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    So

    What do you guys think is a good 1st and 2nd stage to buy that's not crazy expensive but will last for a while?

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    No, you didn't just ask that. Let the games begin and just so it's on the record you are all wrong and I am right.
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    Might as well ask what you favorite bar in New Orleans is.
    The best one is in your price range, breaths easy, services well, and is rugged.
    The two areas I did not skimp were my computer and regulator. Wrong as I am I dive the atomic B2. It was a little more than I wanted to spend, but it breaths very easy. has a swivel hose and it has a flow adjustment on it.

    I notice you are near Dallas. Go in and see the guys at scuba toys, they will hook you up

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    I always feel intimidated when I go in there....you know like a siren goes off "Noob Alert"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zeagle Eagle View Post
    No, you didn't just ask that. Let the games begin and just so it's on the record you are all wrong and I am right.

    So you dive with what? Since you are right

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    When I started diving I couldn't tell the difference between a mid-price and a top of the line regulator. After a year of renting regs, I had enough experience to make a choice. Of course for where I dive, a good cold water regulator is necessary. I would suggest diving a little bit before buying, just so you can get a little bit of experience. But it depends on location. I am 5 minutes from my local dive shop...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TGK View Post
    I always feel intimidated when I go in there....you know like a siren goes off "Noob Alert"
    Everyone was a Noob once upon a time. Answering questions helps keep everyone sharp....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfmorgan View Post
    When I started diving I couldn't tell the difference between a mid-price and a top of the line regulator. After a year of renting regs, I had enough experience to make a choice. Of course for where I dive, a good cold water regulator is necessary. I would suggest diving a little bit before buying, just so you can get a little bit of experience. But it depends on location. I am 5 minutes from my local dive shop...
    I had an issue today with a rental reg and don't wanna risk that again. I would, in the near future, like to at least own my own reg..and a computer, and a bc, and lots of other stuff

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    Don't listen to Zeagle, he's totally off base when it comes to regulators! And I'M Right!!!

    I would also recomend going to Scuba Toys and getting them to help you in person.

    Personally, I use Apeks and Poseidon. I love them both and they are great regualtors. Poseidon's are a little pricey and service can be a bear in places, but they are a tried and true design and I totally like the no left/right/upside down to the Jetstream second. However, they have an downstream valve that can be problematic if you don't understand how they work.

    A lot of questions to answer: Piston vs. Diaphram? Balanced vs. unbalanced? Adjustable 2nd or standard? Sealed vs. unsealed? Is manufacturer "X" worth more than "Y" and why? Who should I stay away from?

    There are as many right answers as there are forum members.

    A little research will definitely help you out:
    Scuba Regulator - How To Choose The Best Dive Regulator For You

    How to buy a Scuba Regulator - Scuba Diving News

    Best Scuba Diving Regulator Reviews: Top Rated Regulators Make Your Dive Easier

    Both are pretty good short reads that will help you know what questions to start off with when shopping.

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Atomic!

    I tried a few before i purchased. My first reg had some issues.

    ST put me into an Atomic Z2 which has been super dependable. It is my travel reg now. I liked it so much that I also bought a second hand B2 which Is DIN and which lives at the coast with my tanks. They are both much better than anything I tried before purchasing. They are easy breathers at any depth and I don't even think about them during my dives.

    I am into low maintenance equipment.


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