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Zeagle Ranger or Ranger LTD RECENT information

Discussion in 'Buoyancy Compensators (BC's) and Weight Systems' started by mgreider, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. mgreider

    mgreider Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
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    Looking for recent information about the Zeagle Ranger or Ranger LTD. After doing a search, everything seems to be old (some posts are over 10 years old). Does anyone have any recent experience with them? Please no BPW comments, not looking for one of those right now.
    Thanks
     
  2. AFdivedoc

    AFdivedoc Instructor, Scuba Staff Member

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    My first BCD was a Zeagle Ranger (which I bought second hand), and I still have it. It has served me well, but I rarely dive it anymore because I've moved to a different setup for most of my diving.

    The advantages of the Ranger are: It is a very rugged BCD, and will last a very long time. It is a back-inflated BCD, which I prefer over jacket style. I found it very comfortable. Parts are easy to get and replace. My dealings with customer service were great--they repaired my (out of warranty) BCD for a very reasonable price. It has two roomy pockets on the outside, and there is a roll-down mesh bag in the front.

    The disadvantages: It is a bit bulky and heavy. Not the greatest travel rig. For warm water, the bladder, at 45# lift, is a bit large, and it tends to be unstable. On my Zeagle Tec BCD, I replaced the huge 65# bladder with a smaller 35 lb bladder, and found it to be a much more stable rig. I think ScubaToys sells the Ranger harness with a 35# bladder and calls it the Brigade.

    The ripcord weight release system is a bit unusual. It is quite reliable, and you can ditch some of the weight by not using the ripcord but unzipping the pocket and removing the weight pouch. The disadvantage is that the system has to be rethreaded if the ripcord is pulled. It isn't difficult, but does require a little time and patience.

    You won't go wrong dealing with Zeagle. The Ranger is a very well constructed BCD that will stand up to a lot of use. If you are looking for a travel BCD, you might look at one of the lighter, more compact models like the Stiletto or the Covert.
     
  3. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    I dove a Ranger for many years. The above post is spot on. Though I never found it to be unstable. I would not recommend the LTD as it has too many unneeded accessories.
     
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  4. mgreider

    mgreider Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location:
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    Thanks for your help. I think I'm going to get a Ranger (not the LTD)
     

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