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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.
Top Scuba Gear

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Updated March 19, 2013

Most scuba divers acquire and replace equipment on a budget, and some budgets are more expansive than others. While most divers shop on either the basis of the best gear for the least cost, or even the lowest cost outright, some divers enjoy much more expansive budgets. Also, non-divers are often looking to get an appropriate, high-end gift for their scuba diving friend or loved one, and have no idea where to start.

The Top Scuba Gear concept at Dive Gear Reviews includes one piece of equipment from each category that is the best in its class. This means not only has the given piece of gear has the best balance of capability and durability, but that the item in question also has aesthetic appeal. In other words, to get on this list, scuba equipment needs to maximize both form and function.

Another consideration for this list is suitability for recreational diving. A lot of high-end gear, especially regulators and dive computers, earn their reputation because of their tec diving capability. While Dive Gear Reviews covers such equipment, our focus is on recreational diving, and so is the focus of this list. The Atomic Aquatics Cobalt, for example, is a magnificent dive computer, but mostly because of its tec diving capabilities. If you are looking for cool, highly functional recreational dive gear and never intend to take it below 135 feet (42 m), most of the value of the Cobalt is lost to you.

Top Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)

Top Dive Computer

Top Dive Knife

Top Dive Light

Top Dive Mask

Top Scuba Fins

Top Scuba Regulator

Top Underwater Camera

* This item is held over from the 2012 list, because nothing introduced in the last year has clearly eclipsed it.