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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.

06
July

Aqua Lung Titan 2010 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Titan 2010 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

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 […]

01
July

Spyderco Atlantic Salt Dive Knife Review

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Spyderco’s Atlantic Salt is the fraternal twin of its Pacific Salt. Essentially a marine buck knife, the Atlantic Salt is for divers, fishermen, sailors, sea kayakers and just about anyone else who needs a folding knife designed for use in a saltwater environment. The blade is 3.8 inches long and made from H-1 stainless steel. […]

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 […]

17
June

Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Aqualung’s Slingshot fins are the sort of product a gear geek would adore. “Power bands” on the blade enable the wearer to lock the fins into one of three positions, which change the power-to-thrust ratio. Basically, the #1 setting performs something like a flexible split-fin, and as the bands are dialed up, the fin’s pivot […]

15
June

Tusa IQ 950 Zen Air Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa IQ 950 Zen Air Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

For some reason, reviewers call Tusa’s IQ 950 Zen Air a “sleek” wristwatch dive computer, but at Dive Gear Reviews, calling a dive computer “sleek” demands something more than a mere digital sports watch readout. On this point, we profoundly disagree with everyone and think only a serious gear nerd thinks this wristwatch would look […]

14
June

Zeagle Stiletto Scuba BCD Review

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Zeagle’s Stiletto BCD is a fine example of a general purpose piece of recreational diving equipment. With a dry weight of 7.4 lbs (3.35 kg), the Stiletto isn’t as light as a true travel BCD, nor is it as collapsible, but it isn’t so heavy that it will tip a wisely packed bag of dive […]

13
June

Spyderco Pacific Salt Dive Knife Review

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Spyderco’s Pacific Salt is essentially a buck knife for divers, but also fishermen, sailors, sea kayakers and just about anyone else who needs a folding knife designed for the marine environment. The blade is 3.8 inches long and made from H-1 stainless steel. Spyderco makes many of its marine knives from H-1 steel, which substitutes […]

13
June

Tusa FK-850 X-Pert Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa FK-850 X-Pert Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Tusa’s FK-850 is a no-nonsense knife. The blade is 4.5 inches long and has a standard edge on one side, a serrated edge on the other, a cutting notch below the serrated edge, and deadly point on the end. Made from 420 stainless steel, the FK-850 is can be wickedly sharp and hold an edge […]

10
June

Spyderco Caspian 2 Salt Dive Knife Review

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Spyderco made the Caspian 2 out of single piece of H-1 nitrogen steel, which is reputed to be rust-proof. The blade is 4.5 inches long, with both serrated and standard edges, plus a cutting notch. The size and utility, coupled with the knife’s construction, make it a low maintenance, highly functional primary cutter. Pretty much […]

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. […]

10
June

Scubapro Spectra Mirrored Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Spectra Mirrored Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

Glare is a fact of life on the water, and for divers with sensitive eyes, waiting for the dive boat to come by for a pick-up in that glare ranges from annoying to painful. On the boat, you can wear sunglasses, but what about in the water? Scubapro addresses this need with this spin on […]

27
May

Mares Hybrid Scuba BCD Review

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

Mares touts the Hybrid as the apex of their BCD line. The BCD is based on a collapsible, folding frame, enabling the diver to pack the BCD up into a very compact unit for travel. If that sounds uncomfortable, Mares makes the Hybrid with a suspension system inspired by hiking backpacks for better weight distribution. […]

19
May

Aqua Lung Express Scuba Fin Review

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Aqua Lung’s Express fin is a paddle fin with a wide-bladed design. Like almost all Aqua Lung fins, the Express is designed so the fulcrum point of the kicking action is centered on the middle of the foot and reduces strain on the toes and the ball of the foot. In front of the foot […]

19
May

Tusa Panthes Dive Mask Review

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Tusa’s Panthes dive mask was meant for freedivers, which makes them a logical choice for divers looking for a dual purpose mask. If a diver happens to do a little spearfishing without scuba gear on the side, this lightweight, low volume mask is suited to both purposes. Those features also make the mask a decent […]

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

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa BCJ-1800 Voyager Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

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 […]

18
May

Akona AK950/925 Talon Dive Knife Review

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Akona’s AK950 is a titanium dive knife coming in at roughly half the price typical for titanium steel cutters. The 4.5-inch blade has a medium point on the tip, a serrated edge on the back and a cutting notch at the base. The handle is plastic with rubber grips with a stainless steel knob pommel, […]

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 […]

26
April

Aqua Lung Dimension i3 Scuba BCD Review

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*Note: In the United States, Aqua Lung often goes under the brand name “Sea Quest.” This review therefore applies to the Sea Quest Dimension i3 BC, which is the Aqua Lung BC under another name. Aqua Lung’s Dimension i3 is a high-end, back-inflating BC utilizing Aqua Lung’s i3 technology. In this way, the Dimension i3 […]

26
April

Mares Dragon AT Scuba BCD Review

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

The Mares Dragon AT has two stand-out features. The first and signature feature of the Mares Dragon is its winged air cell design, with the cells inflating around the tank in a fashion designed to reduce drag. Those air cells provide up to 56 lbs of lift in the biggest versions of this BCD. The […]

26
April

Oceanic Vortex V-8 Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Vortex V-8 Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Oceanic’s Vortex V-8 is essentially a bargain-basement split-fin, making it a logical choice for divers who want split-fins without paying a premium to get them. The fin boasts composite construction with side channels, and a soft, open-toe foot pocket with a big thumb loop on the strap. In terms of performance, the fins deliver average […]

26
April

Scubapro Twin Jet Max Scuba Fin Review

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Scubapro’s Twin Jet Max is a dual-material split fin, giving it stiffness while retaining flexibility. The blades also have channeling side rails and drag-reducing vents, so the design delivers on its promise of minimizing stress on the ankles and calves, and requiring very little effort to bring back from kicking. The fins are also very […]

25
April

Pelican Nemo 1960 LED Dive Light Review

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Pelican’s Nemo 1960 LED packs a lot of capability into a very small package. It’s compact enough to fit into even a small BC pocket, while the ABS resin housing is depth rated to 500 feet (152 m). Those two features make this a solid choice as a secondary or tertiary light for tec and […]

25
April

Sea and Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Sea and Sea DX-2G Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

Sea and Sea’s DX-2G is a purpose-built dive camera made for serious amateurs or as an entry camera for those with an interest in taking underwater photography to a more professional level. It’s a 12.1 megapixel camera, which is pretty much the standard for high-end digital cameras now. In terms of handling, the DX-2G is […]

23
April

Oceanic Viper Scuba Fin Review

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Oceanic’s Viper fins are a very run-of-the-mill scuba fin design, but the dirt cheap prices at which these fins are available make them a major option for divers collecting a set of scuba equipment on a budget, or perhaps dive shop owners building up an inventory of rental gear. Like the Aeris Mako or Mares […]