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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.

30
June

Tusa RS680 Scuba Regulator Review

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The RS680 is the newest regulator from Tusa, and is basically the R-600 first stage that some are already familiar with from the RS670 combined with a new second stage, the S-80 (hence, RS680). Astute divers might remember that the Tusa RS670 suffered a recall for all regulators manufactured in Japan last year. However, no […]

10
June

Cressi Air Travel Scuba BCD Review

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Updated July 8, 2013 Cressi’s Air Travel BCD is a true piece of travel-friendly dive gear, so compact and light that it could fit into a carry-on bag or accompany a backpacking, traveling divemaster. The medium version weighs 5.5 lbs (2.5 kg), and with little fuss the BCD can be folded up and tucked away. […]

18
May

Seasoft Sea Lion Scuba BCD Review

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Seasoft’s Sea Lion has the kind of adjustable harness that a dive shop owner dreams about. You can buy the extra-small Sea Lion BCD for a 12 year old, who can keep adjusting that harness until he grows up into a 20 year old, 180 lbs adult. This feature is especially handy for the diver […]

18
May

Tusa BCJ-1800 Voyager Scuba BCD Review

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As the name implies, Tusa’s BCJ-1800 Voyager is a travel-oriented BCD that offers many of the same features usually limited to its heavier counterparts. The BCJ-1800 weighs in at 4.4 lbs, but has plenty of padding and is made out of 840/420 nylon. It uses the double rails of Tusa’s Ultimate Stabilizing Harness plus a […]

26
April

Cressi Lontra 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

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Cressi’s Lontra 7mm is a dedicated cold-water wetsuit of the type so well-sealed it is sometimes referred to as a semi-drysuit. A one-piece full bodysuit made from 7mm Ultraspan neoprene forms the core of the wetsuit, with a vertical water-resistant zipper up the back. The wrists are sealed with a double cuff system consisting of […]

19
April

Aeris Atmos LX Scuba BCD Review

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Aeris’s Atmos LX is a hyrbid BCD, mixing the air cell design of both back-inflating and jacket-style BCDS. The distribution of air puts just enough buoyancy around the waist of the jacket to improve surface stability, which is an absolute boon for divers with sensitive, sea sickness-prone stomachs. Lift is 46 lbs (20.5 kg) for […]

19
April

Aqua Lung SolAfx 8mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

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Aqua Lung’s SolAfx wetsuit takes wetsuits (semi-drysuits, really) up to new level, directly competing with drysuits when it comes to insulating performance. The entire suit is made from Aqua Flex neoprene, with 8mm of protection around the torso and 7mm for the arms and legs. Seals on the SolAfx include a Plasmaloc water-resistant zipper across […]

19
April

Cressi Start Pro Scuba BCD Review

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Cressi’s Start Pro is the upgrade on its Start BCD, and meant for the rental inventory of dive shops and liveaboard ships. Like most BCDs of this type, the Start Pro is a tough piece of gear, but unlike most BCDs meant for the rental gear market, it has many features more often found on […]

12
April

Scubapro Knighthawk Scuba BCD Review

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The Knighthawk BCD from Scubapro is a durable piece of dive gear meant for use by both recreational and tec divers. The integrated weights are stored in zippered pouches and then tucked into pockets on the front-sides of the BCD’s waist, and secured by a quick-release buckle system. Even if the weights fall out of […]

05
April

Mares Pegasus Scuba BCD Review

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Compared to the Icon, the Pegasus offers fewer features, but the couple of extras it does have might make it more comfortable to some divers. The major difference is the price tag, as the Pegasus typically costs about $100 less than the Icon and is therefore a prime BCD choice for traveling divers on a budget.

13
March

Oceanic Islander 2 Scuba BCD Review

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In most travel BCDs, these two functions are performed by the same strap, so the handle is of little or no use once a diver’s kit is assembled. This is precisely the time when a solid handle is most useful, making the Islander 2 a cut above most travel BCDs in terms of handiness.

10
March

Suunto Zoop Dive Computer Review

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The Zoop essentially evolved out of Suunto’s Gekko, with the added feature of downloading diving data into your PC, and serves as Suunto’s basic, beginner’s-level dive computer.

04
March

Hollis DG-02 Dive Computer Review

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The DG-02 is a compact wristwatch style dive computer with simple, basic functions and a modest price tag.

18
February

Dive Rite LED 500 Dive Light Review

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These features make the LED 500 a solid primary or back-up dive light for recreational divers, cave divers and tec divers.

08
February

Subgear XP-10 Dive Computer Review

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Two features of the XP-10 stand out, especially given the dive computer’s middling price tag.

01
February

Sherwood ProFile Dive Computer Review

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Scuba Diving magazine considered the ProFile an excellent dive computer for beginners, and despite some of its limitations, this number cruncher has some flexibility and growth potential.

28
January

Subgear Bonaire Scuba Regulator Review

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Subgear is the re-branded German company Seeman Sub, a firm specializing in reasonably priced, solid scuba equipment. The Bonaire lives up to that record, passing its ANTSI machine tests at all depths and breathing levels. As a German design (and despite the tropical-inspired name), the Bonaire’s design is well-suited to cold water use. The first […]

24
December

Sherwood Brut Scuba Regulator Review

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The Brut offers adequate, middle-of-the-road performance in a tough, durable package.

20
December

Tusa IQ-650 Element Dive Computer Review

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Introduced in 2009, the IQ-650 Element from Tusa is a cut-down dive computer […] However, the IQ-650 retains a handful of features that place it a cut above the bargain basement, basic dive computer.

22
November

Hollis DC4/221 Scuba Regulator Review

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Divers who want a solid regulator for temperate and warm water use, however, can save themselves about $150, drop the cold water features and buy the Hollis DC4/221.

19
November

Mares Flexa 8-6-5 Scuba Wetsuit Review

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The Mares Trilastic 8-6-5 wetsuit is a warm, snug, yet reasonably flexible and lightweight wetsuit.

15
November

Zeagle N2ition 3 Dive Computer Review

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The ease-of-use combined with a price tag that hovers right on the $500 line made this dive computer a Scuba Diving magazine Best Buy in 2009.

09
November

Cressi MC5 Steel Scuba Regulator Review

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A workable reg that stays dry in all positions and delivers plenty of air under any of the circumstances that a sport diver is likely to encounter.

01
November

Henderson H2 Titanium 3mm Wetsuit Review

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Round out the picture with a padded back zipper and watertight seams, and the Henderson H2 Titanium starts to look like an excellent wetsuit.

25
October

Suunto D4/D4i Dive Computer Review

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The Suunto D4 is the most basic of Suunto’s wristwatch dive computers