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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.

Body Glove Power Paddle Gloves Review

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Orthodox scuba techniques teach divers to not use their arms for swimming, instead instructing them to keep their arms tucked away unless needed for something other than propulsion. Ostensibly this is because the hands are very inefficient water shovels, so the increase in drag and energy/air consumption more than cancels out any benefit in speed, assuming their is any benefit. Even for maneuvering, the hands aren’t that efficient.

But what if the hands were given the surface area to become better water shovels? That is the idea behind paddle gloves, and one of the classics is the Body Glove Power Paddle Glove. Originally designed for use in the pool, so lap swimmers can bring their arms into the workout, paddle gloves like the Power Paddle are catching on with snorkelers and divers.

While some owners aren’t sold on whether they improve acceleration or top speed under water, most agree the gloves are useful for fine maneuvers. The downside of Body Glove’s Power Paddle is that it reduces manual dexterity, so a diver shouldn’t wear this particular set of gloves and then expect to be able to use tools or operate a camera as easily.

Average Price: $18


Scubapro Spectra Trufit Scuba Mask Review

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The Scubapro Spectra Trufit is a dual-lens mask design that attempts to balance low interior volume against achieving a wide range of vision, while at the same time having a skirt that offers a snug, leak-free fit to most faces. If the consumer and professional reviewer feedback is anything to go by, they succeeded. Sport Diver named the Trufit a 2012 Editor’s Pick, while Scuba Diver gave it a 2013 Tester’s Choice. The owner comments for the Scubapro Trufit have been uniformly positive.

As good as that is, there is more to the Trufit. The buckles and skirt fold flat for ease of packing, and the mask comes in clear, clear with blue trim, and black with silver trim. The one drawback is the price tag. This isn’t a cheap mask, but it delivers a lot for the price.

Average Price: $99


Tryton Drylite Underwater Flashlight

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It’s expensive, but the Drylite promises to be the ultra-reliable dive light. It lives up to the “dry” part of its name, because the entire flashlight unit is completely sealed at the factory. If you keep it within its depth limits (which at 300 feet/91 m would be hard to breach), it should never, ever leak because you can’t disassemble it. The Drylite is rechargeable, so all that it ever needs is to be plugged into the wall. The unit uses a 3 watt LED bulb with a respectbale 135 Lumen output, and is light and handy.

Although expensive, it’s tough and reliable. Scuba Gear Reports called it a “game changer,” and owners love it. A casual and infrequent diver might not want or need something this expensive and reliable, but anyone who goes into wrecks, caves, or makes frequent and regular night dives might want a light they can count on, and keep counting on down the years.

Average Price: $130


Oceanic ProPlus 3 Dive Computer Review

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The next step in Oceanic’s ProPlus computer line, the company bills No. 3 as having an easy-to-read display that is ideal for older divers or those with poor eyesight in general (glasses-wearers, anyone?). That display is a dot-matrix, but the numbers are gigantic and the console’s screen is huge, so it is indeed among the most easily read dive computer displays out there. The navigation is simple and based on two buttons — one for advancing through menus, and the other for making a selection. Press both buttons and the navigation backs up.

The PP3 has the features common to dive computers these days, like color-coded bar graphs, an ascent rate monitor, and audio alarms. On top of that, the computer has a visual alarm in the form of a red LED bulb. It’s Nitrox-capable with three gas mixture options, and has air-integration.

The ProPlus 3 comes in three versions, all with a built-in console compass. The first step up has quick-disconnect from the hose, and the top version has that plus USB port and cable. Scuba Gear Reports endorsed it, and the feedback from owners has been extremely positive. Most users loved the computer and gave it top marks, although some complained it was “glitchy.”

Average Price: $650 for the basic model