Simple, reliable and compact, this reg uses Cressi’s elliptically shaped second stage to provide a mechanical advantage in breathing effort and a compact diaphragm first stage for smooth performance at a wide range of tank pressures.CONTACT cressi.com
Balanced first and second stages give the Cayman excellent performance in a range of conditions, and a dry-chamber first stage even suits it to cold-water use. For the price, divers will also appreciate the handy adjustable dive/predive Venturi switch.CONTACT subgear.com
A scant 31 ounces, this tiny reg is a mighty breather and an excellent choice for traveling. Its compact size still allows for the convenience of a second-stage adjustment knob and a first stage with four medium-pressure ports.CONTACT aqualung.com
The midline Titan LX retains features experienced divers will appreciate, at a seriously comfortable price. We like the smart auto-closure device that seals water out of the first stage when it’s removed from the tank, and a superbly designed Venturi-assist to control free-flow. CONTACT aqualung.com
For decades the Brut has been the ultimate in workhorse regulators, a favorite of rental departments and divers who value reliability and simplicity above all else. Recently updated, its balanced-piston first stage and easy-breathing second stage are continuing the strong tradition.CONTACT sherwoodscuba.com
The legendary MK25 piston first stage is married to the compact A700 in a truly winning combination. The latter’s all-metal build gives it excellent thermal properties, and a cool new titanium-nitride PVD coating makes it nearly impervious to corrosion, abrasion and ultraviolet rays. CONTACT scubapro.com
Many scuba gear manufacturers have brought travel-specific equipment to the market that weigh less, pack more easily and make travel generally more convenient, from regulators that weigh next to nothing to BCs that fold into nice, neat packages and nearly every category in between.
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