Best for Beginners

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The Cressi Start was initially intended to be used by dive schools and resorts. It has a basic design but is highly functional making it ideal for beginner divers too.

One nice feature is that the waist strap is independent of the air bladder, so if you tighten it while the jacket is deflated, it’s not going to squeeze your stomach too much when you inflate.

If you are looking for a BCD that is reliable and almost bullet-proof, the Cressi Start is a great entry-level option.

Our Overall Review

4.6

Reasons to buy:

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    The waist strap is separate from the air bladder.
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    Inflator hose is easily disassembled for cleaning.
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    From a dive center perspective, the size is clearly displayed on the shoulder pad.
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    Great value for money.

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNo metal D-rings.
  • check-markEdges of the shoulder straps are a little rough and can chafe against the neck.
  • check-markThe chest strap is quite high.

Where to buy:

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Cressi Start

Specs & Features

  • Type: Jacket
  • Capacity: 29.2 lbf / 13.25 kgf (XS) to 45 lbf / 20.4 kgf (XL)
  • Integrated Weights: No
  • Number of air bladders/cells: One
  • Number of dump valves: Three
  • Number of D-rings: Two plastic
  • Designed for: Unisex
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Our Overall Review

4.6

Reasons to buy:

  • check-mark
    The waist strap is separate from the air bladder.
  • check-mark
    Inflator hose is easily disassembled for cleaning.
  • check-mark
    From a dive center perspective, the size is clearly displayed on the shoulder pad.
  • check-mark
    Great value for money.

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markNo metal D-rings.
  • check-markEdges of the shoulder straps are a little rough and can chafe against the neck.
  • check-markThe chest strap is quite high.

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