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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.
05
August

Seac Pro 2000 HD BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Seac Pro 2000 HD BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500, Uncategorized

Seac Sub’s Pro 2000 HD BCD is a hybrid design, in that while it is primarily a back-infating wing BCD, it also has some modest capability to inflate on the front like a jacket, making bobbing around on the surface more comfortable. How this works is that the diver tightens the webbing while in the water, limiting the volume of the main air cell so that when you inflate, the air shunts to the front cells instead.

In terms of other features, the BCD has more rings, grommets, and even fabric loops than any diver could ever conceivably need, no matter how much gear he takes down with him. The pockets are mounted on the outside of the integrated weight pouches, and they have a lot of space compared to similar pockets. That is a good thing because, as anyone who uses these types of BCDs knows, the integrated weights always wind up occupying a lot of space in the cargo pocket because the two pouches are neighbors.

Comfort is a big factor too. The harness is adjustable in virtually any direction, and the back pad is very cushy. The one potential drawback is the carrying handle, which is fabric. That is a big turn-off for some divers, who complain about the fabric cutting into their hands when the BCD is heavy with tank and weights.

Consumers love their Seac Pro 2000’s, with feedback and owner reviews giving excellent reports. Divernet gave the BCD nine stars out of ten.

Average Price: $500

05
August

Cressi Back Jac BCD Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Back Jac BCD Review Posted in: BCDs, Between $251-$500

The Cressi Back Jac is a middle of the road wing-style, back-inflating BCD system with all the expected wings and dings. The design of the air cell has earned the BCD high marks from owners and reviewers, with most of the inflation taking place across the lower back and none at all at and above the shoulders. As a result, careful distribution of weights in the integrated weight system should allow a diver to control both buoyancy and position in both the vertical and horizontal. In terms of lift, this is the liftiest BCD Cressi makes, making it well-suited to cold water use.

Beyond that, the BCD is made from a mix of 500-denier Cordura and 420-denier nylon, giving it a conscious balance between weight and durability. The back frame is rigid with good padding and a solid handle, the dump valves are properly placed, and the rig has plenty of rings. The pockets, located outside the integrated weight pouch pockets, aren’t spacious, but are still useful. Divernet gave the Back Jac a nine-star rating, and the feedback from consumers has been uniformly strong and positive.

Average Price: $400

 

17
June

Scubapro Nova 230 Dive Light Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Scubapro Nova 230 Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

The Scubapro Nova 230 is a mid-sized, flashlight-style dive light with good capability. The “230” part refers to the 230 lumens put out by the LED bulb, and the three AA batteries provide 14 to 18 hours of burn time. That light comes out in a 10″ beam, which sounds a little narrow (and indeed, the tube of the Nova 230 looks a slim), but field testers and consumers report that the hallows give it good illumination.

As a med-sized light, the aluminum tube is 8.5 inches long. That is too long for most BCD pockets, so this item will need to be lanyarded or clipped onto a hook, but that is to be expected with anything that isn’t in the pocket dive light category. Otherwise, it’s handy, looks nice, and does the job well enough in the recreational role. The unit is rated for 120 m (393 feet) of depth.

Those that own a Scubapro Nova 230 love it, especially for recreational night dives and looking into caverns and beneath deep underhangs. Basically, if you are a recreational diver and want a solid light, this is a solid choice. Divernet gave it a 9 out of 10 rating, a very strong endorsement indeed.

Average Price: $120

09
June

Ikelite Gamma Dive Light Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Ikelite Gamma Dive Light Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Lights

At 5.6″ long, the Ikelite Gamma isn’t quite a pocket dive light, but at a super light 4 oz (113 g) it’s not a regular flashlight-style item either. That makes it compact, but something of an odd duck. Still, with a 220-lumen, 10-degree beam angle beam, the Gamma has what it takes to qualify as a dive light for most casual divers who aren’t serious night- or cave-goers. The aluminum shell is rated for 400 feet (120 meters), sports a stylish wasp-waisted design, and comes in three colors (black, metal, and red). Power is provided by two CR123 rechargeable lithium batteries, which provide 10 hours of burn time at full charge.

Sea Focus and Scuba Diving both gave the Ikelite Gamma high marks, with the latter handing it a 2014 Best Buy.

Average Price: $100