Gear Check Regulators
Tough Atomic won't split July 2007
No matter how punishing a diver is on gear, it’ll be impossible to chip the plating on Atomic Aquatics new ST1 regulator. The first stage is
made of 316 stainless steel so, unlike typical brass regulators, it needs no plating to protect it from corrosive seawater. The tough alloy is
ecologically “green” as well, since stainless typically is made with 60 percent recycled metal and is 100 percent recyclable. The first stage
is available with ST1 versions of Atomic’s T2 and B2 second-stage regulators, which feature durable titanium components. The company’s
exclusive Automatic Flow Control keeps breathing stable and comfortable at any depth. The five-port low-pressure swivel connector
allows divers to position hoses exactly where they want them, and an articulated swivel keeps hoses from binding during head and body
movements. Atomic’s Seat Saving Orifice prolongs the second-stage seat life indefinitely, eliminating leaks and maintaining optimum
performance. This combined with the corrosion-resistant materials allows the unit to be serviced every two years or 300 dives. The
regulators are ready for nitrox mixes of up to 40 percent oxygen. Learn more at www.atomicaquatics.com.
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Reg's a switch hitter March 2006
One never knows with an octopus whether it’ll be used personally or handed off to a fellow diver. With the Dynamo dual-configuration
octopus from Advanced Diving Products, a diver is prepared for both scenarios. Having the mouthpiece at a conventional 90-degree angle
from the hose makes it easy to breathe while the hose is routed under the arm. The mouthpiece can be switched to the left or right for
buddy breathing. The mouthpiece also can be switched into a straight configuration, pointing away from the hose, which is easier for
handing off the mouthpiece because it has a longer reach. Dynamo has a Monel orifice that requires no adjustment, and springs are sealed
to reduce corrosion. Their dynamic effort control adjusts inhalation effort according to depth, automatically performing the same function
of a manual knob. Learn more at www.dynamodiving.com.
Sure would breath easy December 2007
Sherwood's new SR1 regulator allows a diver to adjust the gear for fit and comfort. Matching the easy of breathing is a one-touch
adjustment on the second stage, which has a low-profile deflector to exhaust bubbles so they won't be in a diver's face. Purging is easy
with a large flexible purge valve button on the pneumatically balanced second stage. The first stage has two high-pressure ports. Five
low-pressure ports are mounted on a swivel so they can be rotated for optimal connections. A two-piece first-stage piston is intended to
improve balance and intermediate pressure control. A Smart demand lever reacts to depressurization, extending the life of piston seat life.
Inflator multi-tasks December 2007
Promate Systems aims to cut the clutter on dive kits with its 3-in-1 Air-3 Octopus, horn and inflator. The unit replaces the conventional
buoyancy vest inflator. Once in place, it can be used to inflate or deflate the vest. It also has a second stage for use as an octopus, should
you have to share air. And should you surface far from the dive boat, it also contains an ultra-loud air horn to get the attention of any boat
operator within a kilometer. www.promateusa.com.
Mighty Mikron March 2008
Since its introduction last fall, Aqua Lung's Mikron regulator is gaining favor, especially among travel divers facing airline weight
restrictions. Small in size, the regulator weighs in at only 26 ounces for the din-valve model and 31 ounces for the yoke valve version. First
and second stages are pneumatically balanced to deliver top performance regardless of depth. Breathing can be optimized to individual
preferences with the adjustable second stage. The Mini position increases resistance and minimizes free flows, while the Maxi position eases
breathing at depth. First and second stages are connected with a pliable braided hose that weighs less than 5 ounces and is more flexible
than standard rubber low-pressure hoses. Mikrons are available in black / red or pink / vanilla colors, with the latter matching the colors of
Aqua Lung's Ladies Pearl i3 buoyancy vest. Second stages are equipped with Comfortbite mouthpieces with palate bridges that hold the
regulator in place with minimum jaw pressure, reducing fatigue during days of repetitive diving. www.aqualung.com
Ionize your dive (August 2008)
Divers looking for a compact regulator might want to drop by the Aeris booth at DEMA this month to check out its new ION model. The
balanced-diaphragm first stage has four low- and two high-pressure ports and is available with either a yoke or optional DIN connector for
the tank fitting. The demand-valve second stage has a venturi assist to ease breathing, and a diver-adjustable control to set the minimum
cracking effort to personal preferences. It is compatible with nitrox mixes of up to 40 percent oxygen. The orthodontic mouthpiece has bite
tabs for comfort, and the 2.3-inch diameter regulator weighs a mere 5.4 ounces. Even with an octopus and the chrome-plated brass first
stage, the kit weighs about 5 pounds, which is reasonable for travel divers. As a special launch offer, Aeris is supplying the regulators with
a choice of an A1 or Gyro octopus at no additional charge. IONs are available at shops that carry Aeris. www.DiveAeris.
