Editor's Pick-- August 2008
AQUA LUNG LEGEND LX ACD
If the gold ring on the faceplate isn't enough to show that the Legend is a Cadillac rig, its
heft will. It's loaded with cool features, like the ACD (auto-closure device), which automatically seals the first-stage inlet port when taken off a tank, keeping internal parts clean and dry.
The overbalanced diaphragm first stage is built to increase air flow with increasing depth, and it's environmentally sealed, which reduces the chance for a cold-water freeze-up. Two high-pressure ports and four medium-pressure ports are evenly distributed in the first stage's two sides. The two forward, medium-pressure ports are outfitted with Aqua Lung's Air Turbo System to improve second-stage performance. On the breathing end, the Legend LX has a Venturi adjustment (keeps air flowing once inhalation has started) and an inhalation-resistance adjustment (makes inhalation easier to start).
This combo qualifies as "fullsize," but there's no jaw fatigue thanks to a neutrally buoyant second stage, which also gets the highest marks for ease of use. The large Venturi adjustment and the textured breathing-resistance knob are ideal for glove-wearers. We're also big fans of Aqua Lung's Comfo-Bite mouthpiece: The little bridge across the middle locks the reg in place. Bubble dispersion was excellent, possibly the best in our group. A downside? Perhaps that the first stage is a bit of a beast,but you'll never know it in the water. The performance is well worth the weight. Welove this reg.