Among the many spearfishing buoys and floats, Seac has launched this year the Seac Bridge. It is a very interesting solution we have well analyzed with one of our traditional X-Rays articles. We have recently tested it and here is our Seac Bridge review.
Out of water
Of the same length of the cousin, the Seac Seamate, the Seac Bridge is longer (95 cm versus 85 cm), which makes it a better float to lay on and move at the surface of the sea by finning. But indeed, the Seac Bridge is a real upgrade compared to the Seamate and many other floats present on the market thanks to its many storage solutions.
To start with, the Seac Bridge has good quality air valves, of also good dimensions, but which need an air pump, not included with the float. The Bridge can also be inflated with the mouth, but not easily and the result is not excellent. The new float by Seac is comfortably carriable inflated using the back braces. The float is stable on the spearo’s shoulders, even when walking along rough and sloping passages.
Thanks to the crossed elastic bands on the upper part of the float, the fins can be easily positioned and are well kept in place. This applies also to long polymer blade solutions, which evidently weight more than short or composite blade ones. Once reached the spot where the entrance to sea is present, the back braces can be taken off easily thanks to four fast release hooks, and dismounted from the Seac Bridge. A store at the front of the float is perfect to position them.
The long mast of the flag is now 70 cm versus the 61 cm of the Seamate, a great choice by Seac to permit an even better visibility. It takes a while to insert the mast in the two nylon coated rubber bands which hold it in position, but honestly it works fine. In fact, the two rubber bands are wide and, together with a metal ring passage, really hold well the mast in its position, even with strong wind.
The 4 lateral nylon covered rubber bands with straps, two per side, permit to position the spearguns horizontally on the sides of the tubes, simply by quickly adjusting the length using the strap. Still, the elastic strength of the bands could be higher to hold heavy or long spearguns better in position.
In general, all the zippers of the Seac Bridge are in nylon, so of good quality which resists oxidation, very common especially with salt water. The air chambers are easily insertable in the pockets of the float and, very important, are available to be bought new separately.
In the water
The Seac Bridge review evidently proceeds at sea. Once in the water the Seac Bridge is quite comfortable, and surely the plus 10 cm of length compared to the Seamate are of good help to big spearos. Still, most of the body is immersed, so the float only helps to support the spearo, but does not limit the friction of the body with the water. The two front handles are great to be help when finning on the Seac Bridge, in addition to the fact that they help to hold the buoy when in and out of the water.
The material of the Seac Bridge, nylon texture, is strong and resistant. The bright yellow colour is surely well visible, and probably better than red or orange when the day is grey and cloudy, so definitely a good choice. Of course a waterproof material could definitely be better to avoid the Bridge to remain soaked for a while once out of the water, but indeed such solution would determine a higher cost.