Nex Maya Scuba Regulator: ScubaLab Best Buy
We tested the Nex Maya regulator. It was our Best Buy for regulators.
We measured regulators’ ability to deliver air at a range of depths and breathing rates on the breathing simulator at Dive Lab in Panama City Beach, Florida.
We also tested regs at Alexander Springs in Central Florida with a team of test divers who scored them in 14 categories, including ease of breathing, dry operation and comfort.
Combining a super-compact first stage with an equally small, lightweight second stage, this reg earned the top score for comfort. “Like I’m not using a reg. Only feel the mouthpiece,” one test diver said. The second stage scored good for bubble interference, despite its small size.
The reg earned excellent work of breathing scores at low work rates, and very good scores at moderate to heavy work rates. “Nice, smooth and quiet” and “very easy breathing” were some ways test divers described the reg’s performance.
It scored good for ease of breathing face-up but otherwise scored very good for ease and dryness of breathing in all positions.
The ergonomic breathing control has a noticeable effect and a good range of adjustment. The Venturi, situated on the front of the reg, was a bit harder to access, but very effective. The small reg clears readily, and testers scored the supple, responsive purge excellent for stiffness.
This compact, lightweight breather packs comfort, convenience and performance into a travel-ready package. A favorite of test divers, the Maya is our Best Buy for regulators.
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