Questions and Answers for Mares Carbon 52 Regulator:
I currently dive with a ScubaPro MK25/A700 set-up. Unfortunately, this rig weighs over 6 pounds. Although happy with it, I would like something lighter- particularly since I travel often and have a bad back. I looked at both the Aqualung Micron and Apeks Flight, but have some concerns about air capacity and cold water. Meanwhile, this Mares Carbon 52 rig would seem to fit the bill perfectly.
Has anyone at SCUBA.com dived with this regulator? Would I be disappointed with the performance if I am used to top of the line ScubaPro?
Darrick (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
• Second stage case: 100% carbon • Superior thermal conductivity • Double DFC
The DFC system ensures superior performance at any depth even when two divers are breathing simultaneously off the first stage. The Natural Convection Channel (NCC) system increases the performance in cold water by enhancing heat exchange. The superior thermal conductivity of carbon reduces the dry mouth feeling at the end of the dive by retaining moisture from the exhaled breath. Carbon 52 is perfect for any type of diving. Ideal placement of hoses combined with an extremely soft and light Superflex hose makes it the lightest second stage on the market.
Code: 416162 Material: Carbon First stage: Balanced diaphragm design First stage weight (g) INT: 687 First stage weight (g) DIN300: 513 Second stage weight (g): 197 Total weight (g) INT: 1034 Total weight (g) DIN300: 857 Oil/Dry cold water kit: Dry Nitrox: - HP Ports: 2 HP 7/16' UNF ports LP Ports: 4 LP 3/8' UNF ports Inhale pressure: 7.54 mbar Inhale pos pressure: 1.61 mbar Exhale pressure: 7.61 mbar Ext work breathing: 0.65 J/l Inhale work: 0.25 J/l Pos inhale work: 0.00 J/l Exhale work: 0.40 J/l Pressure depth: 50m (165ft)
Carbon Technology: Extreme light weight, exceptional mechanical resistance and high thermal conductivity make carbon the perfect material for the most demanding divers and every condition.
Dynamic Flow Control: Minimizes intermediate pressure drop during inhalation thus maximizing gas delivery, especially under extreme conditions. The DFC system (Mares patented) minimizes the pressure drop that occurs in all regulator first stages when the diver inhales. This phenomenon is even more pronounced as depth increases and when airflow demand from the regulator rises.
The DFC system is an exclusive system, unique on the market, that operates in relation to the diver's actual air demand, independent of depth and tank pressure.
The DFC system uses the Venturi Effect, optimizing the regulator's sensitivity and minimizing inhalation resistance, especially during dives in extreme conditions.
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.
Natural Convection Channel: Increases cold water performance by creating a flow of water across the regulator. The flow is driven by the change of density in water with temperature.