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Deep 6 Signature Regulator Review

Discussion in 'Deep 6 Outfitters' started by Scuba J7, Dec 12, 2017.

  1. LandonL

    LandonL ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
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    We were unable to recreate their results when we tried on our ANSTI machine. That being said I don't think ScubaLab was being duplicitous. At times it may seem like advertising dollars hold sway with Scuba Magazine, but that is of course their business model.

    What people need to realize is the breathing rates they utilized are far beyond what anyone can realistically sustain while diving, let alone two people.

    The rate limiting component on most dive regulators today is actually the tank valve. Most can handle flow rates higher than this bottleneck allows.

    For what it is worth, I dive our regs beyond 200ft and know divers who go beyond 300ft with them and they work great. I tie into wrecks in this range, so they get a bit of heavy breathing while doing so.

     
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  2. Goingforsound

    Goingforsound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines / Burkina Faso
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    Over 250 dives in 2 years. Still performing great, the black plastic of the body is showing scratch and cosmetic wear. The black chrome is still looking good.

    I had comments from a shop that internals of the 1st stage were heavily corroded at service. Not sure if i trust the shop because in my opinion they were bashing a brand they dont sell.
     
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  3. Scuba Cobra

    Scuba Cobra Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Jacksonville NC
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    I'm pushing about a year and a half with mine, right at 150 dives with most of my dives being close to the 120-150' range and I am very happy with them.

    Out of the box I had one that breathed a little better than the other, bench test showed IP was a little low and cracking pressure was pretty high (roughly +3.5)

    Once corrected to D6 recommendations of where to set the IP and a cracking pressure of +1.1 I have found them to be extremely smooth and pleasant regs. I've played with Atomic, DR, Apex, and a few rental oceanic regs at depths just to see how they compare and always found mine to breath the best, however none of the others were adjusted to make it a "fair" non biased, scientific test. More of just a 1 off anecdotal test. The only thing I have noticed is the venturing lever and breathing resistance knob have stiffened up somewhat compared to new and do require a tad more force to rotate. I originally thought salt build up may have been the issue but upon inspection I couldnt find any salt build up that would cause it.

    Like @Goingforsound said I have found the plastic to show some signs of scratches and slight color fade on the 2nd stages, even though I treat them very well and never let them drag or fall.

    The swivel on the 1st stage is probably the smoothest I have experienced with the least amount of effort to rotate, for me that is a plus. My buddies prefer the almost stuck, stiff, rotation of the apex 1st stages. My only real "gripe" with the 1st stage is length. I do wish it was a tad shorter.

    For the price, and customer service from Deep6, I would highly recommend these regs to everybody. Even with the price increase here recently I don't think the quality and performance can be beat for the price.
     

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  4. Goingforsound

    Goingforsound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines / Burkina Faso
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    Soak then in warm water for a while. Mine came back as new. They were in a state were i tought the lever might break.

    JC
     
  5. Yellowdog

    Yellowdog Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Maryland
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    Did they return the replaced o rings / parts? How did they appear? Assuming you are careful about removing your first stage and replacing the boot, I wonder why there is salt corrosion present inside the environmentally sealed first stage.
     
  6. Goingforsound

    Goingforsound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines / Burkina Faso
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    I learned the hard way that the DM on tropical boats are not that careful with salt water. Nobody touch my tank/regs anymore. They basicaly floated full tanks in sea water and didnt blow them before putting the 1stage and opening the tank.
     
  7. Rusty Shackleford

    Rusty Shackleford Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Port Canaveral Florida
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    [Cap]I understood that reference!![/Cap}
     

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