Rating: It just delivers everything!
Reviewer: Chris G., - View all my reviews
Where do I start....I was looking for a BC that would hold my SMB and reel, slates, secondary torch, be able to hold enough weight for a cold water diver, and while having all my bits tucked away they needed to be accessable. Well this BC meets all my needs and its so comfy! The pockets are nice and roomy they are easy to open and close under water, the volume isnt impeeded when the BC is inflated like so many others on the market. I can reach my SMB in the rear side pocket with easy or my secondary torch. It can hold so much weight I will never be able to over load it, and the lift is awesome, it has D rings everywhere. I love that I can carry my car key in the front zip pocket and dont have to leave it under the bumper anymore. The inflator is nice and smooth easy to use and always right there. It also looks well made and solid, the weight pockets are very easy to put in no fumbling to line them up. Im happy with my purchase and hope others get to experience the same.
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BLACKJACK - Front Adjustable Style Front adjustable BCs offer ease of adjustability, with the wrap– around air cell providing stability in the water and exceptional comfort while inflated at the surface. Single Bladder construction. • Bladder material: 1000 Denier Cordura with 3.5 oz/square yard Polyurethane • Main body/pockets and shoulder straps: 1000 Denier Cordura with 1.5 oz/square yard Polyurethane • Pocket trim: 1680 Denier Nylon • Buoyancy: S-35 lbs/15.8 kg/155 N, M-38 lbs/17.2 kg/169 N, L-44 lbs/19.9 kg/195 N, XL-48 lbs/21.7 kg/213 N • Main releasable weight pockets: 15 lbs/6.8 kg maximum each • Supplemental weight/accessory pockets with 1” side release buckle hold 10 lbs/4.54 kg each • Rear trim weight pockets hold 5 lbs/2.27 kg each. Full flap adjustable security closure with 1” Nylon webbing and side release buckle • Fully padded hard-back pack with carrying handle • Soft polymer “gripper” section inset in back pack to prevent tank slippage • Tank height adjustment strap: 1” nylon webbing with Ladderlock adjustment • Standard tank band and Steel/Delrin cam buckle can be replaced with all steel upgrade by dealer or consumer • Cummerbund: Size adjustable padded nylon cummerbund with 2” centre-pull side release buckle. Small zippered pocket at centre for car keys, C card. Also includes nickel/brass grommet for accessory attachment • Main shoulder strap adjustment buckle: 1.5” side release buckles with extended thumb ledge for easy loosening adjustment • D-Rings: 4 on shoulder straps (welded pre-bent stainless steel). 4 on hips (welded stainless steel) • Cargo holders on hips: 2 x 1.5” side release buckles • Inflation: Corrugated rubber oral inflation (hose is neoprene rubber) • Auto-inflate choice of basic or premium inflator, or breathable inflator. Inflation system equipped with cable dump for rapid exhaust • Pull dump: One at right hip. Pull dump toggles are high contrast light charcoal color “T” handles for good visibility and easy location • Weight quick dump system: 15 lbs/6.8 kg per side, with high contrast light charcoal color “T” handles for good visibility and easy location 6 • Chest strap: 1” nylon with centre-pull side release buckle. Unique system allows easy strap location adjustment to avoid drysuit valve on chest • Accessory attachment grommets: Nickel plated brass - four on left pocket for knife or other accessory attachment, one on right pocket for retractable lanyard installation
Rear Tank Ballast Pockets – All BARE BCs come equipped with two Tank Ballast Pockets. The pockets are built in to the BLACKJACK on each side of the tank backpack. The pockets are separate on the BLACKWING, CURVE, & VOODOO models. They are designed to be installed on the cylinder strap if desired. The purpose of the ballast pockets is to counteract the positive buoyancy of an empty aluminum cylinder. Some divers find this buoyancy – especially when using a back wing air cell – tends to tip them forward. The ballast pockets hold up to 5 lbs/2.27 Kg of weight per side.
INTEGRATED WEIGHT SYSTEM All BARE BCs are equipped with an Integrated Weight System to allow convenient management and emergency release of ballast weights. There are three sets of pockets on the BCs where weights can be placed, but only one set with quick release capability. Main Weight System – There are two releasable main weight pockets. These pockets hold between 10-15 pounds (4.54 – 6.8 Kg) each, depending on size and model of BC chosen. (see details pages for specific amounts) Each pocket has a weight pouch with a large flap secured with Hook & Loop fasteners. Remove the weight pouch from the pocket with a sharp tug on the grey handle. Undo the pocket flap and insert the desired amount of bagged lead shot or solid weights. Environmental note – If you choose to use lead shot, please make sure the shot pack is sealed and waterproof to avoid the possibility of lead-tainted liquid leaking into the water. Once the weight pouches are loaded, secure the flap by pressing firmly on the Hook & Loop fasteners. The loaded weight pouches may be inserted into the pockets after donning the assembled BC and cylinder set-up. Slide the weight pouch into the pocket and connect the male side of the Side Release Quick-Disconnect buckle on the weight pouch with the female side on the BC pocket. The weight pouch is now secured in the pocket until you choose to disengage the buckle with another sharp tug on the grey handle.
In an emergency weight-ditching situation, grasp the grey handle and pull sharply forward. Retain control of the weight pouch in your hand until you can see it is clear to drop without danger of becoming entangled in any other gear you may be wearing. To ease normal water exits onto a boat or dock ladder, the weight pouches can be removed and passed to an assistant to lighten your load when climbing out of the water.
Supplementary Side Pockets – Should you need more weight than the Main Releasable Weight System and the Rear Tank Ballast Pockets combined, there are two Supplementary Side Pockets, one on each side of the front of the BC. These pockets hold up to an additional 10 lbs/ 4.54 Kg each.