Zeagle F8 (SRP: £516)
Zeagle have worked with Atomic Aquatics to produce a solidly constructed regulator. The F8 has an environmentally sealed balanced diaphragm first stage made from durable brass, and featuring a precision-machined neoflon seat. The second stage has a tough nylon case and has a seat-saving orifice, zirconium-plated inlet tube and heat sink for superior corrosion resistance, and a new inhalation diaphragm. The redesigned front cover and cracking resistance control use co-molded components that provide high levels of grip.
Zeagle have long been producing top-quality BCDs and wings, and now they are making a strong push into the world of regulators after teaming up with Atomic Aquatics. The first stage of the F8 is a small but well-made unit, but the second stage, to be honest, doesn’t match up to its price point. The cracking resistance control is large and easy to use, as is the venturi lever, though neither made a vast difference. A major let down was the mouthpiece and exhaust combo, which all the test team found uncomfortable as it rested on your chin.