ScubaPro Hydros Pro - Honest Review & Test 2024

By Julius
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ScubaPro Hydros Pro review

The ScubaPro Hydros Pro BCD is a unique type of BCD as it features a completely modular approach in which you can add or remove any part of the BCD you like.
The back-inflate wing bladder makes the Hydros Pro suitable for experienced divers and beginners alike and a BCD that can last you years to come.
There is also the Hydros X BCD which features an ADV-style side bladder configuration instead of the wing.

ScubaPro Hydros Pro Review - Table of Contents
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Of course, we also read other opinions online but in the end, nothing beats real world experience. So we took the time for a thorough ScubaPro Hydros Pro test and review! Below you find everything you need to know, including features, specs and what we like, and don't like about it.

Our Rating

4.9 / 5.0

What We Like

  • Extremely lightweight
  • Very versatile
  • Compact and durable
  • Lots of features
  • Completely modular
  • Back-inflate
  • Easy to replace parts
  • Dries quickly

Reasons to Avoid

  • Price (you knew this was coming)
  • Quality management at ScubaPro could be better
  • Little lift differences between the sizes

Important Specs & Features

  • Modular

What could be improved

  1. Maybe use a little less plastic

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First Impression

In a hurry and looking for the gist of things? Here is our review in short. Keep reading for the entire version.

The ScubaPro Hydros Pro BCD in both its 4th and 5th gen versions are some of the all-time best-selling high-end BCDs out there and get you the best non-backplate/wing BCD money can buy.

It features integrated weight pockets, a super lightweight design, and a modular approach to using your kit.

Scuba diver in ScubaPro gear underwater

As expected from a BCD at this price point, the air bladder is on the back, thereby giving you much better buoyancy and trim in the water.

Unlike basically all competitors in this segment, the Hydros Pro can be taken apart completely and features can be added or removed as needed.

This means you could use all the bells and whistles when diving at home and drop the heavier weight pockets and such when traveling.

A cool feature I really like is that it ships with a backpack in which you can fit the entire BCD which makes it very convenient for traveling.

ScubaPro Hydros Pro ladies backpack
The backpack comes in the package.

My tip: This system requires a little practice before you get comfortable with it. Try it out in shallow water or the pool and make sure you know how to use it before diving deeper.

By the way, the difference to the almost identical Hydros X is that the Pro has a wing bladder, and the X model is an AVD (jacket-style) one.

The ScubaPro Hydros Pro has taken the BCD world by storm and if you can afford it, this is the best jacket-style BCD money can buy.

Grab the right colors for your weight pockets and make sure to stand out above and underwater!

If you have any other questions or need advice, leave us a comment below and get the conversation started.

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About the author

Hey! I'm Julius, professional scuba instructor, diver, outdoor lover, entrepreneur and CEO and founder of Social Diving. I write about scuba diving (including tech, cave, sidemount, and freediving), travel, and love what I do. If you have any questions, send me a message. :-)

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