There are plenty of BCs with 'Lady' or the equivalent in their name nowadays. John Bantin introduces the seven contenders for this comparison test, but Tamara Double was better equipped to provide the comments
FORGIVE ME IF I OFFEND a few of our male readers, but I have noticed that experienced divers of the opposite sex often appear to be more at one with their surroundings, more aware of what their bodies are doing, calmer and more in tune with the underwater world than men. That said, women are still in the minority among divers, and gear manufacturers are not very good at accommodating the needs of minorities. They just don't see quick enough returns on their R&D investment, which is why diving equipment for women used to be simply made in a smaller size than for men, and probably in pink. I'm glad to note that things in this area are changing. Plenty of women have bodies that are much the same shape as men's, but this review is of BCs designed to fit the more traditionally curvaceous figure. In organising this comparison test I enlisted the help and undoubted expertise of Tamara Double, a real Red Sea diving pioneer, someone who would dive three or four times a day every day over many years, and a woman with such a figure. There seemed to be little point in her trying different BCs while swaddled in a thick undergarment and bulky drysuit. These BCs reveal their advantages best when used with a sleek wetsuit, or simply a swimming costume. So we turned to a Waterproof Lynx semi-dry suit, one of only a few wetsuits that is cut for a woman. Tamara used 6kg of lead with a lightweight 10-litre steel tank. Some of you may wonder why we have not included many traditional wing-style BCs. Although these offer an uncluttered front, the straps are not always in a position that suits a curvaceous woman, as the BCs marketed directly for women here do. All the BCs were supplied in size S. Tamara's conclusions are printed here.
CONCLUSION The SeaQuest Diva with its elastic bodice won hands down in the comparison test, even though we thought it was rather expensive and probably not very robust. That's because it has been designed from the start to accommodate the special needs of more shapely women. Whether the Zeagle Zena with its own unique design would rival it we have yet to find out, because it didn't arrive in time for the test. The designs of all the other BCs reviewed here made a good attempt to accommodate the needs of our test diver Tamara, and failed only insofar as they appear to be derived from existing, more conventional BCs.