3 Regulators For Beginners
As part of our kit for beginners series, Neil Hope looks at three options for regulators...
Choosing your regulator depends a lot on where in the world you'll be diving and if you're travelling often. Warm water divers can normally dispense with the need for the environmentally-sealed first stages and associated metal second stage components that help prevent cold-water regulator free-flow, and this can result in a very compact and lightweight product. However, while an inexpensive warm water reg will perform more than adequately within its intended temperature range, I’d be inclined to go for the cold-water version from the onset as you never know where your diving may take you.
Apeks XTX40 DS4
Another over-balanced diaphragm design, the Apeks first stage is also environmentally sealed and offers the same 2 to four ratio of ports on a swivel turret for easy hose routing. The option of a fifth port is offered if required. The balanced second stage is convertible for left or right use and also offers the option of a diver-changeable exhaust tee.
PRICE: £260 | www.apeks.co.uk
Scubapro MKII EVO R195
Scubapro's MKII EVO is the manufacturer's smallest first stage in its range and features a lightweight downstream piston that is fully insulated from the environment. It has one HP and four LP ports and the R195 downstream valve second stage has a diver-adjustable Venturi-Initiated Vacuum Assist.
PRICE: £179 | www.scubapro.com
Oceanic Alpha 9 CDX5
The CDX5 is an environmentally-sealed over-balanced diaphragm design first stage with a total of four LP and two HP ports. Ideal for both warm and cold water diving a flexible maxflow hose connects to the downstream, unbalanced and lightweight Alpha 9 second stage. The regulator is also protected by Oceanic's Lifetime Warranty.
Price: £219 | www.oceanicuk.com