Was given a chance to try out the latest BCD from Decathlon (Subea) in Open Water.
Appreciate Anderson and team that made it happen.
Initially I had some reservation given that Decathlon targeted market was for mass public. Thus the quality may likely go on par with the price (in some products). Also most people will go towards the better established brands in Scuba Diving.
To my surprise, the quality of the BCD surpassed my expectation especially the workmanship and design of it. It was a hybrid of jacket and wing BCDs. Usage is quite at ease in terms of putting onto tank, insertion of weights, fixing up with regulator etc
When it was used in Open Water, the BCD wrapped around your body as if it was worn like clothing. Working on the clips, hooks etc were not difficult too.
With all the above pros on the BCD, one may wonder if there is any cons. In term of personal preference, I would prefer to have a smaller bladder to have a better wrap around your body. Now it seems that I am carrying a big shell over my back.
Thank you very much for your valuable review on one of our most technical scuba diving product.
I'm delighted to read that the SUBEA BCD 500 B surpassed your expectations.
Yes indeed, at Decathlon we make all sports accessible for the many by making our products very affordable. However, we really care of the quality and durability too.
This BCD is designed to be comfortable, easy to use and light weight, it's very nice to know that it fits the purpose.
Thank you also for the feedback about the bladder size, we'll try to consider it without compromising the lift that the BCD should provide.
Please feel free to contact me if you need more details about our scuba diving equipment.
Have a great day.
Make bubbles & smile
Fabrice, Omnichannel Sport Leader: Diving | Snorkelling | Free Diving