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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.

21
August

OMS Slipstream Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on OMS Slipstream Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Relative to other high-end paddle fins made from a single material, such as the APS Mantaray and the Hollis F-1 “batfin,” the OMS Slipstream has one big advantage: Slipstream fins are made from lightweight, durable monoprene. Slipstreams weigh in at 2 lbs, 6 oz (1 kg), as compared to 3.4 oz (1.5 kg) for the […]

17
August

Hollis F1 Scuba Fin Review

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Sometimes referred to as “the bat fin,” the Hollis F1 has met with rave reviews. Some divers have labeled it the best product in the entire Hollis/Oceanic/Aeris inventory. Hollis describes them as delivering “power without compromise,” and the fins are certainly big, sinister-looking and muscular. F1s are made entirely from heavy duty natural rubber, and […]

17
August

IST J1300 Artemis Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on IST J1300 Artemis Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

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 […]

17
August

Moray Diver Communication Torch (DCT) Dive Light Review

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Moray’s Diver Communication Torch (DCT) is a powerful dive light in a compact package, with an extra feature that make it a must-have item for divemasters or anyone who regularly leads groups of divers. At eight inches long and two inches wide, the DCT is fairly average in terms of size for a flashlight-style dive […]

04
August

Mares X-Stream Scuba Fin Review

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X-Stream fins are Mares’s top of the line when it comes to dive fins. Like the Seawing Nova, the X-Stream uses the pivoting-paddle design, but with four pivot points instead of two. Thus, the X-Stream too combines some of the best elements of a conventional paddle fin and a split fin, delivering thrust on both […]

04
August

IST R-410 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on IST R-410 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

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 […]

02
August

Scubapro Seawing Nova Scuba Fin Review

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Updated September 27, 2013 The Seawing Nova is Scubapro’s effort to build on past efforts and create a jack of all trades dive fin, something that is comfortable, light on the foot and yet still provides enough thrust for finning against the current. The wing-shaped blade is connected to the foot pocket by a pair […]

02
August

Neosport 5mm Farmer John and Jacket Combo Wetsuit

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Neosport 5mm Farmer John and Jacket Combo Wetsuit Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

Neosport makes reasonably priced wetsuits for divers, paddlers and triathletes. Given that spread, it goes without saying that Neosport’s products lack wetsuit features like waterproof zippers or ankle, wrist or neck seals, the sort of features that start to appear on scuba wetsuits at the 5mm level. The company’s 5mm Farmer John and Jacket are […]

01
August

Mares Kaila AT Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Kaila AT Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

The Kaila is a women’s BCD, and Mares bills it as a practical fashion accessory for female divers. The basic idea that defines all women’s BCDs is to tailor the design so it is more comfortable on the typical female frame, something that buying a normal BCD in a smaller size usually fails to accomplish, […]

01
August

Cressi Frog Plus Scuba Fins Review

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Cressi’s Frog Plus is another example of that Italian firm’s well-made, conventional paddle fins. As such, it is a great fin for novice divers because it produces good performance even when used by someone who doesn’t know anything about finning (as opposing to swimming), and the fins are nearly indestructible to boot. Basically, they are […]

27
July

Aeris Velocity X3 Scuba Fin Review

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The Velocity X3 is Aeris’s premium dive fin. The fin has a wide, angled blade with a big rubber center section bordered by siderails. Aeris says they improved on previous designs by stiffening the side rails, and the center of the blade features vents for greater kicking efficiency. Vents of this sort give water somewhere […]

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 […]

20
July

Cressi S300 Scuba BCD Review

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Cressi’s latest pro-level BCD, the S300 is a roomy, high-lift piece of gear, making it a logical choice for cold water divers encumbered with dry suits and thick wet suits. The S300’s air bladders are distributed around the sides and the back, and provide between 21 and 52 lbs (9.7 and 23.5 kg) of lift, […]

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 […]

15
July

Mares Abyss Navy 22 Scuba Regulator

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The Abyss Navy 22 was designed by Mares to build on past versions of the Abyss and create a rugged regulator capable of performing in the worst cold water conditions, and it certainly lives up to those specifications. The regulator passed the US Navy’s tests and has since been included on its list of dive […]

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 […]

13
July

Princeton Tec Torrent LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Princeton Tec Torrent LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

Princeton Tec’s Torrent LED dive light is a compact underwater flashlight that produces a lot of light. This handheld design has a locked switch which is simple to operate, and the latest version produces 95 lumens of light from a Maxbright LED bulb (older versions produce 60 lumens). The reflector produces a balance between illumination […]

12
July

LED Wholesalers 100 Meter Dive Light Review

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This dive light from LED Wholesalers is cheap, and as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. It is made from tough ABS plastic, has a depth rating of 100 meters and uses 11 LED bulbs with a combined output of 55 lumens. So, while it can go just about anywhere […]

12
July

Mares Prestige 22 DPD Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Prestige 22 DPD Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

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 […]

08
July

Scubapro Seahawk Scuba BCD Review

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Scubapro’s Seahawk BCD builds on the success of their much-loved Knighthawk, so much so that some consumers labeled it a “Knighthawk with more pockets.” That captures the idea, even if it understates the case quite a bit. The Seahawk enjoys the same tough 1000 denier nylon construction as the Knighthawk, as well as other similar […]

06
July

Bonica Seashell Underwater Camera Housing Review

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Bonica’s Seashell 1 and 2 underwater camera housings make turning any pocket digital camera into a dive camera a simple matter of assembly. The Seashell 1 (depicted in the Amazon product banner to the left) is the basic model and illustrates the idea nicely. The Seashell housing was designed to be customizable with 70% of […]