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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.

12
April

Halcyon LED Scout Dive Light Review

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

The LED Scout from Halcyon is machined from solid Delrin and made with stainless steel internal components. The handle has a waffle texture for extra grip, while the bulb cover is made of tough Lexan, a material more often seen in bulletproof glass. In short, Halcyon’s Scout is a tough dive light with a depth […]

12
April

Scubapro Knighthawk Scuba BCD Review

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

The Knighthawk BCD from Scubapro is a durable piece of dive gear meant for use by both recreational and tec divers. The integrated weights are stored in zippered pouches and then tucked into pockets on the front-sides of the BCD’s waist, and secured by a quick-release buckle system. Even if the weights fall out of […]

09
April

Aquatec Duo Vortex Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aquatec Duo Vortex Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

The Aquatec Duo Vortex enjoys a striking, eye-catching design, but fails to deliver solid performance underwater. The fins employ whale tail- and hydrofoil-inspired design elements, but reviewers and consumers described them as underpowered, clumsy and stiff in practice. Aquatec might be able to take the innovative ideas employed in the Duo Vortex fins and apply […]

08
April

Tektite Expedition LS4 Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Tektite Expedition LS4 Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

Tektite’s Expedition LS4 is a fine piece of precision-crafted gear. The main body of this underwater flashlight is machined out of solid aluminum and has a depth rating of 2,000 feet (300 m). With a head encased in heavy rubber and sealed up by double o-rings, this Tektite has a reputation for indestructibility. Tektite places […]

07
April

Aqua Lung Blades Flex 2 Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Blades Flex 2 Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

Aqualung’s Blades Flex 2 constitute above average dive fins in an average-looking package. Although the fin looks like a typical big paddle design with a minimum of frills, it manages slightly above-average speed and manueverability. Consumers simply adored the quick-release heel strap buckles, which have a hands-free feature enabling a diver to undo the strap […]

07
April

Aqua Lung Master Dive Knife Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Master Dive Knife Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Knives

Aqualung’s Master Dive Knife is perhaps the classic underwater cutter, a knife that has appeared in countless films and remains a favorite among US Navy divers and SEALs. A big, heavy tool, this knife comes with a seven-inch blade and a flat, stainless steel butt cap which is ideal for use as an improvised hammer. […]

06
April

Light & Motion Sola Dive 1200 Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Light & Motion Sola Dive 1200 Dive Light Review Posted in: Dive Lights, Over $500

[ Light & Motion’s Sola Dive 1200 will probably become one of the top dive lights in the industry in the near future, in spite its hefty price tag, as it combines tremendous light output and ease of use into a compact package. The dive light is mounted on the wrist, giving a diver the […]

05
April

Mares Pegasus Scuba BCD Review

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

Compared to the Icon, the Pegasus offers fewer features, but the couple of extras it does have might make it more comfortable to some divers. The major difference is the price tag, as the Pegasus typically costs about $100 less than the Icon and is therefore a prime BCD choice for traveling divers on a budget.

04
April

Apollo Sports Bio-Fin Pro C-Series Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Apollo Sports Bio-Fin Pro C-Series Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

[It’s] qualities have earned the Bio-Fin Pro (and the C-Series) several awards from Scuba Diving magazine over the years, most recently the 2009 Tester’s Choice Award.

04
April

SeaLife Mini II Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on SeaLife Mini II Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Underwater Cameras

The SeaLife Mini II fits the needs of a casual, traveling diver who needs a solid, reliable camera that won’t let him down on during his precious dive vacation time and that occupies a minimum of space in his luggage.

02
April

Scubapro/Uwatec Galileo Luna Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro/Uwatec Galileo Luna Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

While an excellent computer, a diver can do as well with a unit that costs much less.

01
April

Mares Icon Scuba BCD Review

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

It has hefty capability for its size, and few if any owners complain about the BCD’s travel-readiness or its comfort.

01
April

APS Mantaray Scuba Fin Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on APS Mantaray Scuba Fin Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Fins

Dive Gear Reviews thinks these fins are ideal for a diver who wants maximum maneuverability with a minimum of effort, or for the traveling diver who wants an excellent, compact set of scuba fins.

13
March

Oceanic Islander 2 Scuba BCD Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Islander 2 Scuba BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

In most travel BCDs, these two functions are performed by the same strap, so the handle is of little or no use once a diver’s kit is assembled. This is precisely the time when a solid handle is most useful, making the Islander 2 a cut above most travel BCDs in terms of handiness.

11
March

Aeris Mako Scuba Fin Review

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Aeris Makos […] are kickers with a substantial thrust-per-dollar ratio.

10
March

Suunto Zoop Dive Computer Review

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

The Zoop essentially evolved out of Suunto’s Gekko, with the added feature of downloading diving data into your PC, and serves as Suunto’s basic, beginner’s-level dive computer.

08
March

UK Super Q eLED Dive Light Review

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

When Scuba Diving [magazine] tested it as a secondary dive light, they described it as the smallest, lightest, brightest underwater flashlight tested that year.

04
March

Hollis DG-02 Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Hollis DG-02 Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

The DG-02 is a compact wristwatch style dive computer with simple, basic functions and a modest price tag.

01
March

Oceanic Neo Scuba Regulator Review

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

The thing to be aware of with Oceanic’s Neo scuba regulator is that “Neo” actually encompasses several possible product combinations. A Neo could have a CDX-5  or a FDX-10 first stage, with differing levels of performance. The latter scored as highly as Oceanic’s Delta 4.2 on breathing machine tests, and therefore offers the potential to […]

24
February

Princeton Tec Miniwave LED Dive Light Review

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

Divers who own a Miniwave seem to love it, with LeisurePro users giving it 4 1/2 Flags.

21
February

Atomic Aquatics Cobalt Dive Computer Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Atomic Aquatics Cobalt Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers, Over $500

The Cobalt from Atomic Aquatics is an almost unique dive computer in many respects, with features that make it a sturdy, flexible platform for anything from a three-dive day at recreational depths to a 300-foot tec dive.

18
February

Dive Rite LED 500 Dive Light Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Dive Rite LED 500 Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Lights

These features make the LED 500 a solid primary or back-up dive light for recreational divers, cave divers and tec divers.

14
February

SeaLife DC1200 Underwater Camera Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on SeaLife DC1200 Underwater Camera Review Posted in: Over $500, Underwater Cameras

[The DC 1200] is a solid point-and-click dive camera with some good, basic photographic accessories.

11
February

Product Guide: How to Fit and Buy Dive Masks

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Product Guide: How to Fit and Buy Dive Masks Posted in: Dive Gear Tips, Dive Masks, Scuba Product Guides

Because the fit is so important, Dive Gear Reviews urges you to not buy dive masks from an online retailer. You really do need to go to a brick and mortar store and try a new mask on in person, and preferrbly buy the very same mask you tried. No online discount is worth the risk of buying a mask that fits poorly.

08
February

Subgear Cayman Scuba Regulator Review

Written by Editor. Comments Off on Subgear Cayman Scuba Regulator Review Posted in: Over $500, Scuba Regulators

Subgear’s Cayman is an inexpensive regulator with a truly staggering gas-moving capability.