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Mares Carbon 52 Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares Carbon 52 Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

 The Carbon 52 is the latest upgrade in Mares’ line of carbon fiber, lightweight-but-rugged premium regulators. The package combines the Carbon second stage from the earlier Carbon 42 with the MR52 first stage used in the Abyss 52 regulator.

It should be noted right off the bat that the Abyss 52’s MR52 first stage is not the same unit as used in the renowned Abyss Navy 22 or the record-setting Abyss 22 Extreme (the latter is now available for less than $450, by the way). While a high-end regulator, the Carbon 52 is not quite that high end.

The MR52 is a balanced diaphragm first stage, using Mares’ dynamic flow control technology to maximize air delivery, while the natural convection channel reduces ice build-up in cold water. The unit comes with 2 HP and 4 LP ports. Excepting the fittings, the unbalanced second stage is made entirely from carbon fiber, making it lightweight despite its somewhat bulky size. That mouthpiece comes with a braided hose.

The field testers at Scuba Diving had few complaints and gave it generally high marks, dubbing it the “Darth Vader” for its cool appearance and rating it higher than the Abyss 52. Thus far, consumers have had little bad to say about the Carbon 52.

Average Price: $900