Commando Escape debut for Big Scuba Show
Lightweight version of enduring Buddy range set to premiere
The new Buddy BCD is so-called as it weighs less than 3kg, ideal as a lightweight travel jacket.
The Big Scuba Show is the first of two large dive exhibitions happening this season, hosted at Olympia in London from February 19-20th 2011.
Built in response to customer demand for a high quality travel jacket, the Escape utilises a single bladder construction.
The jacket is made using a unique material called OceanSeal 800, specially commissioned by A.P Valves for the best possible balance between quality and weight.
OceanSeal 800 is tough, thanks to high-frequency welds and double-stitching at the seams.
The Commando Escape is available in 5 sizes: S, M, L, XL & XXL, yet weighs in under 3kg in 4 of the 5 sizes.
Features-wise, it packs two huge side pockets with handy internal 35mm D rings and mesh gussets for rapid drainage.
There are two further zippered side pockets. There are dumps on the kidney and shoulder and a third shoulder exhaust/over-pressure valve built into the inflator.
Unusually for a travel BCD, the Commando Escape has a blow-moulded rigid backplate with a carry handle.
The Buddy Commando Escape sub three zero is on sale at some retailers now, priced around £320.
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