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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 $251-$500

Reviews of dive gear priced between $251 and $500.

17
December

Mares Smart Dive Computer Review

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New dive computers these days come laden with so many features that the dot-matrix display sometimes seems passe. It’s not, because it is still the display of choice for almost all computers, including new computers, but that doesn’t eliminate the problem of using the old system to efficiently and conveniently work with all those data […]

17
December

Akona 7mm Quantum Stretch Wetsuit

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Akona is a branch of Sherwood, the Quantum Stretch is their standard wetsuit line, and the 7mm version is the thickest version in that line. The suit has a sealed vertical zipper up the back, plus smoothskin O-rings on the wrists and ankles. From consumers and professional reviewers, the Quantum Stretch earned high marks for […]

05
August

Seac Pro 2000 HD BCD Review

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Seac Sub’s Pro 2000 HD BCD is a hybrid design, in that while it is primarily a back-infating wing BCD, it also has some modest capability to inflate on the front like a jacket, making bobbing around on the surface more comfortable. How this works is that the diver tightens the webbing while in the […]

05
August

Cressi Back Jac BCD Review

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The Cressi Back Jac is a middle of the road wing-style, back-inflating BCD system with all the expected wings and dings. The design of the air cell has earned the BCD high marks from owners and reviewers, with most of the inflation taking place across the lower back and none at all at and above […]

16
September

SEAC S-Dry Wetsuit Review

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The S-Dry is a semi-dry suit, or a wetsuit in the super-warm class that sport tight seals for minimal water transfer. The S-Dry is a 7mm wetsuit with a form-fitting cut, but made from a super-flexible form of neoprene. The list of seals include a waterproof zipper and double cone soft-skin seals around the wrists […]

06
August

Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Review

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The latest thing from Cressi, the Giotto is a wristwatch-style dive computer featuring their new RGBM algorithm. The new system was designed in collaboration with Bruce Wienke and based on the Haldane Model, emphasizing the needs of a diver on a multi-dive schedule and using mixed gas, both common elements for seasoned, vacationing divers. The […]

16
July

Zeagle Onyx CW Regulator Review

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The original Zeagle Onyx won a Tester’s Choice award from Scuba Diving magazine in 2011, and the new Onyx CW bagged it again in 2013. According to Zeagle, the main difference between the two award-winning systems is that the CW is sealed, but otherwise many of the features are in common with the old Onyx. […]

08
July

Edge Epic Scuba Regulator Review

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Edge has tweaked the Epic regulator for 2012, and the result is a set-up that garnered a Scuba Diving magazine Best Buy award in 2013. Insofar as changes, Edge lightened the load by using a nylon braided hose, put a universal ball swivel mount for that hose in the second stage. The standard features of […]

07
June

Sherwood Axis Scuba BCD Review

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Sherwood’s Axis BCD was designed as a flexible, back-inflating BCD, suitable for cold water use while light and compact enough for travel. The air cell is wedge-shaped, making it steamlined while retaining enough volume to give the XL-sized Axis 42 lbs of lift. The integrated weight system can store 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in each […]

03
June

Mares Prime BCD Review

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The Prime is the new starter BCD from Mares, and is therefore the de facto successor to the old Icon BCD. The basic version is very straightforward jacket BCD, featuring a rigid backpack with a solid carrying handle on the inside, the usual cummerbund and sternum strap, and sizable pockets. It’s made from Cordura 420, […]

27
March

Ikelite 6242 Underwater Houseing for Canon Powershot S110 Review

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Almost all divers want to take pictures to remind them of their underwater adventures, and would-be underwater photographers generally fall into two categories: the scuba version of the average joe, who wants a point-and-shoot (POS) camera for underwater use; and the hardcore shutterbug or gadget-lover who wants a professional quality camera, tricked out with doo-dads. […]

11
September

Scubapro Mk11/C200 Regulator Review

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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 […]

06
August

Mares Instinct 12S Regulator Review

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The Instinct 12S is Mares’ upgrade and successor for the Prestige 12S, the latter of which is still widely available. What Mares has done is taken their veteran 12S first stage and put a new second stage on it, creating an updated regulator package. The old 12S first stage is a workhorse. It has been […]

