Every year the brands come out with a new and improved Regulator model at a hefty new price.
In reality the basic design of regs hasn’t changed in 25 years! The “new” models are simply cosmetic changes…
Most of the brands source their regs from the same few factories. The regs are simple pieces of kit that are generally hugely overpriced and over-hyped.
Some even claim to have exorbitant breathing rates…Statistics such as 8500L/min! First of all – the average breathing rate is 15-20L per minute, 8500L/min is impossible.
Secondly an average cylinder only holds around 2700L of air so why on Earth would you want a Regulator to have a airflow of 8500L/min…..
However, this is life-support equipment! So how do you look through the Marketing hype and buy yourself the best quality regulator for you and your family?
Nice to have as it stops the second stage from free flowing when bobbing around on the surface
Leave it fully open and only turn it in if you have a slight free flow. Saves going in to the dive shop for minor adjustments.
Metal second stage
Helps to humidify the air and prevents cotton mouth. But they are heavy in the mouth.
A dedicated humidifier is more comfortable.
The new hi-flex braided type hoses are so nice! Well worth paying more.
If it an expensive reg it should have a metal orifice in the second stage. Ask if it has this.
Any of the regs will do the job. Some are more reliable than others but they all work. Look into the spares before you buy as several brands require a second bond before you can have it serviced!
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