MAUNA KEA is the best recreational scuba BCD in the Audaxpro production. Its design, accessories and comfort make it unique for its category. MAUNA KEA is a diving BC designed for divers who practice non-technical immersions but still do not want to renounce to quality. MAUNA KEA jacket has a simple, practical and very comfortable harness.
This jacket is provided with an AUDAXPRO Technical Modular System (T.M.S.), which allows changing the BCD standard configuration according to your needs. Thanks to the Audaxpro T.M.S. you can shape, configure and integrate your BCD as you like. You can, for example:
Adapt your jacket to your physical shape
Adapt it according to the type of immersion
Change its components with any other Audaxpro BCD ones
Upgrade your equipment with a wide series of accessories
MAUNA KEA is a scuba BCD for divers who practise recreational immersions but who still need a very comfortable, well-accessorized harness that can be easily adjusted also in water.
The preformed harness of this great diving BC is entirely made of cordura 1000 and padded with a 2,5-mm pre-compressed expanded polystyrene layer. It is possible to adjust its height with 2 stainless steel buckles placed on the scuba BCD anatomical shoulder straps. The harness and the anatomical shoulder straps are blocked and adjustable through 2 stainless steel buckles and fixed with Velcro. You can fasten and unfasten the jacket shoulder straps through 2 50-mm nylon fasteners. The shoulder straps have 2 50-mm stainless steel D-rings (which are sewn, thus not adjustable). Moreover, the anatomical shoulder straps are equipped with 2 stainless steel little rings each, which help adjusting the breast line. In the part adjacent to the bladder, there is a HT polyester strip vertically placed at the harness centre. A stainless steel grommet is fixed in the higher part of the strip, serving as a barycentre. The grommet also tightens the harness and the bladder with a stainless steel screw. Right and left to the central strip there are 2 other strips divided by seams. The seams help the big back strips (closing the tank) passing through the bladder 4 cuts and the harness slots. On the big back strips, there are 2 non-slip rubber grips for the tank. If necessary, you can replace the ventral belt placing 2 rectangular 50-mm nylon rings, which are on the lower part, at the ventral part level. You can find 4 stainless steel D-rings, 2 of 25 mm and 2 of 50 mm to fix the accessories. The harness of this diving BC also has a HT polyester handle to carry the scuba jacket in the water or on board. Thanks to an anatomical plate padding, the plate of this scuba BCD is more comfortable. Inside the plate padding, there is an inner pocket for the lift bag or the signal tube. The pocket is fixed to the BC harness with 4 stainless steel screws. A rectangular 50-mm nylon ring, placed centrally in the lower part of the harness, secures the inguinal belt, which can be adjusted through a 50-mm nylon back buckle. A stainless steel buckle allows closing the ventral belt of the jacket.
The buoyancy compensator MAUNA KEA is available in 8 different colors (except Kevlar model). You can choose between black, white, blue, red, yellow, orange, fuchsia and camouflage
Audaxpro has designed two buoyancy thrusts for MAUNA KEA, which gives you the possibility to choose the most suitable one for your scuba immersions. You can opt for a 15-liter version to be used only with a mono-tank configuration, or a 20-liter version, which allows you more challenging immersions. Both models are equipped with 2 overpressure and rapid-discharge valves to facilitate the access.
The outer bladder of this diving BCD is made of cordura 1000, while the inner bladder is of TEXTANE A/B 210 nylon. If necessary, you can replace the jacket inner bladder thanks to a zip placed in its higher part. The bladder of this scuba BC does not have a central textile part but there are 4 50-mm nylon rectangular rings (2 per side) to fix the bladder to the harness through 2 big back strips (also useful to secure the tank). 2 other 50-mm nylon rectangular rings (1 per side), placed at the ventral part level, secure the bladder and the harness also through the ventral belt, with 2 textile slots. The shoulder straps pass through these textile slots too. The bladder has an outer edging, where 18 slots are sewn. Every slot has a grommet to fix the latex rings (3×8,) necessary to adjust and fill the diving BCD air chamber.
Buoyancy thrusts: 15 or 20 lt
Tank maximum capacity 15 lt: 15 mono-tank
Tank maximum capacity 20 lt: 15 mono-tank or 15 + 15 bi-tank
Overpressure and rapid-discharge valves: 1
Audaxpro has designed MAUNA KEA as a recreational jacket for divers travelling a lot and willing to have their favourite BCD always with them. For this reason MAUNA KEA 15 lt can only be bought and used only without plates (Soft version), in order to reduce its weight and facilitate its transport. MAUNA KEA 20 lt, on the contrary, can be bought or used with plates (Plate versions) as well as without them (Soft version). In the Plate version, you can opt for a stainless steel plate and back plate to increase the jacket weight, or for a plate and back plate made of anodized aluminium to diminish it. In both cases, this jacket has an anatomical back plate padding, which ensures you the best comfort while diving. The back plate padding has an inner pocket to keep the lift bag or the signal tube.
This special scuba jacket is assembled either with a stainless steel plate (kg. 2,160) and back plate (gr. 690) or with an aluminium plate (gr. 730) and back plate (gr. 230). In the back plate, 2 big back strips are assembled to fix the scuba BCD tank. You can choose between 2 different types of big strips for this scuba jacket, one for mono (110 cm) and one for bi-tank (150 cm). On the strips there are 2 non-slip rubber grips for the tank.
Compact and Lightweight
(plates sold separately)
Plate 2,160 Kg
Back Plate 690 gr
(plates sold separately)
Plate 730 gr
Back Plate 230 gr
MAUNA KEA is a scuba BCD designed to make every operation in water easier, so that you only have to concentrate on your immersion and enjoy it. For the same reason, the inflator and the inflator holder have been assembled in an easy way, in order to make the jacket lighter. The inflator of this diving BC is 50-mm long and it has a discharge valve and metal anti-fraying wire. Both have a piston control, a nickel-plated brass inner mechanism and derlin non-slip buttons.
With Audaxpro, you have the opportunity to choose among many pockets models for holding ballast or containing other objects. Choose the one that better matches your MAUNA KEA.
The pockets of this special scuba BCD are made of HT polyamide; they have a weight capacity of 4 kg and can only be used as a ballast container. It is a slide model consisting of 2 parts: the outer one and the ballast slide holder. The outer part is fixed to the ventral belt through 2 slots placed in the back of the outer part. The slide passes through the outer part and the Velcro blocks it. You can close the 2 pocket parts of this BCD, the outer one and the slide, with Velcro and a 50-mm nylon fastener. In case of emergency, you only need to unfasten the fastener and pull energically the slide out of the outer part to set yourself free from the ballast. It is also possible to assemble other models (optional) on your jacket choosing one among the whole Audaxpro pocket collection, with an additional charge.
Not only can you customize your jacket technically, but you can also personalize your BCD with the writing you prefer! Audaxpro offers you the chance to embroider your BCD inflator holder.
For example, you can write your name, nickname, acronym, your diver certification number, the didactics, your blood type or any other signs…