RhodeIslandRed LSU Fan Adrift Off the Spanish Main Member since Aug 2009 3175 posts
Are There Any SCUBA Divers on this Site?Posted by RhodeIslandRed on 9/20/13 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?
re: Are There Any SCUBA Divers on this Site?Posted by mohalk on 9/20/13 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.
re: Are There Any SCUBA Divers on this Site?Posted by mohalk on 9/21/13 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.
re: Are There Any SCUBA Divers on this Site?Posted by mohalk on 9/21/13 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.
Barrister LSU Fan Member since Jul 2012 1654 posts
re: Are There Any SCUBA Divers on this Site?Posted by Barrister on 9/22/13 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.