The Best Diving Equipment Reviews for 2019

Diving is an adventurous past time that so many people enjoy.  Some people opt for renting their equipment, but there are those of us who love diving on a regular basis and are looking to purchase the best diving equipment for the long term. In this detailed guide, we’ll help you navigate all the top brands in the diving equipment market to make your diving excursions that much smoother and more enjoyable.

SCUBA MASKS

First thing’s first: you can’t go diving without a proper scuba mask. The ideal mask will fit you perfectly, have a wide, clear lens, and seal tight to your face to keep water out without being too uncomfortable. Here are two of the top Scuba masks on the market that you should consider:

Pr​ODUCT

Summary

​Cressi Pano 3 Snorkel Set

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

Much like the Cressi mask above, this mask has seamless side lenses for a wide, unobstructed view. The skirt is made from soft, hypoallergenic silicone for the most comfortable fit.



​Cressi Panoramic

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​This Cressi mask has panoramic windows on both sides that connect perfectly to the front lenses for the widest possible view.


BCD (BUOYANCY COMPENSATOR DEVICE)

A BCD allows you to navigate the water with ease. It’s true that many divers rent them along with their other heavy equipment. But if you are a serious diver, having your own BCD that you know well and are comfortable with can make all the difference in the world. Here are a couple of our favorite BCDs.

Product

Summary

​Cressi ​Start Jacket

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 4.5/5


​The Cressi Start Jacket is compact, comfortable and made with the most durable material possible.


​Cressi ​R1 Integrated BCD

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​​The Cressi R1 is slightly more expensive as well as more advanced than the product reviewed above. This is a BCD for beginners to more frequent divers.

REGULATORS

You can’t dive without a regulator. This is one of the diving tools that you absolutely need to function perfectly. The right regulator will be comfortable for you and last for a long time. These are a couple of our top picks that you should consider.

Product

​SUMMARY

​Palantic Dive AS101

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 3.5/5

​This regulator from Palantic Diving is a first and second stage regulator. It comes as a combination with the octopus.


​Oceanic Alpha 8

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​This regulator is a bit more expensive than the one reviewed above, but it is very high-quality and worth the price.


DIVE WETSUITS

Your wetsuit is one of your most important pieces of gear as a diver. To keep yourself warm and comfortable underwater, you will want a suit that insulates well and will stand up to the test of time. Here are two of the best wetsuits on the market:

Product

​SUMMARY

BlueSeventy Helix

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​This wetsuit is designed for all watersports and will keep you warm in colder water.


​Seavenger Odyssey

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

The Seavenger Wetsuit comes in both men’s and women’s sizes. It is made from durable 3 mm neoprene and has flatlock seams, like the suit above, to prevent tears.

SCUBA DIVING FINS

Last but not least, your fins are another piece of diving gear you can’t live without. Good fins will keep you mobile in the water and be comfortable to wear. Here are two of the best diving fins on the market right now:

Product

​SUMMARY

​Seavenger ​Torpedo Swim Fins

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 4.0/5

​These affordable fins are durable, comfortable, and come with a mesh carrying case for easy transport.

​Cressi Palau Mask Fin Snorkel Set

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​These fins come together in a set with a Cressi mask and snorkel. Like the Seavenger fins, they are comfortable and light while still relatively durable.


DIVE COMPUTERS

Dive computers are a critical part of any diving mission. Without them, the diver could find him or herself in serious trouble.

These waterproof computers measure both the time and depth of a dive in order to help the diver avoid falling victim to decompression sickness. Being so essential, it’s important to purchase a good dive computer. So, here are a few great suggestions.

Product

​SUMMARY

​Oceanic Geo 2.0

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 3.5/5

​This lightweight, wearable dive computer offers four operating modes and features a Firmware auto-update function that makes for easy download and installations using a PC interface.


​Cressi ​Leonardo

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

Available in 13 stunning colors, the Cressi Leonardo dive computer offers three modes of operation including Nitrox and Air, which, despite being incredibly useful, pales in comparison to the Oceanic's four modes.


 

DIVE CAMERA

The ocean is a spectacular place. Full of colorful fish, plants, and mysteries, it’s a wonderful place to get quality photos. For this, however, you need a camera that can withstand the water and its pressure - you need a dive camera. Here are two of our dive camera recommendations:

Product

​SUMMARY

​Akaso EK7000

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​The Akaso EK7000 is a high-quality 4k camera that can capture live underwater photos.


​Akaso EK7000 Upgrade

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​Boasting an IPS touchscreen and a built-in EIS (electronic image stabilization), this version of the EK7000 offers a small upgrade from the previous version.


DIVE KNIFE

Dive knives are highly useful tools that every seasoned diver will have on him. Dive knives are most commonly used for cutting away tangles of fishing line, rope, seaweed, or anything else that can tangle a diver or marine animal.

However, they can also be used for anchoring in case of a particularly strong current. Besides their great uses for diving, they can also come in handy in camping trips where filleting meat is needed for food preparation. It will be good to know how to properly sharpen a fillet knife or a dive knife for that matter, to maximize its usage in any outdoor adventure you're going to get into. 

 Here are a few of our top picks for dive knives:

Product

​SUMMARY

​Promate

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

​This stylish knife comes in two varieties: blunt and sharp, and each option comes in an additional array of colors.

​Cressi Borg

Overall Rating - 4.0/5

​​The Cressi Borg dive knife compares to the Promate model in a number of ways. Like the model above, this modern dive knife comes in both a pointed and blunt option.


DIVE ​LIGHTS

Without light, diving would be impossible. This would mean that underwater photographers and marine enthusiasts would miss out on amazing opportunities, not to mention that vacationers along the coast would never be able to see the beauty under the waves. Luckily, dive lights are a real thing. Here is a couple of the best:

Product

​SUMMARY

​BlueFire Flashlight

Most Affordable

Overall Rating - 4.5/5

This unique underwater flashlight sports both UV red and UV blue light bulbs. Made of aluminum alloy and sealed with air-tight O rings, the light is sturdy and durable.


​Reiled Diving Flashlight