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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: Other Accessories

Scuba acessories such as signalling devices, pony bottles and other items.

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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 […]

14
October

Gear Keeper RT5-5901Retractor Snap Dive Gear Review

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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 […]

22
November

Body Glove Power Paddle Gloves Review

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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, […]

24
April

Chums Camera Float Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Chums Camera Float Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

It’s an ugly scenario that has proven all too real for many divers: having the lanyard securing a dive light, camera, or other piece of gear come loose, and then watching as that gear drifts or plummets away. Some items have positive buoyancy on their own and might go to the surface, but once there […]

13
February

Watershot iPhone 4 Underwater Housing Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Watershot iPhone 4 Underwater Housing Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories, Underwater Cameras

The iPhone4 Underwater Housing from Watershot is exactly that: an aftermarket housing that converts an iPhone into a workable underwater camera. This separates it from the Scuba Capsule, which comes with an app designed to covert your iPhone into a dive computer. The Watershot accessory is basically just like any aftermarket underwater camera housing, except […]

15
June

Aluminum vs. Carbon vs. Steel Scuba Tanks

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aluminum vs. Carbon vs. Steel Scuba Tanks Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Other Accessories, Scuba Product Guides

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

13
February

XS Scuba Surface Marker Buoy Rescue Kit Review

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Ever since the film Open Water premiered, surfacing to find yourself all alone in the deep blue sea has become every diver’s nightmare. Despite that persistent dread, few divers bother to buy their own safety sausage, which is silly when you think about it. A safety sausage is cheap, easy to use and clips unobtrusively […]

08
February

Dive Book Review: Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific

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The popular book Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific, is now available in a wide variety of electronic formats, making it perfect for traveling divers. Books take up space and weight in a luggage allowance that is already pushed to the limits by dive gear, but most people take a laptop, tablet or smart phone […]

07
February

XS Scuba Multi-Tool Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on XS Scuba Multi-Tool Dive Gear Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives, Other Accessories

The Multi-Tool from XS is basically a Leatherman for scuba divers, and therefore a must-have item for dive shop owners, staff and any diver who maintains his own gear and likes diving independently. It’s easy to see where an auto hobbyist might want the XS Scuba multi-tool as well. The tool has three hex nut […]

17
October

Pocket Weights Dive Gear Review

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The Pocket Weight reviewed here is a slide-in weight with a molded handle, specifically designed to serve as the main ballast for the integrated-weight systems that are commonplace with BCDs today. The company makes an excellent point when it says that while integrated-weight BCDs have been around for 20 years, the weights used by those […]

13
October

Nautilus Lifeline Dive Gear Review

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Scuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets like the Nautilus Lifeline, an electronic surface signalling device. It’s a compact hand-held device with all the right features for an emergency, although it is less useful under ordinary circumstances. The ability to signal a boat on the surface is a safety issue […]

10
October

Spare Air 300 Emergency 3.0 Cu. Ft. Pony Bottle Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Spare Air 300 Emergency 3.0 Cu. Ft. Pony Bottle Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Other Accessories

Two basic questions cut to the core of buying a back-up breathing unit, such as Spare Air’s 300 pony bottle: is a redundant air system really necessary, and what redundant system best meets my needs. Even a modest stand-alone back-up bottle like the Spare Air 300 isn’t cheap, and more elaborate pony bottles are even […]