GEAR GUIDE: Group Test – Regulators from £275-£475

Posted by - 24th April 2017

Regulators – Apeks XTX50 (SRP: £434) Apeks has  been a staple in the armoury of many British divers for over 40 years, and the XTX50 is the UK company’s solid middle-of-the-range unit. It is best described as utilitarian in the looks department, but aside from the rather drab second stage it is well equipped with

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

VERDICT: The water temperatures of 6 degrees C in the depths of Vivian Quarry were a good test of the top-end regulators in this review, especially as we pushed them to the limit by doing everything you shouldn’t do – rapidly breathing them on land prior to immersion, extended purges topside and underwater, hard breathing underwater

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

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

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Scubapro MK25EVO/S620Ti (SRP: £585) The S600 was always one of Scubapro’s best-performing second stages, and now it has been reborn as the S620 Ti, which boasts an improved work of breathing in a smaller and lighter package. The second stage also has a corrosion-free titanium barrel inside the tough techno-polymer case, and venturi and cracking

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Mares Fusion 52x (SRP: £483) The Fusion 52x is a good-looking regulator that has some notable design features. The first stage is solid but compact, equipped with two high-pressure ports and four low-pressure ports, and thanks to ACT (Advanced Coating Technology) has massively increased durability. The all-metal second stage has a unique pivoting purge valve, lightweight

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Atomic Aquatics B2 (SRP: £591) Atomic Aquatics have a long legacy in producing high-end regulators, and the B2 combines much of that knowledge and technology. The first stage is made from chrome-plated brass and 316 stainless steel, has two high- and five low-pressure ports, and features Atomic’s Jet Seat high-flow piston design, environmentally sealed for

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Aqualung Legend LX Supreme (SRP: £489) The Aqualung Legend LX Supreme is an eye-catching cold-water-approved regulator that features some nifty styling and performance points. The chunky but compact environmentally sealed, over-balanced diaphragm first stage has two high-pressure and four low-pressure ports, and is equipped with Aqualung’s Auto Closure Device (ACD), which keeps any corrosive water

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Apeks MTX-R (SRP: £529) The Apeks MTX-R is the ‘civvie’ version of the military-spec MTX, and this regulator – designed for extreme cold-water use – looks super-smooth in its classy iPhone white and matt-silver with engraved stencilling. A first-of-its-kind over-moulded first stage end cap and environmental diaphragm prevent ice build-up, and the forged body gives

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