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Apeks Exotec BCD Review – Scuba Gear Reviews


Fully dived and tested, Mark Evans, talks about the pros and cons of owning the Apeks Exotec BCD. The Exotec is a back inflate BCD.

00:00 Introduction
00:56 Apeks Exotec BCD
01:32 Apeks BCD Evolution
02:55 Apeks Exotec Performance
05:09 Apeks SureLock Weight System
06:29 What We Think of The Apeks Exotec BCD

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Mark Shoub
Mark Shoub
6 months ago

I just looked at the Exotec at my local dive shop. Looks awesome! I do worry that the heavy buckle, lower down, will interfere with placing my kit into a dive boat cylinder rack. I guess I would have liked to see two straps, and light weight cam buckles instead. The price is out of my range until I sell my Axiom i3.

keeferdog
keeferdog
7 months ago

THIS QUITE POSSIBLY IS ONE OF THE WORST DESIGNED BC’s ON THE MARKET. APEKS USA KNOWS THERE’S ISSUES WITH THE BCD. I BOUGHT IT, DOVE IT AND THEN “SOLD” IT! MY LDS OWNER THAT I BOUGHT THE JACKET FROM OWNS IT, DIVES IT AND HAS RETURNED IT TO APEKS. KNOWN ISSUES YOU ASK? LETS START WITH AIR “TRAPPED” IN THE DONUT CELL AND UNABLE TO ESCAPE THE GAS CAUSING THE DIVER TO ROLL AND IN MY CASE ABORT THE DIVE. THAT WAS THE LAST STRAW FOR ME AND I SOLD IT. THE GOOD NEWS? IT SOLD IN 4 HOURS!

So, I sold mine and the owner of my lds returned his to Apeks/Aqualung. But, it sure is, damn good looking…

ALI ALSALAHI
ALI ALSALAHI
9 months ago

greatest bcd 🧡

TaKi chan
TaKi chan
1 year ago

Hi mark , which mask model in 2:33?

Sheldon Bradford
Sheldon Bradford
Reply to  TaKi chan
9 months ago

Looks like the Apeks Vx1

JC P
JC P
1 year ago

Hey there,

Thanks for the utterly amazing review:)

If there is the possibility of adjusting the BCP and I am a tall guy how come there are additional sizes?

Thank you and have a good Sunday

steffen bauer
steffen bauer
1 year ago

bought it already, agree with ur review 🙂

Theo Christ
Theo Christ
1 year ago

I dive since 15 years Backplate and Wing systems, but now I want to have something that has more back support and helps to distribute the weight of the tank better, as my back slowly starts hurting, so I ordered the Exotec, in a few days around the 12.08. I will see if Was right and the Exotec delivers what it promises.

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Theo Christ
1 year ago

It is a smart BCD. I like the swiveling waist section the most as the BCD moves with your body. Let us know how you get on with it

Bigdog Outdoors
Bigdog Outdoors
1 year ago

I bought one today and tried it out in the pool tonight. I will do 4 dives with it this weekend. I really liked the feel on the pool. I will review once I dive this weekend.

seank078
seank078
Reply to  Bigdog Outdoors
1 year ago

I look forward to,your thoughts. I just picked up a exotec because my dive shop can’t get their hands on a Hydros pro.

Bigdog Outdoors
Bigdog Outdoors
Reply to  Bigdog Outdoors
1 year ago

@seank078 overall good. The twisting rotating back piece is weird feeling. I am going back to the dive shop to have them help make sure I am setting up correctly. It rides up my back when in the water. Almost like it needs a crotch strap. And that is no matter how much I tighten the straps. The lumbar piece is nice especially when you have a steel 120.

seank078
seank078
Reply to  Bigdog Outdoors
1 year ago

@Bigdog Outdoors thanks Chris I was thinking I have to tighten it up a little anyways so I will do that before I hit the water. I appreciate your feedback.

kyle dunwiddie
kyle dunwiddie
1 year ago

I have only ever used my hydros outside of my initial certification course. Over 500 dives now and absolutely love it. So much so that I ended up buying a second one while my first was being serviced. Would this be worth considering buying as a replacement for one of my hydros’ ?

UKDiver
UKDiver
1 year ago

Hey Mark. Do the weight pockets on this hold enough to sink you wearing the full drysuit or did you use some additional weighting? Just thinking with all the Ali, that’s gonna be a fair old chunk on weight going in those Surelocks…

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  UKDiver
1 year ago

The little ali handles on the Surelock pockets don’t really add much weight, to be honest, and it has got the trim pockets behind too, so I had more than enough room for the 8kg I use with my drysuit. Could have got another 4-6kg no dramas.

Hamish Comrie
Hamish Comrie
1 year ago

But at least the Hydros you can get rid of the weight pocket and use the crotch strap I got rid of the pockets from my Hydros and wear a weight belt ..so much more streamlined. ..

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Hamish Comrie
1 year ago

Yep, you are correct that you can totally streamline down the Hydros if you want a stripped-back travel system.

William Sweet
William Sweet
1 year ago

zeagle ranger, zeagle travel Covert?, Hollis BP Wing 35, Hollis BPW 45 CCR P1, Hollis Katana SM, and three or four older ones that I don’t remember the brands, I think oceanic. This Apex looks cool but I think I’m good with BCDs. I love the orange D rings, looks awesome. nice review. Leaving comments for the algorithm

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  William Sweet
1 year ago

Ha, yes, I think you are well stocked on the BCD front!

Ivory Johnson
Ivory Johnson
1 year ago

I have Hollis Backplate and OMS comfort II harness with Trieste wing. Aqualung dimension i3 I am a wide guy and that’s what helps me in the water

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
1 year ago

Thanks for sharing!

Mark Shoub
Mark Shoub
Reply to  Ivory Johnson
6 months ago

I’m happy with my i3, but it doesn’t really fold for travel. I bought a Zuma for travel, and I love it 👍

Michael Lee
Michael Lee
1 year ago

I feel like this is literally the Black Ice but with the plastic plate swapped with an aluminum one, and some color.

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Michael Lee
1 year ago

As I said, it has evolved from the Black Ice but there is certainly more to the changes than swapping out the backplate and adding colour.

Louis
Louis
Reply to  Michael Lee
1 year ago

Can the Exotec handle twinsets the same way the Black Ice does or not ?

Stephen
Stephen
1 year ago

Love this channel…. Thanks for sharing!

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Stephen
1 year ago

Our pleasure!

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