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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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September

Sherwood Amphos Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Sherwood Amphos Dive Computer Review Posted in: Dive Computers

The Amphos from Sherwood is a wristwatch-style dive computer, and builds on the company’s existing line of dot matrix display, wristwatch data crunchers. Basically it takes the proven and reasonably popular Sherwood platform of having a computer with two Nitrox settings (21-50% and 50-100%) with a range of bells and whistles, such as audible alarms, deep stop with countdown, loading bars, wet auto-activation, and a digital logbook, and tacks gauge and freediving modes into the mix. The Amphos uses the DSAT Decompression Model/Modified Haldanean algorithm, the same as the Amphos Wisdom 3. Thus far, consumer feedback has been very positive, and Sport Diver named the Amphos its Editor’s Pick for September 2013.

Average Price: $400

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September

SEAC S-Dry Wetsuit Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on SEAC S-Dry Wetsuit Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Wetsuits

The S-Dry is a semi-dry suit, or a wetsuit in the super-warm class that sport tight seals for minimal water transfer. The S-Dry is a 7mm wetsuit with a form-fitting cut, but made from a super-flexible form of neoprene. The list of seals include a waterproof zipper and double cone soft-skin seals around the wrists and ankles, with the ankle seals buttressed by zippers. The accompanying hood has an air-draining system, and the suit comes with extra padding around the shoulders, knees, and elbows, along with a handy hip clasp for the hood. In short, it’s got all the semi-dry bases covered, and S-Dry’s owners have no complaints.

Average Price: $400

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September

Sherwood Onyx Dive Mask Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Sherwood Onyx Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

The Onyx looks like a basic dive mask: it is a dual lens design that comes only in black. However, the skirt is super soft and form fitting, providing a no-leak fit for a wide range of facial profiles. The design is also low-profile, and thus low volume. The buckles are a simple affair, and the strap that comes with it is a narrow band, stretchy thing that matches the skirt material. The design makes the mask as useful for snorkelers and freedivers as it is for scuba divers, making it a solid, all-around design.Scuba Diving named it a Best Buy for 2013.

Average Price: The Onyx is listed at $70, but can usually be had for $60.

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September

Aeris Accel Scuba Fins Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aeris Accel Scuba Fins Review Posted in: Below $100, Fins

The Accel is short, compact, and lightweight open-heel fin meant to serve as a travel fin. Each fin is less than 21 inches long and weighs in at 1 lb and 5 oz, so it certainly lives up to the billing in the easy-to-carry department. The fin is of the paddle with vents design, cast from a single piece of Monprene, giving it a good flexibility and solid performance as a water shovel. The straps are an odd one, being a piece of plastic that, after some custom adjustment, fits over a button on the fin. The system certainly seems crude compared to other open-heel strap systems, but thus far the consumer feedback has been universally positive, with only slight mention made of the straps. Scuba Diving named them a Best Buy for 2013.

Average Price: $90