Do you prefer back or side inflate BCD, and why?

+4 votes
asked May 27, 2017 in Scuba Diving by hurfish (3,024 points)

4 Answers

+3 votes
answered May 27, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
Side, mostly because that is what I am used too. Though the back inflate does seem nice and maybe easier for leveling out in the water. Will need to try it some time.
commented May 28, 2017 by Ratfish (455 points)
I had a dive instructor that swore by back inflate
commented May 28, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
My first bc was Scubapro glide ( side inflate) my next was back inflate and I will never use anything else. You don't get the squeeze, better trim especially on the surface. If you ever get the chance try one .
commented May 30, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
I'll try to see if one of my local shops has one i could rent and try out. I'm not in need of a new BC yet, but it would be nice to feel it out for future reference.
+1 vote
answered Jun 4, 2017 by Pablo (1,108 points)
I use a the Scubapro Seahawk, and I love it. It positions me correctly in the water, and there is very little squeeze when inflated. Lots of D rings, weight integrated, good pockets, and padding everywhere. Very comfortable and durable.
+1 vote
answered Jun 6, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
I have both, one is a Subgear jacket that is side inflate that I like and the other is a Hollis back inflate.that I use for side mount. The back inflate is great for sidemount diving.
0 votes
answered Sep 21, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
Side, back inflate tent to push you forward when on the surface
commented Feb 13, 2019 by BHarrison (5 points)
I use a side inflate jacket when instructing because as you state the back inflate tends to push you  forward when on the surface. That is annoying when you are trying to work with a group at the surface. But when I am doing recreational diving with my buddies, I enjoy my back inflate because I find it far more comfortable.
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