Are Zeagle BC’s worn differently?
Yes. Because of the uniqueness of the design, the
Zeagle System will fit quite differently from a
conventional BC. The waistband will be lower, well
below the diaphragm (so it won’t restrict your
breathing), the front of the BC is open, reducing
restrictions further, and the buoyancy is low down
on the back and sides, where it can expand outward
without compressing your chest. The result is
greater comfort and a more balanced attitude in
Why do you put the weights in the BC?
Including the weights as part of the buoyancy
system improves balance and comfort in the water-
it keeps your body from being pulled in different
directions by the opposing forces of lift and
weights. All Zeagle BC’s since 1982 have been
designed to be weight integrated.
How do you drop the weights in an emergency?
Zeagle’s patented Ripcord system allows for a
single point instantaneous release of the weights
from almost any position in the water. When
compared to a weightbelt release or the two handed
systems used on many other weight integrated BC's
the Ripcord is far simpler and more reliable. Some
BC's offer a more economical pull out system that
requires a two sided release to drop all the
Isn’t it too heavy to lift?
In most circumstances we recommend that the diver
put on their BC first, then place the weights in
the weight pockets. This avoids having to lift the
entire scuba system and weights together.
What’s the Personal Fit System?
People come in more than five sizes- the Personal
Fit System is a system of interchangeable
components that allows your Zeagle dealer to
custom fit a buoyancy system to your body and your
style of diving. In addition to fitting waist
size, chest size, and torso length independently,
we can adjust the style of various components and
the amount of lift in the buoyancy system to match
the type of diving you do.
Do you make BC's for women?
Zeagle’s Personal Fit System was designed with
women in mind. It’s very common for women to fit a
size smaller in the shoulder section of a Zeagle
BC than they fit in the waist size- a medium waist
with small shoulders, for example. On our heavy
duty BC's we offer narrower women's shoulder
sections with smaller buckles that will fit
women's upper bodies better. Of course the
advantages of weight integration and doing away
with the weightbelt are often even greater for
women than for men. The greatest difficulty in
properly sizing a woman's Buoyancy System is not
finding a smaller size, or allowing for the bust,
but lies in the fact that women's bodies have a
defined waist where a waistband must fasten in
order to secure the BC. At the same time, women
tend to have both a shorter torso length and a
lower center of buoyancy compared to men. So
conventional buoyancy systems,which would ideally
be worn lower for best balance and comfort, must
be worn higher, around the narrowest part of the
waist, in order to be secure. Zeagle has two BC
models specifically designed with these
considerations in mind; - The Zena is an extremely
light and comfortable BC, ideally suited for
warmer water diving. It is designed and
constructed to be worn over a bathing suit or
light warm water suit. The Zena's twin waist and
hip band system provides a way for women to
securely position the weights and buoyancy below
waist level, around the body's center of buoyancy.
- The LaZer is a heavier-duty BC with the same
ideal fit for a woman's body shape. It is still
considered to be a travel BC and can be worn over
a bathing suit, but it is also made to be worn
over a wetsuit or drysuit that might be needed in
local diving conditions. It has all the features
of the very popular Stiletto BC, but with a vest
that is scooped at the rear to comfortably
accommodate a shorter torso and wider hips than a
Will it float you face down?
Zeagle BCs are designed to fit low on the body so
the lift is positioned near the body’s center of
buoyancy. This results in a very neutral surface
flotation, leaving the diver free to assume any
position in the water. Many non-Zeagle rear
flotation BC’s fit high on the chest, the same way
most nonintegrated jacket style BC’s fit. In
addition to being less comfortable, this volume of
lift high on the back can cause the diver to be
rotated forward when attempting to stay upright on
Can I wear a weightbelt with a Zeagle?
It isn’t necessary, and it adds bulk and weight.
Which BC is best for me?
Zeagle makes buoyancy systems for everyone– from
the occasional vacation diver to the most
professional Search and Recovery divers. Your
dealer can help you select a system and
appropriate accessories based on you size,
experience, diving environment, the kind of diving
you do, and the kind of diving you want to do in
What about construction and warranty?
All Zeagle Buoyancy Systems are hand sewn from the
best available materials and heavily reinforced at
all stress points. Our style of construction is
labor intensive and expensive, but it results in a
more durable, better fitting BC. Individual
components of the system are replaceable or
repairable if damaged. This quality of
construction makes it possible for us to offer a
limited lifetime warranty to the original
purchaser. If a defect appears or the system fails
at any time while you own it, Zeagle will repair
or replace the system free of charge.