Zeagle Halo introduced
Jacket style BCD with skydiving-inspired Ripcord dump
US kit manufacturer Zeagle announces the Halo BCD, its first wraparound jacket to feature the Ripcord system.
Zeagle buoyancy rigs to date are of the back-inflate variety, including the Ranger, Stiletto and Zena ladies’ wing.
needs CE certification before it can be sold in Europe
The Halo has a figure hugging wraparound design, including depth compensating cummerbund (read: elasticated), plus lumbar and back support.
It is made of durable 1000 denier material and a mix of 1680D heavy-duty and 420/PU material.
The company’s BCDs come with its Ripcord quick-release weight system, so those who prefer separate weight will look elsewhere. But for the rest of us, Ripcord is an impressively simple and reliable system – no surprise, as it’s based on a parachute ripcord.
A single red grab handle unthreads the bottom of the integrated pockets, ditching your weight in an emergency.
Zeagle says the Halo can hold up to 20lbs of ditchable weight (9kgs), with a further 4.5kgs of non-ditchable weight in the rear trim pockets.
If you plan to travel and dive, the jacket itself weighs 3.8kgs, so shouldn’t pose too many problems at check-in.
The buoyancy cell can provide 33lbs (15kgs) of lift and, at the surface, in the head up position of the conventional jacket BCD.
Features include seven (7) stainless-steel D-rings, two large accessory pockets, dual knife-mount positioning, and dual retractor mount pockets. It is black only and in men’s/Unisex sizes S-XL.
The Zeagle Halo has just been announced for the US market, and will need to pass CE certification before it can be sold in Europe.
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