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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.

Category Archives: Between $101-$250

Reviews for dive gear priced between $101-250.

17
June

Scubapro Nova 230 Dive Light Review

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The Scubapro Nova 230 is a mid-sized, flashlight-style dive light with good capability. The “230” part refers to the 230 lumens put out by the LED bulb, and the three AA batteries provide 14 to 18 hours of burn time. That light comes out in a 10″ beam, which sounds a little narrow (and indeed, […]

09
June

Ikelite Gamma Dive Light Review

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At 5.6″ long, the Ikelite Gamma isn’t quite a pocket dive light, but at a super light 4 oz (113 g) it’s not a regular flashlight-style item either. That makes it compact, but something of an odd duck. Still, with a 220-lumen, 10-degree beam angle beam, the Gamma has what it takes to qualify as […]

04
January

Henderson H2 3mm Shorty Wetsuit Review

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Shorty wetsuits are worn for two reasons: staying warm in warm water, conditions in which many divers get by with a t-shirt; and for some protection against jellyfish stings. As thin, short-sleeved and short-legged wetsuits, the main issue for a shorty is offering a fit that is snug, but not too tight. The outfit is […]

19
October

Tryton Drylite Underwater Flashlight

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It’s expensive, but the Drylite promises to be the ultra-reliable dive light. It lives up to the “dry” part of its name, because the entire flashlight unit is completely sealed at the factory. If you keep it within its depth limits (which at 300 feet/91 m would be hard to breach), it should never, ever […]

24
April

Big Blue AL 1X5 Dive Light Review

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You’ve seen them: those cool dive lights made to fit into glove mountings, making them handier and more secure. The problem is that those lights are often along the lines of the Light & Motion Sola Dive 1200, and cost as much as a new upper-tier regulator. Look no further: the Big Blue AL1X5 offers […]

14
January

IST Super Stretch 3mm Wetsuit Review

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The IST Super Stretch 3mm is a wetsuit that delivers flexibility and above average warmth for a suit in its class. The suit is double-blind stitched and triple-glued, with O-ring seals on the wrists and angles and a big, skin-to-skin back zipper, so you can count on it to keep water out. It also has […]

05
September

IST T-120 LED Dive Light Review

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While it might have a high price tag, the IST T-120 is a compact, high performance little marvel of a dive light. Less than six inches (15 cm) long and weighing only 0.6 lbs (277 g), this dive light is small. Even women divers will find the light small, light, and handy. However, that size […]

21
May

Spyderco Warrior Dive Knife Review

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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 […]

19
March

Cressi Spring 3.5mm Wetsuit Review

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Cressi has a new wetsuit for warm-to-temperate waters (basically, waters in the 70s F/lower-to-mid 20s C), the Spring 3.5 mm. For most divers, a 3.5mm wetsuit is the most desired type, since most divers live in places with either mildly warm or tropically warm water, and almost all divers like traveling to places with tropically […]

19
February

Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review

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Updated September 27, 2013 Dive masks rarely cause a big buzz in the scuba community, but the Venom from Atomic Aquatics has managed to do just that. The price tag alone is staggering, because $199 is a princely sum for a dive mask without prescription lenses. Atomic Aquatics has a reputation for producing high quality, […]

21
December

Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review

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The B.U.D. from Oceanic is sport diving’s first dedicated back-up dive computer. You clip the B.U.D. onto one of the rings on your BCD, where it collects data just like your primary dive computer and tracks your status. There the B.U.D. remains, hanging unobtrusively on your BCD, until you need it due to a primary […]

13
December

Oceanic Ultra 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

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The 7mm is the thickest and warmest wetsuit in Oceanic’s Ultra line. In terms of cold water exposure suits, however, the Oceanic Ultra 7mm is far from the warmest 7mm wetsuit around. However, the suit does offer serious bang for the buck. The Ultra 7mm uses the combination of thick and stretchy neoprene panels,┬átypical of […]

25
August

Tusa BCJ-2100 Scuba BCD Review

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The BCJ-2100 is the bargain basement, entry-level BCD in Tusa’s product line. The BCD uses Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness with its pair of side rails to secure the air tank, while the Independent Harness System reduces the space between your back and the tank to an absolute minimum. The 2100 comes with two deep zippered […]

