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Regulator and Hose with Swivel mount

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by R A Diver, Mar 14, 2009.

  1. R A Diver

    R A Diver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Sugar Grove, North Carolina
    While at a recent class one of the other students was showing off his new regulator and hose with a swivel (spelling?) mount. Is this a helpful addition?
    I have had trouble with the regular fitting correctly in my mouth. It wants to lean at an angle. I'm often needing to straighten it out, which is distracting. The hose pulls it down to one side.
    Any suggestions.
    Robert, A Diver
  2. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    A hose that pushes the reg to the left is too long while one that pulls it to the right is too short.

    A swivel adds complication, a couple o-rings and increased potential for failure, so if you can avoid using one you will be better off.
  3. divin'dog

    divin'dog Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New England
    Rather than a swivel, I really like my Miflex hose! I used to clench my regulator to keep it in my mouth because of the pushing and pulling with a regular hose which gave me slight jaw fatigue. With the Miflex, the regulator stays in my mouth and I barely notice any pulling, pushing, or need to clench the mouthpiece.
  4. RAWalker

    RAWalker Divemaster

    A swivel can take some pressure off and some people like them. Some people prefer the switch to a 90* elbow and routing the hose under their arm. IMHO granting the point of it being an extra failure point, as a recreational diver being comfortable with your gear is highly valuable. Good maintenance and regular inspections should minimize any additional risk.
  5. L_A_S

    L_A_S Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oahu
    i went with the zeagle 90 deg elbow (cheaper and better reviewed than the dive rite elbow) and 40" miflex hose routed under my right arm. extra length for sharing air (but i didn't want the awkward 5' hose wrapping around my torso), less chance of hose getting hooked on something, less drag, less jaw fatigue. these factors negate the "extra failure point", esp. since i take exceptional care of my gear.

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