02
August

Sealife ReefMaster Mini II Underwater Camera Review

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Sealife’s new ReefMaster Mini builds on their solid pocket dive camera, the Mini II. The new version retains the same rubberized, shock-proof underwater housing, but now with distinctive red trim and, more importantly, an improved depth rating of 200 feet (60m). The Mini II’s depth rating is 130 feet (40m), so taking it on deep […]

30
July

Oceanic Alpha 9 Regulator Review

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The Alpha 9 is the latest in Oceanic’s “standard” regulator. It’s predecessor, the Alpha 8, was basically a no-frills, medium-performance reg aimed at divers with a only a moderate budget. The Alpha 9 keeps many of the same ideas, but while delivering a high-end air flow. Oceanic uses an unbalanced piston for the first stage, […]

09
July

Tilos Mission BCD Review

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The Mission is the economy entry in Tilos’s BCD line, and in keeping with that intent, it is a simple, straightforward piece of gear with few frills. Fashioned from 420-denier nylon, the Tilos Mission is has only middling fabric durability. The rig has two big velcro-sealed pockets and six stainless steel D-rings scattered about for […]

05
July

Mares F-Light BCD Review

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A travel-friendly jacket-style BCD, the Mares F-Light is exactly what the name implies: a BCD meant for flying, possibly even in your carry-on bag. As checked baggage becomes ever more expensive, super-light travel BCDs like the F-Light are set to become more popular. The BCD scores high in the travel-light category. It weighs only 5 […]

18
June

Sherwood Avid CQR-3 BCD Review

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The CQR-3 is the latest evolution in the Sherwood Avid BCD, the company’s top-end jacket BCD, so don’t confuse it with the CQR-2. Also don’t be alarmed by blog posts and internet threads about recalls for Sherwood Avids. The recall dates to 2004, and therefore is completely irrelevant to a model introduced in 2012. The […]

30
April

ScubaMax BC-7000 Integra 2 Scuba BCD Review

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The most recent evolution of ScubaMax’s buoyancy controller line, the Integra 2 (BC-7000) is a rugged, highly functional jacket-style BCD, with an emphasis on the “rugged” part. The Integra 2 is made from 1100 denier Nylon, a very heavy and tough grade of fabric. While that adds to the weight of the BCD (8 to […]

24
April

Tusa RS-790 Scuba Regulator Review

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The RS-790 is Tusa’s latest regulator, as well as the new top of the line in that department. As one might expect for such a reg, the RS-790 delivers solid performance under difficult conditions. Like many companies, Tusa packages their regulators according to a code system that denotes both the first and second stages. In […]

09
April

Scubapro Go BCD Scuba BCD Review

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Just in case the name wasn’t enough of a hint, the Go is Scubapro’s latest travel BCD, offering some improvements over older models (such as the Litehawk). Like all travel BCDs, the Go is made with compactness and low weight in mind. The L size weighs only 6 lbs, and the package is collapsible enough […]

06
April

Subgear XP-H Dive Computer Review

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The Subgear XP-H is designed to serve as an extremely compact, air-integrated, console-style dive computer of the XP-10, and it meets all those expectations. By adding air integration, the console is now only slightly larger than the wristwatch, making it so small that it literally fits inside the palm of your hand. In terms of […]

19
March

Sea and Sea DX-GE5 Underwater Camera Review

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Sea and Sea’s latest entry for underwater digital cameras is the DX-GE5, building on their previous entry, the DX-2G. This is a 12.2 megapixel camera that is waterproof in and of itself to a depth of 16 feet (5 m). That gives the camera the flexibility to be used as a handy snorkeling camera, which […]

02
January

Body Glove EXO 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

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The EXO 7mm is Body Glove’s high-end “semi-dry” suit. The suit is made from Body Glove’s Magna-Flex, a soft, lightweight and stretchy type of neoprene, and put together with triple-glued blind-stitching. For extra waterproofing, the interior seams are permanently taped. However, this attention to the seams is easily counterbalanced by the equal lack of attention […]

21
December

Bare 7mm Elastek Full Wetsuit Review

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The Bare 7mm Elastek Full wetsuit is one of two extreme exposure suits in Bare’s Elastek line. It should not be confused with the 7mm Elastek Semi-Dry wetsuit, which has markedly superior seals. By contrast, the 7mm Elastek Full is a fairly straightforward wetsuit. The “Elastek” in the title refers to the type of neoprene […]