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The Best Scuba Diving BCDs 2024

woman in water wearing apeks exotec bcd

When it comes to the equipment that actually makes scuba diving possible, your BCD (buoyancy control device) is right up there. These vest-like devices help you to control and achieve the right levels of buoyancy during your dive, both when neutral buoyancy is needed underwater and positive buoyancy is needed on the surface. 

Given that your BCD is so important, it’s only right that you would be putting lots of thought into finding the right one. Different types are available depending on your diving skills and needs, so it’s important that you understand what you want from your BCD and choose a product that suits your needs. Our expert team have kept all of this in mind as they have picked out the five best scuba diving BCDs available right now. Let’s discover which products made the list, from lightweight BCDs perfect for travel to wing-integrated options great for advanced divers looking for even greater buoyancy control.

Scubapro Hydros Pro BCD - Mens/Womens

If it’s the highest levels of comfort you are looking for, the Scubapro Hydros Pro BCD is one of the best options available. The Scubapro Hydros Pro utilises a unique Monoprene construction and modular harness which essentially means that this BCD can mould to your body and offers an unparalleled experience in the water. 

The longevity of the Scubapro Hydros Pro is exceptional too. The monoprene construction creates a backbone that is resistant to UV, abrasion, chemicals and general diving wear and tear, allowing you to get more use out of your equipment. And don’t worry if your diving needs change over time. The modular design of this fantastic BCD can be customised to suit your changing ability and environment, whether you want to add or remove weight systems or adjust the straps and fit. It’s no wonder that this bit of kit has won awards for its design innovation and firmly deserves its spot on our list of the best scuba diving BCDs available in 2024. 

scubapro hydros pro bcd

Apeks Exotec-S BCD

The Apeks Exotec-S is also an exceptional choice for divers wanting optimum comfort from their BCD. From a height adjustable backplate to adjustable waist and shoulders, every element of the Exotec-S BCD is fully customisable and the result is a piece of kit that really can fit perfectly. This has a huge impact on the diving experience, not only allowing you to dive more comfortably for longer but also helping you to move freely and experience less drag in the water: a win-win. 

Despite being a truly comfy choice of scuba diving BCD, the Apeks Exotec-S is still exceptionally technical. One of the standout features on this front is the inclusion of the patented SureLock Mechanical Weight Release System which makes the process of inserting and releasing your weight both quick and safe, something you absolutely need from your BCD!

apeks exotec bcd

Cressi Travelight BCD

As the diving holiday market has expanded and technology has become more advanced, the range of lightweight BCDs available has grown rapidly. The Cressi Travelight BCD is a prime example of this and stands as one of the very best scuba diving BCDs for anybody who wants a light but high-performing bit of kit. 

Without compromising on buoyancy and pocket space, the Travelight BCD clocks in at just 2.5kg thanks to an ultra-light structure and anatomical cut. Despite its lightness, this BCD still manages to feature larger wings which make it especially hydrodynamic. The result is a jacket that will pack away easily when heading abroad but will feel comfortable and offer a natural balance of weight when you do take the plunge at your chosen destination.

cressi travelight bcd

XDeep Zen Ultralight Wing System

There are a number of fantastic winged BCDs available right now which made it hard to pick our favourite, but we couldn’t compile this list without mentioning the XDeep Zen Ultralight Wing System. It’s clear to see that XDeep have poured their technical diving expertise into this design to create a balanced and streamlined BCD that is perfect for advanced divers wanting greater levels of buoyancy control.

Unlike many BCDs, the Zen Ultralight Wing System is very narrow which results in a significant reduction in the drag that might be experienced when diving to enable longer and safer dives. This clever design also reduces the likelihood of entanglement when diving in swimthroughs and caves and therefore enhances the appeal of this XDeep BCD as one of the best options for seasoned divers.

xdeep zen ultralight wing system bcd

XDeep NX Zen System

The clever narrow profile is also present on another of our picks of best scuba diving BCDs: the XDeep NX Zen System. With this BCD, XDeep have made significant improvements to a more traditional wing and backplate design by creating a brand new style backplate and redesigned wing for improved stability and comfort. To achieve these high levels of stability, the inflator has been moved slightly to elevate your sitting position at the surface and reduce the ‘dead zone’ of wasted air. 

Plus, the NX Zen System is exceptionally easy to use. Because the inflator has been moved, it’s incredibly easy to reach your valves and enjoy more optimal hose routing. Away from the technical features, we couldn’t forget to mention one of our final favourite things about this BCD: the option to express your personality under the water and choose from a huge range of 12 colours! It’s truly a fantastic all-round choice that makes buoyancy control effortless.

xdeep nx zen system bcd

Scubapro Level BCD

Last but certainly not least on our list of the best scuba diving BCDs available in 2024 is the Scubapro Level BCD. Fuss-free but still full of features, this is a superb option for recreational divers or anybody looking to enjoy the quality of a Scubapro design at a low price tag. The Level BCD is incredibly comfortable despite its modest design thanks to a clever wraparound and front adjustable design. It’s also kitted out with the Scubapro super-cinch tank band as standard to guarantee that you can achieve the right levels of stability when underwater. 

scubapro level bcd

With all of the best scuba diving BCDs available to purchase online at Aquanauts, why not take the plunge and upgrade yours today? If you have any questions about the best BCD for your diving needs or wish to know more about the features of each option, make sure to get in touch with our friendly team who will be more than happy to help you.