturday if you need it quicker. If you have any other questions or would like to place an order please feel free to give us a call at 1.800.347.2822.

  • Don:

    what does BC Accessory Kit Ready mean?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Don, if you go to: that will show you what you can have attached to the BCD to have it with-in reach of you when you need it. If you would like to place an order or have any other questions please feel free to give us a call at 1.800.347.2822.

  • Richard:

    What is the difference, other than price, between this model and the 2013 model?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Richard, the back pad and shoulder straps have a better padding system so it makes it a more comfortable fit. The weight pocket handles are a different designed to help pull out the pocket easier.

  • GON:

    Hi, I am 175cm tall, weigh 87 kg, and have a waist of 34". What size BCD would you recommend?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Gon, you would be a size Medium going by your measurement.

  • Joe:

    Hi, I am 5 feet 10.5 inches tall, weigh 210 lbs, and have a waist of 36". What size BCD would you recommend? Thanks!

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Joe, going by your size I would suggest a size large for you.

  • Patrick:

    Im am a big guy looking to buy my first BC. Im 64, 300 lbs, 54" Chest, 46" waist. The 3X-5X size seams like my only choice, but the waist on the size chart says 52"-64"?? I could order the 2X but I always run into problems with things fitting my shoulders and chest. Any suggestions on the size, or other BCs that might be a better fit??

    Arthur  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello, I would stick with the 3xl-5xl

  • Patrick:

    Im 64" 300lbs. 54 in. Chest. 44 in. waist. What size of this BC should I buy?

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    The 3Xl would be the size Sherwood recommends.

  • manuel:

    i want to take a scuba diving course at my university, i was wondering what size would be great for me im 510 220lbs ive never used any like this so idk if the LG or xLG will fit better

    Kevin  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Based on the manufactures sizing chart your weight and height could fit you into a large or XLarge. However, the most important measurement when choosing a BCD will be your waist.

  • Marty:

    Does the Sherwood Avid CQR3 Scuba BCD have a built in carrying handle? Thanks, Marty

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    The Avid with CQR3 does not have a built in carry handle in the backpack.

  • Rolando:

    Im 509" 198lb with a 34in waist. Do I need the large size BC or can I fit into the medium?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Rolando, yes going by your sizing you would be a size large. Medium will be to tight on you.

  • Ann:

    Your Sherwood Scuba Avid Corp.3 BC. I would like to know the weight of the BC.

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Ann, you are looking at a little under 10 lbs.

  • Nicholas:

    Hi! I am 6ft1in and 170lbs and my waist size is 32. I was wondering if I should get a medium sized cqr3 or a large just because of my height. Thanks

    Bill  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Waist and weight are the most important measurements. Height is not as critical.

  • Herbert:

    Hi, I am 58" tall,waist 29",weight 118 lbs,should I go for size small?thanks.

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Herbert, going by your measurements you would be a size Medium in this BCD.

  • JC:

    need urgent help ing correct size of bcd. the info is as follows: waist is 38 inches chest 50 inches height is 6-2" weight 250

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello JC, you would be a size XLarge. Going by the sizing you have given us.

  • Scott:

    Why does the website still list the CDR3 as having the "handy little pocket" on the right foe a SMB or as I used to put in it my defog. I had the CDR2 and now the have the "3" and its the thing I miss the most although the redesign of the main weight pockets is fantastic and worth it. I lost weight and needed a new BC. Dont really want this posted, just noticed that after my new BC arrived and I was surprised by the omission on the new design, guess with a huge website little things are easy to overlook especially when they make no design sense.

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Scott, a lot of the manufacture do weird things. If you like you can summit your request for design changes to the manufacture directly. You are the person they are making this BCD for so your input is wanted.

  • Casey:

    I need some help on sizing, I fall in between the small/medium ranges. Im 5 7", 140 lbs, waist 29"

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Casey, when you are sizing a BCD the most important measurements are your waist and height. Going by the measurements you gave us I would suggest the size medium.

  • craig:

    i purchased 3XL BCD in may 2013 love it but this summer i broke one of the zipper tabs on the weigtht puoches and am wondering if i can buy a replacement pouch and how much as the weight puches for my bc are 13lbs per side

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Single CQR-3 weight pockets can be purchased once they are made available by Sherwood. At this time they are estimated to be in stock early 2014, so don't lose one in the mean time.

  • Steve:

    I have been using an Avid CQR2 for several years and like it, except for one aspect - my neck frequently gets chafed by the top edge. Is the Avid CQR3 scooped lower at top back, or better padded? Cant tell from the photos.

    Arthur  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    this bc is going to have a similar edge.

  • Claude:

    Can I get a CQR3 BC size 3x in yellow

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Claude, no this BC does not come in Yellow.

  • Jim:

    I am 64" 325 with a 50" waist. What size should I buy?

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    The 2XL.

