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January

Aqua Lung Legend Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Legend Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

Aqua Lung started the Legend series of regulators roughly a decade ago, in honor of Aqua Lung’s founder Jacques Cousteau. Now they have relaunched the Legend with a whole new line of regulators. These start with the Legend Standard and progress through the Legend LX and Legend LUX, each type with its own “Supreme” model to boot.

The basic Legend is essentially a lighter, smaller and more refined version of the old Legend. While it is the most reasonably priced of the Legend line and obviously a top-end reg, what with its Aqua Lung design and braided hose, it isn’t the one depicted in ads or that is the source of so much buzz on scuba forums. Nor, for that matter is the Legend LX, the next step up, although the LX is where some noticeable differences begin to appear. This includes the MBS, or Master Breathing System, which has earned high marks from early reviewers and owners. The MBS replaced both the venturi and opening effort controls, combining them into one nifty feature. The Standard has a venturi knob and a pre-set opening effort, while the LX has the vaunted MBS control. The LX also has Aqua Lung’s Auto-Closure Device (ACD) in the first stage, as well as a dust cap designed to not open said ACD.

The Legend that gets the most attention is the Legend LUX, with its sexy brass-like pink-gold fittings. Excepting aesthetics, however, the LUX is very similar to the LX in most respects, which in turn shares the same core as the Legend Standard. All three new Aqua Lung regulators share the same over-balanced diaphragm design, have 2 HP and 4 LP ports, and enjoy the same excellent performance stats. With the LX, you get some extra features over the Standard, and with the LUX you get a more eye-catching version of the LX.

Adding “Supreme” onto one of these designations makes the regulator suitable for cold water use, with Legend Supremes (Standard, LX or LUX) rated for use in 36 F (2 C) water. If you want to take the Legend into freezing temperatures, then you need an entirely separate system, the Legend Glacia. There is no “Glacia Supreme,” for rather obvious reasons.

Average Price: Legend Standard: $585; LX: $680; LUX: $995; Glacia: $785. Buying a supreme version of a Legend regulator adds anywhere from $20 to $100 onto the price tag.