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Scuba Gear Reviews by Brian G.


Rating: The XS Scuba reg bag but cheaper... 08/14/2007

A great value for protecting my reg and console in storage and travel. Have had no problems.

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Rating: Happy to own a Zeagle... 08/14/2007

Im a newbie diver, so my experience is limited to a few regs. Before buying an envoy deluxe, I tried out Mares and Oceanic. The mouthpiece on the Mares felt small. The Oceanic worked fine, but had a tendency to free flow. With the Zeagle, Ive dived both Northern Cal and Belize without any problems. The venturi control has stopped free flow a couple times, but there really is no noticeable difference when breathing either in the plus or minus position. There is, however, a noticeable difference when opening or closing the adjustable breathing knob. Ive saved much more air with the knob in the closed position (40 min vs 60 min). There is a very slight resistance when upside down, but not really that drastic to consider any issue at all. For the price, I felt this was an astounding value.

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Innovative Double Hose Retainer Clip
Rating: Innovative-Double-Hose-Retainer-Clip Good idea, but didnt need it... 08/13/2007

I made the mistake of purchasing this before buying my new bc. My Cressi Aqualight came with two. I now have an extra for my save-a-dive kit. They work great, keeping my octo and console where I can find them and from being dragged on the reef or sand. I do find that my console has a tendency to fall out of its retainer fairly easy when I look at it but not often enough to be frustrating. Ill probably stick to these since they seem to keep things closer to my body than other systems.

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Innovative Double Hose Retainer Clip
Rating: Innovative-Double-Hose-Retainer-Clip Makes me feel warm inside, but not too warm... 08/13/2007

this is simply a sleeve which you slide over your console. it could be padded more, or it could be substituted with something home-made, but it works fine for when i store my stuff in the regulator bag, keeping my first stage from hitting my console. this has been said in the other reviews but is worth repeatingwhen im carrying my setup either on the boat or on the shore, the sleeve tends to slide off. i may replace this with something that has a closure system.

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Innovative Double Hose Retainer Clip
Rating: Innovative-Double-Hose-Retainer-Clip Perfect for OCD personalities... 08/13/2007

I purchased this bag mainly for my save-a-dive kit and first-aid kit. I was able to fit an extensive first-aid kit into the main storage area after placing all the items into a large ziplock. First-aid items could also be placed into the zippered mesh pockets in the main storage area. To the sides of the main storage area are three mesh pockets where I placed an 8 oz bottle of 500 psi wash, a bottle of ginger pills, and hand sanitizer. In the longer of the smaller pockets, I was able to fit a save-a-dive kit including two spare fin straps, a snorkel keeper, a weight belt buckle, five mouthpiece ties, and a mouthpiece. In the remaining three smaller pockets I was able to fit my spare o-rings, tools, and a Trident Otter Dry Box 1000. Ive found the bag and the smaller pockets to be water resistant and very sturdy because of the material. Its a great a way to carry a lot of small items in a conveniently sized bag.

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Innovative Double Hose Retainer Clip
Rating: Innovative-Double-Hose-Retainer-Clip Convenient but bulky... 08/13/2007

I recently purchased this mainly for my trip to Belize, but also for future travels. While the wallet has a place for everything, is very sturdy, and has a versatile neck/across-the-chest strap, it is much too bulky to keep hidden under clothing. It was very convenient at the airport, but stayed in the suitcase when at the destination.

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Innovative Double Hose Retainer Clip
Rating: Innovative-Double-Hose-Retainer-Clip Convenient and strong... 08/13/2007

While the compact size of this bag is a very convenient way to store and carry my weights and weight belt, I even have extra room to place my two small back-up lights and Pelican 4300 on top. The U-shaped zippered opening makes for easy access. The mesh panel on top is surprisingly sturdy, as well as the handles and zipper. I carry 24 lbs and my lights comfortably. The only downfall was that a shoulder strap was not included with the bag, even though the bag does have shoulder strap clips. Luckily, I had a spare, but in all honesty I never use it since the carry handle is actually more comfortable.

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H2O Snorkel Keeper Silicone
Rating: H2O-Snorkel-Keeper-Silicone Works... 08/13/2007

My girlfriend purchased one of these from our local dive shop after a passer-by stepped on her snorkel, causing the plastic snorkel clip to snap. Of course, there are no worries of rubber snorkel keepers snapping, but the tendency of sticking while sliding the snorkel through the tight openings makes it somewhat difficult for slight adjustments and quick separations. On the other hand, I entirely trust the silicone snorkel keeper to last for years. While I did purchase this one for my save-a-dive kit, my girlfriend purchased hers for under a dollar. There is no visual difference in quality.

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Innovative 200 Piece O-Ring Kit
Rating: Innovative-200-Piece-O-Ring-Kit More than I can handle... 08/13/2007

as a newbie in the scuba world, i purchased this as part of the save-a-dive kit i was putting together. since i found the entire box too bulky to bring on my diving trips, i placed a few of each o-ring into sandwich sized ziplocks. a list corresponding size to use would have been convenient, but i may be naive as one could probably fit the appropriate o-ring through trial and error. also, ill probably never use some of the included o-rings a few of them seem to be for tech divers or for off-size items. it may be a better idea to only buy o-rings i need through an o-ring manufacturer, as buna-ns and vitons are cheaper by bulk through an industrial merchant. on the upside, however, the kit comes with three brass picks.

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