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Aeris ION LT/AT 600 Regulator Review

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The ION LT/AT 600 is Aeris’ top of the line regulator, checking off boxes in both the travel and the high-performance categories. The latest installment of the ION series, the LT/AT 600 weighs in at a modest 2 lbs, 3 oz. (around 1kg), with a first stage so small as to be barely larger than the mechanism contained within. “Compact” and “lightweight” don’t begin to describe it.

The first stage uses an over-balanced diaphragm design, coupled with a pneumatically balanced second stage, a combination that has earned very high marks for air delivery in both field testing and in the laboratory. In terms of functionality, there is a discrete pre-dive/dive switch, a breathing resistance knob, a braided hose comes as standard, and the regulator is compatible with 40% Nitrox. Scuba Diving thought the orthodontic mouthpiece was outstanding, naming it the 2012 Tester’s Choice, and Scuba Gear Reports gave the reg solid praise as well. Thus far, consumer feedback has been universally positive.

On the downside, the first stage has 4 LP and 1 HP port, limiting the flexibility of a diver’s gear arrangement somewhat, but all items of travel-friendly dive gear have a compromise of some kind. Also, as a high-performance regulator, the venturi (pre-dive/dive) switch was not absolute in its ability to prevent free-flow accidents. However, that is a common problem with truly high-performance regs. Once again, sometimes doing one thing means making a compromise elsewhere.

Average Price: $420