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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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December

Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Computers

The B.U.D. from Oceanic is sport diving’s first dedicated back-up dive computer. You clip the B.U.D. onto one of the rings on your BCD, where it collects data just like your primary dive computer and tracks your status. There the B.U.D. remains, hanging unobtrusively on your BCD, until you need it due to a primary […]

21
December

Bare 7mm Elastek Full Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Bare 7mm Elastek Full Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

The Bare 7mm Elastek Full wetsuit is one of two extreme exposure suits in Bare’s Elastek line. It should not be confused with the 7mm Elastek Semi-Dry wetsuit, which has markedly superior seals. By contrast, the 7mm Elastek Full is a fairly straightforward wetsuit. The “Elastek” in the title refers to the type of neoprene […]

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December

Dive Knife Guide

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Knife Guide Posted in: Dive Knives, Scuba Product Guides

Dive knives have grown from being simple stainless steel tools into fairly complex tools made from a variety of materials. This guide to dive knives will help you navigate the many features available on modern dive knives, and thereby help you choose the knife most appropriate to your needs. Construction Most dive knives are made […]

15
December

Oceanic Excursion 2 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Excursion 2 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

The Oceanic Excursion 2 is Oceanic’s latest premium BCD entry. The unit is a back-inflating design with 50 lbs. (22.7 kg) of lift in S, M and L sizes (58 lbs in XL), so it has plenty of lift for cold water conditions. However, the Excursion 2 comes in at only 9 lbs (4 kg), […]

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December

XS Scuba DL3 LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on XS Scuba DL3 LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

The DL3 dive light from XS Scuba is a fairly basic, straight-forward back-up dive light. The underwater flashlight design uses a double o-ring seal and has a depth rating of 500 feet (152 m). The 3-watt LED bulb produces 70 lumens of light, and is powered by four AA batteries. This power pack lasts for […]

13
December

Oceanic Scorpion Dive Knife Review

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

Oceanic’s Scorpion is a multi-tool of a dive knife that is both cheap and compact. The 4 1/2-inch (11.4 cm) blade is made from 304 stainless steel, the most widely used of the stainless steel types. The blade has a standard edge with a pointed tip, and on the back of the blade is a […]

13
December

Oceanic Ultra 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Ultra 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

The 7mm is the thickest and warmest wetsuit in Oceanic’s Ultra line. In terms of cold water exposure suits, however, the Oceanic Ultra 7mm is far from the warmest 7mm wetsuit around. However, the suit does offer serious bang for the buck. The Ultra 7mm uses the combination of thick and stretchy neoprene panels,┬átypical of […]

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December

Oceanic Arc LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Arc LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

The Oceanic Arc LED is a compact dive light, easily stowed in a BCD pocket and ideally suited for use as a back-up light, but powerful enough to serve as a primary for occasional night divers. The Arc uses a 6 watt LED bulb powered by three AA batteries, producing a 300 lumen beam with […]