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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.

15
December

Dive Knife Guide

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

Dive knives have grown from being simple stainless steel tools into fairly complex tools made from a variety of materials. This guide to dive knives will help you navigate the many features available on modern dive knives, and thereby help you choose the knife most appropriate to your needs. Construction Most dive knives are made […]

15
December

Oceanic Excursion 2 Scuba BCD Review

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

The Oceanic Excursion 2 is Oceanic’s latest premium BCD entry. The unit is a back-inflating design with 50 lbs. (22.7 kg) of lift in S, M and L sizes (58 lbs in XL), so it has plenty of lift for cold water conditions. However, the Excursion 2 comes in at only 9 lbs (4 kg), […]

13
December

XS Scuba DL3 LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on XS Scuba DL3 LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

The DL3 dive light from XS Scuba is a fairly basic, straight-forward back-up dive light. The underwater flashlight design uses a double o-ring seal and has a depth rating of 500 feet (152 m). The 3-watt LED bulb produces 70 lumens of light, and is powered by four AA batteries. This power pack lasts for […]

13
December

Oceanic Scorpion Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Scorpion Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Oceanic’s Scorpion is a multi-tool of a dive knife that is both cheap and compact. The 4 1/2-inch (11.4 cm) blade is made from 304 stainless steel, the most widely used of the stainless steel types. The blade has a standard edge with a pointed tip, and on the back of the blade is a […]

13
December

Oceanic Ultra 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Ultra 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Wetsuits

The 7mm is the thickest and warmest wetsuit in Oceanic’s Ultra line. In terms of cold water exposure suits, however, the Oceanic Ultra 7mm is far from the warmest 7mm wetsuit around. However, the suit does offer serious bang for the buck. The Ultra 7mm uses the combination of thick and stretchy neoprene panels,┬átypical of […]

05
December

Oceanic Arc LED Dive Light Review

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

The Oceanic Arc LED is a compact dive light, easily stowed in a BCD pocket and ideally suited for use as a back-up light, but powerful enough to serve as a primary for occasional night divers. The Arc uses a 6 watt LED bulb powered by three AA batteries, producing a 300 lumen beam with […]

16
November

Scuba Capsule Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Capsule Dive Gear Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers, Underwater Cameras

Scuba diving is a sport long on gear, but short on gadgets. Excepting dive computers, the sport is full of valves, hoses and nozzles rather than electronics. Even dive computers, with their dot matrix digital read-outs, are usually clunky and functional rather than sleek and laden with geeky features. The Scuba Capsule changes all of […]

14
November

Mares Prestige 12S Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Prestige 12S Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

The Mares Prestige 12S regulator offers a winning combination of quality, performance and a low price tag. Safety is a very real concern with cheaper regulators, but as the name implies the only thing down-market about the Prestige 12 is the cost. The Prestige 12S uses a time-tested balanced-diaphragm first stage, and many of the […]

11
November

Aeris XR1 NX Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aeris XR1 NX Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

The XR1 NX is the upgraded nitrox version of Aeris’s venerable, entry-level XR1 dive computer. The no-frills design is simple and ideal for beginners, although it does have some drawbacks. Aeris’s XR1 NX has only one button, so punching through the different displays is straight forward. The computer activates on contact with the water and […]

28
October

Scuba Regulators – Features and Formats

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scuba Regulators – Features and Formats Posted in: Scuba Product Guides, Scuba Regulators

Divers learn about regulator basics during Open Water instruction, such as the division between the first and second stages and the fundamentals of how a regulator delivers air at ambient water pressure. However, basic and intermediate scuba classes almost never teach a diver about the mechanics of how a regulator works, and as a result […]

24
October

Beuchat Semi-Dry Comfort 6.5mm Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Beuchat Semi-Dry Comfort 6.5mm Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

As Beuchat is a French company, and even France’s Mediterranean coastal waters are not exactly warm, one might expect that it puts out top-notch wetsuits. The Semi-Dry Comfort is no exception. The suit is a one-piece made from 6.5 mm Elaskin neoprene with a plush interior liner. The construction is flexible and stretchy, so the […]

19
October

Waterproof W2 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Waterproof W2 7mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

