The Japanese manufacturer with an American name and a factory in Taiwan has tried not to cut back on any features in producing a BC that weighs only 2kg and can be rolled up for packing. It’s made using heavy-duty 840-denier Nylon where it’s needed, and a lighter 420-denier Nylon where it’s not.
I took it away for a week’s diving, and it came back looking like new.

Buoyancy
The first question anyone ever asks about a BC is: how much maximum lift is there?
Well, 12kg may not sound like much but as a rule of thumb you shouldn’t need more lift than you have weight on your belt (or in the integrated-weight system).
I used a total of 8kg with a 3.5mm suit and a huge 15-litre aluminium tank so that, when fully inflated, it floated me comfortably with my head high above the water’s surface.

The Harness
The straps are quite narrow at 2.5cm, but they work. They are quite widely spaced, so they would suit a woman as well as a man. The sternum strap is essential, but it can be adjusted for height to suit.
I tucked the corrugated hose under the sternum strap, as is my habit.
I was disappointed that the cummerbund turned out to be a little short on me, even though I was wearing the largest size. Still, the waistband clipped into place comfortably.
There were a couple of small D-rings at the shoulders and a novel octopus hose-holder that I didn’t bother to use. A number of other small plastic D-rings were dotted around elsewhere.
As the harness was separate from the buoyancy cell, and there was a lower lumbar back-pad, the Voyager proved to be as comfortable as any rucksack might be.

Pockets
The mesh-covered zipped pockets were big enough for stowing my octopus rig while allowing anyone to see where it was.
The pocket on the other side took the couple of torches on which I also needed to report, and it was obvious to everyone when I had inadvertently left one switched on.
There is an extra zipped pocket on the right side, too.

Integrated Weights
The weight pockets are slightly unconventional, in that they are loaded from the top and held closed by Velcro.
I always suspect that Velcro might let me down, but I was able to load 4kg in both sides and still dive headfirst into the water without losing any lead.
You need to heave the weight-pockets out with the help of the toggles provided.

In the Water
A second lower stabilising strap augments a standard tank camband. These hold the tank firmly against a couple of rails. Together they contrive to keep the tank as one with the BC. The power inflator seemed very fast indeed.
The TUSA Voyager was one of those BCs that I can fit and forget. It didn’t intrude into what I was doing under water.
I could dump air when I needed to, either by tugging on the corrugated hose or by pulling on the bottom dump if I was horizontal or head-down in the water. The bottom dump was as easy to find as the corrugated hose.

COMPARABLE BCS TO CONSIDER:
Oceanic Islander, £379
Cressi Travel Lite, £287
Mares F-Light, £290

SPECS
PRICE £335
WEIGHT 2kg (M)
SIZES Four (XS to L-XL)
INTEGRATED WEIGHTS Yes
TRIM WEIGHTS No
CONTACT www.cpspartnership.com
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