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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: Over $500

Reviews of dive gear priced over $500.

19
July

Light And Motion Laser 600 Dive Light Review

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If you do a lot of diving in murky water, or better still a lot of night diving in murky water, the Light and Motion Laser 600 is for you. The standard LED three-cell lamp combines with a powerful lens to create a bright, narrow 8-degree beam of 600 lumens on the maximum power setting. […]

19
July

SEAC DX200 Scuba Regulator Review

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The SEAC DX200 was a 2014 release that raised a few eyebrows by making Sport Diver‘s annual Best Regs list for two years, 2015 and 2016, in a row. This was because it combined a lightweight, travel-friendly design with a robust, scratch-resistant package and mechanical durability. The breathing-resistance controller is easy to manipulate, even with […]

19
November

Scubapro Mk21/S560 Scuba Regulator Review

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Understanding Scubapro regulators means seeing them as paired units, rather than complete articles. This particular unit combines the Mk. 21 first stage and the S560 second stage. Although paired as a set, both halves are available separately and can be combined with other Scubapro parts. Many divers upgrade their Scubapro regulator systems by taking an […]

14
October

Oceanic OCI Computer

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When a dive computer comes with a four digit price tag these days, it is a matter of course that it either has a color, not-dot-matrix display, an air hose transmitter, or both. With the Oceanic OCI, it’s option #2. It’s a wristwatch-style dive computer with a screw-in wireless transmitter for your hose, making it […]

09
June

Apeks WTX3 Scuba BCD Review

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A wing-style buoyancy controller, this BCD comes from British company Apeks and (unsurprisingly therein) has a tec diving-orientation. The way Apeks runs the WTX line is by having a core harness, and then selling a range of air cells to attach to it, so by focusing on the WTX3 this review looks at the WTX […]

19
October

Oceanic ProPlus 3 Dive Computer Review

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The next step in Oceanic’s ProPlus computer line, the company bills No. 3 as having an easy-to-read display that is ideal for older divers or those with poor eyesight in general (glasses-wearers, anyone?). That display is a dot-matrix, but the numbers are gigantic and the console’s screen is huge, so it is indeed among the […]

11
February

IST Dolphin Tech JT40D BCD Review

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With it’s modular design and heavy duty construction, the primary virtue of the IST Dolphin Tech JT40D is its adaptability. The harness and its set of doo-dads allows a diver to add pockets, weights, crotch straps and just about whatever else might be desired for a particular dive. The hefty 5 lbs stainless steel backplate […]

09
January

Oceanic Flex 2 Scuba BCD Review

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The Flex 2 is a jacket-style BCD with an air cell made from BioiFlex, a stretchy, airtight material that allows for the BCD to get the same lift from a smaller air cell. The air cell is also supposed to be more flexible, for a better fitting BCD with minimal drag. The main part of […]

12
December

Sherwood Wisdom 3 Dive Computer Review

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The Wisdom 3 is Sherwood’s high-end console computer, and successor to the Wisdom 2. As a number cruncher, it has a huge memory, able to store up to 110 dives. The Wisdom 3 also has the usual features of a computer of this type: glow screen; deep stop reminder; decompression warning;  audio and read-out alarms; […]

11
September

Aeris A300 ai Dive Computer Review

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The Aeris A300 ai is a highly functional, feature-packed console dive computer that puts an emphasis on simplicity of use. The result is a computer that is so simple to use that any novice diver could take it out of the box, screw it into your first stage, and put it straight to work, but […]

03
September

Liquidvision Kaon Dive Computer Review

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You might never have heard of Liquidvision, but the Canadian company has made quite a splash in dive computing, as its product line has never relied on old fashioned black and white dot matrix displays. Liquidvision has been in color from the start, and the wristwatch-style Kaon is the latest evolution in their product line. […]

20
August

Mares Carbon 52 Regulator Review

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 The Carbon 52 is the latest upgrade in Mares’ line of carbon fiber, lightweight-but-rugged premium regulators. The package combines the Carbon second stage from the earlier Carbon 42 with the MR52 first stage used in the Abyss 52 regulator. It should be noted right off the bat that the Abyss 52’s MR52 first stage is not […]

15
July

Oceanic Probe HLC BCD Review

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Oceanic’s Proble HLC is a high-end, tech-oriented, hybrid-design BCD. As such, it is a very heavy-duty rig with plenty of cargo-carrying capability and serious lifting power. In terms of cargo-carrying, the BCD comes with six steel D-rings, not counting rings on the end of the various adjustment straps, plus two over-sized, zippered pockets that are […]

