NOW THAT THOMPSONFLY OPERATES the flights to Marsa Alam, I can no longer get any special concessions for all the extra baggage I need to take to do these DIVER Tests pages.
Getting the weight of one set of diving equipment down to 25kg (the included checked-baggage weight negotiated by Tony Backhurst Scuba Travel) is difficult enough.
OK, so I don't need that many clothes for a week on a liveaboard, and I could hire all my diving kit, but that would be a bit like Michael Winner taking sandwiches to a restaurant.
It was a relief to review the Scubapro T-Sport Plus, because it doesn't weigh too much. It's not a travel BC as such but it is of a single-bag construction, weighs only a bit more than 3kg and has all the features you need for single-tank leisure diving.
I had already reviewed the T-Sport, so what does the Plus mean?
Well, it has an integrated-weight system with the side pouches held securely by over-sized pinch clips, and a conventional buckle on its camband. I know there are fans of Scubapros unique cinch-clip, but I've seen too many tanks drop out from these on dives.

This BC is as slim-fitting and ready to become part of you as any other conventional BC. Having my weights now included as part of the BC adds distinctly to the comfort of not having to carry a separate belt and have the weights fighting to pull me down against the upward buoyancy provided by the BC.
In that case, only my backbone and stomach muscles would keep the two connected.
Of course, the T-Sport Plus cannot be as sleek as the original T-Sport because the weight pockets inevitably have some bulk once loaded with lead. It easily takes 8kg.
The buckles on the shoulder-straps swivel so that the straps automatically take up the most comfortable route.
It would have been nice to split my lead between the integrated-weight pouches and some trim-weight pockets but there are none provided on this BC. I was grateful to get the use of a steel tank that did much the same job.

The side pockets with their zips with long tassels are less capacious when the weight-pouches are fully loaded. Otherwise they proved as efficient as any proven design would, and I was able to stow the odd bit of camera kit as needed. There are a couple of little stainless-steel D-rings, but the main ones are made of plastic for lightness.
As with all conventional BCs, when swimming horizontally the bubble of air within the BCs buoyancy bag was perfectly positioned high up near the top of my back.

Control of Ascent
The T-Sport provides three ways of dumping air, excluding raising the corrugated hose and using the oral inflation valve to let water back in the other way.
You can pull on the corrugated hose, on the toggle of the dump at the opposite shoulder or, if inverted or lying horizontally, you can use the lower dump-valve at the back. I could control my ascent without having to think about it.

Surface Support
Fully inflating the T-Sport Plus at the surface tended to result in a slightly uncomfortable hug, but I couldnt fault it for its ability to hold me upright in the water, even with a 15-litre tank.
The lower dump valve came in useful at this time for expelling any water that might have made its way into the bag. Fully inflate the BC, pull the bottom dump, and all the water is pushed out before any air can escape.

Ease of Removal
The weight-pockets do not simply rip away. There are loops with which to tug them, but you must release the pinch-clips that secure them first.
This meant that there was a moment of delay and fumble before freeing them, unclipping the waist-strap and one shoulder-strap and slipping easily out of my complete rig before passing it up to the waiting boatman. This delay did dent my pride a little.
That said, this is a nice, simple leisure-diving BC.

Mares Vector 1000, £289
Cressi AquaPro 5, £212
Oceanic Cruz, £319

PRICE £285
STYLE Conventional
POCKETS Two with zips
D-RINGS Two stainless-steel, two plastic
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