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Mares Abyss Navy 22 Scuba Regulator

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares Abyss Navy 22 Scuba Regulator Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

The Abyss Navy 22 was designed by Mares to build on past versions of the Abyss and create a rugged regulator capable of performing in the worst cold water conditions, and it certainly lives up to those specifications. The regulator passed the US Navy’s tests and has since been included on its list of dive gear authorized for Navy use. As you can see here, the regulator was turned into a veritable block of ice and still kept on delivering air.

The first stage uses an oil-sealed balanced diaphragm with the Mares cold water kit, plus a large metal surface to maximize the heat exchange of the regulator. The unit is a big, bulky chunk of metal and no one should expect it to be anything other than a lumpy weight when it comes to packing for dive travel, but that is the price you pay for a regulator you could take to Svalberg. The second stage is an all-black unit, and except for the shiny Mares logo it looks like the sort of thing a Navy SEAL might take into the field. Like previous versions of the Abyss, the Navy 22’s second stage is a mostly metal, but now it comes with a fluoropolymer-resin finish to further buttress the regulator against freezing.

The Abyss Navy 22 comes with 2 HP and 4 LP ports, all arranged at steep angles to better keep the attached hoses apart. As one would expect from a regulator designed to deliver air under sub-freezing conditions, its breathing performance under more conventional circumstances is superb, and it is compatible with nitrox mixtures of up to 40%.

Both Scuba Diving and Divernet gave the Abyss Navy 22 strong reviews. With a price tag of roughly $900, however, Dive Gear Reviews thinks the Mares Abyss Navy 22 is way too much regulator for the typical recreational diver. After all, how many sport divers ever venture into waters colder than the upper 50s F (14 C)? However, if your intention is to make a regular habit of winter diving in Scotland or New England and to make annual trips to dive in Alaska, Norway or Antarctica, then you absolutely want a regulator that will remain ice-free no matter what. By that calculus, the Abyss Navy 22 is a strong contender.

Average Price: $900