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Oceanic Excursion QLR 4
Oceanic Excursion BCD
Oceanic Excursion BCD
Oceanic Excursion BCD

Excursion QLR 4

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You glide through the water like a manta ray, air bladder tucked neatly behind you. Up front, there’s nothing but contoured harness straps and a couple of integrated weight pockets. You’re uncluttered, unencumbered and looking good.

Built tough for use in both recreational and technical diving, the Excursion is extremely comfortable and stabile, the ultimate BC for the serious adventurer.

  • Rear inflation bladder provides up to 58 lbs lift
  • QLR4 Integrated Weight System
  • 20 lbs plus dual 5 lbs rear Generous zippered utility pockets with knife mounts
  • Pre-bent welded stainless steel D-rings
  • Patented adjustable depth compensating cummerbund
  • Streamlined harness with reinforced contoured shoulders
  • Padded backpack with lumbar support

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10 reviews for Excursion QLR 4

  1. Mick Wheatly

    The Excursion BCD is light, durable and most importantly comfortable to dive in, with correct weight placement this BCD allows for almost perfect trim positioning in the water reducing drag in the process and with the redeveloped wing being integrated into the harness this also creates less drag and improves performance. Overall a great upgrade from the previous models with all the trimmings.

  2. Nelson P. de C. Pereira

    Last year I was keen to get a fresh SCUBA set for myself, and a friend of mine couldn’t stop talking about his Excursion BCD. My first thoughts were, I do need a versatile, durable and comfortable BCD and looking at the Excursion I could tell it would be all those things. But I was not quite convinced yet, as I had had many “winged” BCDs before and they are great for flying underwater and tech work, but not so great on the surface side of things. As an instructor, my gear needs to perform in all sorts of dive activities like teaching pool works, sea trials, or diving from coral reefs to shipwrecks and deep dive on a dam. Sometimes I carry pony bottles and extra gear. And, of course, it needed to be comfortable as I use it almost daily over the season.

    I was tossing between two options: the new Atmos that looks great and it is a 3D bladder-type
    of BCD, or the excursion. What to do?

    So I had a chat with the guys at Oceanic and they did say the Excursion is their best selling BCD plus there was a brand new version available. That really got my attention. So I thought, you know
    what, I will take the plunge and find out by myself what is so great about this “wings”. And if doesn’t work, I will just keep it for my tech things.

    What a surprise! I took it for a dive and, as I expected, it was an awesome flying,
    moreover, easy to control and much more comfortable than any previous wings I have
    had (and I have had a few). The real test would come a couple of days later
    with an open water course. Would I be able to do all the demonstrations and
    surface work without it pushing my face into the water like most rear inflation BCDs do?

    And ta-dah no worries! It behaved beautifully, I could do everything as if I was wearing a
    normal jacket but in a well strapped hugging non-obtrusive package.

    Boy, now I really understand what my friend was going on about. The Excursion is a Jack of
    all trades, seems like it can do it all in a very comfortable manner.

    I’m happy I took the chance and had a go!

  3. Dominic Hodalin

    The Oceanic Excursion is my go-to BCD of choice for recreational diving.

    This Excursion BCD is a back inflation design which frees up clutter around the torso and helps to stabilize a diver underwater by moving the centre of buoyancy above your centre of gravity. This in turn serves to improve trim and increases streamlining due to the reduction of bulk in the design.

    The 50lbs air cell which is of the donut design, tapers slightly towards the head, placing the bulk of lift around the hips where it is needed most. This taper also allows small amounts of air to be rolled into either side of the air cell and with practise this can be used to trim out minor weight differences on either side of the body, which is useful when carrying heavy camera gear or a pony bottle.

    Also interesting is the use of BioFlex material in the bladder design, which is designed to stretch up to 30%. This allows for a massive lift capacity when needed but also means that the wing will shrink back down to be compact and streamlined underwater. Further aiding this is shock cord laced over the bladder to keep things svelte underwater and help in reducing the taco effect (when air causes the wing to float up and wrap around the tank).

    The QLR (Quick Lock Release) integrated weight system can support up to 20lbs of weight and the fact that there is no buoyancy cell located under the weight pockets allows the pouches to slide in easily even when the BCD is fully inflated. There are also two non-dumpable zippered weight pouches on the cam band which can hold an additional 5lbs each and are situated higher up on the rig to allow for some weight distribution to aid in trimming out the rig.

