Average Customer Review: based on 5 reviews.Rating: Air Control streamlines my setup
I see two questions here regarding compatibility with other BCDs. The answers are both that it only fits Mares BCDs. However, Mares claims it comes with a kit to fit any BCD and one of the reviews also states that it came with a kit and fits any BCD. This has left me not knowing which answer is correct. May I ask what the universal fitment kit is for if not to make this fit on other BCDs? Thank you!
Does this inflator-octo have a problem with buttons getting stuck? Some people who bought this have reported this problem ..... perhaps Mares solved it by now.
What are the required specs for the LP hose used for this? I was told that Id have to replace the standard inflator hose on a rental reg with the hose this came with. Thanks!
What type of quick disconnect fitting is used on the Mares Air Control? I would like to get a backup hose with QD fitting for my save-a-dive kit. I see "ScubaPro", "SeaQuest", and "Oceanic" as possible fittings.
Hello Mark, this would be the hose for your Air 2: http://www.scuba.com/scuba-gear-5/034044/Oceanic-Air-XS-II-Maxflex-Hose.html.
• Combine hose for octopus and inflator
• Ergonomic shape
• Pre-oriented mouthpiece for easier use
Air Control, the new mares alternative air source, offers the option to use the same hose for the octopus and the inflator. The pre-oriented mouthpiece makes it usable as a quick and easy octopus. The cover features the Mesh Grid system, made of soft material so the purge button is easy to push, even when wearing gloves. It complies with EC standards and with special adaptors that can be easily assembled on all BCs. The ergonomic shape allows one-handed use.
Second stage weight (g): 241 INT
Fluid Dynamic Deflector: Receives and properly directs the airflow from the bypass tube to the mouthpiece.
Mesh Grid: Patented design which reduces the impact of water flow onto the second stage diaphragm, thus eliminating free flows even in strong currents.
Superflex Hose: Extreme light weight and exceptional softness guarantee the maximum freedom of movement.
Ultralight Techno Polymer: Abrasion resistant and affordable, ideal for diving in warm and moderate water temperatures.
Vortex Assisted Design: The air bypass tube conveys air to the mouthpiece creating a swirling vortex with a low pressure area in the center that keeps the diaphragm down during inhalation, for very sensitive and easy breathing at all depths.
The air coming from the LP-hose passes through the second stage control valve and is conveyed directly to the mouthpiece through the by-pass tube (Mares patented). In the mouthpiece connector, the airflow creates a swirling action, or “vortex”. The core of the vortex is a low-pressure area, which, during inhalation, helps to hold down the second stage diaphragm, thus markedly increasing regulator sensitivity. The decisive advantage of the VAD System lies in the precision of its control. The VAD supplies the inhalation effort with just the intensity required.
Another advantage of the VAD system is related to the bypass tube, through which most of the air is delivered. In cold water diving, this system prevents ice crystals (which can be generated by the expansion of humid air in cold temperatures) from interfering with the proper operation of second stage components.