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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: By Price

Index of dive gear reviews by price.

15
July

Oceanic Probe HLC BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Probe HLC BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

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 […]

10
July

Tusa Freedom One Dive Mask Review

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Tusa’s latest mask is the M-211 Freedom One, named for the use of Tusa’s “Freedom Technology” in the skirt design. This embraces a trio of features intended to increase comfort and sealing efficiency. The skirt has a pattern of dimples to improve the mask’s general seal, and a set of ridges above the cheekbones to […]

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 […]

27
June

Magicshine MJ-810E LED Dive Light Review

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If you aren’t familiar with Magicshine (and you probably aren’t), they are a Chinese company that specializes in durable light systems for diving and cycling. In the MJ-810E, the company has produced a flashlight-style dive light that resembles nothing so much as a lightsaber, and performs like one underwater. The MJ-810E is about 8 1/2 […]

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 […]

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 […]

14
June

Tusa FF-19 X-Pert Evolution Scuba Fins

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Tusa’s FF-19 Evolution fins offer an interesting package for divers shopping for gear in the bargain basement. What makes the fins so interesting is that they are split fins, even today a somewhat exotic creature in diving, yet at the same time they are very cheap. The FF-19 X-Pert Evolution is pretty basic as split […]

28
May

Tilos Saber Dive Fins Review

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Tilos Sabers are inexpensive fins that pack some of the features one might expect to find on a fin that costs as much as $25 more. The paddle combines big rubberized side rails with an expansive rubberized center-section, plus a pair of medium-sized vent apertures below the foot pocket. This combination of traditional paddle stiffness, […]

27
May

Suunto SK7 Underwater Compass Review

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For divers who frequent murky water, dive solo or simply want to be able to self-help their way out of becoming lost underwater without surfacing, an underwater compass is a must-have piece of gear. Of course, using an underwater compass is not quite as simple as using a compass on land. Navigating by compass for […]

21
May

Mares Wave Scuba Fin Review

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The Wave fins from Mares catch the recent craze in paddle fins for having a big, flexible center section. The design is fairly straightforward – a rubberized foot pocket and plastic paddle with thick, solid stiffening rails on the outside edge. A curved section dominating the center has been replaced by a rubberized insert. The […]

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 […]

14
May

Mares Force Bat Titanium Folding Dive Knife Review

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The Mares Force Bat is that company’s folding, titanium dive knife entry. It should not be confused with the Mares Force Knife or any other knife in the Mares line, because Mares (confusingly) puts “Force” into the name of all its knives. For the sake of simplicity, the knife will be called “Bat Titanium” for […]

10
May

Dive Book Review: Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Book Review: Lost Wife, Saw Barracuda Posted in: Below $100, Book and Film Reviews

Many or most of the dive masters you meet in Southeast Asia, the Red Sea, Central America and the Caribbean are made up of a rollicking caste of backpackers earning a living and saving for their next big push or folks who have dropped out from more “respectable” careers for a line of work that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

19
March

Cressi Spring 3.5mm Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Spring 3.5mm Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

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 […]

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. […]

07
March

Ocean Quest EZ Spring Fin Strap

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Ocean Quest EZ Spring Fin Strap Posted in: Below $100, Fins, Other Accessories

One of the simplest and most direct ways to upgrade your open-heeled fins is by replacing the rubber straps with metal spring straps. Instead of having to unbuckle the straps in the water to take the fins off, an awkward task even under the best of circumstances, to remove spring straps all you need to […]

01
March

Dive Movie Review: The Deep (1977)

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For divers of the “Generation X” set and older, The Deep might very well have been the movie that first inspired your interest in scuba diving. Shown constantly on cable through the 1980s, virtually every American and Canadian between their late 30s and late 40s has seen what is arguably the best dive film every […]