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Mares hybrid pure bcd

Discussion in 'Mares... Just add Water!' started by shouldhavebeenamermaid, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. shouldhavebeenamermaid

    shouldhavebeenamermaid Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Newfoundland
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    Hey everyone im just wondering if anyone has any experience positive or negative of the mares hybrid pure bcd.
     
  2. Diver Dan 28

    Diver Dan 28 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Oklahoma
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    I have a Pro Tec and Love it. Its basically a pure with a removable vest,
     
  3. admikar

    admikar ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    I did one with it and it was nice, especially after jacket BCD. It is quite light, so should be fine for travel. Since it is so light, I don't know how durable it is, but an instructor diving with it never complained,so...
    That said, after research of all options I went for BP&W.
    NOTE: I am NOT saying you need to go for BP&W or you'll die.
     
  4. Alastor

    Alastor Liveaboard

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Italy
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    My buddy owns one (my present). She is happy with it. Small size has only 4lb pockets plus 2 trim pocket, that are enough for her so it's not an issue.. (ML size has 6lb).
    Recently (here on SB) I discovered at least 3 different versions of it (probably made in 3 different years). My buddy one has the delrin buckle on 2" webbing.
    Newest model have different pockets, previous ones reported some weight loss during climbing aboard after dives, especially on zodiac for unwanted dislodgement, I don't know if the new quick detach mechanism is more safe.
    I really appreciate the option to put a crotch strap that allow to use a DPV and to keep the BCD to rise too high on surface.
    Really light for travel and you can detach the quick release pockets having a very light BCD.
    She is also very, very happy of the back suspension, and I'm the witness of it: in horizontal position the tank is suspended and do not touch her back, you can look through from side to side.
    The bungee do their job when deflating and there is no air trapped - probably they'll become loose with time, but you can buy a replacement.
    Right rolling pocket is useful, but not essential. If you really need pockets, better to use suit ones or just a pair of technical short with pockets.
     
  5. thbcthomas

    thbcthomas Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Weatherford
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    Looking at getting 2 new ones for $230 at my lds. Does anyone know if the weight integration problem has been fixed that Don Quixote had a thread about back in 2013?
     
  6. Diver Dan 28

    Diver Dan 28 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Oklahoma
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    I have had mine for 2 years and not a single problem!
     
  7. thbcthomas

    thbcthomas Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Weatherford
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    Any reason only 2 years? I would hope to have it much longer than that.
     
  8. Diver Dan 28

    Diver Dan 28 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Oklahoma
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    I got it for a Christmas present 2 years ago. I dive it about 3 times a month wetsuit to drysuit, and its holding up great. For 230.00 thats a really good deal. Pockets hold 13 lbs each.
     
  9. thbcthomas

    thbcthomas Barracuda

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Weatherford
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    Ok sorry, I read the post wrong. I read it as you got rid of it after 2 years. Glad you like it enough to still have it. I get to try it out in the pool next week and decide if i am buying it.
     
  10. shouldhavebeenamermaid

    shouldhavebeenamermaid Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Newfoundland
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    Thanks for the comments everyone! I ended up getting a hollis bp&w instead. Impatiently waiting for its arrival so i can try it out :)
     
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