Mares Quantum BCD
Quantum is a completely new BCD by Mares. Based on a standard front adjustable design, it introduces many new ideas, not the least of which is a brand new integrated weight system, and boasts exceptional sturdiness and stability.
Mares listened to its customers and the Quantum is the result of comments received over a long period of time. A new bladder was designed, maintaining high lift capacity while allowing more mobility and freedom of movement by keeping a low profile on the side lobes. The shoulder pads were the object of long experimentation in order to find the sturdiest yet most comfortable geometry, and are specific to each size of the BC. Even the position of the stainless steel D-rings are optimized for ease of use instead of cosmetic appeal. Talking about D-rings, a small technopolymer D-ring was added to the right shoulder at a 45° angle, allowing for the placement of a lanyard to a console, so that the latter hovers in the field of view of the diver when in a swimming position. The sternum closure adjustment is on one side only, that of the corrugated hose. This prevents a loose end of a strap getting in the way of the pull knob of the right shoulder dump valve. On the sternum strap closure buckle we find the new low profile whistle. These are all many small details that add up to great value.
It doesn’t stop here. Mares introduced new materials as well. For the first time on a BC, the outer panel of the cargo pockets is constructed of an elastic material: this allows for an increased capacity of the pocket, while keeping the profile very slim when not in use. Stowing a mask, a marker buoy or anything else is now child’s play. The pockets also utilize an ergonomically routed heavy duty zipper for ease of use and durability. The new material utilized in this bcd is supratek. Mares has been using supratek for wet suit kneepads for many years, and based on experience found it suitable for this purpose: elastic, tough and abrasion resistant. To cosmetically finish the Quantum, microinjected labels give the side lobes a rich and elegant look.
Quantum is the first Mares BC to come with the new SLS integrated weight system. This system is the outcome of years of hard work and is such a novelty that the examiners of the patent application had unusually positive reviews. The SLS will get its own press release, but a few things pertinent to its implementation on the Quantum BC are worth mentioning. A dedicated tunnel on the side lobes ensures easy insertion of the weight pouch. A stiffener plate is built into the floor of the tunnel to keep the fabric stretched and reduce friction due to wrinkling when inserting the weight pouch. The tunnel is separate from the cargo pocket so as to minimize any interference between the two. The tunnel is of sufficient capacity to hold a full weight pouch and assures maximum stability.
It should be mentioned that the new camera attachment kit was developed at the same time as the Quantum, and that Quantum has 3 options to mount this kit: high on the left lobe (which is also a good place for a knife) and low on both the left and right lobes. The latter allow for easy hooking and unhooking of the extension pole without having to bend the elbow excessively.
- Monoplate backpack fits single or twin tanks
- Swivel buckles and D-ring attachment on side lobe
- SLS weight system
- Visual confirmation of proper weight pouch insertion
- Personalization label on weight pouches
- Stretch cargo pockets
- High flow rate inflator connection
- Openings on side lobes for hose storage
- Trim weight pockets
- Optional BC attachment kit