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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.

16
November

Scuba Capsule Dive Gear Review

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Scuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets. Excepting dive computers, the sport is full of valves, hoses and nozzles rather than electronics. Even dive computers, with their dot matrix digital read-outs, are usually clunky and functional rather than sleek and laden with geeky features. The Scuba Capsule changes all of […]

14
November

Mares Prestige 12S Scuba Regulator Review

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The Mares Prestige 12S regulator offers a winning combination of quality, performance and a low price tag. Safety is a very real concern with cheaper regulators, but as the name implies the only thing down-market about the Prestige 12 is the cost. The Prestige 12S uses a time-tested balanced-diaphragm first stage, and many of the […]

11
November

Aeris XR1 NX Dive Computer Review

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The XR1 NX is the upgraded nitrox version of Aeris’s venerable, entry-level XR1 dive computer. The no-frills design is simple and ideal for beginners, although it does have some drawbacks. Aeris’s XR1 NX has only one button, so punching through the different displays is straight forward. The computer activates on contact with the water and […]

24
October

Beuchat Semi-Dry Comfort 6.5mm Wetsuit Review

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As Beuchat is a French company, and even France’s Mediterranean coastal waters are not exactly warm, one might expect that it puts out top-notch wetsuits. The Semi-Dry Comfort is no exception. The suit is a one-piece made from 6.5 mm Elaskin neoprene with a plush interior liner. The construction is flexible and stretchy, so the […]

19
October

Waterproof W2 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

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Waterproof’s W2 7mm wetsuit is essentially a thicker version of its 5mm wetsuit. The W2 series uses quality materials in its construction, and has plenty of features for added comfort, such as a thick spinal pad and a separate zipper for closing the suit’s neck. Everyone agrees the W2 7mm is comfortable, and an easy […]

14
October

Intova IC14 Underwater Camera Review

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The IC14 is Intova’s 14 megapixel entry in the point-and-shoot dive camera category, and thus a rival for the Sealife DC1400. It has a quick shutter speed (1/2000), can shoot 720hd video, and has a x5 optical zoom plus a x6 digital zoom. The IC14’s LCD screen is 2.7 inches wide (68.6 mm), it’s powered […]

13
October

Nautilus Lifeline Dive Gear Review

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Scuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets like the Nautilus Lifeline, an electronic surface signalling device. It’s a compact hand-held device with all the right features for an emergency, although it is less useful under ordinary circumstances. The ability to signal a boat on the surface is a safety issue […]

10
October

Spare Air 300 Emergency 3.0 Cu. Ft. Pony Bottle Review

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Two basic questions cut to the core of buying a back-up breathing unit, such as Spare Air’s 300 pony bottle: is a redundant air system really necessary, and what redundant system best meets my needs. Even a modest stand-alone back-up bottle like the Spare Air 300 isn’t cheap, and more elaborate pony bottles are even […]

19
September

Waterproof W2 5mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

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Waterproof is basically the exposure suit subsidiary of Tusa, and the W2 wetsuit line covers their cool- and cold-water wetsuits for both men and women. The W2 is a fairly straight-forward wetsuit with a few thoughtful extras tacked on. The Waterproof W2 is a back-zipper design with pre-bent arms and legs, knee and elbow pads […]

02
September

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer Review

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Updated September 25, 2014 The Leonardo is the latest dive computer from Cressi. It’s a module design, so while it comes as a wristwatch and is usually marketed as such, the computer can be dismounted and put into a console. In terms of performance, the Leonardo is a balanced, solid design for recreational diving. It […]

02
September

IST GP-4000 Compass+ Dive Computer Review

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IST’s GP-4000 Compass+ is a big disc-style wristwatch computer that packs a lot of features for its price tag. Users can program in three gas mixtures (up to 99% oxygen), with mid-dive gas switching capability. The unit tracks both oxygen and nitrogen loading, and has timers for dive time, no-deco time, desaturation and surface interval, […]

02
September

Scubapro Nova Scotia 6.5 mm Wetsuit Review

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The Nova Scotia is an example of a “semi-drysuit,” or a thick wetsuit that uses seals borrowed from drysuits to improve the restriction of water circulation through the suit. The suit is made mostly from 6.5 mm of neoprene, with Scubapro’s Everflex material used to make the suit panels behind the knees, under the arms […]

30
August

Tusa BCJ-3200 Liberator Sigma Scuba BCD Review

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The Liberator Sigma is a fairly middle-of-the-road BCD from Tusa. The design includes Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness, which mounts the tank close to the body and uses stabilizing rails, features that promote stability and prevent tank rolling. The BCJ-3200’s rig is made from 840 denier nylon, so it stands up very well to wear and […]

