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This is how they rate the quality and standard of Beuchat products.
PADI Instructor & Writer
Summer has been teaching scuba for the last 10 years.
Torben is a dive nut, with a passion for dive gear.
Beuchat has also kept its hand in the spearfishing industry and makes everything hunters need to get out in the ocean and (hopefully) catch dinner. In addition, Beuchat offers snorkeling gear and wetsuits for both ocean swimming and freediving.
When it comes to Beuchat’s scuba diving gear, the company’s product ranges include affordable kit options that many dive centers around the world have adopted as their rental gear of choice. Beuchat’s dive gear is also found on divers of all levels, from entry-level divers to working dive professionals.
Beuchat Scuba Dive Equipment
Beuchat wetsuits have a good reputation for two key reasons: the suits tend to last well and the price points are attractive. There’s also the fact that Beuchat created the very first isothermal wetsuit in the 50s, which at the time was a major breakthrough and solidified the company’s reputation for quality suits.
Today’s Beuchat wetsuits for scuba diving come in a range of thicknesses and with or without attached hoods. Warm water divers are catered to with the Tropik suit, a 0.5 mm offering that works as both a skin suit or as an additional layer under a thicker suit.
Beuchat’s popular scuba diving wetsuits are the Optima for men and the Alize for women, which both come in 3, 5, and 7 mm versions. Priced competitively, these entry-level suits are followed by the Forcea Comfort range, which again has male and female versions.
Beuchat’s Forcea wetsuits are 6-7 mm thick and feature a whole host of clever design elements to make the suits comfortable, flexible, and durable. The knee pads are to be lauded for their flex, something that both student divers and pros alike appreciate. Forcea wetsuits can be purchased with or without a hood.
Beuchat BCDs largely follow a traditional jacket style. The company’s entry-level offering is the MasterLift First, which has been specifically designed for dive centers as a rental BCD. Nevertheless, it’s also a solid choice for beginner divers taking their very first fin strokes underwater. Featuring large pockets, easy to operate clips and buckles, and three solid D-rings, Beuchat’s competitively priced BCD appeals to savvy buyers.
But the company also produces BCDs for divers who are after a little more performance. Beuchat’s Infinity range of unisex BCDs offers hybrid style jackets that appeal to divers after a lightweight choice. The Infinity Lightweight weighs in at just over three kilograms, making it ideal for frequent dive recreational travelers who still need performance from their unit.
Divers after a bargain should take a serious look at Beuchat’s V First regulator. Priced under $400 dollars, it breathes surprisingly well given its diminutive size (another plus for travelers here). Featuring a DIN or International valve, four LP ports, one HP port, and a simple venturi control switch, this Beuchat regulator is great for beginners and dive center rentals alike.
Divers after more performance should take a look at Beuchat’s VR 400 regulator. With this model, Beuchat is making a serious attempt to compete with top regulator producers such as Apeks. The VR 400 features a balanced first and second stage and is designed for cold water use.
Likewise, Beuchat’s VX 10 regulator is designed for chilly climes and is again a balanced reg, making it ideal for demanding recreational divers. We like the black chromium plating which gives this reg a slick and sleek look.
Beuchat’s range of affordable scuba diving masks offers something for every diver. The classic and eminently retro-styled Super Concentrator is an oval one-window mask with old school nose clips on the interior. Coming in at under $100 dollars, this model is sure to make a splash as many classically styled masks on the market are selling at premium price points. Divers can choose between rubber or framed or silicon hidden frame versions.
In its more modern masks, Beuchat’s Maxlux one-window frameless mask is a good pick. Comfortable, relatively low-volume, and with slick styling, this mask is popular for a reason. Again, this mask comes in at a reasonable price point, something divers have come to love about Beuchat dive equipment.
The two-window, clear silicone Feel mask is a budget option that will appeal to new divers, snorkelers, and dive centers alike. Choose from a yellow, blue, or red frame
Although not primarily known for its fins, Beuchat does have some decent options, including its JetFins, which have been a mainstay on the tech circuit for many years now. First introduced back in the 1960s, Buechat’s JetFins were the first of their kind, and the model remains in high demand today. Beuchat’s tech fins offer excellent power and performance no matter the kick stroke, be it modified frog kicks for in the caves or helicopter kicks for turning on the spot inside a wreck.
On the recreational diving side of things, Beuchat’s Powerjet fins are a good choice for divers of all levels. The Powerjet fins offer a comfortable open-heel design and spring straps that make getting the fins on and off a breeze. We also like the increased surface area on the blade, which increases efficiency while the flexible design minimizes drag. Beuchat’s Powerjet fins are also very lightweight compared to comparable models, making them perfect for travelers who still need a good level of underwater performance.
Beuchat Company & History
Founded in the 1930s by Georges Beuchat, the French company’s roots are in spearfishing. The young Beuchat set out at the tender age of 24 to create products that would open up the world of underwater hunting. He achieved this vision in 1947 when he designed the world’s first underwater spear gun with an elastic propulsion mechanism.
Then in 1953, Beuchat released the first isothermic wetsuits, an innovation that set the company on a steady rise to the top of the spearfishing world. Then in the 60s, Beuchat became the first company to design wetsuits specifically for the female body, further increasing the brand’s clientele and setting a new standard for spearfishing and scuba diving manufacturers.
Today, Beuchat is known in the scuba industry for its affordable gear that dive centers and divers of all levels know they can rely on. The company remains true to its roots though and still produces a full range of spearfishing kit while it has also branched out into snorkeling and freediving equipment.