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What regulator to buy for cave diving + regular diving

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by Lauren Kenyon, Feb 25, 2021.

  1. rolanddiver

    rolanddiver Registered

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Hungary
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    Hi,

    I vote for a Scubapro MK20/G250 regs. They fit nicely on the doubles and also on the stages as the MK20 is a swivel turret first stage. I have 9 sets and I bought all of them on ebay and cleaned/serviced them. Cheap and reliable. Just my two cents...

    Roland
     
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  2. rjack321

    rjack321 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    except lately Apeks can't seem to make a decent HP seat, which has led to a crazy number of IP creep failures
     
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  3. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    Location: Florida
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    not so much lately. They’ve been sucking lately. I got two sets two years ago with high hopes after being a diehard scuapro fan my entire life. The apeks suck. So many things I don’t like about them, but the big one is you never know when the hp seat will fail. This isn’t a solitary incident. I know of at least 10 cave divers I’m friends with that have had the same issue multiple times.
     
  4. kensuf

    kensuf ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    I had 6 apeks seat failures before going back to scubapro.
     
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  5. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
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    maybe in your part of the world, but not in this country they aren't, nor have they been for many years. The copies of Apeks regs have been doing much better for about 2/3 the price....
     
  6. Dominick Gheesling

    Dominick Gheesling Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
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    Mk20 G250s are complete crap and no diver in their right mind should ever buy them.

    In fact, anyone who has them should be getting rid of them asap and be happy with whatever lowball offers they might receive from someone stupid enough to want them.

    :bounce:
     
  7. rolanddiver

    rolanddiver Registered

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Hungary
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    Can you please enlighten us what is wrong with these regulators? Thanks in advance.

    Roland
     
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  8. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    What is the basis of this statement? I have some and I don't think I'm stupid.
     
  9. Dominick Gheesling

    Dominick Gheesling Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tallahassee, FL
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    I was definitely JOKING!!! I dive nothing but MK20/G250s and Mk10/G250s
    :bounce:
     
  10. tmassey

    tmassey Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Shelby Township, MI USA
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    I figured it was a joke. It might’ve been more obvious if you had said something like “you should send them to me for proper disposal“ or somesuch. :)

    As a part time cave, part time cold water diver, I prefer Apeks clones. I like the clean sealing of a diaphragm, and the extremely easy availability of parts and service, though not from an “authorized dealer”.
     
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