BCD Comparison (jacket vs. BP/W)

I've been diving since 2005 so I've experienced several different gear configurations along the way. From the classic jacket style BCD wit the Aqualung Titan series regulators when I first started (rental gear) to an amazing used set of more advanced gear wth a rear-inflation BCD and Scubapro Mk11/S600 regaulators, and settling most recently on a Hollis backplate and wing setup (bp/w), my gear selection has reflected the type of diving i've been into. 

I thought I might run through some of the major differences between the classic entry level equipment (jacket/rear inflation BCD) vs. the more advanced backplate/wing setup, in this article, and describe why I chose the particular models I use. 

Entry-level buoyancy control device (BCD)

The entry level BCD is typically a jacket style inflation device, which evenly distributes the gas around your body and has pockets and often integrated weights for convenience. These BCDs are perfect for warm water divers and entry-level divers as they are very comfortable, evenly distribute the buoyancy around your body so that your buoyancy/trim is relatively neutral in the water, and the pockets and integrated weights allow warm and cold water divers to integrate all of their gear into a single device and they allow for a less cluttered (arguably) and simpler dive experience. 

LPBuyGuide BCD WhatIsIt

Advanced BCD - Backplate and Wing

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