BC Scubapro Equalizer Reviżjoni

SCUBAPRO WAS ONE OF THE INNOVATORS that popularised the stabiliser or jacket-style BC in the late 1970s that eventually displaced the horse-collar BC. Today, its BC range includes more than a dozen models encompassing every style from snorkel vest to sidemount.

As one of Scubapro’s least-expensive BCs, the Equalizer is likely to find favour with casual divers, schools and clubs. It’s rated for single-cylinder use, with Scubapro setting a limit of a 10-litre tank for the XS size and 15 litres for Small on up.

It’s a single-bladder BC made from 420-denier nylon and polyurethane. Part of Scubapro’s front-adjustable range, it’s a conventional jacket-style BC with breakaway shoulder-straps.

Komfort

The full-length backpack is rigid and shaped to transfer weight onto your hips. It’s padded and sports a top handle. A conventional cam-band is supplemented by a height-adjustment loop that ensures that your Equalizer always sits in the same place on your tank.

There are two shoulder-straps with fixed-position buckles and chest-strap, a waist-strap and buckle and a wide cummerbund. All the buckles are pinch-clip types, with a touch fastener used to close the cummerbund.

Scubapro Balanced Power Inflator, li juri l-kontrolli li jintgħarfu b'mod ċar.
Scubapro Balanced Power Inflator, li juri l-kontrolli li jintgħarfu b'mod ċar.

Id-disinn ta 'l-arness jagħmel dan il-BC reali squeezer tal-kustilja meta jintefaħ, jekk l-ewwel ma twaqqafx b'mod korrett. Dan mhuwiex tort - huwa komuni għal ħafna BCs stil ġakketta, speċjalment mudelli tal-baġit. Issettjajt l-arness tal-Equalizer tat-test tiegħi biċ-ċellula tal-arja minfuħa għal kollox. Jekk ma tagħmilx dan, it-tfigħ tal-BC jagħmilha diffiċli biex tieħu n-nifs.

Wanting to evaluate the comfort of the BC out of the water, I put on a 5mm wetsuit jacket and longjohn, placed 8kg of weight in the pockets and attached a 10-litre/300-bar steel cylinder and a regolatur għal piż kollu ta' madwar 23kg.

Imbagħad imxi madwar nofs kilometru kull direzzjoni lejn u mis-sit tal-għads tax-xatt, inklużi 'l fuq u' l isfel żewġ turġien.

Qabel test-dive waħda jien żviluppajt uġigħ fid-dahar t'isfel, iżda anke dakinhar l-Equalizer kien komdu ħafna biex schlep.

Stabbiltà

Flimkien ma 'l-integrazzjoni tas-sistema ta' scuba tiegħek, ir-rwoli ewlenin ta 'BC huma li jipprovdu stabbiltà taħt l-ilma u flotazzjoni pożittiva fuq il-wiċċ.

Minkeb-dump bi swiċċ over-ride.
Minkeb-dump bi swiċċ over-ride.

I tested the Equalizer using a thick wetsuit, as I didn’t want the buoyancy characteristics of a drysuit jinfluwenzaw ir-riżultati.

The Equalizer doesn’t have pockets for trim-weights but I found stability to be as good as that of most other BCs I’ve used.

Trim was excellent. I was held horizontal, with minimal fin movements needed to correct any pitch. That means using less air, tiring less easily, and being less likely to kick up clouds of sediment.

At the surface, the Equalizer floated me upright. There was no tendency to fall forwards; no need to fin to keep my face out of the water.

I measured the distance from water level to my lip while holding a neutral breath and with a full cylinder while properly weighted, to assess whether an out-of-air diver at the surface would ride high enough to be able to breathe through the mouth.

The full cylinder slightly slews the results, as it will weigh about 3kg more than an empty one and makes the diver float lower in the water.

L-Equalizer għollini madwar 15cm 'il fuq mil-linja tal-ilma, fil-ballpark tas-soltu għal BC b'dan il-lift ħafna.

Karatteristiċi Oħra

Scubapro describes the pockets as large. They’re not, they’re tight. They aren’t expanding pockets and you’ll struggle to put much in them other than slates.

Anke li tneħħihom jew li tbiddilhom mhix faċli, speċjalment fil-wiċċ b'BC minfuħ.

Ir-rilaxx tal-piż jaħdem tajjeb, iżda ċ-ċirku D jista 'jħawdu lil min isalva.
Ir-rilaxx tal-piż jaħdem tajjeb, iżda ċ-ċirku D jista 'jħawdu lil min isalva.

Jekk qed iġorr ir-rukkelli u l-bagi li jimmarkaw, ser ikollok bżonn tikklippjahom fuq iċ-ċrieki D ta 'barra.

Il-flaps tal-but huma mwaħħla b'qafla tal-mess u l-but tax-xellug għandu grommets għal sikkina tal-għads fakultattiva. Hemm gussets wara l-bwiet li fihom inti tista 'għalf loops ta' qarnit pajp biex jimminimizza t-tqabbid.

Hemm tliet ċrieki D tal-metall kbar pre-bent u wieħed żgħir unbent. Bħala fotografu, ħafna drabi mdendlin sistema ta 'kamera li tiswa eluf ta' liri 'l barra mill-BC tiegħi, ċrieki D tal-metall jagħtu sensazzjoni akbar ta' sigurtà mill-plastik.

Għall-għadis bil-ħbula, bħall-esplorazzjoni taħt is-silġ, huma wkoll punt ta 'irmiġġ aktar sigur għall-linji tas-salvataġġ.

Sigurtà

The Scubapro Balanced Power Inflator is easy to use and has differently shaped and coloured deflation and inflation buttons that are simple for the wearer to tell apart by feel, and for another diver to distinguish by sight.

