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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.
30
August

IST Pro Ear 2000 Dive Mask Review

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IST’s Pro Ear 2000 dive mask eliminates ear equalization, and is therefore a must-have item for slow-descending divers with problematic sinuses, ear infections and other problems. The Pro Ear straps a pair of watertight pods over the ears, and these pods are connected to the mask by hoses. Whenever a diver equalizes the pressure on his […]

30
August

Tusa BCJ-3200 Liberator Sigma Scuba BCD Review

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The Liberator Sigma is a fairly middle-of-the-road BCD from Tusa. The design includes Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness, which mounts the tank close to the body and uses stabilizing rails, features that promote stability and prevent tank rolling. The BCJ-3200’s rig is made from 840 denier nylon, so it stands up very well to wear and […]

30
August

Mares Force Dive Knife Review

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The Mares Force (not to be confused with the Force Bat Titanium, which is a completely different knife) is a wicked-looking stainless steel dive knife with some extra features. The 4-inch (100 mm) blade has received a PVD treatment for extra rust-prevention. The blade is a single, dual-edged design, with serrations on the bottom and […]

30
August

Suunto D6/D6i Dive Computer Review

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The D6 is Suunto’s middle dive computer entry, placed between the advanced trimix-oriented D9 and the functional D4, making it a sporty wristwatch computer with advanced recreational/basic technical diving capability. The computer is nitrox-capable and programmable for two mixtures of up to 99%, and can switch between gas profiles in mid-dive. The data crunching is […]

25
August

Zeagle Zeus Scuba BCD Review

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The Zeagle Zeus is a travel BCD featuring some very innovative ideas, but as sometimes happens, those innovations turned off some consumers in the diving community. The key innovation (and the root of the complaints) is the BCD’s replacement of a cummerbund or belt with a zippered pad. This pad covers most of the abdomen, […]

25
August

Tusa BCJ-2100 Scuba BCD Review

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The BCJ-2100 is the bargain basement, entry-level BCD in Tusa’s product line. The BCD uses Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness with its pair of side rails to secure the air tank, while the Independent Harness System reduces the space between your back and the tank to an absolute minimum. The 2100 comes with two deep zippered […]

24
August

Cressi Travelight Scuba BCD Review

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Updated June 9, 2014 The Travelight from Cressi is designed as a super-serious travel BCD, and strongly oriented toward contributing towards a light, compact travel package for flying. The basic design was drawn from the Flex BCD, and Cressi chose to make the Travelight from 210 denier nylon, sacrificing durability for extreme lightness. This isn’t […]

21
August

Riffe Terminator Dive Knife Review

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Riffe specializes in gear for spearfishing, so you know a Riffe knife dubbed “The Terminator” must be all business. The 420 stainless steel blade is 4 1/2 inches long and comes with a standard edge on one side and a serrated edge on the other. The Terminator II variant of this knife has serrated edges […]

21
August

Dive Book Review: “Deep Descent” by Kevin F. McMurray

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Deep Descent is a book aimed squarely at divers eager to read more about the glory days of diving the liner Andrea Dorea, and as such it presents the reader with a mixed bag. This starts with the format of the book, which is half memoir and half journalistic. As Kevin McMurray himself admits in […]

21
August

Tusa SF-15 X-Pert Zoom 3 Scuba Fin Review

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An upgraded version of Tusa’s old X-Pert Zoom, the SF-15 Zoom 3 is a split-fin design featuring longer blades positioned above the foot pocket, while keeping the company’s standard 27-degree blade angling. Tusa claims the latter feature transmits all of the wearer’s muscle energy into propulsion. Monoprene side rails and beams stiffen the blades enough […]

21
August

OMS Slipstream Scuba Fin Review

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Relative to other high-end paddle fins made from a single material, such as the APS Mantaray and the Hollis F-1 “batfin,” the OMS Slipstream has one big advantage: Slipstream fins are made from lightweight, durable monoprene. Slipstreams weigh in at 2 lbs, 6 oz (1 kg), as compared to 3.4 oz (1.5 kg) for the […]

17
August

Hollis F1 Scuba Fin Review

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Sometimes referred to as “the bat fin,” the Hollis F1 has met with rave reviews. Some divers have labeled it the best product in the entire Hollis/Oceanic/Aeris inventory. Hollis describes them as delivering “power without compromise,” and the fins are certainly big, sinister-looking and muscular. F1s are made entirely from heavy duty natural rubber, and […]

