Best Dive Rite Gear
If you are looking to find graduates from the overused rental gear on your next underwater adventure, Dive Rite is a brand worth checking out. This brand offers products that are perfect for novices up to seasoned professionals, and their wide range of products means you are bound to find something that you don’t have yet- but you will soon find that you will need. We admire this line because their gear is made from superior quality materials that have received high marks from casual users as well as professional scuba instructors. Plus, they have a few accessories in their line that you won’t find elsewhere. In this guide, you will find some of our favorite Dive Rite Gear selections.
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Comes with a replacement blade
Blade made from stainless steel
Top 10 Picks
1. Line Cutter w/Sheath
Comes with a replacement blade
Blade made from stainless steel
Users do not like that the blades are one-sided
We liked this option because it is going to be in your best interest to ensure that you have the proper safety gear when you are down in the water. This product is made from high-quality materials that will last you quite some time, and it is offered an affordable price point.Read more
If you find yourself in a tangled situation when confronted with underwater sea life, or even other lines and nets in the water, you are going to want something that you can use to free yourself.
The best part about this option is that the blade is constructed from stainless steel which means that you will not need to worry about it rusting, or getting dull incredibly fast. It also comes with a pouch that is made from nylon, which is a material that is incredibly durable as well as resilient when submerged in water.
What users really like about this option is that the nylon pouch that is included with a purchase can be mounted either vertically or horizontally on your body. A replacement blade is also included with the purchase. Which is quite useful for when you find that the first one is starting to get a little dull or has become damaged.
The blade itself fits securely into a small pouch that measures to be about 4 inches long and just over 2 inches wide. The entire product- blade and pouch- weighs in at just 2.4 ounces.
The cost of this design runs about in the middle of the road. It isn’t the most expensive blade that you can find, but it also isn’t one of the least expensive.
You want to ensure that when you are submerged that you have all of the tools ready and on hand for any type of emergency situation. Even if you never need to use it, just knowing that you have it on you should give you peace of mind.
2. Slate Wrist with Pencil
Uses multiple sheets
Some have found that the factory nylon knots do not stay tied
This might not be something that you have considered to have on you when underwater, but it can come in incredibly handy. This device lets you communicate with fellow underwater adventurers in a quick and easy way, and it snaps onto your wrist so that you won’t feel like you are carrying additional gear.Read more
If you have been underwater and have wanted to convey a message and couldn’t, this is going to be a must buy. It allows users to use an underwater pencil on a blank pad that is affixed to your wrist so that you can easily communicate with people that are underwater.
Velcro straps are what is used to affix the slate to your arm, and the writing tool is tethered to the slate using a long piece of durable nylon so you won’t have to worry about losing your writing utensil.
One thing that users like most about this design is that it comes with multiple sheets that can be used to convey messages. This means that you can also use it to take copious notes when you are underwater and will heavy plenty of room to do so.
What users really liked about this option is that it is incredibly lightweight- weighing in at only .32 ounces- and it is small enough to fit comfortably on your arm, but not too small that you won’t have too much room to take notes.
The cost of this device is one of the more affordable options out there on the market. Considering how useful it can be in a pinch, we feel that it is an incredible value that every user should have in their gear bag.
For those that are looking for a great and affordable way to convey messages or take notes while submerged in the water, this little pad is going to be a great tool to have the next time you head underwater.
3. Tech Tool Bag
Sticky silicone pockets to keep tools in place
Zippered pocket for smaller items
Tools are not included
There is more to diving than what happens underwater. Above ground, you should be checking your equipment before each submersion. When something needs to be cut, tightened, loosened, or altered, you’ll have all of the tools handy in this tool bag.Read more
This handy roll-up bag is designed specifically for divers. It features ten stretch pockets to keep your screwdriver, crescent wrenches, zip ties, pliers, o-rings, and more safe and organized.
