Are There Any SCUBA Divers on this Site?
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Are There Any SCUBA Divers on this Site?
Posted by RhodeIslandRed on 9/20 at 8:31 pm
I used to dive years ago and am considering taking it up again. I bought Sherwood gear because I could not afford Scubapro at the time. Is Scubapro still pretty much top of the line or should I consider another brand?

This post was edited on 9/20 at 8:34 pm

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Posted by CurDog on 9/20 at 8:32 pm to RhodeIslandRed
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Posted by Blue Velvet on 9/20 at 8:33 pm to CurDog
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Posted by SCUBABlake on 9/20 at 8:34 pm to RhodeIslandRed
What are you looking to buy, specifically?


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Posted by Capt ST on 9/20 at 8:35 pm to RhodeIslandRed
A couple, page Hat, I think he snorkels or something.


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Posted by CurDog on 9/20 at 8:38 pm to RhodeIslandRed
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retty much top of the line or should I consider another brand?



i havent bought new gear in awhile. i have never had any problems with my scuba pro stuff.
every so often i will rebuild the regulator and things like that, but that is about it



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Posted by RhodeIslandRed on 9/20 at 8:39 pm to SCUBABlake
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What are you looking to buy, specifically?

Everything. BC, first and second stage regulators, dive computer (my console has gauges), etc. You get the picture.



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Posted by Capt ST on 9/20 at 8:52 pm to RhodeIslandRed
Friend was a Helldiver he gave me all his gear for Xmas, pretty much all Mares. I will say computer is very generous.


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Posted by Creamer on 9/20 at 9:02 pm to RhodeIslandRed
I dive, but I dont know enough about equipment to give you advice. I have a scubapro regulator that has never let me down.


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Posted by xenon16 on 9/20 at 10:12 pm to Creamer


There are several others too. Including an instructor or two



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Posted by mohalk on 9/20 at 11:07 pm to RhodeIslandRed
Scuba pro still makes quality stuff but they havent produced any new regulator designs in 15 years. Atomic was started by former scuba pro engineers, and scuba pro hasnt made a single new reg since. They are still excellent quality though. Don't get their high end computers. Battery changes cost $200.

Atomic makes the best regulators. Oceanic makes the best computers. Aqua lung is solid, especially for BCs. Dive rite is great too, especially if you like the "tech" stuff.

If you have any questions specifically on any gear, let me know. I've used it all and taken it all apart and rebuilt it.



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Posted by mohalk on 9/20 at 11:09 pm to mohalk
Mares is the suckiest out of all the major manufacturers.


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Posted by Capt ST on 9/21 at 3:20 am to mohalk
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Mares is the suckiest out of all the major manufacturers.


Well that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.



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Posted by mack the knife on 9/21 at 6:33 am to RhodeIslandRed
present


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Posted by laangler21 on 9/21 at 6:46 am to RhodeIslandRed
Got my cert in '03, haven't been down since '05. My little cousin got his this summer, planning a few trips next year. Unless you plan on diving a lot, why not just rent gear?


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Posted by mohalk on 9/21 at 9:02 am to Capt ST
Don't worry, pretty much everything on the market is very reliable. I don't mean it's unsafe.

My opinion is based more on the engineering and materials. Some are made better and perform better than others, and some are just 20 year old designs dressed up in new fancy plastic every couple of years.



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Posted by mohalk on 9/21 at 9:04 am to laangler21
If you're only going a couple times or just on vacation, renting makes sense.

When you have you're own stuff though, it's a lot more convenient, You don't have to worry about picking it up during dive shop hours or bringing it back. You can just roll out at 4am and go. You do have to put about $20 a year into tanks and about $50 a year into your reg for maintenance though.



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Posted by Redfish2010 on 9/21 at 10:01 am to RhodeIslandRed
I've got like 10 dives to my name from roatan. Haven't been since 2011. Can't afford it yet. Shits expensive.


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Posted by xenon16 on 9/21 at 11:10 am to Redfish2010
Agreed. But all my hobbies are expensive


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Posted by Barrister on 9/22 at 8:43 pm to xenon16
Avid diver here. 130 dives in last 3 years. Basically, most stuff is decent, but I would focus on what kind of diving you are going to be doing. If only a handful per year you can find quality used stuff onlie for next to nothing. Have a local dive shop check it out and you will be good to go. If you wanna dive more than that but do not want to blow the bank, I would still suggest used gear with the exception of a quality regulator. Each year acquire a new quality piece.


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