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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.

01
August

Mares Kaila AT Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Kaila AT Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Over $500

The Kaila is a women’s BCD, and Mares bills it as a practical fashion accessory for female divers. The basic idea that defines all women’s BCDs is to tailor the design so it is more comfortable on the typical female frame, something that buying a normal BCD in a smaller size usually fails to accomplish, […]

01
August

Cressi Frog Plus Scuba Fins Review

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Cressi’s Frog Plus is another example of that Italian firm’s well-made, conventional paddle fins. As such, it is a great fin for novice divers because it produces good performance even when used by someone who doesn’t know anything about finning (as opposing to swimming), and the fins are nearly indestructible to boot. Basically, they are […]

27
July

Aeris Velocity X3 Scuba Fin Review

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The Velocity X3 is Aeris’s premium dive fin. The fin has a wide, angled blade with a big rubber center section bordered by siderails. Aeris says they improved on previous designs by stiffening the side rails, and the center of the blade features vents for greater kicking efficiency. Vents of this sort give water somewhere […]

27
July

How to Care For and Maintain Your Dive Mask

Written by Editor. Comments Off on How to Care For and Maintain Your Dive Mask Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Dive Masks, Scuba Product Guides

Dive masks are your portal into the underwater world, and once a mask fits well it becomes almost an extension of the body. This might explain why most divers don’t devote as much maintenance to their masks as they do their regulator or BCD, despite its critical importance to the underwater experience. Many simply dunk […]

21
July

Tilos Armada Scuba BCD Review

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

The Armada is Tilos’s back-inflating travel BCD. It sports a compact design weighing in at 8.25 lbs, which is a bit heavy for a travel BCD, but the Armada incorporates many features that are rarely seen in stripped-down, travel-ready pieces of dive gear. Tilos made the Armada from 840 denier nylon for starters, and there […]

20
July

Cressi S300 Scuba BCD Review

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Cressi’s latest pro-level BCD, the S300 is a roomy, high-lift piece of gear, making it a logical choice for cold water divers encumbered with dry suits and thick wet suits. The S300’s air bladders are distributed around the sides and the back, and provide between 21 and 52 lbs (9.7 and 23.5 kg) of lift, […]

15
July

Scubapro Litehawk Scuba BCD Review

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The Litehawk is Scubapro’s main travel BCD, and it has many features in common with Scubapro’s back-inflating BCDs. One way to look at it is as a stripped-down version of the Knighthawk. After all, the Litehawk has the same 1000-denier nylon construction as the Knighthawk and most of Scubapro’s other BCDs, making it much tougher […]

15
July

Mares Abyss Navy 22 Scuba Regulator

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Abyss Navy 22 Scuba Regulator Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

The Abyss Navy 22 was designed by Mares to build on past versions of the Abyss and create a rugged regulator capable of performing in the worst cold water conditions, and it certainly lives up to those specifications. The regulator passed the US Navy’s tests and has since been included on its list of dive […]

13
July

Cressi Elipse MC9 Black Scuba Regulator Review

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Those Italians over at Cressi have designed another winner, as the Elipse MC9 Black has met with rave reviews from consumers who loved it’s easy breathing qualities. This regulator set combines the MC9 first stage with the Elipse Balanced second stage. The MC9 unit has a variety of corrosion-resistant features and a hyperbalanced design, which […]

13
July

Princeton Tec Torrent LED Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Princeton Tec Torrent LED Dive Light Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Lights

Princeton Tec’s Torrent LED dive light is a compact underwater flashlight that produces a lot of light. This handheld design has a locked switch which is simple to operate, and the latest version produces 95 lumens of light from a Maxbright LED bulb (older versions produce 60 lumens). The reflector produces a balance between illumination […]

12
July

LED Wholesalers 100 Meter Dive Light Review

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This dive light from LED Wholesalers is cheap, and as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. It is made from tough ABS plastic, has a depth rating of 100 meters and uses 11 LED bulbs with a combined output of 55 lumens. So, while it can go just about anywhere […]

12
July

Mares Prestige 22 DPD Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Mares Prestige 22 DPD Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

The Prestige 22 DPD takes Mares’s MR22T balanced diaphragm first stage, a piece of equipment usually seen with the company’s premium regulators, and pairs it with a new second stage to create the company’s newest middle-to-upper range regulator. The result is a combination of features that should be familiar to Mares fans, such as Dynamic […]

08
July

Sherwood Magnum 2011 Scuba Regulator Review

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Updated January 21, 2013 The Sherwood Magnum is a tried-and-tested classic, widely regarded for its sheer toughness, and now available in an upgraded package. The first stage is a compact T-shaped design, and uses a balanced piston system. The spring chamber is sealed to prevent corrosion, and the design uses no liquids or gels, minimizing […]

