When I started my Pro-Diving Career I was not very savvy about the pros and cons of different regulators. So I took the advice of my mentor and what I got was the much-praised SR1. I loved it and I still dive it today, 7 years later…..Since then I’ve done my research and I’ve tested out numerous regulators and I keep coming back to my SR1. A lightweight, easy breather, it has been very good to me, even when I haven’t been real good to it! Seven years later, I should keep up with the latest and greatest.
So, I am now thinking of a replacement, and thankfully Sherwood hasn’t just sat back enjoying the success of the SR1 but has kept up the momentum and produced its successor, the aptly named SR2. Let’s take a look:
In the Water
I took this regulator with me on a diving trip to Grand Bahama, going from shallow reefs to deep wrecks. The SR2 has a work of breathing performance of 0.5 joules/litre at 165 fsw with an RMV of 62.5. (These figures could be written in latin as far as I’m concerned because, bottom-line, all I’m interested in is how this regulator performs under proper diving conditions.)
After initially playing with the BRA control and very quickly finding the optimal setting for my own breathing style, this regulator provided one of, if not the, smoothest and easiest breathing experiences I’ve had under water.
The purge was a easy to use, easy to locate and depress. It gave a nice progressive delivery of gas, clearing any unwanted sea water from the mouthpiece with ease, and it did it without giving me chipmunk cheeks or rattling my tonsils. The mouthpiece is small and, combined with the bantamweight first stage, caused no strain at all on my jaw muscles. This added to the already impressive comfort level. The exhaust ports are fixed and narrow but sent the bubbles away from my face.
On another dive I swapped second stages with my buddy, who was using a “high-end” regulator of her own, and the difference in performance was astounding. I almost had to fight her to get my reg back.
Before the next dive she pleaded with me to let her take my reg again. I relented, after all, she is my wife!
If you are looking for the regulator that will take you anywhere…you found it. The SR-2 is the first recommendation I give any customer who wants quality, reliability and comfort! Check it out at Patriot Scuba.