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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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February

Integrated Weights, BCDs and Safety

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Integrated Weights, BCDs and Safety Posted in: BCDs, Dive Gear Tips

The tragic death of police diver Timothy Schock at Greenbrier Lake points directly towards BCD maintenance issues and the safety of integrated weight systems, two often neglected subjects in the scuba community. There is only so much that can be gleaned from even a detailed news article, but some lessons are very easily drawn from […]

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February

Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Masks

Updated September 27, 2013 Dive masks rarely cause a big buzz in the scuba community, but the Venom from Atomic Aquatics has managed to do just that. The price tag alone is staggering, because $199 is a princely sum for a dive mask without prescription lenses. Atomic Aquatics has a reputation for producing high quality, […]

15
February

Cheapest Scuba Gear

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Cheapest Scuba Gear Posted in: By Price, Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides

Updated February 18, 2013 “Cheap” sometimes means “low quality,” but this list focuses purely on the least expensive scuba gear than meets with a minimum working standard. These aren’t “best buys,” which reflect the bargain hunters maxim of getting the most for your money, even if it means paying a little more. Instead, this list […]

13
February

XS Scuba Surface Marker Buoy Rescue Kit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on XS Scuba Surface Marker Buoy Rescue Kit Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

Ever since the film Open Water premiered, surfacing to find yourself all alone in the deep blue sea has become every diver’s nightmare. Despite that persistent dread, few divers bother to buy their own safety sausage, which is silly when you think about it. A safety sausage is cheap, easy to use and clips unobtrusively […]

08
February

Dive Book Review: Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Book Review: Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific Posted in: Below $100, Book and Film Reviews, Other Accessories

The popular book Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific, is now available in a wide variety of electronic formats, making it perfect for traveling divers. Books take up space and weight in a luggage allowance that is already pushed to the limits by dive gear, but most people take a laptop, tablet or smart phone […]

07
February

XS Scuba Multi-Tool Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on XS Scuba Multi-Tool Dive Gear Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives, Other Accessories

The Multi-Tool from XS is basically a Leatherman for scuba divers, and therefore a must-have item for dive shop owners, staff and any diver who maintains his own gear and likes diving independently. It’s easy to see where an auto hobbyist might want the XS Scuba multi-tool as well. The tool has three hex nut […]

07
February

Mares I3 Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares I3 Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

Updated January 21, 2013 Mares has joined the bandwagon of aping Apple and prefixing one of their products with an “i” (they aren’t even the first in scuba gear — Aqua Lung has its Dimension i3 BCD) with their I3 dive mask. The “3” in the I3 refers to the 3-window lens, which adds a […]