Clean up your mouthpiece November 2008
Dive shops and charter operators who rent gear will be able to ratchet up customer satisfaction and extend the life of mouth- pieces with
the Millennium Anti-Microbial mouthpiece from Casco Bay Molding. Germ-killing polysynthetic oils blended into the soft silicone kill or stop
growth of staph and other bacteria found in mouths as well as molds that grow in dank conditions such as gear lockers. Since it's blended
into the material, the germ-killing properties last for the life of the mouthpiece, so there's no need to dunk second-stage regulators in harsh
chemicals to sanitize gear between customers. Mouthpieces are available through Innovative Scuba Concepts, Trident Diving Equipment or
directly through New Millennium Enterprises. www.nmeusa.com.
Lighten up your travels May 2009
Travel divers aiming to keep dive bags light enough to avoid airline baggage overweight charges might want to consider TUSA's new
RS-670 regulator system. The R-600 balanced-diaphragm first stage weighs less than 1.5 pounds and is quite compact, yet it has two
high-pressure and four low-pressure ports easing hose placement for personal fit and comfort. It is available with either DIN or yoke tank
fittings. The S-70 second stage is equipped with a flow adjustment to set the air supply volume to the needs of diving conditions. Multiple
thread screws enable the regulator can fine tune the exhalation as well. The mouthpiece is designed to be stable and comfortable even with a
light bite to reduce fatigue during long dives. A universal swivel hose connector eliminates hose tension for added comfort. A chrome ring
provides stylish trim on the stainless steel face plate. The system is available through TUSA shops and is eligible for TUSA Care free parts
for life program. www.tusa.com.
Carbonate your dive July 2009
The Mares Carbon 42 regulator has innovations that could be of interest to divers, whether they travel to warm destinations or prefer cold
northern waters. Sheet-molded carbon fiber in the second stage is 65 percent lighter than most metals used in regulators and 30 percent
lighter than polycarbonates, which can reduce luggage weights at airline check-in counters. The material also has better thermal
conductivity, which Mares says is better for cold water dives and lessens the sense of dry air in warm waters. A mesh grid on the front of
the second stage is said to reduce water pressure on the diaphragm, minimizing the chance for free-flows, and a deflection system inside
the second stage is designed to further lessen free-flows and deliver air evenly. The first stage is coated with a material that resists abrasion
and protects it from oxidation. Mares' Dynamic Flow Control is designed to use the venturi effect to optimize sensitivity and to improve
airflow in extreme conditions and at depth. The nickel-plated brass central valve has a polyurethane coating to resist abrasion and improve
the seating of the valve. For info, visit carbon.mares.com.
Apeks lightens up January 2010
Travelers facing weight restrictions will appreciate Apeks’ new Flight regulator. Said by the company to be the lightest reg in the world, the
yoke valve version weighs in at 25 ounces and the DIN model, only 21 ounces. In water, the unit is nearly neutrally buoyant. Weight was
cut by the use of high-tech polymers that are as rugged and corrosion resistant as they are light in weight. Yoke first stages were designed
with a unique knob that does not extend outward as it is unscrewed. Keeping it flush maintains a compact size and minimize entanglements.
The second stage is pneumatically balanced and small in size to minimize drag. Women’s models are slightly narrower to accommodate the
smaller jaw structure of women than men. Pliable braided hoses are used for safety and practicality. Although flexible and lightweight, the
hoses are twice as strong as conventional ones, Apeks says, and kink resistant. The company claims that air flow remains unobstructed
even if the hose is knotted. Flight regulators are available in green/black, pewter/black and pink/black color combinations.