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
SCUBAPRO’s Mark 25/S-600 has been restyled for 2013 and is now available in four versions. Each model offers its own unique cosmetics, coatings, and construction materials, but they all have one thing in common—awesome performance. In ScubaLab breathing machine tests the Mark 25/S-600 has consistently outpaced all regulators, past and present, in sheer muscle reg performance. And in the ocean it breathes like a dream.
SPECS• Made in: USA• Weight: 1.7 pounds• First Stage: Balanced piston• Ports: 2HP, 5LP; with LP port turret• Second Stage: Pneumatically balanced, with swivel• User Adjustments: Breathing-resistance knob• Warranty: Lifetime•MSRP: $1,699 • Info: www.atomicaquatics.com
SPECS• Made in: USA• Weight: 2.5 pounds• First Stage: Balanced piston• Ports: 2HP, 7LP• Second Stage: Pneumatically balanced, with swivel• User Adjustments: Breathing-resistance knob• Warranty: Lifetime•MSRP: $529 ($569 with sealed first stage)• Info: www.atomicaquatics.com
SPECS• Made in: USA• Weight: 2.6 pounds• First Stage: Balanced diaphragm• Ports: 2HP, 5LP• Second Stage: Pneumatially balanced• User Adjustments: Dive/predive lever, breathing-resistance knob• Warranty: Limited lifetime• MSRP: $499• Info: www.zeagle.com
SPECS• Made in: USA• Weight: 2.6 pounds• First Stage: Balanced diaphragm• Ports: 2HP, 4LP• Second Stage: Pneumatially balanced, with swivel• User Adjustments: Dive/predive lever, breathing-resistance knob• Warranty: Limited lifetime• MSRP: $370• Info: www.edge-gear.com
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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.