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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.
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September

Sealife DC1400 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Sealife DC1400 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

The Sealife DC1400 builds on the success of its predecessor, the DC1200, with both the camera and the underwater housing each receiving one major improvement. The camera has been upgraded to 14 megapixels, as implied by the name (Sealife’s DC series code has always been keyed to the megapixel capability of the camera). This also […]

25
September

Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Dive Masks, Over $500

Some divers swear by wristwatch computers, while others prefer consoles. The Aeris CompuMask does away with both formats, and integrates dive computing into the dive mask through the use of a magnified LCD panel. The system turns a dive mask into a cutting edge Head-Up Display. If you’ve ever wanted to play the Terminator, with […]

19
September

Aqua Lung Pacifica Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Pacifica Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

The Aqualung Pacifica is a porthole-style dive mask, but it is not old-fashioned. Some divers appreciate the look and feel of a porthole mask, while others insist the mask’s big, single window has better viewing qualities. The Pacifica builds on that with the modern feature of a purge valve. Some divers consider the mere idea […]

19
September

Waterproof W2 5mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Waterproof W2 5mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

Waterproof is basically the exposure suit subsidiary of Tusa, and the W2 wetsuit line covers their cool- and cold-water wetsuits for both men and women. The W2 is a fairly straight-forward wetsuit with a few thoughtful extras tacked on. The Waterproof W2 is a back-zipper design with pre-bent arms and legs, knee and elbow pads […]

14
September

Ikelite 6801.70 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D-7000 Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Ikelite 6801.70 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D-7000 Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

Ikelite enjoys a solid reputation for producing the kind of high quality underwater housings that turn upper-end, but otherwise land-based cameras into dive cameras, and the Ikelite 6801.70 is no exception. The clear polycarbonate housing is tough and has a depth rating of 200 feet (60 m), and the 6801.70 is built so that every […]

14
September

Dive Book Review: “Stars Beneath the Sea: The Pioneers of Diving” by Trevor Norton

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Book Review: “Stars Beneath the Sea: The Pioneers of Diving” by Trevor Norton Posted in: Book and Film Reviews

Stars Beneath the Series is a collection of profiles, with each chapter devoted to an inventor, biologist, archaeologist or adventurer who in one way or another contributed to the development of diving. Some of these personalities date to before the invention of practical air compressors, such as Belgian Henri Milne Edwards and his mid-19th Century […]

02
September

Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

Building on the VT 3.0 and VT Pro, Oceanic’s VT 4.0 is a cutting edge wristwatch-style dive computer. The number cruncher gives the user a choice of two different algorithms, Pelagic Z+ and Pelagic DSAT, rather than the usual feature of one algorithm with the option to dial the conservatism up or down. DSAT is […]

02
September

Cressi Orca Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Orca Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Cressi’s Orca is a dive knife in the same vein as Aqua Lung’s Master Knife. Both are classics, both have been around for ages, and both are big heavy tools from the truly old school of diving. Cressi even claims the knife is a collector’s item, although that claim seems a bit odd given that […]

02
September

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

Updated September 25, 2014 The Leonardo is the latest dive computer from Cressi. It’s a module design, so while it comes as a wristwatch and is usually marketed as such, the computer can be dismounted and put into a console. In terms of performance, the Leonardo is a balanced, solid design for recreational diving. It […]

02
September

IST GP-4000 Compass+ Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on IST GP-4000 Compass+ Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

IST’s GP-4000 Compass+ is a big disc-style wristwatch computer that packs a lot of features for its price tag. Users can program in three gas mixtures (up to 99% oxygen), with mid-dive gas switching capability. The unit tracks both oxygen and nitrogen loading, and has timers for dive time, no-deco time, desaturation and surface interval, […]

02
September

Scubapro Nova Scotia 6.5 mm Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Nova Scotia 6.5 mm Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

The Nova Scotia is an example of a “semi-drysuit,” or a thick wetsuit that uses seals borrowed from drysuits to improve the restriction of water circulation through the suit. The suit is made mostly from 6.5 mm of neoprene, with Scubapro’s Everflex material used to make the suit panels behind the knees, under the arms […]

02
September

Hollis DG-03 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Hollis DG-03 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The DG-03 was a much anticipated release by fans of Hollis’s line of dive computers, since it took the general ethos of the company’s basic dive computers and added air integration, a feature usually only available with high-end, high-performance data crunchers. The system has air, nitrox, gauge and freedive modes (the latter is a big […]

02
September

Tusa IQ-850 DC Sapience II Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa IQ-850 DC Sapience II Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

Tusa’s IQ-850 Sapience II is a wristwatch dive computer of the big, square console style, as opposed to the discrete wristwatch style. The dive computer also builds on the old IQ-800 model, so many of the design features are already well-proven. The first thing a diver should notice about the IQ-850 is that it is […]

01
September

How to Care for and Maintain BCDs

Written by Editor. Comments Off on How to Care for and Maintain BCDs Posted in: BCDs, Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides

Even a second-hand, budget BCD is a major investment, and along with a dive computer and a regulator, your BCD is probably one of the most expensive pieces of scuba equipment you own. BCDs are also important because they are the foundation of your gear assembly, the one thing that almost everything you take on […]