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“New” Zeagle Ranger Info

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by Jesster132, Sep 16, 2020.

  1. Jesster132

    Jesster132 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Saint Augustine, FL
    Good morning SB, I’m hoping there is a Zeagle SME around. I just purchased a “brand new” Zeagle Ranger. It’s brand new in the sense that it has never touched water or been worn, however it was made in October of 1996. I did a thorough inspection checking all of the webbing and buckles. There is no dry rot, I inflated the bladder and it holds air well.

    I’m wondering if there is something I am missing or does anyone recommend swapping out any of the parts for new? The BC’s cummerbund has the “pull out” mesh pocket in the center which someone told me was only found on the LTD? The bladder has the two bottom rear OP/dump valves and the left shoulder inflator/ RE valve.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

  2. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
    I had a Ranger from that era, really comfortable but a wee bit bulky for travel. The pull out mesh pocket I found to be a PITA and removed it. Suggestions - go dive and enjoy it.
  3. coldwaterlloyd

    coldwaterlloyd Manta Ray

    Yes , they are great , I have one from around the same year , well used and still works like a charm .
  4. Curious_George

    Curious_George Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Arkansas
    There’s a cap on the end of the inflator pull dump valve near where it connects to the bladder so you can service the pull dump valve. Make sure its good and tight. Check the zip ties on the corrugated hose and consider replacing. Consider replacing the non- rebuildable inflator dump assembly. Make sure the screw on dump valves and inflator valve are securely attached to the bladder. Check the book screws for tightness.

    Dive, dive, dive.

    That’s all you need to do. Ranger LTD is a great BC. Almost best of both worlds - it’s back inflate, ditchable weights but still has pockets. Super durable and adjustable. Only downside is pretty bulky and heavy for travel. I prefer bpw, but if I didn’t, that would be a great choice. Not too good for cold water and aluminum tanks, but that’s more the fault of the tanks.

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