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Mares Carbon 42 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares Carbon 42 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

The “carbon” in Mares Carbon 42 regulator stands for “carbon fiber,” giving rise to a tough, lightweight system. The second stage is composed of chopped carbon fibers wedged between sheets of carbon composites for plenty of durability at a minimum of weight, so a diver should expect little or no jaw fatigue from this tough mouthpiece. On the downside, the regulator is not compatible with Nitrox and the second stage as no user controls. However, it does come with Mares’ Fluid Dynamic Deflector and Vortex Assisted Design bypass tube. Adding to the uber-light package is the almost miniaturized first stage, which includes Mares’s Dynamic Flow Control and Tri-Material valve. The Carbon 42’s breathing machine test results were all well above average within recreational limits, making the regulator an easy breather. While expensive, the Mares Carbon 42 is a tough, reliable and very light regulator. Leisure Pro users gave it a 4-Flag rating.

Average Price: $1,000