17
August

IST J1300 Artemis Scuba BCD Review

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The J1300 Artemis from IST is women’s BCD design. That shows in what has become the standard style for a woman’s BCD, namely a shorter overall design with more of the BCD’s material distributed to the lower back, hips and waist. The Artemis has thick padding on these areas, making it very comfortable. As an […]

17
August

Moray Diver Communication Torch (DCT) Dive Light Review

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Moray’s Diver Communication Torch (DCT) is a powerful dive light in a compact package, with an extra feature that make it a must-have item for divemasters or anyone who regularly leads groups of divers. At eight inches long and two inches wide, the DCT is fairly average in terms of size for a flashlight-style dive […]

11
August

Dive Book Review: “Submerged” by Daniel Lenihan

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When Robert Kurson’s Shadow Divers was published, it became hit even outside the dive community with its thrilling tale of death-defying adventure and obsession under the sea. A handful of books have been published since then, each attempting to cash in on the popular interest in divers risking their lives, Mount Everest-style. Most of them […]

04
August

Mares X-Stream Scuba Fin Review

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X-Stream fins are Mares’s top of the line when it comes to dive fins. Like the Seawing Nova, the X-Stream uses the pivoting-paddle design, but with four pivot points instead of two. Thus, the X-Stream too combines some of the best elements of a conventional paddle fin and a split fin, delivering thrust on both […]

04
August

IST R-410 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on IST R-410 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

IST’s regulator line, including its top of the line R-410, sports eye-catching gold-colored fittings. The set’s R-4 first stage scored well on breathing machine tests, and in addition to the 2 HP ports, it has four LP ports that are angled for better hose routing. An improved version, the R-4/N, has IST’s All Condition Kit […]

04
August

Scubapro Mk11/C300 Scuba Regulator Review

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Scubapro’s Mk11/C300 regulator system is aimed at providing top notch performance in the recreational diving range in a package light and compact enough for travel. Part of how it achieves this is by placing its hose ports on a three-tiered system. The first stage has the usual 4 LP ports, but two of those ports […]

02
August

Cressi Aquaride Scuba BCD Review

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Updated June 15, 2012 In the Aquaride, the Italians at Cressi have created a BCD that occupies a niche between a travel BCD and a general-purpose BCD. With a dry weight of 8 lbs, it is light enough to help stay below the 50 lbs checked bag limit, but it is by no means the […]

02
August

Dive Rite RG 3100 Scuba Regulator Review

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Dive Rite’s RG 3100 was designed with the challenges of tec diving in mind. One feature any gear-intensive diver will appreciate are the five LP ports on the first stage. Even if you don’t need all five ports, just having them makes arranging gear much simpler. The regulator comes standard as a 300-bar turret-style DIN connector […]

02
August

Scubapro Seawing Nova Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Seawing Nova Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Updated September 27, 2013 The Seawing Nova is Scubapro’s effort to build on past efforts and create a jack of all trades dive fin, something that is comfortable, light on the foot and yet still provides enough thrust for finning against the current. The wing-shaped blade is connected to the foot pocket by a pair […]

02
August

Neosport 5mm Farmer John and Jacket Combo Wetsuit

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Neosport makes reasonably priced wetsuits for divers, paddlers and triathletes. Given that spread, it goes without saying that Neosport’s products lack wetsuit features like waterproof zippers or ankle, wrist or neck seals, the sort of features that start to appear on scuba wetsuits at the 5mm level. The company’s 5mm Farmer John and Jacket are […]

01
August

Mares Kaila AT Scuba BCD Review

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The Kaila is a women’s BCD, and Mares bills it as a practical fashion accessory for female divers. The basic idea that defines all women’s BCDs is to tailor the design so it is more comfortable on the typical female frame, something that buying a normal BCD in a smaller size usually fails to accomplish, […]

01
August

Cressi Frog Plus Scuba Fins Review

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Cressi’s Frog Plus is another example of that Italian firm’s well-made, conventional paddle fins. As such, it is a great fin for novice divers because it produces good performance even when used by someone who doesn’t know anything about finning (as opposing to swimming), and the fins are nearly indestructible to boot. Basically, they are […]