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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.

Aqua Lung Stratos Scuba Fins Review

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

This offering from Aqua Lung is their new entry-level, paddle fin design. For something supposedly so pedestrian, it’s a pretty sleek-looking number. Basically it’s an open-heel paddle, and the only bell or whistle is the blade, which has a good balance between stiffness and flexibility. Scuba Diving gave it a Best Buy for 2013, and owners say it’s a fine water shovel, but nothing fancy.

Given that this is a humble pair of paddles that don’t claim to have the latest in advanced design, solid water pushing is about all one can ask. For that, the Stratos delivers. For Aqua Lung fins, the price is right too.

Average Price:$70


Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Cressi Giotto Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Dive Computers

The latest thing from Cressi, the Giotto is a wristwatch-style dive computer featuring their new RGBM algorithm. The new system was designed in collaboration with Bruce Wienke and based on the Haldane Model, emphasizing the needs of a diver on a multi-dive schedule and using mixed gas, both common elements for seasoned, vacationing divers.

The three-button interface was designed with intuitive easy-of-use in mind, and based on early consumer feedback, the new system is a successful one. Add to that a 60-diveĀ  memory, backlighting, and 120 meter (almost 400-foot) depth limit, plus the usual bag of dive computer features like clocks, calenders, diver timer, and ascent rate monitor, user switch from imperial to metric, and the big, blocky readout, and you have a very middle of the road, modern computer.

Average Price: $350


Zeagle Onyx CW Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Zeagle Onyx CW Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

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.

The first stage uses a direct flow design to reduce turbulence, and an anodized aluminum heat sink along with the external diaphragm improves cold water performance. The system comes with a braided hose and sleek aluminum finish. The first stage has an ample 5 LP and 2 HP ports, and the ZO second stage has a compact profile and exhaust with venturi and breathing sensitivity controls. The Onyx is also compatible with 40% Nitrox mixtures, as one expects from a upper-tier regulator. The whole thing weighs 2.6 lbs, and the reg scored high marks with consumers and even higher marks with reviewers.

Average Price: $500


Diving Bali: The Underwater Jewel of Southeast Asia Book Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Diving Bali: The Underwater Jewel of Southeast Asia Book Review Posted in: Below $100, Book and Film Reviews

The total bill for a dive vacation in Bali will run in the four digits, even on a backpacker’s budget, so why not go with a clear idea of what to expect by purchasing a dive guide. Some prefer to go by the seat of their pants, but books of this type stimulate and excite before the trip, provide a picture of what’s on offer to help organize the trip, and serve as a ready reference during the trip itself. After spending so much money, buying a dive guide is a no-brainer, so the real question isn’t whether to buy one, but which, and that is where Diving Bali comes in.

Diving Bali pairs professional dive writer and editor David Pickell with Indonesian dive pioneer Wally Siagian to produce a high quality work. The book is packed with vivid pictures and high quality maps, and the descriptions of the dive sites and what one might expect to find on them are lovingly detailed. At the time of publication, everyone who reviewed the book on Amazon.com gave it a 5-star rating, and that unanimity is a true rarity. If you need a dive guide of Bali, this book is a strong contender.

Average Price: $25 print, $14 e-book