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Has anyone seen or used the new Scubapro Hydros Pro BCD

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by mockney, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: New Jersey
    Nah. Only seen pictures but it looks like a jacket style version of the Hydros. (I stand corrected).
  2. Kialn

    Kialn Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Oakland, CA
    CAUTION for the Aqualung Rogue - NEVER BUY A BCD WITH PLASTIC PIECES!! I bought this BCD in 2018, just finished a dive trip a week ago. I had only about 35 dives on it, and on the last dive my weight pocket fell off during the dive! I started to involuntarily ascend, thank god I was near a bottom surface and not on a wall (where it could never be retrieved) and that someone was close to me and grabbed it quickly!! This was a life-threatening situation. I thought the BCD was cool because you could take it apart and it was lightweight for travel, but the weight pockets are held on by plastic tabs that fatigue easily!! Upon inspection, the tab (that that weight pocket clicks into), is so fatigued that it's about to break off, again after 35 dives! The tab on other side that holds the other weight pocket is also fatigued and I'm sure would've failed soon. I took a lot of care with the BCD - never stored it with the weights in between dives. I would never let anyone I know dive with this BCD.
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  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I have an Outlaw, I've not been a fan of the weight pockets. The blind hook up is only one of my complaints. The criticism, above, only adds to my concern.
  4. Svart

    Svart Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Austria
    Hi everyone,

    long time lurker, first time poster. I thought I would ask my question here rather than creating a new thread.

    I finally decided to buy a hydros pro after being able to test it for 2 dives in Cape Town.

    I have, however, a size question and thought I would ask it on this thread. I was diving with a M and it felt OK but I was wondering if a L wouldn't be more appropriate looking at the size charts. Especially for the back length.

    I'm 6'1" (187cm) and 170 pounds (76kg) and usually dive with a 5mm with the occasional dry suit diving in lakes in Austria (but that's not too often).

    Any advice would be appreciated from owners who are around my height and weight!

    Thanks in advance!
  5. Mike Walker

    Mike Walker Nassau Grouper

    The Hydros sizing is a bit peculiar - they probably could have just gone for 'one size fits all' and ended up with the same result. Instead they went with 4 'sizes' (seven if you add in the women's) that appear to heavily overlap with each other and seem to have no correlation to the sizing that exists for most other products.

    I wear a 48 suit jacket - typically an XL or XXL at a minimum if I'm buying a shirt - but I have a 'L' Hydros and find that I wear it with most of the straps run in most of the way (tropical). I'm actually looking at shortening and restitching some of them to reduce clutter. Even adding in substantial thermal protection I can't see maxing out the straps at their default length - I did use it for a drysuit course and there were no issues.

    In short, you really have to try it on to be sure, but odds are pretty high that the 'M' will work for you. They could certainly afford to be a bit more informative with their sizing chart of what actually changes between the SKUs...
  6. Svart

    Svart Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Austria
    Hi Mike,

    thanks a lot for taking the time to answer.

    I guess I will follow your advice.

    The M I dove with fitted me well I was just wondering about back length and shoulder straps length.

    But the waist belt was a bit long for me as well.
  7. Steelyeyes

    Steelyeyes Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Redmond Wa
    My wife had similar issues with two of her Aqualung BCDs. She had the weight inserts replaced by Aqualung on one of the units, but the problem persisted. One time was at the beginning of a dive at the Great Blue Hole in Belize. One pouch let go, despite her habit of checking them multiple times prior to diving. She had just started her descent and I saw a puff of sand swirl up from the impact of the weight pocket. It was about 2 feet from making the 400+ foot trip to the bottom of the hole. I recovered it and we replaced it and luckily had no further incidents on that trip. After some continued problems on a trip to Key West she came back from a dive, went directly to Divers Direct and bought a Zeagle Stiletto and has had zero problems since.

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