A back-inflate BCD with a pneumatic valve that operates the inflater hose. I love it. No more struggling and spinning with the hose to deflate your BCD. This comes in a jacket style (Pearl i3) also, which I had intended to get. The jacket style has more storage and rings. I'm so glad I had the opportunity to try the Lotus, which I was sure I wasn't going to like. Surprise! Got it on and felt like I was diving naked :) Cons: The valve is in a pocket on the lower left side of the BCD. It does sacrifice a bit of storage space, but worth it. Also, if you need the extra small size, you get one or two less D rings than with the larger sizes. Finally, because this model (Lotus i3) is a back-inflate it's considered a "travel" style. However, the valve compromises the flexibility of the BCD making it more difficult to pack in a dive bag. It actually takes up more space in the bag than my old jacket style BCD. All in all, it's worth the small sacrifices!
Written by T.Julie Cohen June 20, 2012 214 0Add
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