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Welcome to Dive Gear Reviews, a comprehensive guide to scuba diving equipment. Scuba diving is an expensive pursuit, so looking up reviews for a particular article of equipment is a wise precaution before investing any hard-earned money in it. However, consumer reviews may or may not be written by an experienced diver, and magazine reviews could be suspect due to the advertising ties of the publication in question. Dive Gear Reviews provides cross-referenced reviews assembled by an expert, making it possible to see at a glance what multiple sources said about a particular piece of scuba equipment. If one magazine loved a scuba regulator or a dive computer, but the consumers hated it, that information will be found here.

Cressi MC5 Steel Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Cressi MC5 Steel Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

The MC5 Steel scuba regulator lives up to the reputation of a company that stands as the oldest continuously operating scuba gear maker in the world. Scuba Diving’s ANSTI testing gave the regulator above-average performance within the recreational range and acceptable performance when pushed beyond that and into extremes. The result is a workable reg that stays dry in all positions and delivers plenty of air under any of the circumstances that a sport diver is likely to encounter, and the second stage is easily cleared with only a small puff of air. Reports also describe it as a comfortable breather with a lightweight feel and easy-going mouthpiece. The Cressi MC5 regulator is Nitrox-capable with mixtures of up to 40% oxygen. However, although reliable, the Cressi MC5 is not without its flaws.  The purge valve is supposedly stiff and delivers what might prove to be an insufficient stream of gas. Also, and this is a curious flaw for an Italian-made scuba regulator given the chilly waters around Europe, the MC5 Steel has only three LP ports and 1 HP port. It therefore is unable to handle an octopus and use a drysuit at the same time. Despite this, Leisure Pro users gave the regulator a 5-Flag rating.

Average Price: $368