SCUBALAB 2014: Regulator Review

http://www.scubadiving.com/photos/scubalab-2014-regulator-review?image=13 Tusa’s newest reg aced our tests on the breathing simulator, earning excellent scores for work of breathing from rec limits down to our most demanding test depths and breathing rates. It also performed well in real-world diving, with test divers giving the RS-812 very good scores for ease of breathing in all positions, and finding it to be a dry breather. It’s a comfortable reg too, with a lightweight second stage and a good swivel hose connection. Divers found the breathing adjustment to be easy to operate and very effective; it required a bit of care in adjustment near the open limit to prevent a free-flow. While the purge did its job well, some divers found it to be a bit stiffer than they liked — especially those with smaller hands. Testers called this a solid reg, a description that aptly fit its performance on the simulator and in the...

SCUBALAB 2015: Dive Fin Review

http://www.scubadiving.com/gear/fins/scubalab-2015-dive-fin-review?image=12 The Solla is made of a thermoplastic elastomer with a mix of hard and soft materials in the blade, the foot pocket and the side rails. The very noticeable stiff-to-flexible gradient in the blade gave the Solla good drive without taxing leg muscles. Most divers also liked the anatomic heel strap, which has an arched section in the middle (and a generous finger slot that earned very good scores for donning and doffing), although a couple of divers with thin boots found the strap design a little tight on their heels. The Solla’s modest size also made it quite maneuverable. A very capable open-heel fin that does everything well — and at a friendly price — the Tusa Solla is our Best...

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