AquaLung Zuma - ???

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by mississippidiver, Jun 19, 2010.

  1. mississippidiver

    mississippidiver Nassau Grouper

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    I'm considering purchasing this travel bc. What does everyone think about the AquaLung compared to the competitors?
     
  2. Teamcasa

    Teamcasa Sr. Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    moved to BC..
     
  3. NAIBdiver1

    NAIBdiver1 Barracuda

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    I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy one, but I have an upcoming trip where airline weight restrictions are a BIG factor. So I bought one on Friday and used it in the water all day Saturday and again on Sunday. I have to say that I really loved it.

    I'm a diver at the National Aquarium (in Baltimore), and am in the water for a minimum of 3hours during the day (1 - 1.5 hours x 2 per day). One thing I really noticed at the end of the day was no lower back ache, which normally occurs for me after a long day of diving in cold water I was concerned by the placement of the tank strap on the Zuma, but along with the back padding and tank placement, there was wonderful back support.

    Oh - last comment. Saturday was in salt water (10 pounds), Sunday fresh water (4 pounds)

    Sunday, we were testing prospective new divers in the pool and I was in the water 4 straight hours (again with the new BC) and again at the end of the day - no back ache. This was a great test for the BC

    The Zuma is very trim and very easy to swim with. I even liked the integrated weight system - I generally don't like integrated systems. It will easily take 14 - 16 pounds of lead. I filled the sack to see. I only use 10 - so that was easy enough

    I feel my Zuma got a great first test run - 7 hours underwater total over the weekend.

    The downside is where to hang things like octopus, safety sausage and gauges, but I'll figure that out. There are 4 "D" rings, so I don't anticipate any problems.

    Totally happy

    NAIBdiver1
     
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2010
  4. mississippidiver

    mississippidiver Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks for that advice NAIB. I'm still considering the purchase. I don't like the plastic "D" rings though. My only other concern is durability. For an additional $100 I can get the Balance and it looks much sturdier. What do you think?
     
  5. NAIBdiver1

    NAIBdiver1 Barracuda

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    The plastic rings don't bother me. I only go on diving vacation 2X a year, With that amount of use, I don't for see a problem. Also like I said I bought this BC especially for trips with "puddle jumpers". Otherwise, I'll take my main BC
     
  6. guru73

    guru73 Garibaldi

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    it's a great bcd. light, comes with integrated weight pockets, underwater very streamline and the tank strap is very well designed to stablize the tank on surface and underwater.
     
  7. Scott

    Scott PADI Pro

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    I've never had one on in the pool but they look good on the wall at the LDS. :) A couple other Instructors I know bought them for a trip and were pretty impressed with them.
    I wouldn't worry about the plastic d-rings. What's the most you'll hang on them, a spool and SMB or maybe a small light?
    The only negative I heard was about the funky chest strap jamming if it got sand in it.
    If weight is an issue and you're only going to dive tropics then the Zuma works. The Balance is much sturdier and will cover a broader range of diving.
     
  8. NAIBdiver1

    NAIBdiver1 Barracuda

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    One other thing that I really like is that the Zuma folds up very compact ! Folded, it fits in one of the side fin pockets of my dive bag. My "normal" BCD takes up most of the larger maim pocket. And again, this upcoming trip I can only take my dive bag and a carry on.
     
  9. mississippidiver

    mississippidiver Nassau Grouper

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    NAIB,

    "this upcoming trip I can only take my dive bag and a carry on"...

    Do you check your dive bag?

    I thought we were only allowed one carry-on per person. I would be terrified to check a dive bag and then discover that most of the stuff was missing on the other end of the flight.
     
  10. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Tech Diver

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    IF you go with the right gear you can put everything dive related in a carry on for warm water diving. Expendables like clothes get checked. You can always buy a few cheap tshirts and a pair of shorts once you get where you are going.
     
  11. NAIBdiver1

    NAIBdiver1 Barracuda

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    My carry-on mostly contains video equipment. Cameras, housing, video lights, batteries.

    Knock wood - over the years my dive bag has always arrived with me.
     
  12. kona74

    kona74 Angel Fish

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    Hi All,
    It seems for the most part the Zuma is getting good reviews and comments. I am wondering how well the BC works in less than ideal conditions such as currents or surge. I heard from a LDS the BC shifted quite a bit in heavy currents.

    More comments on the Zuma please. I like what it offers but I would like to better understand how it functions.

    Thanks to all.
     
  13. Nemrod

    Nemrod Giant Squid

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    I have seen these in action and have been wanting one for my wifelet. I really like the light weight, minimalist design and packability (to make up a word) and the build quality looks excellent. True, these are not heavy duty units that will stand up to severe duty tech diving use, they are intended for warm water travel diving and for that I would say this unit would be hard to beat.

    I did rent an Equator by Scuba Pro several months back and having never, never, ever, ever, used a BC jacket or BI BC rig before in my entire 44 year sport diving career, was quite impressed with it also, alas, I am sorry, either of these will work for my wife just fine, I will being staying with either no BC (as in none, nada, zippo, absolutely nothing) or my Oxy 18/30 Mach V rigs.

    N
     
  14. Acanthurus

    Acanthurus ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    My husband bought me the Zuma for a recent dive trip to Australia and I loved it. We were in some surge as well as current and I didn't have a problem at all.

    I would highly recommend it - easily took 16 lbs of weight as well
     
  15. Skooter

    Skooter Scuba Instructor

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    I used mine for the first time last winter. Opinion-loved it. It rides extremely well and does not shift or turn the way most other bc's do. The tank and bc stability where exellent. I have done just under 60 dives with mine and it shows no wear and tear at all. For a lightweight travel bc it is awesome.
     
  16. kona74

    kona74 Angel Fish

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    Hi Gang,
    So stability is good. Are people using this for shoring diving and boat diving? What about a giant stride off a 10 foot cliff - like Oil Slick Leap in Bonaire? Any issues? My dive buddy is nervous about having the tank hitting her in the head and knocking her unconscious.

    Thanks again.
     
  17. nwflyboy

    nwflyboy Barracuda

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    I'm considering a Zuma, too - would welcome any additional opinions for those with experience.

    A few specific questions...

    Exactly how small does this pack down?

    How is/are the pocket(s)?

    And the Dumb Question: I have been shying away from weight integrated BCs - I figure I'm not going to haul weights half way around the world, and would just use their weights on an old-fashioned weight belt. But....can you just load the resort's standard weights into this BCs weight pockets, or does it require its own special weights?

    Thanks!
     
  18. kona74

    kona74 Angel Fish

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    Hi,
    Not a dumb question. Weight integrated BCs have pockets to put weights in. They do not have weights built in - just the pockets to put weights into. This allows you to not have a weight belt - you use the same weights but in the pockets.
     
  19. Skooter

    Skooter Scuba Instructor

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    Mine spent two weeks in Bonaire. No problems with high giant strides, boats or shore.
     
  20. tom1

    tom1 Garibaldi

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    Bought a Zuma in May. Left home for a trip and 16 dives later had a leak. Small 1/4 inch slit through both sides at back bottom center just above seam. May have been a pinch in tank holder. But in any case poor durability and had to rent a BC for my final 2 dives. Will try and return it where I bought it when I get home. Called an Aqua Lung dealer here in Florida and they told me I have to buy a new BC. Hope I can get the dealer where bought to get it resolved. If not just ate $400!!!!

    Even If it is replace or repaired under warranty I will buy a new BC and use Zuma as a backup. Will not travel again and have this happen. Guess I will have to take 2.

    Other than leak, did like it for the reasons mentioned by others.

    Not very happy atm.....
     
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2010

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