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Aeris EX Lite Travel BCD

Discussion in 'AERIS' started by Daiika, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. Daiika

    Daiika Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Tokyo
    Anyone has this Aeris Ex Lite BCD? I saw it in a LDS. I can't find many reviews on it though. Looks like the Scubapro litehawk but weaker material. Price is less too.
  2. JUSTIN44

    JUSTIN44 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Costa Mesa, California, United States
  3. editmojo

    editmojo Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Minneapolis, MN, USA
    This appears to be very similar to the Reef Rider which I have had for a few years now.
    The main differences seem to be:
    • No storage pockets on the EX
    • Horse shoe bladder vs donut on the Reef Rider
    • A few less Plastic D rings

    The overall construction appears very similar so I'll review my Reef rider:

    Great travel BC weighs in at 5 lbs after I removed the cummerbund and back padding. With 60-70% of my weight in the dump-able pockets and the rest in the tank pockets I have excellent trim. I can do cartwheels and hold any position I like. When rotated on my side there is no tendency to turtle. It took a few dives to get the balance right. If you tend to turtle, move some weight out of the tank band pockets and into the dump-able ones.

    Construction is very solid. Much heaver than a Zuma with similar overall weight. I won't pack as small as the Zuma due to the ridged plastic plate. Mine lays very flat on the bottom of my suite case so not an issue for me. 1 1/2" webbing is used vs 1" on some new travel BC (The XL seems to have 1 1/2 webbing) I like the weight pocket design with the very positive locking clips. I drop in solid or lead shot pouches through the top zipper and pop the clip to release. Do practice this a few times by-feel as you probably can't see the clips with a mask on.

    The bladder is fairly heavy nylon with elastic straps. The RR uses a donut where the EX seems to be a horse shoe. The only issue might be that you need to be more vertical to fully empty the bladder. Both use a small plastic plate that has a rubber non-slip pad where the tank attaches. It has worked very well for me, even when being manhandled by the tank into a small skiff in rough seas.

    The EX should be lighter than the Reef rider. I would even remove the back pad which is most likely just velcroed on. Save a bit of weight and I image some reserve buoyancy. Overall I'm very happy with the Reef Rider and expect to get many years out of her.

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