08
July

Scubapro Seahawk Scuba BCD Review

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Scubapro’s Seahawk BCD builds on the success of their much-loved Knighthawk, so much so that some consumers labeled it a “Knighthawk with more pockets.” That captures the idea, even if it understates the case quite a bit. The Seahawk enjoys the same tough 1000 denier nylon construction as the Knighthawk, as well as other similar […]

06
July

Bonica Seashell Underwater Camera Housing Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Bonica Seashell Underwater Camera Housing Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Underwater Cameras

Bonica’s Seashell 1 and 2 underwater camera housings make turning any pocket digital camera into a dive camera a simple matter of assembly. The Seashell 1 (depicted in the Amazon product banner to the left) is the basic model and illustrates the idea nicely. The Seashell housing was designed to be customizable with 70% of […]

06
July

Aqua Lung Titan 2010 Scuba Regulator Review

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Aqua Lung’s Titan 2010 is its most modern entry-level regulator and the third rendition of the Titan line. The first stage is a balanced diaphragm design, and is arranged in a T-shape rather than the more traditional in-line style. The result is a compact, space-saving regulator. The forged body keeps the use of brass in […]

01
July

Spyderco Atlantic Salt Dive Knife Review

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Spyderco’s Atlantic Salt is the fraternal twin of its Pacific Salt. Essentially a marine buck knife, the Atlantic Salt is for divers, fishermen, sailors, sea kayakers and just about anyone else who needs a folding knife designed for use in a saltwater environment. The blade is 3.8 inches long and made from H-1 stainless steel. […]

30
June

Tusa RS680 Scuba Regulator Review

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The RS680 is the newest regulator from Tusa, and is basically the R-600 first stage that some are already familiar with from the RS670 combined with a new second stage, the S-80 (hence, RS680). Astute divers might remember that the Tusa RS670 suffered a recall for all regulators manufactured in Japan last year. However, no […]

17
June

Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Slingshot Scuba Fins Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Aqualung’s Slingshot fins are the sort of product a gear geek would adore. “Power bands” on the blade enable the wearer to lock the fins into one of three positions, which change the power-to-thrust ratio. Basically, the #1 setting performs something like a flexible split-fin, and as the bands are dialed up, the fin’s pivot […]

15
June

Tusa IQ 950 Zen Air Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tusa IQ 950 Zen Air Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

For some reason, reviewers call Tusa’s IQ 950 Zen Air a “sleek” wristwatch dive computer, but at Dive Gear Reviews, calling a dive computer “sleek” demands something more than a mere digital sports watch readout. On this point, we profoundly disagree with everyone and think only a serious gear nerd thinks this wristwatch would look […]

14
June

Zeagle Stiletto Scuba BCD Review

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Zeagle’s Stiletto BCD is a fine example of a general purpose piece of recreational diving equipment. With a dry weight of 7.4 lbs (3.35 kg), the Stiletto isn’t as light as a true travel BCD, nor is it as collapsible, but it isn’t so heavy that it will tip a wisely packed bag of dive […]

13
June

Spyderco Pacific Salt Dive Knife Review

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Spyderco’s Pacific Salt is essentially a buck knife for divers, but also fishermen, sailors, sea kayakers and just about anyone else who needs a folding knife designed for the marine environment. The blade is 3.8 inches long and made from H-1 stainless steel. Spyderco makes many of its marine knives from H-1 steel, which substitutes […]

13
June

Tusa FK-850 X-Pert Dive Knife Review

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Tusa’s FK-850 is a no-nonsense knife. The blade is 4.5 inches long and has a standard edge on one side, a serrated edge on the other, a cutting notch below the serrated edge, and deadly point on the end. Made from 420 stainless steel, the FK-850 is can be wickedly sharp and hold an edge […]

13
June

How to Clean and Defog a New Dive Mask

Written by Editor. Comments Off on How to Clean and Defog a New Dive Mask Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Dive Masks, Scuba Product Guides

New dive masks invariably come coated in a thin layer of oil. The manufacturer puts this oil on the mask to protect the silicon skirt, helping to retain its flexibility and full color while the mask is on the display shelf. The problem is that this oil retains moisture, so only a little of it […]

10
June

Spyderco Caspian 2 Salt Dive Knife Review

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Spyderco made the Caspian 2 out of single piece of H-1 nitrogen steel, which is reputed to be rust-proof. The blade is 4.5 inches long, with both serrated and standard edges, plus a cutting notch. The size and utility, coupled with the knife’s construction, make it a low maintenance, highly functional primary cutter. Pretty much […]