21
June

Scubapro Meridian Dive Computer Review

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The Meridian is the latest and much-hyped dive computer from Scubapro. An advanced, high-end number cruncher in the wristwatch design, the Meridian has a brushed housing made from 316-L stainless steel, giving it a somewhat classier look than the typical wristwatch dive computer. Scubapro bills it as a computer that looks like a sports watch […]

01
May

Mares Matrix Dive Computer Review

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Updated September 24, 2012 The wristwatch number crunching Matrix is the latest dive computer from Mares. Loaded with new features and plenty of flexibility, the Matrix is a cut above the bulk of its class. Data on the Matrix is very legible, thanks to its high resolution dot matrix display, complete with backlighting, and Scuba […]

Updated March 19, 2013 Most scuba divers acquire and replace equipment on a budget, and some budgets are more expansive than others. While most divers shop on either the basis of the best gear for the least cost, or even the lowest cost outright, some divers enjoy much more expansive budgets. Also, non-divers are often […]

12
March

Suunto D9tx Dive Computer Review

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The D9tx is the most recent evolution of Suunto’s top-end dive computer. Billed as the world’s first tri-mix wristwatch dive computer, the D9tx is everything one might expect from a premium Suunto data cruncher. Using Suunto’s fairly liberal Technical RGBM algorithim, the D9tx can handle up to eight gas mixtures, maxing out at 92% helium. […]

16
January

Aqua Lung Legend Scuba Regulator Review

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Aqua Lung started the Legend series of regulators roughly a decade ago, in honor of Aqua Lung’s founder Jacques Cousteau. Now they have relaunched the Legend with a whole new line of regulators. These start with the Legend Standard and progress through the Legend LX and Legend LUX, each type with its own “Supreme” model […]

15
December

Oceanic Excursion 2 Scuba BCD Review

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The Oceanic Excursion 2 is Oceanic’s latest premium BCD entry. The unit is a back-inflating design with 50 lbs. (22.7 kg) of lift in S, M and L sizes (58 lbs in XL), so it has plenty of lift for cold water conditions. However, the Excursion 2 comes in at only 9 lbs (4 kg), […]

03
October

Aqualung Axiom i3 Scuba BCD Review

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The Axiom i3 is the premium jacket BCD entry in Aqualung’s i3 inflator control line (such as the Pro QD i3 and the Dimension i3). Sporting a snazzy design in Aqualung’s black, grey and navy blue colors, the Axiom i3 has earned high praise for its comfort, loads of features and ease of use in […]

27
September

Sealife DC1400 Underwater Camera Review

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The Sealife DC1400 builds on the success of its predecessor, the DC1200, with both the camera and the underwater housing each receiving one major improvement. The camera has been upgraded to 14 megapixels, as implied by the name (Sealife’s DC series code has always been keyed to the megapixel capability of the camera). This also […]

25
September

Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review

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Some divers swear by wristwatch computers, while others prefer consoles. The Aeris CompuMask does away with both formats, and integrates dive computing into the dive mask through the use of a magnified LCD panel. The system turns a dive mask into a cutting edge Head-Up Display. If you’ve ever wanted to play the Terminator, with […]

14
September

Ikelite 6801.70 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D-7000 Review

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Ikelite enjoys a solid reputation for producing the kind of high quality underwater housings that turn upper-end, but otherwise land-based cameras into dive cameras, and the Ikelite 6801.70 is no exception. The clear polycarbonate housing is tough and has a depth rating of 200 feet (60 m), and the 6801.70 is built so that every […]

02
September

Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review

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Building on the VT 3.0 and VT Pro, Oceanic’s VT 4.0 is a cutting edge wristwatch-style dive computer. The number cruncher gives the user a choice of two different algorithms, Pelagic Z+ and Pelagic DSAT, rather than the usual feature of one algorithm with the option to dial the conservatism up or down. DSAT is […]

02
September

Hollis DG-03 Dive Computer Review

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The DG-03 was a much anticipated release by fans of Hollis’s line of dive computers, since it took the general ethos of the company’s basic dive computers and added air integration, a feature usually only available with high-end, high-performance data crunchers. The system has air, nitrox, gauge and freedive modes (the latter is a big […]