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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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May

Best Dive Knives

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

For most recreational divers, a knife is just an accessory, since the odds of such a diver needing to cut fishing line (or anything else) are minimal. Carrying a knife is a nice safety hedge, but in almost invariably such divers never need to pull the knife from its sheath. In this circumstance, the best […]

28
May

Tilos Saber Dive Fins Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tilos Saber Dive Fins Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

Tilos Sabers are inexpensive fins that pack some of the features one might expect to find on a fin that costs as much as $25 more. The paddle combines big rubberized side rails with an expansive rubberized center-section, plus a pair of medium-sized vent apertures below the foot pocket. This combination of traditional paddle stiffness, […]

27
May

Suunto SK7 Underwater Compass Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Suunto SK7 Underwater Compass Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

For divers who frequent murky water, dive solo or simply want to be able to self-help their way out of becoming lost underwater without surfacing, an underwater compass is a must-have piece of gear. Of course, using an underwater compass is not quite as simple as using a compass on land. Navigating by compass for […]

24
May

Best Dive Lights

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Best Dive Lights Posted in: Dive Lights, Scuba Product Guides

Updated April 3, 2013 Different divers have different needs when it comes to dive lights. Wreck divers and cave divers need more powerful, longer lasting lights than the typical recreational diver out on an infrequent night dive. Some divers never even partake of night dives or venture into caves, but still want a handy light […]

21
May

Mares Wave Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Wave Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

The Wave fins from Mares catch the recent craze in paddle fins for having a big, flexible center section. The design is fairly straightforward – a rubberized foot pocket and plastic paddle with thick, solid stiffening rails on the outside edge. A curved section dominating the center has been replaced by a rubberized insert. The […]

21
May

Spyderco Warrior Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Spyderco Warrior Dive Knife Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Knives

As the name might imply, the Spyderco Warrior is designed as a tactical fighting knife, but in reality the blade is so general purpose that it can function as a knife for hunters, backpackers and divers. If you are an enthusiastic, multi-sport outdoorsman, then this is the blade for you. The FRN handle with textured […]

18
May

Paddle vs. Split Fins

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Paddle vs. Split Fins Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Fins, Scuba Product Guides

After open heeled vs. closed, the most basic distinction in dive fins are paddle vs. split. However, unlike the heel distinctions, which are about how the fin is attached to your foot and therefore usually a matter of comfort and lesser personal preferences, paddle vs. split fin issues can have a serious impact on your […]

14
May

Mares Force Bat Titanium Folding Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Force Bat Titanium Folding Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

The Mares Force Bat is that company’s folding, titanium dive knife entry. It should not be confused with the Mares Force Knife or any other knife in the Mares line, because Mares (confusingly) puts “Force” into the name of all its knives. For the sake of simplicity, the knife will be called “Bat Titanium” for […]

10
May

Dive Book Review: Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Book Review: Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda Posted in: Below $100, Book and Film Reviews

Many or most of the dive masters you meet in Southeast Asia, the Red Sea, Central America and the Caribbean are made up of a rollicking caste of backpackers earning a living and saving for their next big push or folks who have dropped out from more “respectable” careers for a line of work that […]

07
May

Open-Heel vs. Full-Foot Fins

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Open-Heel vs. Full-Foot Fins Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Fins, Scuba Product Guides

Open-heel vs. full-foot fins are one of those gear issues that tends to produce clear preferences among divers. Where one diver will say that once he went open heeled he never looked back, another will tell you that old fashioned full-foot fins are more reliable and produce more thrust. Since a pair of fins is […]

01
May

Mares Matrix Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Matrix Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

Updated September 24, 2012 The wristwatch number crunching Matrix is the latest dive computer from Mares. Loaded with new features and plenty of flexibility, the Matrix is a cut above the bulk of its class. Data on the Matrix is very legible, thanks to its high resolution dot matrix display, complete with backlighting, and Scuba […]