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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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October

Scuba Regulators – Features and Formats

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Regulators – Features and Formats Posted in: Scuba Product Guides, Scuba Regulators

Divers learn about regulator basics during Open Water instruction, such as the division between the first and second stages and the fundamentals of how a regulator delivers air at ambient water pressure. However, basic and intermediate scuba classes almost never teach a diver about the mechanics of how a regulator works, and as a result […]

24
October

Beuchat Semi-Dry Comfort 6.5mm Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Beuchat Semi-Dry Comfort 6.5mm Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

As Beuchat is a French company, and even France’s Mediterranean coastal waters are not exactly warm, one might expect that it puts out top-notch wetsuits. The Semi-Dry Comfort is no exception. The suit is a one-piece made from 6.5 mm Elaskin neoprene with a plush interior liner. The construction is flexible and stretchy, so the […]

19
October

Waterproof W2 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Waterproof W2 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

Waterproof’s W2 7mm wetsuit is essentially a thicker version of its 5mm wetsuit. The W2 series uses quality materials in its construction, and has plenty of features for added comfort, such as a thick spinal pad and a separate zipper for closing the suit’s neck. Everyone agrees the W2 7mm is comfortable, and an easy […]

17
October

Scuba Gear Gift Ideas for 2011

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Gear Gift Ideas for 2011 Posted in: Dive Gear Tips

Shopping for a Christmas present or other gift for a scuba diver poses all the typical problems in choosing the right gift, plus a few extra dive-related complications. Most non-divers face the intimidating problem of not being familiar enough with their spouse’s/relative’s/friend’s scuba gear to even know where to begin shopping, let alone have the […]

17
October

Pocket Weights Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Pocket Weights Dive Gear Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

The Pocket Weight reviewed here is a slide-in weight with a molded handle, specifically designed to serve as the main ballast for the integrated-weight systems that are commonplace with BCDs today. The company makes an excellent point when it says that while integrated-weight BCDs have been around for 20 years, the weights used by those […]

14
October

Intova IC14 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Intova IC14 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Underwater Cameras

The IC14 is Intova’s 14 megapixel entry in the point-and-shoot dive camera category, and thus a rival for the Sealife DC1400. It has a quick shutter speed (1/2000), can shoot 720hd video, and has a x5 optical zoom plus a x6 digital zoom. The IC14’s LCD screen is 2.7 inches wide (68.6 mm), it’s powered […]

13
October

Nautilus Lifeline Dive Gear Review

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Scuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets like the Nautilus Lifeline, an electronic surface signalling device. It’s a compact hand-held device with all the right features for an emergency, although it is less useful under ordinary circumstances. The ability to signal a boat on the surface is a safety issue […]

10
October

Spare Air 300 Emergency 3.0 Cu. Ft. Pony Bottle Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Spare Air 300 Emergency 3.0 Cu. Ft. Pony Bottle Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Other Accessories

Two basic questions cut to the core of buying a back-up breathing unit, such as Spare Air’s 300 pony bottle: is a redundant air system really necessary, and what redundant system best meets my needs. Even a modest stand-alone back-up bottle like the Spare Air 300 isn’t cheap, and more elaborate pony bottles are even […]

03
October

Aqualung Axiom i3 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqualung Axiom i3 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

The Axiom i3 is the premium jacket BCD entry in Aqualung’s i3 inflator control line (such as the Pro QD i3 and the Dimension i3). Sporting a snazzy design in Aqualung’s black, grey and navy blue colors, the Axiom i3 has earned high praise for its comfort, loads of features and ease of use in […]