  • Ell:

    Hi there! Im a female who is 178cm in height and fairly athletic, but I wasnt sure whether to go with a XS or S. Ive been using an Aqualung for rent and Ive been using a S. Any thoughts?

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    The most important measurement will always be your waist measurement first. The bcd has to fit your torso properly in order to remain secure and comfortable through the dive. Height is about the last consideration unless you are out of the normal ranges for height/size (such as a tall thin basketball player), as the bcd is very adjustable.

  • Anthony:

    Hi Im interested in this bCd Im 64 275. Waist size 40. What size bcd should I try

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Anthony, going by your measurements the size you would need is 2XL.

  • Tom:

    I have a 13-year old Mares BC which isnt weight integrated any more since I lost the front pouches long ago and never found functional replacements. Also, I want to move away from back inflation since it isnt stable on the surface. I like the look and features of this model and the comments sound very positive. What size would you recommend? I am 6 0" tall, waist 38-40, weight 220. Thanks.

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Tom, you would be a size Large going by your sizing.

  • Tom:

    How much does this BC weigh? Is it a good selection for travel diving, which is all I do since Pennsylvania diving is not so desirable? Are there any other BCs you recommend besides this model for a pure recreational diver? I like the price, features and reviews. Thanks, Tom

    Aaron  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hi Tom, Depending on the size of the BCD they weigh 8-10 lbs. For travel BCDS I would look at the Oceanic Biolite or the Aqualung Zuma. They weigh about about 5 lbs.

  • Stormy:

    Question Im 61 260 what size BCDis best what makes up the difference from xl to xxl is it the waist belt or is bcd bigger in general?

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Typically in that size bcd there may be minor changes in the jacket, but it''s essentially the cummerbund that is the change for fit around the waist/torso. The waist size will always be more most important measurement when getting a proper bcd fit.

  • herbert:

    hi, Thanks for quick reply for sizing question.but if I follow the manufactur sizing chart.I am 58 tall and only 115 lbs and 29" waist.I am very slim.As your answer before,i should go for medium that too big for me?cause i only fit one requirement of medium size.Thanks for answer me again.

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    When purchasing a new bcd you always go by the Waist measurement first and most importantly. In this case, based on your info I''d recommend a size Small.

    Arthur  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello, just remember that you will be wearing a wetsuit which will make you considerably bulkier.

  • griffin:

    i have a 29-30 inch waist, however i weigh about 170-175, and Im 510".. what size should i get?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Griffin, going by your height and waist you would be a size Large.

  • Chris:

    Does this model come with a crotch strap? If not is that something that is an add on? What is the difference between this years model and last years?

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    No. Sherwood has never offered one for the Avid and there is no place to attach one. The differences are mostly cosmetic.

  • Michael:

    What is yalls return policy? Im a big guy, and if I buy one and doesnt fit properly or for one reason or another.

    Arthur  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello, we have an excellent return policy. Here is the link below.

  • Ben:

    Hi, my son is 5 5", 100lbs and has a chest size of 26" and 28" waist. What size would be best?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Ben, the size I would suggest for your son would be a size small. This would fit him and also give space for him to grow into.

  • mark:

    what size bc is appropriate for 64" and 32 inch waist, 195 lbs.?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hello Mark, going by your size you would be a size small.

  • Emily:

    Hello I am 6 feet tall and I am 155 pounds my waist size is 36 inches. I dont know what size i should get because I am worried about my long torso. Thanks for any imput you can give me.

    Aaron  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hi Emily, We would recommend the medium for you. With BCD''s the waist is the most important size. BCD''s have a lot of room for height adjustments.

  • Jackson:

    I have been looking and just wated to make sure I choose a good size. Im 5 11", 130lbs with a 30 inch waist and pretty small stomach. Should I go with the medium size?

    Aaron  (Certified Scuba Instructor at

    Hi Jackson, Medium would be good.

BCs: Avid


The new AVID CQR-3 features an updated weight release system providing more convenience and ease when installing and removing the pockets. The redesigned styling of the traditional jacket-style AVID maintains it's respected functionality, comfort and dependability. The AVID CQR-3 is a natal progression in Sherwood's forward-moving product innovation.

The Avid CQR 3 BCD is available in 7 sizes from XS to 3XL with a lift capacity of 20 to 36 lbs (9 to 16.3 kg).
The X-Small and Small can accommodate 16 lbs (7.26 kg) of releasable weight and 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of non-releasable weight. The Medium, Large and X-Large accommodate 20 lbs (9 kg) of releasable weight and 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of non-releasable weight, while the 2 and 3 X-Large accommodate 26 lbs (11.8 kg) of releasable weight and 10 lbs (4.5 kg) of non-releasable weight.


Safe use of BC’s with integrated weights requires a complete understanding of their operation and limitations. Consult the BC operating manual and your diving instructor to be certain you understand how to weight yourself properly and what to do in an emergency. Failure to understand and act appropriately could result in serious injury or death.


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