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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 Type

Index of dive gear reviews by type.

08
February

Subgear XP-10 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Subgear XP-10 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

Two features of the XP-10 stand out, especially given the dive computer’s middling price tag.

03
February

Oceanic Delta 4.2 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Delta 4.2 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

While some other regulators in this price range perform better on breathing machine tests, according to field reports the difference in performance is unnoticeable to divers in recreational depths.

02
February

Nauticam NA-79 Underwater Camera Housing Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Nauticam NA-79 Underwater Camera Housing Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

The package is far more than a casual diver or photographer needs, but for a diver looking to nip at Stephen Frink’s heels, the NA-79/Canon 7D is not a bad set to work with.

01
February

Sherwood ProFile Dive Computer Review

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

Scuba Diving magazine considered the ProFile an excellent dive computer for beginners, and despite some of its limitations, this number cruncher has some flexibility and growth potential.

28
January

Subgear Bonaire Scuba Regulator Review

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

Subgear is the re-branded German company Seeman Sub, a firm specializing in reasonably priced, solid scuba equipment. The Bonaire lives up to that record, passing its ANTSI machine tests at all depths and breathing levels. As a German design (and despite the tropical-inspired name), the Bonaire’s design is well-suited to cold water use. The first […]

28
January

UK C8 eLED Plus Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on UK C8 eLED Plus Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

The C8 eLED Plus dive light can serve as an able primary dive light for both technical and recreational divers.

24
January

Mares ICON HD/AI Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares ICON HD/AI Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

British underwater photographer Charles Hood called the Mares ICON “the iPod of dive computers,” and rightfully so.

24
January

Scubapro Fuego Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Fuego Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

The Fuego is a fine back-up dive light for any diver, and a sound primary for divers need only occasional use of a dive light.

20
January

Zeagle Flathead 7 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Zeagle Flathead 7 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

Zeagle considers the Flathead 7 its standard-bearer scuba regulator. Both Scuba Diving and Sport Diver loved it.

19
January

DiveRite Intova LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on DiveRite Intova LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

The small size and high light output make this dive light an admirable back-up unit, but because the beam is fixed to a narrow band the Intova LED would serve poorly as a primary dive light.

18
January

Princeton Tec Shockwave LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Princeton Tec Shockwave LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

Princeton Tec’s Shockwave LED is an inexpensive, capable choice for a primary dive light.

14
January

Oceanic OC1 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic OC1 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The OC1 from Oceanic is a wristwatch style dive computer that, unlike so many wrist-mounted number crunchers, actually looks like a wristwatch and a fairly attractive one at that.

11
January

Product Guide: Dive Lights

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Product Guide: Dive Lights Posted in: Dive Lights, Scuba Product Guides

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.

07
January

Atomic Aquatics M1 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Atomic Aquatics M1 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

The M1 scuba regulator from Atomic Aquatics is designed for both recreational and technical diving use, making it a sound choice for the diver who wants to invest in a regulator that has room to grow.

03
January

Mares Carbon 42 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Carbon 42 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

While expensive, the Mares Carbon 42 is a tough, reliable and very light regulator.

02
January

SeaLife DC800 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on SeaLife DC800 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

Overall, this is a tough, durable camera with all the point-and-shoot capability a diver who isn’t a devoted shutterbug could want.

02
January

Oceanic Pro Plus 2.1 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Pro Plus 2.1 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The best features of the previous model have been retained, such as the huge screen and the big digital read-outs that go with it.

24
December

Sherwood Brut Scuba Regulator Review

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

The Brut offers adequate, middle-of-the-road performance in a tough, durable package.

24
December

Hollis DC3/212 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Hollis DC3/212 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

This regulator delivers steady breathing throughout a dive, from 25 feet down to 140 feet and back up to 25.

20
December

Tusa IQ-650 Element Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa IQ-650 Element Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

Introduced in 2009, the IQ-650 Element from Tusa is a cut-down dive computer […] However, the IQ-650 retains a handful of features that place it a cut above the bargain basement, basic dive computer.

13
December

Intova CP9 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Intova CP9 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Below $100, Underwater Cameras

The Intova CP9 dive camera is a classic example of the maxim “you get what you pay for.” It is a compact, handy camera with a price tag that hovers right around $90 (although the camera is often marked up considerably in Europe). The CP9 is also rated for depths of 130 feet/39 meters. Very […]

06
December

Underwater Camera Guide (Casual Scuba Divers)

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Underwater Camera Guide (Casual Scuba Divers) Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides, Underwater Cameras

Casual scuba divers buying an underwater camera often find choosing a camera to be a confusing proposition. Given the price tag, the selection of an underwater camera might even become discouraging. However, it doesn’t need to be that way. Only divers looking to follow in the footsteps of underwater photography gurus like Stephen Frink need […]

06
December

Subgear Aruba Scuba Regular Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Subgear Aruba Scuba Regular Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Scuba Regulators

Subgear is the new name of the German company Seeman Sub, re-branded after its 2007 acquisition. The company continues with Seeman Sub’s product line of quality, moderately priced dive gear, and the Aruba is Subgear’s starter scuba regulator. As such, the regulator had adequate performance on ANSTI machine tests set to imitate normal recreational diving […]

29
November

Oceanic Delta 4.1 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Delta 4.1 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

The Oceanic Delta 4.1 scuba regulator comes with two stand-out features. First, the FDX-10 first stage that sits at the core of the regulator uses Oceanic’s Dry Valve Technology (DVT) and is fitted with an environmental kit. This seals the yoke valve more effectively to keep moisture and any contaminants out of the regulator. The […]

29
November

Spyderco Aqua Salt Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Spyderco Aqua Salt Dive Knife Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Knives

The Spyderco Aqua Salt is a simple, straight-forward dive knife. The almost 5-inch blade is available either with a plain edge or with a serrated edge, and always has a sharp point on the end. That blade also comes made from H-1 stainless steel, which uses nitrogen in place of the more traditional carbon in […]