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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.

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Index of dive gear reviews by type.

19
July

Light And Motion Laser 600 Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Light And Motion Laser 600 Dive Light Review Posted in: Dive Lights, Over $500

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

Oceanic Cyanea Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Cyanea Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

This mask from Oceanic/Aeris combines a minimalist frame with maximalist lenses to create a highly touted field of view. These start with those big lenses, but don’t end there. The lenses are tilted to increase downwards field of view, adding to the range of vision. At the same time, it is a low volume mask […]

19
July

SEAC DX200 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on SEAC DX200 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

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

SEAC L70 Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on SEAC L70 Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

The SEAC L70 is a new entrant into the growing realm of micro-masks, or masks with an ultra-low interior volume. “Micro” is the right word, because this one is so small you might mistake it for a kiddie mask. Low interior volume has two potential payoffs, one major and one minor, and both are present […]

19
November

Scubapro Mk21/S560 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Mk21/S560 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

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 […]

09
February

Scubapro X-Cut Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro X-Cut Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Dive knives tend to come in three categories: cutters, straightforward and simple; dive tools; and knives that aren’t that serious. The latter are identified by their cheapness, and dive tools are usually hefty things with the weight and pommel to stand in for hammers. Cutters, on the other hand, are modest things but tough and […]

09
February

Aqua Quick Release Coil Lanyard

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Quick Release Coil Lanyard Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

In terms of accessories, any diver with more than one piece of handheld gear — dive light, camera, tool(s) — needs something more than just a clip and a D-ring. To keep such items handy, it’s best to have them at hand. Having a camera, for example, floating several inches away is a lot handier […]

17
December

Mares Smart Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Smart Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

New dive computers these days come laden with so many features that the dot-matrix display sometimes seems passe. It’s not, because it is still the display of choice for almost all computers, including new computers, but that doesn’t eliminate the problem of using the old system to efficiently and conveniently work with all those data […]

17
December

Akona 7mm Quantum Stretch Wetsuit

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Akona 7mm Quantum Stretch Wetsuit Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

Akona is a branch of Sherwood, the Quantum Stretch is their standard wetsuit line, and the 7mm version is the thickest version in that line. The suit has a sealed vertical zipper up the back, plus smoothskin O-rings on the wrists and ankles. From consumers and professional reviewers, the Quantum Stretch earned high marks for […]

14
October

Gear Keeper RT5-5901Retractor Snap Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Gear Keeper RT5-5901Retractor Snap Dive Gear Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

The Gear Keeper Retractor Snap is the kind of useful, inexpensive little accessory that almost never appears in flashy scuba diving magazines. The “retractor” part of the snap refers to the tough, auto-retracting nylon line, which allows you to pull out a chosen piece of gear for easy handling without having to unhook it. Take […]

14
October

Oceanic OCI Computer

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic OCI Computer Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

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 […]

05
August

Seac Pro 2000 HD BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Seac Pro 2000 HD BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500, Uncategorized

Seac Sub’s Pro 2000 HD BCD is a hybrid design, in that while it is primarily a back-infating wing BCD, it also has some modest capability to inflate on the front like a jacket, making bobbing around on the surface more comfortable. How this works is that the diver tightens the webbing while in the […]

05
August

Cressi Back Jac BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Back Jac BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The Cressi Back Jac is a middle of the road wing-style, back-inflating BCD system with all the expected wings and dings. The design of the air cell has earned the BCD high marks from owners and reviewers, with most of the inflation taking place across the lower back and none at all at and above […]

17
June

Scubapro Nova 230 Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Nova 230 Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

The Scubapro Nova 230 is a mid-sized, flashlight-style dive light with good capability. The “230” part refers to the 230 lumens put out by the LED bulb, and the three AA batteries provide 14 to 18 hours of burn time. That light comes out in a 10″ beam, which sounds a little narrow (and indeed, […]

09
June

Ikelite Gamma Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Ikelite Gamma Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

At 5.6″ long, the Ikelite Gamma isn’t quite a pocket dive light, but at a super light 4 oz (113 g) it’s not a regular flashlight-style item either. That makes it compact, but something of an odd duck. Still, with a 220-lumen, 10-degree beam angle beam, the Gamma has what it takes to qualify as […]

09
June

Apeks WTX3 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Apeks WTX3 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

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 […]

10
May

What To Look For In A Dive Mask

Written by Editor. Comments Off on What To Look For In A Dive Mask Posted in: Dive Masks, Scuba Product Guides

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 […]

26
April

Why Your Regulator Might Be Leaking

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Why Your Regulator Might Be Leaking Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides, Scuba Regulators

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 […]

04
January

Henderson H2 3mm Shorty Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Henderson H2 3mm Shorty Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

Shorty wetsuits are worn for two reasons: staying warm in warm water, conditions in which many divers get by with a t-shirt; and for some protection against jellyfish stings. As thin, short-sleeved and short-legged wetsuits, the main issue for a shorty is offering a fit that is snug, but not too tight. The outfit is […]

22
November

Body Glove Power Paddle Gloves Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Body Glove Power Paddle Gloves Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

Orthodox scuba techniques teach divers to not use their arms for swimming, instead instructing them to keep their arms tucked away unless needed for something other than propulsion. Ostensibly this is because the hands are very inefficient water shovels, so the increase in drag and energy/air consumption more than cancels out any benefit in speed, […]

22
November

Scubapro Spectra Trufit Scuba Mask Review

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

The Scubapro Spectra Trufit is a dual-lens mask design that attempts to balance low interior volume against achieving a wide range of vision, while at the same time having a skirt that offers a snug, leak-free fit to most faces. If the consumer and professional reviewer feedback is anything to go by, they succeeded. Sport […]

19
October

Tryton Drylite Underwater Flashlight

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tryton Drylite Underwater Flashlight Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

It’s expensive, but the Drylite promises to be the ultra-reliable dive light. It lives up to the “dry” part of its name, because the entire flashlight unit is completely sealed at the factory. If you keep it within its depth limits (which at 300 feet/91 m would be hard to breach), it should never, ever […]

19
October

Oceanic ProPlus 3 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic ProPlus 3 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

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 […]

27
September

Sherwood Amphos Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Sherwood Amphos Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers

The Amphos from Sherwood is a wristwatch-style dive computer, and builds on the company’s existing line of dot matrix display, wristwatch data crunchers. Basically it takes the proven and reasonably popular Sherwood platform of having a computer with two Nitrox settings (21-50% and 50-100%) with a range of bells and whistles, such as audible alarms, […]

16
September

SEAC S-Dry Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on SEAC S-Dry Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

The S-Dry is a semi-dry suit, or a wetsuit in the super-warm class that sport tight seals for minimal water transfer. The S-Dry is a 7mm wetsuit with a form-fitting cut, but made from a super-flexible form of neoprene. The list of seals include a waterproof zipper and double cone soft-skin seals around the wrists […]