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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: Scuba Regulators

Reviews of scuba regulators.

19
July

SEAC DX200 Scuba Regulator Review

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The SEAC DX200 was a 2014 release that raised a few eyebrows by making Sport Diver‘s annual Best Regs list for two years, 2015 and 2016, in a row. This was because it combined a lightweight, travel-friendly design with a robust, scratch-resistant package and mechanical durability. The breathing-resistance controller is easy to manipulate, even with […]

19
November

Scubapro Mk21/S560 Scuba Regulator Review

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Understanding Scubapro regulators means seeing them as paired units, rather than complete articles. This particular unit combines the Mk. 21 first stage and the S560 second stage. Although paired as a set, both halves are available separately and can be combined with other Scubapro parts. Many divers upgrade their Scubapro regulator systems by taking an […]

26
April

Why Your Regulator Might Be Leaking

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Something every diver dreads is getting wet and heading down only to have your buddy signal you that your regulator is leaking. As small as that little trickle of bubbles running to the surface, it still means an aborted dive for the safe and cautious, and anything more than the odd bubble should be treated […]

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

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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 […]

21
November

Scuba Regulator Maintenance Steps

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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 […]

11
September

Scubapro Mk11/C200 Regulator Review

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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 […]

20
August

Mares Carbon 52 Regulator Review

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 The Carbon 52 is the latest upgrade in Mares’ line of carbon fiber, lightweight-but-rugged premium regulators. The package combines the Carbon second stage from the earlier Carbon 42 with the MR52 first stage used in the Abyss 52 regulator. It should be noted right off the bat that the Abyss 52’s MR52 first stage is not […]

06
August

Mares Instinct 12S Regulator Review

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The Instinct 12S is Mares’ upgrade and successor for the Prestige 12S, the latter of which is still widely available. What Mares has done is taken their veteran 12S first stage and put a new second stage on it, creating an updated regulator package. The old 12S first stage is a workhorse. It has been […]

30
July

Oceanic Alpha 9 Regulator Review

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The Alpha 9 is the latest in Oceanic’s “standard” regulator. It’s predecessor, the Alpha 8, was basically a no-frills, medium-performance reg aimed at divers with a only a moderate budget. The Alpha 9 keeps many of the same ideas, but while delivering a high-end air flow. Oceanic uses an unbalanced piston for the first stage, […]

24
April

Tusa RS-790 Scuba Regulator Review

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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 […]

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 […]

16
January

Aqua Lung Legend Scuba Regulator Review

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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 […]

14
November

Mares Prestige 12S Scuba Regulator Review

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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 […]

28
October

Scuba Regulators – Features and Formats

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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 […]

04
August

IST R-410 Scuba Regulator Review

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IST’s regulator line, including its top of the line R-410, sports eye-catching gold-colored fittings. The set’s R-4 first stage scored well on breathing machine tests, and in addition to the 2 HP ports, it has four LP ports that are angled for better hose routing. An improved version, the R-4/N, has IST’s All Condition Kit […]

04
August

Scubapro Mk11/C300 Scuba Regulator Review

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Scubapro’s Mk11/C300 regulator system is aimed at providing top notch performance in the recreational diving range in a package light and compact enough for travel. Part of how it achieves this is by placing its hose ports on a three-tiered system. The first stage has the usual 4 LP ports, but two of those ports […]

02
August

Dive Rite RG 3100 Scuba Regulator Review

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Dive Rite’s RG 3100 was designed with the challenges of tec diving in mind. One feature any gear-intensive diver will appreciate are the five LP ports on the first stage. Even if you don’t need all five ports, just having them makes arranging gear much simpler. The regulator comes standard as a 300-bar turret-style DIN connector […]

15
July

Mares Abyss Navy 22 Scuba Regulator

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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 […]

12
July

Mares Prestige 22 DPD Scuba Regulator Review

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

01
March

Oceanic Neo Scuba Regulator Review

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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 […]