Mares Bc

BCD question regarding gender and choice?

I just recently bought a mares bc, and by all means I find it comfortable and cool, but I just realized it's a model for ladies, and to be honest I don't care since it is really comfortable. Problem is some of my buddies have been annoying the crap out of me busting jokes on me, you know stuff that makes you feel bad. In your opinions does it matter if the bc is for women only, I always saw the way you choose a bc is comfort and what not, and I like the way it fits and how it feels, opinions? and yes I know I am gonna put a stop to the stupid childish jokes because they are getting out of hand ><

For the longest time, the scuba industry did not really recognize a gender difference when designing scuba equipment. Their solution was to take a male cut BCD add pink accents to it and viola it was a ladies BCD.
Women have more sizes and shapes than the male physique and creating a BCD for the female diver that would comfortably conform to a broad range of female sizes and shapes was a challenge.

http://www.visibilityunlimited.com/page/scuba/PROD/Oceanic-Ladies-Hera-BCD

The most common differences between what is considered a male bcd versus a female bcd are as follows:

1. The should to waist length on a female BCD is usually shorter than that of a male bcd. This is to accommodate the traditionally shorter torso length of the bulk of the female population.

2. The shoulder width is also taken into consideration with certain gender specific BCDs. Men usually have a broader shoulders.

3. Some woman specific BCDs are also cut higher on the hip areas to allow for easier weight belt placement and removal.

4. Chest strap placements are usually placed higher on a woman's BCD to not cause undo pressure on the bust area.

While these differences may seem minor, they have addressed many of the comfort and fit issues for women.

As a Scuba instructor, for http://www.visibilityunlimited.com, I have found that some of the women specific BCDs can also be suitable for a percentage of the male dive population as well. Those who have a shorter torso length would benefit from the comfort and fit provided by a "female" cut BCD. There are also women out there who are longer waisted that would benefit more from a male cut BCD as well.

I personally feel that the gender specific moniker is to let women know where to "start" when trying on BCDs for comfort and fit.

Your statement that "comfort" and "fit" are important factors in BCD selection is spot on regardless of the gender branding of the BCD.

The razzing you are receiving is from obviously ill-informed persons and is unwarranted unless the BCD is hot pink. If that is the case then no amount of information that I have given here will stop the razzing.

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