Zeagle Stiletto Front

Zeagle Stiletto BCD [2024 Review]

Brian Young  ●   Min read
If you're looking for a BCD that is great for diving in both warm and temperate water , while still being lightweight enough to be used as a travel BCD then you should definitely consider the Zeagle Stiletto BCD. It also provides a good deal of lift and can also hold more than enough weight in an easy-to-operate releasable weight system.

In this review, you will find out why the Zeagle Stiletto is considered to be one of the best BCDs you can buy today, what we like, and don't like, and our final rating. 

Let dive in... 
Zeagle Stiletto Front

Zeagle Stiletto

Zeagle Stiletto BCD Front and Back

Our Overall Score:

4.6

Manufacturer:  Zeagle

Disclaimer: This review is based on personal experiences and opinions of the author and may differ from others.

Design

The Zeagle Stiletto BCD is made to be super tough yet lightweight enough to compete with other travel BCDs.

Functionality 

It offers a great deal of lift and weight capacity. Thanks to its fully adjustable straps, ergonomic nature, and lightweight design, it's also very comfortable.

ease of use

The inflator system is very user-friendly and dump valves are well placed for best performance. Easy to pack for tavel.

Cost

The Zeagle Stiletto BCD comes in at a very reasonable price, maybe just a bit expensive, but not overly so. It offers great value for the price.

Summary:
The Zeagle Stiletto is a great mid-to-high-end back-inflated BCD that's great for both warm and temperate diving. Although it does not have all the features for more technical diving it still has more than significant lift and weight capacity for pretty much any recreational diving. While it's designed to be rugged, it is still lightweight and packs easily for traveling. This is an excellent choice if you're looking for a BCD that's great for both travel and local diving

Where to buy:

Zeagle Stiletto Front

Zeagle Stiletto

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What You Need To Know About The Zeagle Stiletto
Key Features and Benefits

The Stiletto has a lot of great features that makes it the perfect Buoyancy Compensator for those you do most of their diving locally and abroad. Below are a few of the features we think makes this BCD stand out from it competitors.

Plenty of Storage for Accessories

Two adequate sized and easily accessible zippered pockets provide plenty of storage for SMB’s and other devices. Also, five well placed stainless steel D-rings is more than enough to hang all your dive accessories. 

Superb Buoyancy Control 

The Zeagle Bx Power Inflator is well placed within reach, super easy to use, and allows for the inflation of the air bladder in mere seconds. To further fine-tune your buoyancy, the Zeagle Stiletto BCD has 3 over-pressure and relief dump valves strategically placed for easy deflation.

Customizable Fit and Comfort

The BCD is fully adjustable, you can easily personalize your fit at the shoulder, chest, and cummerbund. There is sufficient padding throughout the BCD for a comfortable fit. As well as, an elastic cummerbund that automatically adjusts at depth. 

Zeagle Stiletto: Manufacturers Specification

BCD Type

Back- Inflated

Lift Capacity

35 lbs.

Weight Integrated

Yes

Weight Capacity

24 lbs. - Ripcord System

Trim Pockets

16 lbs.

Dump Valves

3

Number of Pockets

2 - Zipper Closure 

Number Of D-rings

5

Our Rating: Zeagle Stiletto BCD

Design

 The Zeagle Stiletto BCD is made to be super tough yet lightweight enough to compete with other travel BCDs.

Funtionality

It offers a great deal of lift and weight capacity. Thanks to its fully adjustable straps, ergonomic nature, and lightweight design, it's also very comfortable. 

Ease of use

The inflator system is very user-friendly and dump valves are well placed for best performance. Easy to pack for tavel.

Cost

Made from lightweight but durable materials. Also, folds up small and is lightweight in your luggage. A great travel BCD that does not sacrifice important features.

Overall Score

4.6/5

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What We Like:

The Zeagle Stiletto is packed full of great features making it the envy of any serious scuba diver.  What we like most about this BC are:

Rugged Durable Design –  the BCD is well-built and doesn’t feel cheap to the touch. It will hold up for a long time with a lot of abuse.  If you take care of it properly, it should last forever.

Lightweight and Great for Traveling – While being rugged, it is still very lightweight, and because it’s a softback BCD it’s also easy to pack which makes it great for traveling. It also dries very quickly when the bladder is fully inflated. 

Comfortable Fit – There is padding everywhere for a lot of comfort, it’s a good fit with great lumbar support. 

Detachable Infalter System – An awesome trick of the Stiletto is that the inflater system is easily detachable. This makes it easy to clean the inflater system separately. It’s also an easy way to get fresh water inside the bladder to flush it out. 

Strategically Placed Dump Valves – There are also two dump valves, one on either side of the bladder. So, no matter which side you try to reach there will always be a dump valve. 

Easy To Use Weight Integrated Weight System – We also liked that the Ripcord System makes it easy to dump both weight pockets at the same time. This frees up a hand and saves valuable time in an emergency.

Dumpable Trim Weights – What’s also neat, is that the trim weights can also be dumped, a feature we would like to see on more BCDs. 

What We Don’t Like:

Although the Zeagle Stiletto is a rock-solid BCD there are a few minor grievances we have against it. 

Weight Bags Not Included – The fact that the weight bags don’t come with the BCD and must be purchased separately. You can put your weights directly into the weight pockets, but the bags will keep your weights more secure and prevent damage to your BCD if you’re using hard weights. 

Ripcord Weight System Can Also Be A Hindrance – In the event, you need to hand off your weights to someone, you will have to reach to the back for the weight pockets, open the zipper, then reach for the weight bags to hand them off. In this scenario, a  sure-lock weight system would be much easier and can be done single-handed.

Who Should Buy The Zeagle Stilleto BCD?

The Zeagle Stiletto BCD is designed primarily for warm water diving, but it does produce enough lift and weight-bearing capacity to make it work for temperate water diving as well.

Furthermore, the price of this BC is in the middle when compared to other BCDs like the Scubapro Go BCD and Cressi Travelight, so it’s a good option if you don’t need the fanciest and most expensive unit. Moreover, it’s also made for people who need something durable and rugged, yet also fairly lightweight and portable too.

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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What kinds of weights should I use with the Zeagle Stiletto?

The Zeagle Stiletto BCD is best used  with soft weights. If you are will be using hard weights its recommend to use the weight bags and yes, they need to be purchased separately.

Is The Zeagle Stiletto BCD inherently buoyant?

This model has only 2 pounds of inherent buoyancy, so no, not much.

Is the Size of the Stiletto Customizable? 

Yes, a variety of components on the BC are customizable, so users can get an exact fit.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is, the Zeagle Stiletto BCD is an ideal BCD to go with if you’re looking to explore temperate and warm waters of a shallow and medium depth. It’s a fairly affordable unit and features a super comfortable, durable, and user-friendly design, much better than we would usually expect for this price. An easy recommendation if you’re looking for a BCD to dive locally, yet lightweight enough for travel. 

About the author

Brian has been a divemaster for the past 5 years. He is enthusiastic about sharing his love for scuba diving with others and does this by writing destination and product reviews, as well as tips and tricks he has learned throughout the year.

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