24
August

Cressi Travelight Scuba BCD Review

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Updated June 9, 2014 The Travelight from Cressi is designed as a super-serious travel BCD, and strongly oriented toward contributing towards a light, compact travel package for flying. The basic design was drawn from the Flex BCD, and Cressi chose to make the Travelight from 210 denier nylon, sacrificing durability for extreme lightness. This isn’t […]

17
August

IST J1300 Artemis Scuba BCD Review

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The J1300 Artemis from IST is women’s BCD design. That shows in what has become the standard style for a woman’s BCD, namely a shorter overall design with more of the BCD’s material distributed to the lower back, hips and waist. The Artemis has thick padding on these areas, making it very comfortable. As an […]

04
August

IST R-410 Scuba Regulator Review

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IST’s regulator line, including its top of the line R-410, sports eye-catching gold-colored fittings. The set’s R-4 first stage scored well on breathing machine tests, and in addition to the 2 HP ports, it has four LP ports that are angled for better hose routing. An improved version, the R-4/N, has IST’s All Condition Kit […]

04
August

Scubapro Mk11/C300 Scuba Regulator Review

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Scubapro’s Mk11/C300 regulator system is aimed at providing top notch performance in the recreational diving range in a package light and compact enough for travel. Part of how it achieves this is by placing its hose ports on a three-tiered system. The first stage has the usual 4 LP ports, but two of those ports […]

02
August

Cressi Aquaride Scuba BCD Review

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Updated June 15, 2012 In the Aquaride, the Italians at Cressi have created a BCD that occupies a niche between a travel BCD and a general-purpose BCD. With a dry weight of 8 lbs, it is light enough to help stay below the 50 lbs checked bag limit, but it is by no means the […]

02
August

Dive Rite RG 3100 Scuba Regulator Review

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Dive Rite’s RG 3100 was designed with the challenges of tec diving in mind. One feature any gear-intensive diver will appreciate are the five LP ports on the first stage. Even if you don’t need all five ports, just having them makes arranging gear much simpler. The regulator comes standard as a 300-barĀ turret-style DIN connector […]

21
July

Tilos Armada Scuba BCD Review

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The Armada is Tilos’s back-inflating travel BCD. It sports a compact design weighing in at 8.25 lbs, which is a bit heavy for a travel BCD, but the Armada incorporates many features that are rarely seen in stripped-down, travel-ready pieces of dive gear. Tilos made the Armada from 840 denier nylon for starters, and there […]

15
July

Scubapro Litehawk Scuba BCD Review

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The Litehawk is Scubapro’s main travel BCD, and it has many features in common with Scubapro’s back-inflating BCDs. One way to look at it is as a stripped-down version of the Knighthawk. After all, the Litehawk has the same 1000-denier nylon construction as the Knighthawk and most of Scubapro’s other BCDs, making it much tougher […]

13
July

Cressi Elipse MC9 Black Scuba Regulator Review

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Those Italians over at Cressi have designed another winner, as the Elipse MC9 Black has met with rave reviews from consumers who loved it’s easy breathing qualities. This regulator set combines the MC9 first stage with the Elipse Balanced second stage. The MC9 unit has a variety of corrosion-resistant features and a hyperbalanced design, which […]

12
July

Mares Prestige 22 DPD Scuba Regulator Review

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The Prestige 22 DPD takes Mares’s MR22T balanced diaphragm first stage, a piece of equipment usually seen with the company’s premium regulators, and pairs it with a new second stage to create the company’s newest middle-to-upper range regulator. The result is a combination of features that should be familiar to Mares fans, such as Dynamic […]

08
July

Sherwood Magnum 2011 Scuba Regulator Review

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Updated January 21, 2013 The Sherwood Magnum is a tried-and-tested classic, widely regarded for its sheer toughness, and now available in an upgraded package. The first stage is a compact T-shaped design, and uses a balanced piston system. The spring chamber is sealed to prevent corrosion, and the design uses no liquids or gels, minimizing […]

06
July

Aqua Lung Titan 2010 Scuba Regulator Review

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Aqua Lung’s Titan 2010 is its most modern entry-level regulator and the third rendition of the Titan line. The first stage is a balanced diaphragm design, and is arranged in a T-shape rather than the more traditional in-line style. The result is a compact, space-saving regulator. The forged body keeps the use of brass in […]