Waterproof’s W2 7mm wetsuit is essentially a thicker version of its 5mm wetsuit. The W2 series uses quality materials in its construction, and has plenty of features for added comfort, such as a thick spinal pad and a separate zipper for closing the suit’s neck. Everyone agrees the W2 7mm is comfortable, and an easy […]

17
October

Pocket Weights Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Pocket Weights Dive Gear Review Posted in: Below $100, Other Accessories

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 […]

14
October

Intova IC14 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Intova IC14 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Underwater Cameras

The IC14 is Intova’s 14 megapixel entry in the point-and-shoot dive camera category, and thus a rival for the Sealife DC1400. It has a quick shutter speed (1/2000), can shoot 720hd video, and has a x5 optical zoom plus a x6 digital zoom. The IC14’s LCD screen is 2.7 inches wide (68.6 mm), it’s powered […]

13
October

Nautilus Lifeline Dive Gear Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Nautilus Lifeline Dive Gear Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Other Accessories

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 […]

03
October

Aqualung Axiom i3 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqualung Axiom i3 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

The Axiom i3 is the premium jacket BCD entry in Aqualung’s i3 inflator control line (such as the Pro QD i3 and the Dimension i3). Sporting a snazzy design in Aqualung’s black, grey and navy blue colors, the Axiom i3 has earned high praise for its comfort, loads of features and ease of use in […]

27
September

Sealife DC1400 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Sealife DC1400 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

The Sealife DC1400 builds on the success of its predecessor, the DC1200, with both the camera and the underwater housing each receiving one major improvement. The camera has been upgraded to 14 megapixels, as implied by the name (Sealife’s DC series code has always been keyed to the megapixel capability of the camera). This also […]

25
September

Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aeris CompuMask HUD Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Dive Masks, Over $500

Some divers swear by wristwatch computers, while others prefer consoles. The Aeris CompuMask does away with both formats, and integrates dive computing into the dive mask through the use of a magnified LCD panel. The system turns a dive mask into a cutting edge Head-Up Display. If you’ve ever wanted to play the Terminator, with […]

19
September

Aqua Lung Pacifica Dive Mask Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Pacifica Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

The Aqualung Pacifica is a porthole-style dive mask, but it is not old-fashioned. Some divers appreciate the look and feel of a porthole mask, while others insist the mask’s big, single window has better viewing qualities. The Pacifica builds on that with the modern feature of a purge valve. Some divers consider the mere idea […]

19
September

Waterproof W2 5mm Scuba Wetsuit Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Waterproof W2 5mm Scuba Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

Waterproof is basically the exposure suit subsidiary of Tusa, and the W2 wetsuit line covers their cool- and cold-water wetsuits for both men and women. The W2 is a fairly straight-forward wetsuit with a few thoughtful extras tacked on. The Waterproof W2 is a back-zipper design with pre-bent arms and legs, knee and elbow pads […]

14
September

Ikelite 6801.70 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D-7000 Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Ikelite 6801.70 Underwater Housing for the Nikon D-7000 Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

Ikelite enjoys a solid reputation for producing the kind of high quality underwater housings that turn upper-end, but otherwise land-based cameras into dive cameras, and the Ikelite 6801.70 is no exception. The clear polycarbonate housing is tough and has a depth rating of 200 feet (60 m), and the 6801.70 is built so that every […]

02
September

Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic VT 4.0 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

Building on the VT 3.0 and VT Pro, Oceanic’s VT 4.0 is a cutting edge wristwatch-style dive computer. The number cruncher gives the user a choice of two different algorithms, Pelagic Z+ and Pelagic DSAT, rather than the usual feature of one algorithm with the option to dial the conservatism up or down. DSAT is […]

02
September

Cressi Orca Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Orca Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Cressi’s Orca is a dive knife in the same vein as Aqua Lung’s Master Knife. Both are classics, both have been around for ages, and both are big heavy tools from the truly old school of diving. Cressi even claims the knife is a collector’s item, although that claim seems a bit odd given that […]

02
September

Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer Review

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

Updated September 25, 2014 The Leonardo is the latest dive computer from Cressi. It’s a module design, so while it comes as a wristwatch and is usually marketed as such, the computer can be dismounted and put into a console. In terms of performance, the Leonardo is a balanced, solid design for recreational diving. It […]