    The QLR system is one of the more logically designed release systems on the market today.There is no Velcro to wear out and no pinch clips that will break with regular use. The weight pouch release handles are also contoured with no catch points which minimises the chances of catching them while diving and having an inadvertent weight drop.

    The body itself is constructed of Fadeless 1600 Denier Ballistic Nylon which can hold up to a tremendous amount of abuse, and even after around 500 hours of use in highly chlorinated pools, shows little sign of degrading. Oceanic has gone with a classy graphite colour scheme and has accented hi-visibility reflective strips on the shoulders.

    D-rings are all welded stainless steel and provide ample clip off points for extra bits of kit (however I do miss the lower hip attachment point found on previous models which was useful for clipping off pony bottles and other bulky equipment). Comfort is second to none and there is ample padding found on the spine and shoulders along with rolled neoprene where the harness contacts the neck.

    There is one zippered pocket on each side which are large enough to store essential dive equipment such as a surface marker buoy or spare mask strap but due to the streamlined ethos of the Excursion, these are designed to only carry the bare necessities. There is however a knife mount which will fit an Oceanic Spinner knife nicely.

    All up the Excursion is my primary weapon when teaching or fun diving with a single tank. It combines the ease of use and creature comforts of a traditional jacket style BCD with the superior buoyancy characteristics and style of a back plate/harness setup.

    Dominic Hodalin – PADI Master Instructor

  4. Deanna McMullen

    In the last year I have changed to this bcd and I am very happy. This bcd is by far the most comfortable I have worn, the way it sits takes the weight off the back/shoulders which makes it so comfortable. I’m really impressed with the bcd, definitely can’t fault it.

  5. Samantha P R

    I have dived in an Excursion BCD for many years and I love it!! They are the pinnacle of comfort, convenience and usability… I feel so comfortable above and below the water. I also teach a lot of students n different gear and find that this BCD improves their buoyancy soooo much. Cant say enough good things about it… PERFECTION!!

  6. Carl Fallon (PADI Course Director)

    This is a nice piece of kit… This BCD feels like it is designed off a quality hiking backpack harness, which equates to super comfort when walking and carry the equipment any distance. But then when you get in the water it keeps the equipment snug and really makes it an extension of your body when swimming. The streamline rear inflation design also allows you to glide very well underwater, which means less air and energy to get where you want to go. Cant fault it. You will love it.

  7. russell zerna

    After many dives in the Excursion QLR 4 bcd i have found it to be the most comfortable bcd i have used, it’s intergrated weight sytem with it’s trim pockets gets your buoyancy spot on. Its metal d rings instead of plastic gives you piece of mind when clipping off expensive torches etc. Plenty of dump valves makes this bcd a winner.

  8. Matt Norman

    I really like the Excursion 4, I have used a few BC’s in my time but this is by far my favourite.
    The main reason I like it so much is that it is super comfortable, which is really beneficial as a diver in Sydney where I do a lot of shore diving. It has a back plate spreads the weight, much like a backpack does so when I am doing those long walks down to the entry point, I hardly notice all the weight I am carrying.
    The other thing I like about this BC is that it is back inflation – I like this because it is less restrictive and good for trim. The air bladder is also a donut shape which ensures air cannot get caught on one side of the bladder.
    The Excursion 4 has big pockets and rings to clips things onto so I am never searching for somewhere to clip my SMB or put my torch or any of the other bits and pieces I carry with me on every dive.
    All in all – fantastic BC and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to anyone.

  9. Lindsay Devery (PADI Master Instructor)

    I originally had the Excursion QLR 3 and i couldn’t fault that BCD but for Australia Underwater Products to improve The Oceanic Excursion QLR 4 even more is awesome so i levelled up and this is my pick for the all round BCD.
    I have a friend who has the original Excursion and he told me he wish it would break because he wants an upgrade, this goes to show that the Excursion BCD has the durability and life to withstand the harshest conditions or divers, if your going to use it as a weekend BCD or if you are going to become an Instructor and want a BCD to last a good 10 years this is the one.
    The BCD sits beautifully on your back and does not ride up or push forward when fully inflated at the surface. There are plenty of D-Rings to attach all your accessories, wide shoulder straps to distribute the weight and an amazing amount of lift from the Excursion QLR 4 bladder
    Dont hesitate…buy it !!!

  10. Dan Fouladi

    My BCD of choice! Its comfortable, light and full of awesome features that make it the complete package and even after a couple of hundred dives a year, looks almost new.

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