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Importance of diving equipment brand country

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Pianist, Oct 18, 2019.

  1. Pianist

    Pianist Garibaldi

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    How important to you country of diving equipment brand?

    Imagine this situation. You are trying to choose diving equipment and you see best equipment from country, that usually cannot do something good, e.g. African contriries, Russia, etc. Do you choose better equipment from country, that usually can't make anything good, or you choose worse equipment from country with good reputation, such as European contries or USA?
     
  2. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    all gear can be rubbish in the right hands
     
  3. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

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    And Japan. It depends on the reputation of that country mostly.
     
  4. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I’ve been in international shipping since 1992. I see the crap of all sorts that comes in from overseas. And the dealings that go on with shippers, manufacturers, and my agents overseas.

    I will NOT buy anything unless there is a dealer in the US. Period.

    My country of origin hierarchy is US, Canada, western Europe, then Asia. I try to avoid Mexico at all costs. I would not buy anything made in Africa. Try to avoid China, which can be difficult, depending on what the item is. Japan is preferred for Asian countries.
     
  5. Pianist

    Pianist Garibaldi

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    What about Russia, Ukraine?
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Absolutely not. I’m old enough to remember Soviet days and the disaster that Aeroflot was and their shoddy planes. Plus, doubt there would be a US dealer.
     
  7. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    eastern/central europe is catching up for dive gear at least between the czechs and poles. xdeep, tecline, etc.

    the only thing russian you see are those military surplus rebreathers that a handful of nutters convert as diy projects.
     
  8. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

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    Poland? The workmanship on Santi drysuits is impressive.
     
  9. Pianist

    Pianist Garibaldi

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    But it isn't impossible.
    Just imagine, that you see diving equipment with incredible features from country, that never did it before.

    I remember I saw Turkish diving equipment manufacturer, but I don't remember its name...
     
  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Forgot about Poland and Santi. But Russia/Ukraine? Nope.
     

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