I had the opportunity to spend some pool time today with the Aqualung Zuma BCD. I hate to say this but I think it is a total piece of crap. I don’t even get it. Sure it’s light, but it seems like Aqualung wanted so badly to be different with this thing that they overlooked everything that’s important in a BC.
First, it rides up to your ears and flops around like it’s barely attached. I have no idea why the tank band is so low, and the chest strap ends up under your chin. It’s been a lot of years since I’ve seen a piece of dive gear that I think so poorly thought out, but this is one for sure.
I believe one of the key attributes of a good BC is that it fits close and doesn’t shift around on the diver both above and below the water line. From what I can tell, that’s not even possible with the Zuma because they manufactured it to fit more like a hiking pack than a BCD.
I welcome conflicting opinions, but for me personally, the experience was definitely not positive.