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IST R-410 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews 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 fitted. This fits a seal over the main spring, protecting it from silt, contaminants and cold.

The O-10 second stage features a long, curved exhaust tee that shunts exhaust bubbles away from the user’s field of vision. The mouthpiece also features a built-in heat exchanger and, in an odd touch, a breathing resistance control mounted on top of the housing (as opposed to below or on the side).  That control comes in the form of a fairly substantial lever, so most divers should have no problems finding it during the regulator’s initial “teething” period.

Average Price: $400