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September

Scubapro Mk11/C200 Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Mk11/C200 Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

Part of evaluating any Scubapro regulator is asking the question “how does it compare to its cousins?”, in the case of the new Mk11/C200, that means looking at the older Mk 11/C300 package. Both regulators are based on the compact, lightweight Mk11 first stage, a chrome-plated, forged brass unit featuring an identical array of 1 LP, 1 HP, and 1 HFP port on either side of the regulator. The HFP ports are essentially beefed up LP ports, delivering 15% more air. The first stage uses a balanced diaphragm design, with anti-freezing and dry chamber features for cold water use. You can see it right in the name: the heart of this new set-up is the same as its predecessor.

The new part is the C200 second stage, and laying the C200 next to the C300 reveals that the differences are minute. The C200 is 15 g (half an ounce) lighter than the C300, and lacks the diver-adjustable inhalation effort tuner, but otherwise carries all the same features.

The new package still delivers as a high performance, lightweight, compact, general-use scuba regulator, but the technical differences between the Mk11/C200 and the Mk11/C300 is minute. Consumer feedback on both is good, and the C200 package won an Editor’s Pick fromĀ Sport Diver.

The real decider between them is in the price tag. Despite being the newer and slightly lighter package, the Mk11/C200 is listed at a full $50 cheaper. Even on sale, the newer regulator routinely comes in priced at at least $50 below the older C300. Apparently dropping that fine-tuning lever is quite a big deal in terms of unit cost.

Average Price: Listed at $449, but sometimes on sale for under $300.