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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: Scuba Product Guides

10
May

What To Look For In A Dive Mask

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The first and foremost tip on shopping for a dive mask is to try it out before you buy it, make a couple of tests and make sure it fits properly. But past a good fit, what else you should look for? Here are some ideas: Field Of Vision: Maximizing your field of vision is […]

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April

Why Your Regulator Might Be Leaking

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Something every diver dreads is getting wet and heading down only to have your buddy signal you that your regulator is leaking. As small as that little trickle of bubbles running to the surface, it still means an aborted dive for the safe and cautious, and anything more than the odd bubble should be treated […]

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November

Scuba Regulator Maintenance Steps

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Like cars, regulators have evolved from finicky machines that required constant maintenance, tweaking and repair into sound and reliable devices that rarely need major work during a reasonable lifetime. Even so, as a scuba diver your life depends on your regulator functioning without so much as a hitch every single time you roll off the […]

03
October

Dive Computer Algorithms

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A dive computer’s algorithm is at the heart of what that particular gadget does, because when you get right down to it, everything else on the computer is an accessory. Yes, the depth gauge replaces or supplements the old analog depth gauge, but a dive computer is first and foremost about increasing your margin of […]

10
August

Best BCDs

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Updated September 16, 2013 The BCD sits in the same stratum as a regulator, in that its usually expensive and one of the two items a diver must have as part of their kit if they want to get away rentals. Today, BCDs come in many shapes and sizes, and in the last couple of […]

24
July

Best Fins

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Updated July 15, 2013 Fins are another one of those critical pieces of scuba gear, so critical that they are always among the first pieces of gear a diver acquires when she starts to assemble her kit. At the same time, many divers are surprisingly careless when it comes to selecting their fins. Figuring one […]

27
June

Best Dive Masks

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Updated July 1, 2013 Dive masks are at least as essential to diving as a regulator and an air tank, yet they might very well be the most overlooked piece of gear in the kit of many a scuba diver. Without the mask, you can’t see much of anything underwater. However, few divers invest much […]

15
June

Aluminum vs. Carbon vs. Steel Scuba Tanks

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For decades, divers shopping for their own air cylinder(s) have had two basic choices: aluminum or steel. Carbon fiber is a relative newcomer to scuba tanks, despite the fact that material has been used in high performance manufacturing sectors for many years. The old aluminum vs. steel debate is already out of date, and will […]

30
May

Best Dive Knives

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For most recreational divers, a knife is just an accessory, since the odds of such a diver needing to cut fishing line (or anything else) are minimal. Carrying a knife is a nice safety hedge, but in almost invariably such divers never need to pull the knife from its sheath. In this circumstance, the best […]

24
May

Best Dive Lights

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Updated April 3, 2013 Different divers have different needs when it comes to dive lights. Wreck divers and cave divers need more powerful, longer lasting lights than the typical recreational diver out on an infrequent night dive. Some divers never even partake of night dives or venture into caves, but still want a handy light […]

18
May

Paddle vs. Split Fins

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After open heeled vs. closed, the most basic distinction in dive fins are paddle vs. split. However, unlike the heel distinctions, which are about how the fin is attached to your foot and therefore usually a matter of comfort and lesser personal preferences, paddle vs. split fin issues can have a serious impact on your […]

07
May

Open-Heel vs. Full-Foot Fins

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Open-heel vs. full-foot fins are one of those gear issues that tends to produce clear preferences among divers. Where one diver will say that once he went open heeled he never looked back, another will tell you that old fashioned full-foot fins are more reliable and produce more thrust. Since a pair of fins is […]

14
April

Comparing Point-and-Shoot Underwater Cameras

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Comparing Point-and-Shoot Underwater Cameras Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides, Underwater Cameras

Intova vs. Sealife vs. Sea and Sea Most divers out there are not looking to compete with Stephen Frink for regular appearances in the pages of National Geographic and Scuba Diving, and therefore they are not interested in taking a professional-grade Nikon, marrying it to an aftermarket housing, attaching powerful lamps to it and creating […]

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 […]

15
February

Cheapest Scuba Gear

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Updated February 18, 2013 “Cheap” sometimes means “low quality,” but this list focuses purely on the least expensive scuba gear than meets with a minimum working standard. These aren’t “best buys,” which reflect the bargain hunters maxim of getting the most for your money, even if it means paying a little more. Instead, this list […]

30
January

Best Buys in Scuba Gear

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Updated January 21, 2013 The idea of a “Best Buy” is all about getting the maximum bang for your buck, and not plunging to the bottom in search of the cheapest product possible. The concept is about establishing a balance of the best quality possible at the most reasonable price available. Best buys are of […]

09
January

Best “Semi-Dry” Wetsuits

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Best “Semi-Dry” Wetsuits Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides, Wetsuits

Some divers gripe there is no such thing as a “semi-dry” suit, and while the term is oxymoronic, it is no more so than “fresh frozen” or “virtually spotless.” As a practical matter, semi-dry wetsuits are at the top of the wetsuit range, including the thickest and best-sealed wetsuits available. Expect any suit sporting the […]

15
December

Dive Knife Guide

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Dive knives have grown from being simple stainless steel tools into fairly complex tools made from a variety of materials. This guide to dive knives will help you navigate the many features available on modern dive knives, and thereby help you choose the knife most appropriate to your needs. Construction Most dive knives are made […]

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October

Scuba Regulators – Features and Formats

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Divers learn about regulator basics during Open Water instruction, such as the division between the first and second stages and the fundamentals of how a regulator delivers air at ambient water pressure. However, basic and intermediate scuba classes almost never teach a diver about the mechanics of how a regulator works, and as a result […]

01
September

How to Care for and Maintain BCDs

Written by Editor. Comments Off on How to Care for and Maintain BCDs Posted in: BCDs, Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides

Even a second-hand, budget BCD is a major investment, and along with a dive computer and a regulator, your BCD is probably one of the most expensive pieces of scuba equipment you own. BCDs are also important because they are the foundation of your gear assembly, the one thing that almost everything you take on […]

27
July

How to Care For and Maintain Your Dive Mask

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Dive masks are your portal into the underwater world, and once a mask fits well it becomes almost an extension of the body. This might explain why most divers don’t devote as much maintenance to their masks as they do their regulator or BCD, despite its critical importance to the underwater experience. Many simply dunk […]

13
June

How to Clean and Defog a New Dive Mask

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New dive masks invariably come coated in a thin layer of oil. The manufacturer puts this oil on the mask to protect the silicon skirt, helping to retain its flexibility and full color while the mask is on the display shelf. The problem is that this oil retains moisture, so only a little of it […]

18
April

Product Guide: Dive Computer Features and Formats

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For the new diver, investing in a dive computer can be intimidating. After all, a novice has not been diving long enough to establish their preferred style of gear arrangement or style of diving, let alone figure out what they want out of their gear or what their future scuba intentions are. Many of the […]

11
February

Product Guide: How to Fit and Buy Dive Masks

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Because the fit is so important, Dive Gear Reviews urges you to not buy dive masks from an online retailer. You really do need to go to a brick and mortar store and try a new mask on in person, and preferrbly buy the very same mask you tried. No online discount is worth the risk of buying a mask that fits poorly.

11
January

Product Guide: Dive Lights

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Like most types of scuba gear, dive lights now come in a diverse and sometimes confusing range of shapes, sizes and formats. For scuba divers buying their first or even second dive light, sorting through these options requires a little background information on the dive light features available on the market.