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    BCD Review: Apeks Exotec VS Zeagle Ranger

    January 06, 2023 3 min read

    BCD Review: Apeks Exotec VS Zeagle Ranger

    When it comes to choosing your next BCD you can’t look past the best of the best from Apeks & Zeagle. Jeremy Newell, Adreno’s expert diving Guru from Brisbane, is here to show us everything you need to know with an indepth comparison of the two best wing-style rear inflation BCDs on the market: the Apeks Exotec and the Zeagle Ranger.



    If you want to check out our more in-depth reviews on each specific BCD, check out the review videos below:

    Apeks Exotec BCD Review:


    Zeagle Ranger BCD Review:


    Apeks Exotec vs Zeagle Ranger:

    First of all, let's talk about the design of these two BCDs. The Apeks Exotec has a unique, colourful design that really stands out in the water. This BCD is perfect for those who want their dive gear to be visually appealing and make a statement. In addition to its eye-catching design, the Apeks brand is known for its adventure and quality, so you can trust that you're getting a high-quality product when you choose this BCD.


    On the other hand, the Zeagle Ranger has a more traditional, tough look to it. With its heavy-duty stainless steel and tough nylon construction, this BCD is built to last. Zeagle has been in the diving industry for over 30 years, providing divers with high-quality equipment, and they have even worked with the US military to create durable, reliable gear. So, if you're a diver who values quality and durability, the Zeagle Ranger is definitely worth considering.


    Now, let's move on to the rear inflation design of these BCDs. The Zeagle Ranger has a horseshoe shape, which is a more traditional rear inflation design. This shape can sometimes cause air to get trapped in one side, giving you a little bit of lift, but the Ranger has dump valves on the front to make it easy to release any excess air. On the other hand, the Apeks Exotec has a donut-shaped rear inflation design, which is becoming increasingly popular. This shape ensures that air cannot get trapped, giving you a more stable and balanced dive. Both BCDs have easy-to-use dump valves, so you can quickly release any excess air when needed.


    In terms of cylinder support, the Zeagle Ranger has a couple of cam bands on the back to keep your cylinder secure. Even if one of the cam bands isn't secured, your cylinder won't be able to fall out. The Apeks Exotec also has a grip block to hold your cylinder in place, but the Ranger has the added security of the dual cam bands. Both BCDs have easy-to-use weight pockets, but the Apeks Exotec has an integrated weight system called the Surelock system, which is a traditional and reliable method for releasing weights.


    Finally, let's talk about the lift capacity of these BCDs. The Zeagle Ranger has a lift capacity of 33 pounds, while the Apeks Exotec has a lift capacity of 35 pounds. While the difference in lift capacity may seem small, it's important to consider when you're choosing a BCD. If you're a heavier diver or plan on diving with a lot of extra gear, you may want to opt for the BCD with a higher lift capacity to ensure that you have enough buoyancy to stay afloat.


    Overall, both the Apeks Exotec and the Zeagle Ranger are top-of-the-line BCDs that offer unique features and advantages. While the Apeks Exotec stands out with its colourful design and high-quality construction, the Zeagle Ranger is known for its durability and military-grade components. When choosing a BCD, it's important to consider your personal preferences and diving needs to find the one that's right for you.