Review by Brett Lobwein
One of the most important attributes to enjoyable diving is comfort. We all know when we’re breathing comfortably, we’re diving comfortably. So, I spent this winter trialing the available regulators in the Oceanic range, searching to find the best regulators for my varied diving needs. Due to extreme comfort, increased ease of breathing, the great colour, and an awesome look, the FDXi 1st stage coupled with the Zeo 2nd stage is now my new regulator combination of choice.
After diving with the GT4, then the EOS, I find the Zeo the most controlled and comfortable breathing regulators of the range. The diver’s inevitable "dry mouth" feeling is almost non-existent, so no more nasty-buddy-breath post-dive! Then, with a combination of a swivel, M-Flex hose, and orthodontic mouth piece, the reg sits perfectly in my mouth, which means greater comfort both during and after my dive.
I personally enjoy the ability to control my air-flow and utilise a set of regs that are applicable for the varied water temperatures and depths encountered at Port Stephens throughout the year. Temps here range from 13-26°C with depths from 5-45m across the multitude and variety of dive sites.
The FDXi 1st stage with an over-balanced diaphragm lends to effortless ease of breathing. Moreover, having a first stage that is environmentally sealed means I have one set of regs for all my diving needs, wherever I decide to dive. The compact and lightweight construction of the regs with in-line design, is extremely beneficial when travelling to help minimize space and weight. So, having one set of regs that I can use both recreationally & professionally suits me and my budget.
Clearly, after trying many different regulators, due to the reliability, consistency, and unexpected comfort, the FDXi 1st stage coupled with the Zeo 2nd stage is now my new reg combo of choice.