21
August

Tusa SF-15 X-Pert Zoom 3 Scuba Fin Review

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An upgraded version of Tusa’s old X-Pert Zoom, the SF-15 Zoom 3 is a split-fin design featuring longer blades positioned above the foot pocket, while keeping the company’s standard 27-degree blade angling. Tusa claims the latter feature transmits all of the wearer’s muscle energy into propulsion. Monoprene side rails and beams stiffen the blades enough […]

21
August

OMS Slipstream Scuba Fin Review

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Relative to other high-end paddle fins made from a single material, such as the APS Mantaray and the Hollis F-1 “batfin,” the OMS Slipstream has one big advantage: Slipstream fins are made from lightweight, durable monoprene. Slipstreams weigh in at 2 lbs, 6 oz (1 kg), as compared to 3.4 oz (1.5 kg) for the […]

17
August

Hollis F1 Scuba Fin Review

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Sometimes referred to as “the bat fin,” the Hollis F1 has met with rave reviews. Some divers have labeled it the best product in the entire Hollis/Oceanic/Aeris inventory. Hollis describes them as delivering “power without compromise,” and the fins are certainly big, sinister-looking and muscular. F1s are made entirely from heavy duty natural rubber, and […]

04
August

Mares X-Stream Scuba Fin Review

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X-Stream fins are Mares’s top of the line when it comes to dive fins. Like the Seawing Nova, the X-Stream uses the pivoting-paddle design, but with four pivot points instead of two. Thus, the X-Stream too combines some of the best elements of a conventional paddle fin and a split fin, delivering thrust on both […]

02
August

Scubapro Seawing Nova Scuba Fin Review

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Updated September 27, 2013 The Seawing Nova is Scubapro’s effort to build on past efforts and create a jack of all trades dive fin, something that is comfortable, light on the foot and yet still provides enough thrust for finning against the current. The wing-shaped blade is connected to the foot pocket by a pair […]

02
August

Neosport 5mm Farmer John and Jacket Combo Wetsuit

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Neosport makes reasonably priced wetsuits for divers, paddlers and triathletes. Given that spread, it goes without saying that Neosport’s products lack wetsuit features like waterproof zippers or ankle, wrist or neck seals, the sort of features that start to appear on scuba wetsuits at the 5mm level. The company’s 5mm Farmer John and Jacket are […]

27
July

Aeris Velocity X3 Scuba Fin Review

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The Velocity X3 is Aeris’s premium dive fin. The fin has a wide, angled blade with a big rubber center section bordered by siderails. Aeris says they improved on previous designs by stiffening the side rails, and the center of the blade features vents for greater kicking efficiency. Vents of this sort give water somewhere […]

06
July

Bonica Seashell Underwater Camera Housing Review

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Bonica’s Seashell 1 and 2 underwater camera housings make turning any pocket digital camera into a dive camera a simple matter of assembly. The Seashell 1 (depicted in the Amazon product banner to the left) is the basic model and illustrates the idea nicely. The Seashell housing was designed to be customizable with 70% of […]

17
June

Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review

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Aqualung’s Slingshot fins are the sort of product a gear geek would adore. “Power bands” on the blade enable the wearer to lock the fins into one of three positions, which change the power-to-thrust ratio. Basically, the #1 setting performs something like a flexible split-fin, and as the bands are dialed up, the fin’s pivot […]

26
April

Oceanic Vortex V-8 Scuba Fin Review

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Oceanic’s Vortex V-8 is essentially a bargain-basement split-fin, making it a logical choice for divers who want split-fins without paying a premium to get them. The fin boasts composite construction with side channels, and a soft, open-toe foot pocket with a big thumb loop on the strap. In terms of performance, the fins deliver average […]

26
April

Scubapro Twin Jet Max Scuba Fin Review

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Scubapro’s Twin Jet Max is a dual-material split fin, giving it stiffness while retaining flexibility. The blades also have channeling side rails and drag-reducing vents, so the design delivers on its promise of minimizing stress on the ankles and calves, and requiring very little effort to bring back from kicking. The fins are also very […]

20
April

Zeagle Scout Scuba BCD Review

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Zeagle’s Scout is a warm-water/travel BCD which is widely available at bargain-basement prices. The Scout uses a low-profile, back-inflation design, with both the single air bladder and the integrated weight system located on the mid-to-lower back. The lift capacity is 24 lbs (11 kg) and the weight pockets can stow 20 lbs (9 kg). Tool […]