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Axiom i3 VS ScubaPro Knighthawk

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Nicholas Box, Nov 8, 2019.

  1. Nicholas Box

    Nicholas Box Garibaldi

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    hello just looking for opinions on which people prefer I currently own the i3 but found a nice Knighthawk for sale I wanted to try out figured I would ask on here if anyone is familiar with both
     
  2. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    I am familiar with both as I considered buying an i3 BC from Aqua Lung when I first bought gear but ended up with a Scubapro Ladyhawk which is the women’s equivalent of the Knighthawk. I demo’ed a women’s i3 model an entire weekend at the time and didn’t care for it.

    The Axiom is a jacket style whereas the Knighthawk is a back inflate. I prefer back inflates as it is much easier to be trim underwater. The Knighthawk only has a single roll down pocket vs the Axiom having true pockets on both side. If you want more storage with the Knighthawk, I’ve had success using the Scubapro Hydros Leg pocket clipped to the hip d-ring. I like the open feeling around my chest/torso and arms not having the pockets and wing wrapping around. I’m not a fan of the i3 system in general from a serviceability standpoint but also with others being familiar with it in an emergenc. I have also seen accidental inflations with it while sitting next to someone else and the lever getting caught but I’m sure that’s rare.

    Lastly, I’ve witnessed a lot of people accidentally losing the weight pockets from the Aqua Lung systems. The Scubapro weight system is a much more purposeful and secure system using a large female and male clip system vs the Aqua Lung’s system slide in/click and pull out system as I am sure you are familiar with.
     
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  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    What she said.
     
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  4. GameChanger

    GameChanger Professional Photographer

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    I am by no means a brand nuthugger. I have an AL BCD (Dimension i3) with integrated weights and have never lost any. On my last trip to Coz I found a SP integrated weight pouch that some poor soul lost on a reef. I snagged it a donated it to the dive Op I was with as they use SP gear. The old saying "S*** Happens" applies to all dive gear, regardless of brand.
    JMHO/YMMV
     
  5. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    Dude,
    Aqua Lung had a recall on their Weight integrated pockets few years ago because of serious issues with their closing mechanism and they had to replace them all. SP never had this issue as far as I know. SP's closing mechanism is a much simpler, stronger and easy to use system without problems with it opening and dropping on its own. I have both system, the AL and SP, in our dive schools training equipment fleet and I had to remove all AL weight pockets because they were not safe to use. I couldn't take advantage of the recall since the shipping costs were extremely high from Libya to France.
     
  6. GameChanger

    GameChanger Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Frisco, TX USA
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