im presently torn between the aqua lung soul i3 and the aqua lung pearl. had problems with the soul i3 chest strap kept riding up but i had better buoyancy control. the pearl from aqua lung offered more freedom of movement, but buoyancy control was a little combersomemaybe weight distribution problem dont know or sizing issue. does the pearl come with an option like the soul i3 side inflator/deflator? im also concerned about the velcro wearing out on the pearl, any thoughts about prolonged salt water use on velcro enclosures?
can i attach a dive alert to this ? Is there a particluar one for aqualung. I presently dive with a sherwood bcd
The I3 system has a standard power inflator attachment so you can use a device like the dive alert just the same as other inflation systems. However you will have to mount it to your side where the I3 is attached. This will make it difficult to use at the surface, because your hip, and therefore dive alert, will still be underwater. Of course you could disconnect the dive alert from the BCD (not the regulator) and hold it above water and it would work normally.
For the i3 controller, can we manually blow air into to inflate just incase somthing goes wrong with the inflater like regular controller?
what is the weight of this BCD. My student travels a lot. She is a newer diver but is going into marine biology. Is this too much of a BCD at this point and perhaps she should start with something simplier?
Hello Susan, if you are looking for a BCD that will hold up over time and be a travel friendly BCD. I would take a look at the http://www.scuba.com/scuba-gear-4/006822/Oceanic-Womens-Biolite-Bioflex-Travel-BCD.html#tabdesc.
Can I get this BCD as a package deal with regs/divecomputer/octo?
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The Soul i3 is a luxury BC added to the women’s line of quality dive products. It incorporates Aqua Lung’s most comfortable harness system to date, the Wrapture™ harness. The BC is powered by the intuitive i3 control system. It utilizes the GripLock tank band system to keep cylinders secure.
The advanced air cell design has sleeker, lower profile lobes and a shorter torso length. This hybrid design gives the best of both worlds, ADV jacket style combined with a back inflation unit
The Wrapture Harness System, utilizing a specialized backplate, valve retention strap and swivel shoulder buckles provides unsurpassed comfort.
The i3 control system is intuitive – lift up to inflate, push down to deflate
A multiple dump feature opens upper and lower dump valves simultaneously by depressing the i3 handle
Flat e-valves can be opened by the i3 control handle or opened manually
The pull-down oral inflator is easy to deploy and easy to stow. Just push against your lips to open the valve.
The GripLock tank band is easy to use and provides peace of mind that your cylinder is secure,
The SureLock II weight system is the easiest to use in the industry. Just insert the weight pocket until it clicks and pull to release.
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