First, as a lurker on this group, I've been impressed by the comraderie
and generosity offered by people offering opinions in this group. I'm a
soon-to-be-certified diver and, aside from being totally hooked on this
sport, it's nice to be in a sport with a cool group of people.
Ok, now that you're feeling all warm and oozy (the opinions expressed
above *are* genuine BTW), I **really** need help/guidance/opinions on how to
spend large amounts of cash for my scuba stuff. I want to avoid wasting
$$ on rentals, so I figure - buy sooner rather than later. I'm looking
to spend as little as possible to get as much as possible (sound familiar?).
Here are my thoughts - what do you think of them?
Buy one that is cheap and that fits. I don't see a huge difference in
them. I am eyeing a "Blue Reef" for about $200. Am I overlooking
any important features here?
Buy one that is warm and that fits. I'm going for a combo suit, 6.5 mm,
for the NEast. I like the plush inside - nice touch. Again, I don't see
a *big* reason to go for a brand name here. Neoprene is neoprene, right???
I'm looking at a Seaquest for $200. A Blue Reef is $150, but not as
thick. A Mares semi-dry is $240. Is that worth the extra cash?
Again, go cheap. Get a basic 3x console for $125. They all work, right?
I'll get the Air-X for my birthday, someday.
Ahh! Is this where I should spend more? I want a basic,
inexpensive, high-quality regulator that is a joy to use (stop
laughing). Of course, they all work, but what are the features worth
- A balanced first stage?
- Self-adjustable? (I think not)
- Ease of breathing (hard to figure out in the store)
I'm thinking of:
- USDivers Aquarius or SEA2 (or 3, or 4?)
- Oasis II
- Omega II / Delta II
Any insights will *really* help me, and my friend who is also looking.
So, what do I specifically need to consider to make my - few - dollars
stretch the farthest?
Looking forward to diving with you ALL,
Andrew Hess American Language Institute,
http:www/nyu/edu/pages/hess/andrew.html City University of NY