APEKS ATX40 REGULATOR – SHORT REVIEW
I am a creature of habit when it comes to scuba. I don’t chase the latest technology or the fanciest bit of kit (which usually is finicky and more expensive to maintain). I have been diving with the same Cressi Master Frogs for nearly 2 decades. And I have been using Apeks regulators for almost 25 years. Apeks makes very high-end regulators as well, if you want the latest in breathing rates, materials, light weight, etc. etc. And they make bomb-proof, ultra-reliable workhorse mid-end regulators that simply work, work, work without any fuss. I’ve always owned their mid-end line, as that’s where I feel the best value lists – my TX50 has gone down to 94m, has been to the Dorea, has done nearly a 1000 dives in cold water (<10C) and has gone embarrassingly long durations between servicing, and yet has performed reliably. 4000-something dives without any issues.
The Apeks ATX40 is the modern day equivalent of my venerable regulator. It doesnt have the highest-end features and technology (honestly, I dont even know what they are – we are talking regulators, which are basically pressure-assisted springs whose designs haven’t changed for decades). However, what it does have is the following:
– A very robust design
– Very easy to breathe at all depths you are likely to go to as a recreational diver (and then some)
– Cold water suitable
– Adjustable flow rate controls for surface/underwater (to prevent free flows)
– Comfortable mouthpiece
Again, if you want higher-end regulators, we have them for sale. But really, other than trying to save a couple of hundred grams in weight, there is very little in the way of actual, tangible performance benefits that you will notice in real-world diving.
Another price/performance leader, and another one that I have a LOT of experience with, and recommend highly.