Għall-inflazzjoni orali għandha zokk aktar milli biċċa tal-ħalq sħiħa, għalhekk malajr titqiegħed kontra xufftejk biex tintefaħ mill-ħalq taħt l-ilma jekk l-għalf dirett tiegħek jonqos jew, fil-wiċċ, jekk tkun barra mill-arja.

The direct-feed button is progressive, so the harder you press the faster it inflates. Using the supplied Scubapro hose, I timed the fastest inflation rate from empty to full at the surface and at 10m, which took five seconds.

Biex tikkonferma li l-Equalizer jista 'jitfa' l-arja aktar malajr milli minfuħ, ftaħt l-ispalla-dump u maxed l-għalf dirett. Ħadem - karatteristika ta 'sikurezza importanti biex tipprevjeni ascent runaway fil-każ ta' fluss ħieles ta 'għalf dirett.

Madankollu, inizjalment kelli problema meta ttestja d-dump mibni fil-minkeb tal-inflator orali. Jien mort inbaħħar lejn il-wiċċ, minkejja li ħsibt li kont qed niġbed l-isfel fuq l-inflator orali iebes biżżejjed biex tiftaħ il-minkeb-dump.

Fit-tieni tentattiv irnexxieli nibbrejkja t-telgħa, madwar 3m mill-wiċċ.

Iktar tard, waqt li ddiskuta t-test, il-fotografu tiegħi Nicky Martinez innota li r-retainer li jgħaqqad il-pajp ta 'l-għalf dirett mal-pajp ta' l-inflazzjoni orali kien imwaħħal eżatt fuq l-epaulette tat-trażżin. Hekk kif inġibt 'l isfel fuq l-inflator biex nattiva d-dump, ir-retainer iġġammja kontra l-epaulette, u b'hekk tfixkel it-tħaddim xieraq tad-dump.

Ladarba l-retainer ġie mċaqlaq mill-mod I ttestjati mill-ġdid u l-miżbla ħadem bla difetti.

At least  readers can be assured that Scubapro didn’t spend hours specially prepping the Equalizer before letting me use it!

Spalla-dump.
Spalla-dump.

Biex nittestja aktar l-effettività tal-miżbliet, nefħejt kompletament il-BC 10m 'l isfel, ħallejt u kejjel id-distanza ta' waqfien ladarba kont attivajt jew dump ta 'fuq waħdu. Dan ħa madwar metru, u dan ikkonferma li tlugħ maħruba malajr tista’ tiġi kkontrollata.

L-ispalla u l-bum-dumps għandhom toggles chunky kbar sbieħ li huma faċli biex jinstabu billi jħossu u huma f'kuluri hi-vis li, bħall-kontrolli fuq l-inflator orali, jagħmluhom faċli għall-buddy tiegħek biex jidentifikaw.

You can also vent from the elbow-dump by depressing a small switch. Scubapro is not alone in providing limited product information about equipment submitted for test or available to the consumer, and I was curious about the benefit of this unexplained switch.

I thought it might be useful to a bugħaddas tas-salvataġġ making a controlled buoyant lift of someone wearing an Equalizer. Rescuers are often taught to do this from the back, so this control might be easier to operate than the other dumps. I didn’t have time to test this.

Hemm ftit fsada lura mill-miżbliet, għalhekk fl-aħħar tal-ġurnata tal-għadis, ikollok bżonn tixxotta ftit ilma mill-ġakketta tiegħek. Dan huwa normali.

Piżijiet Integrati

L-ispeċjalisti tas-sigurtà jsostnu li sa 80% tal-imwiet fl-iskuba rikreattiv, l-għaddasa jonqsu milli jwarrbu l-piż tagħhom.

Ir-rilaxx tal-piż jeħtieġ li jkun faċli biex jintrema, iżda mhux faċli biex jinħeles b'inċident.

Xi manifatturi jużaw sistemi li huma veloċi ħafna u istintivi biex iwaqqgħu, forsi fir-riskju li jkunu aktar vulnerabbli għal waqgħa mhux mistennija minħabba t-tqabbid tal-manku tar-rilaxx jew tagħbija mhux xierqa.

I wondered whether Scubapro had gone too far the other way, and made its weights hard to drop. Operate a pinch-clip and the weight-pockets should naturally fall out. There is a very obvious D-ring – but this is used to tighten the weight-pocket into position.

While it could be used to pull out a stuck weight-pocket, that isn’t its main purpose, so it’s essential to ensure that anyone who might need to assist an Equalizer-user understands that simply pulling on the D-rings will not jettison the weights in an emergency.

Unlike the dump-valves, the pinch-clip and

D-rings mhumiex identifikati minn kuluri hi-vis, għalhekk huma inqas ovvji għal salvataġġ.

Fl-użu, fil-fatt, kont sorpriż kemm faċli biex tużah u kemm kienu effettivi r-rilaxxi, bi jew mingħajr ingwanti.

konklużjoni

As an entry-level BC, the Equalizer would be a good choice. It performs the main two tasks of a BC – providing underwater stability and surface flotation – admirably. The features that are missing, such as trim-weights and larger pockets, are offered on other Scubapro jackets at, naturally enough, a higher price.

Għal għadds ħerqan li jżomm l-ispejjeż baxxi u għal klabbs dilettanti tal-għadis u skejjel kummerċjali li jeħtieġu self rħas jew BCs kiri, l-Equalizer għandu ħafna x'jirrakkomandah.

Specs

TESTER: Steve Warren

PREZZIJIET: £315

FLUJJENZA: 10.2kg

PIŻ: 3kg

DAQS: XS, S, M, L, XL

KULUR: Iswed

KUNTATT: Websajt Scuba Pro

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