How reliable is the Icon BCD? It may be our entry level BCD but we have spared nothing in the manufacturing standards of each individual Icon BCD.
This is our “QA” (quality assurance) final testing procedure on every Icon BCD:
The entire Air Cell (the main inflation part of the BCD) is fully inflated and deflated for 25 cycles. Followed by a 2 hour stand test whilst fully inflated. If the Air Cell fails at any time during this step, it is destroyed.
The entire Air Cell is once again inflated and deflated for 25 cycles followed by the 4 hour stand test whilst fully inflated. If the Air Cell fails at any time during this step, it is destroyed.
The final step is that we fully inflate the BCD and leave it to stand for 24 hours. The OPVs (over pressure valves) are also individually given a final 2.5 lb and 4.0 lb pressure tests. If the Air Cell or OPVs fail at any time during this step, they are destroyed.
Satisfied,we package the BCD ready for your next diving adventure.