Average Customer Review: based on 2 reviews.Rating: Atomic Z3 Regulator with Sealed 1st Stage Review - Scuba Gear Customer Reviews
Hi. The 2014 Z3 has a "sealed first stage". Ive searched on Atomics website and they do not explain this feature and its benefits. In contrast, the B2 ($150 more) and the 2013 Z3 ($40 less) do not have a sealed first stages. Can you help me understand the sealed first stage? Thank you, Rich
Hello Rich, here is what a sealed first stage does. The first stage to surround it with silicone oil or other non-freezing fluid. The chamber has a diaphragm or piston that transmits water pressure to the oil, so the first stage does its job with minimal freeze risk. An added benefit in normal diving is that the first stage never gets salt water or fresh water inside, minimizing maintenance concerns.
Hi there. Is there any option to get this reg with a woven or multiflex hose of some sort? I am tossing up between this reg for its value, or paying a little extra for the Aqualung Legend LX for its compactness and woven hose. They seen to have similar features. How do they compare in your view?
Hello Nicole, since this regulator LP hose has a build in swivel they do not make this in the braided hose you would need: http://www.scuba.com/scuba-gear-37/034061/Omni-Swivel-Regulator-Omniswivel.html and http://www.scuba.com/scuba-gear-37/034156/XS-Scuba-MIFLEX-Braided-Regulator-Hose.html to make this regulator with a swivel and braided hose. This regulator is one of the best regulator on the market. You would not go wrong with this regulator.
Following up on Richs question, if one has never had a problem with debris in the first stage and never dives cold water, would there be any downsides to having a sealed first stage?
Hi, Im about to place my order for the Z3 plus the Z2 Octo, however there is no indication whether you supply it with a DIN or YOKE first stage ? I need a YOKE. Also I this currently in stock ?
Hi there, Im looking at replacing my existing Mares regulator. Can I get some pros and cons when comparing the Atomic Z3 Vs. the Mares Carbon 52. Rds, Shivantha.
Hello Shivantha, there are no con's when it comes to the Atomic Z3. It is by far a better regulator. It's a lighter weight regulator. Has a diver adjustable dial-a-breath where you can fine tune your breathing when you are below the water where as the Mares regulator does not have this. The service on the Z3 is 2 years or 200 dives where as the Mares is 1 year or 100 dives. So over the life of the regulator the savings you will save in the up-keep of the Z3 will pay for itself.
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