Apeks calls the Flight “the lightest regulator in the world,” and we’d have to agree. Our test reg, a yoke-style model, weighed in at only one pound, five ounces, by far the lightest reg ScubaLab has ever reviewed, and the DIN version is four ounces lighter! The reg’s compact, pressure-adjustable balanced diaphragm first stage has a forged brass skeletal body that’s covered with a semi-crystalline thermoplastic composite material, selected for its high strength-to-weight ratio. The pneumatically balanced second stage is almost as compact. The Flight is a real dynamo when it comes to delivering gas. It turned in excellent work of breathing at all test depths and rates on ScubaLab’s breathing machine. In real-world tests, divers found the Flight to be a smooth, dry breather in all positions. The second stage is neutrally buoyant, so you can forget about jaw fatigue, and its Integrated Venturi System lever controls freeflows on the surface while optimizing venturi assistance at depth. The bottom line: Recommended for water temperatures above 50 degrees Farenheit, the Flight is designed primarily for the traveling diver. It’s as lightweight and compact as they come, yet delivers big-time breathing performance. Click here for more information. Find this product at your local Aqua Lung dealer.
60:Second ScubaLab: Apeks Flight Regulator
The SCUBAPRO G260 continues the over 25 year history of the legendary G250 second stage, first introduced in 1986 and updated in 2007. The completely new G260 is more compact, while boasting higher performance.
During their 50th year, SCUBAPRO is offering four different models, each with its own specific features and benefits. Yet they all offer instant and constant delivery of ultra-high airflow for incomparable performance in all diving conditions and at any depth.
SCUBAPRO has teamed its Mark 11 balanced diaphragm first stage with a new second stage, the R-195. Combining a classic downstream valve with a large diaphragm and a center-case purge button, the R-195 comes with a large dive/pre-dive switch that helps prevent surface free-flows. The reversible hose attachment feature lets you use the R-195 as a primary second stage, an octo reg, or the perfect choice for deco tanks.
Subgear’s SG500 has been given a new name, but underneath this fresh moniker is the same high performing reg that earned a Best Buy rating in a major ScubaLab regulator review. In real-world diving it’s a sweet breather in all diving positions and dry as well. With its low work of breathing, surprising amount of reserve capacity and a solid track record for its in-water work, the SG500 is a proven performer.
A modern regulator is an extremely reliable mechanism. So reliable, in fact, that some divers will take their regs on countless dives and never so much as rinse them off. Yet they keep on delivering air year after year.
Of the 13 scuba diving regulator models tested for 2012, four models stood out as Testers' Choice or Best Buys. Check out complete info on this top Best Buy model from Beuchat.
Of the 13 scuba diving regulator models tested for 2012, four models stood out as Testers' Choice or Best Buys. Check out complete info on this Testers' Choice model from Aeris.
ScubaLab tests more equipment and collects more data than anybody in diving, and the annual regulator evaluation is our test team’s favorite. From a data-gathering perspective, a reg’s complex design allows us to really peel back the performance layers — using both sophisticated lab machinery as well as down-and-dirty dive work.
Cressi’s XS Compact/MC9 is designed for all divers, but is especially well-suited to the traveling diver. The hyper-balanced diaphragm MC9 first stage has a small, chromium-plated brass body that’s protected by a special elastomer skin.
Besides some tasty BBQ, amazing dives and awesome camaraderie, the highlight of each event was the opportunity to test out the latest gear from SCUBAPRO