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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.

01
May

Mares Matrix Dive Computer Review

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

Updated September 24, 2012 The wristwatch number crunching Matrix is the latest dive computer from Mares. Loaded with new features and plenty of flexibility, the Matrix is a cut above the bulk of its class. Data on the Matrix is very legible, thanks to its high resolution dot matrix display, complete with backlighting, and Scuba […]

30
April

ScubaMax BC-7000 Integra 2 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on ScubaMax BC-7000 Integra 2 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The most recent evolution of ScubaMax’s buoyancy controller line, the Integra 2 (BC-7000) is a rugged, highly functional jacket-style BCD, with an emphasis on the “rugged” part. The Integra 2 is made from 1100 denier Nylon, a very heavy and tough grade of fabric. While that adds to the weight of the BCD (8 to […]

24
April

Tusa RS-790 Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa RS-790 Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

The RS-790 is Tusa’s latest regulator, as well as the new top of the line in that department. As one might expect for such a reg, the RS-790 delivers solid performance under difficult conditions. Like many companies, Tusa packages their regulators according to a code system that denotes both the first and second stages. In […]

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 […]

09
April

Scubapro Go BCD Scuba BCD Review

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

Just in case the name wasn’t enough of a hint, the Go is Scubapro’s latest travel BCD, offering some improvements over older models (such as the Litehawk). Like all travel BCDs, the Go is made with compactness and low weight in mind. The L size weighs only 6 lbs, and the package is collapsible enough […]

06
April

Subgear XP-H Dive Computer Review

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

The Subgear XP-H is designed to serve as an extremely compact, air-integrated, console-style dive computer of the XP-10, and it meets all those expectations. By adding air integration, the console is now only slightly larger than the wristwatch, making it so small that it literally fits inside the palm of your hand. In terms of […]

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 […]

19
March

Sea and Sea DX-GE5 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Sea and Sea DX-GE5 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Underwater Cameras

Sea and Sea’s latest entry for underwater digital cameras is the DX-GE5, building on their previous entry, the DX-2G. This is a 12.2 megapixel camera that is waterproof in and of itself to a depth of 16 feet (5 m). That gives the camera the flexibility to be used as a handy snorkeling camera, which […]

19
March

Cressi Spring 3.5mm Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Spring 3.5mm Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

Cressi has a new wetsuit for warm-to-temperate waters (basically, waters in the 70s F/lower-to-mid 20s C), the Spring 3.5 mm. For most divers, a 3.5mm wetsuit is the most desired type, since most divers live in places with either mildly warm or tropically warm water, and almost all divers like traveling to places with tropically […]

12
March

Suunto D9tx Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Suunto D9tx Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The D9tx is the most recent evolution of Suunto’s top-end dive computer. Billed as the world’s first tri-mix wristwatch dive computer, the D9tx is everything one might expect from a premium Suunto data cruncher. Using Suunto’s fairly liberal Technical RGBM algorithim, the D9tx can handle up to eight gas mixtures, maxing out at 92% helium. […]

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 […]

22
February

Integrated Weights, BCDs and Safety

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Integrated Weights, BCDs and Safety Posted in: BCDs, Dive Gear Tips

The tragic death of police diver Timothy Schock at Greenbrier Lake points directly towards BCD maintenance issues and the safety of integrated weight systems, two often neglected subjects in the scuba community. There is only so much that can be gleaned from even a detailed news article, but some lessons are very easily drawn from […]

19
February

Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Masks

Updated September 27, 2013 Dive masks rarely cause a big buzz in the scuba community, but the Venom from Atomic Aquatics has managed to do just that. The price tag alone is staggering, because $199 is a princely sum for a dive mask without prescription lenses. Atomic Aquatics has a reputation for producing high quality, […]

13
February

XS Scuba Surface Marker Buoy Rescue Kit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on XS Scuba Surface Marker Buoy Rescue Kit Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

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

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Book Review: Reef Fish Identification – Tropical Pacific Posted in: Below $100, Book and Film Reviews, Other Accessories

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 […]

07
February

Mares I3 Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares I3 Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

Updated January 21, 2013 Mares has joined the bandwagon of aping Apple and prefixing one of their products with an “i” (they aren’t even the first in scuba gear — Aqua Lung has its Dimension i3 BCD) with their I3 dive mask. The “3” in the I3 refers to the 3-window lens, which adds a […]

25
January

Oceanic Accent Dive Mask Review

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

Oceanic’s Accent is a top-flight dive mask, and the latest in their dive mask line. The mask uses a single lens, low interior volume design with a transparent, liquid silicon skirt. Those features make the mask comfortable, light and low-profile, while offering good all-around visibility. For added pluses, the strap buckles swivel and are easy […]

23
January

Promate Spartan Rubber Scuba Fins Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Promate Spartan Rubber Scuba Fins Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

Promate is one of those lesser-known companies that you might never have heard of, but should have. There are some real gems in their product line, and the Spartan Rubber Fins are among them. In a nutshell, the Spartan Rubber Fin shares many of the same fundamental design characteristics as prestigious fins like the OMS […]

16
January

Aqua Lung Legend Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Legend Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

Aqua Lung started the Legend series of regulators roughly a decade ago, in honor of Aqua Lung’s founder Jacques Cousteau. Now they have relaunched the Legend with a whole new line of regulators. These start with the Legend Standard and progress through the Legend LX and Legend LUX, each type with its own “Supreme” model […]

10
January

Promate Diving and Snorkeling Titanium Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Promate Diving and Snorkeling Titanium Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Promate’s Diving and Snorkeling Titanium Knife offers high quality at bargain prices. This particular full-tanged blade is 4 3/8″ long, with a pointed tip, a standard edge on one side, and a serrated edge plus line cutter on the other side. The pommel has a big metal stud for hammering or tying on lanyards, and […]

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 […]

02
January

Body Glove EXO 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Body Glove EXO 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

The EXO 7mm is Body Glove’s high-end “semi-dry” suit. The suit is made from Body Glove’s Magna-Flex, a soft, lightweight and stretchy type of neoprene, and put together with triple-glued blind-stitching. For extra waterproofing, the interior seams are permanently taped. However, this attention to the seams is easily counterbalanced by the equal lack of attention […]

21
December

Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Computers

The B.U.D. from Oceanic is sport diving’s first dedicated back-up dive computer. You clip the B.U.D. onto one of the rings on your BCD, where it collects data just like your primary dive computer and tracks your status. There the B.U.D. remains, hanging unobtrusively on your BCD, until you need it due to a primary […]

21
December

Bare 7mm Elastek Full Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Bare 7mm Elastek Full Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

The Bare 7mm Elastek Full wetsuit is one of two extreme exposure suits in Bare’s Elastek line. It should not be confused with the 7mm Elastek Semi-Dry wetsuit, which has markedly superior seals. By contrast, the 7mm Elastek Full is a fairly straightforward wetsuit. The “Elastek” in the title refers to the type of neoprene […]