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Sherwood Magnum 2011 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Sherwood Magnum 2011 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

Updated January 21, 2013

The Sherwood Magnum is a tried-and-tested classic, widely regarded for its sheer toughness, and now available in an upgraded package. The first stage is a compact T-shaped design, and uses a balanced piston system. The spring chamber is sealed to prevent corrosion, and the design uses no liquids or gels, minimizing maintenance costs. The Magnum has 2 HP and 4 LP ports. The second stage has big exhaust ports, a workable venturi lever, and a diaphragm that is 30% larger than in prior models.

In laboratory and field testing, Sherwood’s Magnum enjoyed a performance that rivaled more expensive, premium regulators, leading Scuba Diving to give it a 2011 Best Buy award. Some consumers complained that the purge was difficult to use, but most owners gave the Magnum high marks, especially for its durable construction. Dive center owners in particular, who use the Magnum as a rental regulator, commented that they were indestructible and very easy to maintain. Finally, the Magnum 2011 made our 2012 Best Buy list, representing the best balance between cost and quality for a regulator.

Average Price: $390