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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.

16
September

Sherwood Onyx Dive Mask Review

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

The Onyx looks like a basic dive mask: it is a dual lens design that comes only in black. However, the skirt is super soft and form fitting, providing a no-leak fit for a wide range of facial profiles. The design is also low-profile, and thus low volume. The buckles are a simple affair, and […]

16
September

Aeris Accel Scuba Fins Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aeris Accel Scuba Fins Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

The Accel is short, compact, and lightweight open-heel fin meant to serve as a travel fin. Each fin is less than 21 inches long and weighs in at 1 lb and 5 oz, so it certainly lives up to the billing in the easy-to-carry department. The fin is of the paddle with vents design, cast […]

06
August

Aqua Lung Stratos Scuba Fins Review

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This offering from Aqua Lung is their new entry-level, paddle fin design. For something supposedly so pedestrian, it’s a pretty sleek-looking number. Basically it’s an open-heel paddle, and the only bell or whistle is the blade, which has a good balance between stiffness and flexibility. Scuba Diving gave it a Best Buy for 2013, and […]

06
August

Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Review

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

The latest thing from Cressi, the Giotto is a wristwatch-style dive computer featuring their new RGBM algorithm. The new system was designed in collaboration with Bruce Wienke and based on the Haldane Model, emphasizing the needs of a diver on a multi-dive schedule and using mixed gas, both common elements for seasoned, vacationing divers. The […]

16
July

Zeagle Onyx CW Regulator Review

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The original Zeagle Onyx won a Tester’s Choice award from Scuba Diving magazine in 2011, and the new Onyx CW bagged it again in 2013. According to Zeagle, the main difference between the two award-winning systems is that the CW is sealed, but otherwise many of the features are in common with the old Onyx. […]

08
July

Edge Epic Scuba Regulator Review

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

Edge has tweaked the Epic regulator for 2012, and the result is a set-up that garnered a Scuba Diving magazine Best Buy award in 2013. Insofar as changes, Edge lightened the load by using a nylon braided hose, put a universal ball swivel mount for that hose in the second stage. The standard features of […]

08
June

Intova Sport 10K Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Intova Sport 10K Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Below $100, Underwater Cameras

Intova is well-known for it’s inexpensive underwater cameras, often providing the budget alternative in each category of dive camera. For a long time, the cheap, no-frills end of the Intova line was their CP series of camera, the latest being the CP-9. Now that line is joined by the Sport 10K, which although just as […]

07
June

Sherwood Axis Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Sherwood Axis Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

Sherwood’s Axis BCD was designed as a flexible, back-inflating BCD, suitable for cold water use while light and compact enough for travel. The air cell is wedge-shaped, making it steamlined while retaining enough volume to give the XL-sized Axis 42 lbs of lift. The integrated weight system can store 10 lbs (4.5 kg) in each […]

03
June

Mares Prime BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Prime BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The Prime is the new starter BCD from Mares, and is therefore the de facto successor to the old Icon BCD. The basic version is very straightforward jacket BCD, featuring a rigid backpack with a solid carrying handle on the inside, the usual cummerbund and sternum strap, and sizable pockets. It’s made from Cordura 420, […]

24
April

Big Blue AL 1X5 Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Big Blue AL 1X5 Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

You’ve seen them: those cool dive lights made to fit into glove mountings, making them handier and more secure. The problem is that those lights are often along the lines of the Light & Motion Sola Dive 1200, and cost as much as a new upper-tier regulator. Look no further: the Big Blue AL1X5 offers […]

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 […]

27
March

Ikelite 6242 Underwater Houseing for Canon Powershot S110 Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Ikelite 6242 Underwater Houseing for Canon Powershot S110 Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Underwater Cameras

Almost all divers want to take pictures to remind them of their underwater adventures, and would-be underwater photographers generally fall into two categories: the scuba version of the average joe, who wants a point-and-shoot (POS) camera for underwater use; and the hardcore shutterbug or gadget-lover who wants a professional quality camera, tricked out with doo-dads. […]

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 […]

11
February

IST Dolphin Tech JT40D BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on IST Dolphin Tech JT40D BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

With it’s modular design and heavy duty construction, the primary virtue of the IST Dolphin Tech JT40D is its adaptability. The harness and its set of doo-dads allows a diver to add pockets, weights, crotch straps and just about whatever else might be desired for a particular dive. The hefty 5 lbs stainless steel backplate […]

14
January

IST Super Stretch 3mm Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on IST Super Stretch 3mm Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

The IST Super Stretch 3mm is a wetsuit that delivers flexibility and above average warmth for a suit in its class. The suit is double-blind stitched and triple-glued, with O-ring seals on the wrists and angles and a big, skin-to-skin back zipper, so you can count on it to keep water out. It also has […]

09
January

Oceanic Flex 2 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Flex 2 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

The Flex 2 is a jacket-style BCD with an air cell made from BioiFlex, a stretchy, airtight material that allows for the BCD to get the same lift from a smaller air cell. The air cell is also supposed to be more flexible, for a better fitting BCD with minimal drag. The main part of […]

12
December

Subgear Steel Dive Mask Review

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The Subgear Steel dive mask is sometimes referred to as the “Apnea Steel” mask, and for good reason. The mask has a very low profile and minimal interior volume, something that helps freedivers, since it reduces the need to exhale air through the nose and into the mask at depth. For a scuba diver, this […]

12
December

Sherwood Wisdom 3 Dive Computer Review

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

The Wisdom 3 is Sherwood’s high-end console computer, and successor to the Wisdom 2. As a number cruncher, it has a huge memory, able to store up to 110 dives. The Wisdom 3 also has the usual features of a computer of this type: glow screen; deep stop reminder; decompression warning;  audio and read-out alarms; […]

21
November

Scuba Regulator Maintenance Steps

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Regulator Maintenance Steps Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides, Scuba Regulators

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

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Computer Algorithms Posted in: Dive Computers, Dive Gear Tips, Scuba Product Guides

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 […]

21
September

How to Quickly Check a Rental Scuba Mask for Fit

Written by Editor. Comments Off on How to Quickly Check a Rental Scuba Mask for Fit Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Dive Masks

A lot of casual scuba divers don’t own item number one of their own scuba gear, and the first thing said diver must navigate for virtually every scuba and snorkeling trip is finding a dive mask that fits. Often the dive operator will simply give you a mask, but given that a bad fit can […]

11
September

Aeris A300 ai Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aeris A300 ai Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The Aeris A300 ai is a highly functional, feature-packed console dive computer that puts an emphasis on simplicity of use. The result is a computer that is so simple to use that any novice diver could take it out of the box, screw it into your first stage, and put it straight to work, but […]

11
September

Scubapro Mk11/C200 Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Mk11/C200 Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

Part of evaluating any Scubapro regulator is asking the question “how does it compare to its cousins?”, in the case of the new Mk11/C200, that means looking at the older Mk 11/C300 package. Both regulators are based on the compact, lightweight Mk11 first stage, a chrome-plated, forged brass unit featuring an identical array of 1 […]

05
September

IST T-120 LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on IST T-120 LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

While it might have a high price tag, the IST T-120 is a compact, high performance little marvel of a dive light. Less than six inches (15 cm) long and weighing only 0.6 lbs (277 g), this dive light is small. Even women divers will find the light small, light, and handy. However, that size […]

03
September

Liquidvision Kaon Dive Computer Review

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

You might never have heard of Liquidvision, but the Canadian company has made quite a splash in dive computing, as its product line has never relied on old fashioned black and white dot matrix displays. Liquidvision has been in color from the start, and the wristwatch-style Kaon is the latest evolution in their product line. […]