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BCD comparison AL Soul vs Pearl

Discussion in 'Women's Perspectives' started by Cajsa, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. Cajsa

    Cajsa Garibaldi

    Does anyone know the difference between Aqua Lung´s women´s BCD Soul and Pearl?
  2. JackD342

    JackD342 Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Highland Park, IL
    Soul uses the Wrapture waist support system, same as the Axiom and Dimension. Soul is also a hybrid design, with aspects of both a jacket and a back inflation. Pearl description also says hybrid, but I think that might be a copy/paste error in the literature. I thought the Pearl was a true jacket style, but I don't have one here to look at.
    Probably some other minor differences, such as metal versus plastic d-rings.
  3. scuba-karen

    scuba-karen Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: London UK
    I have dived with both- my original was a Pearl and now I have the Soul i3 - Really, I don't feel there's too much of a difference although the Soul it better fitting for me and I love it, although it's not perfect it is great for me.
    The hybrid design gives the best of both worlds; an ADV jacket style combined with a back inflation unit lets you to float comfortably but also creates a streamlined profile and I never struggle with buoyancy.
    For me its about comfort and at only 4ft 11 I'm petite but also do have a a bust and the Soul copes well. The Soul has a shorter torso and is a little bit more cut-away around the arm openings and has slightly less side inflation than the Pearl. I don't think they do the i3 in the Pearl anymore. I wear XXS
    Pockets are small - but that's to be expected with a small ladies BCD but it never rides up, never chaffs and my back never hurts even with a larger tank.

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