The bag is made from 1000 denier Cordura. It features a top flap that folds over the tools before rolling them up. It is closed with a strap and quick-release pinch plastic buckle. Inside the interior pockets, you’ll find silicone grip material. This sticky material helps to keep your tools in place while on the go.
Because there are so many tiny components to scuba diving, such as o-rings and air spools, there is also a small zippered pouch that folds out.
This is a great travel-sized bag that is easy to keep in your dive bag, car, or boat. It is nine inches long and six inches wide. It weighs only 5.6-ounces without tools.
Let’s get one thing clear, the tools are NOT included with the purchase of this bag. The bag itself is durable with great features but is quite expensive. If you like to be organized and prepared, this is a good investment.
This is one of those nice to have but not essential products. You could always lug around a toolbox or an unorganized bag with tools tossed inside, however, this product will make you look more professional and feel more organized.
4. XT Fins w/Spring Heels
Affordable price point
The spring-loaded heel makes it easy to take on and off
Made from durable monprene
Some users found faulty springs run the risk of falling off in the middle of a swim
No sizing chart offered
Changes in design are often a good thing, but the thinking behind this set of fins is that there is no need to really reinvent the wheel here. It is made from classic materials that are steady and firm, and it offers users a great tool for various styles of swimming.Read more
Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to this set of fins. The material that is used for this option runs about in the middle of the road in terms of firmness. A soft fin will give the swimmer more control but requires more effort, while a firm fin gives you less control but more power with minimal effort. This fin lives somewhere in between these two styles.
This design is made from the classic neoprene that became incredibly popular in the 1990s. This material is very flexible, but it is also a little stiff and rigid so that you can really cut through the water.
One of the things that users really like about this design is that it has a stainless steel spring strap on the heel that makes taking them on and off incredibly easy, while also providing users with a more comfortable and natural fit.
Users will have the option to select from sizes that include small, medium, large, and extra-large. The downside here is that there really is no sizing chart to help users find which size is going to be right for them.
As far as fins are concerned, the price of these run pretty par for the course. They aren’t the least expensive designs out there on the market, but they are far from being the most expensive design that you can buy.
For users that are looking for something that is in an affordable price range, this is going to be a great option. The materials used for this design of this scuba diving gear is something that is going great for those that are just starting out, but it is also great for veterans as well.
5. TravelPac BC
Packs well into a suitcase
Users found it to be incredibly comfortable
Cannot handle as much weight as most
One of the most important pieces of scuba diving gear that you can wear when in the water is a BC- or buoyancy compensator. Jumping into the water with a lot of gear would normally mean that you will sink to the bottom of the ocean like a stone. Strapping one of these devices to your chest is going to give you a neutral buoyancy so you can glide through the water like a fish.Read more
The goal of this product is to provide users with a comfortable fit while ensuring that their buoyancy remains neutral. It has comfortable straps that hold it close to your body, as well a provide loops for additional gear.
This product is made from an incredibly durable nylon material that is accented with high-quality stainless steel buckles that are going to stay put while in use.
What makes the TravelPac different from their standard BC is that is it designed to take with you on the go. It is able to be folded completely flat to make it easier to fit into a suitcase, but this travel ability means you won’t be able to tack on as much additional weight as the standard BC.
The best feature of this design is that it is much smaller and more compact than other BC’s you may see out there on the market. It is offered in sizes that start at extra-small and run all the way to extra large, and it weighs in at around 6.2 pounds.
The cost of this option runs slightly under average when compared to other BCs out there on the market. It is important to note that this lower price point is partially due to the fact that is isn’t going to be able to handle the same amount of weight as most.
For those that are looking for something that is going to be incredibly easy to toss into their suitcase for their next big adventure, this is going to save you a lot of room in your suitcase.
6. Jon Line w/Carabiner
Great for crowded ascents
Great for maintaining depth during decompression
One reviewer claims the line is shorter than advertised
A jon line is a great diving accessory and with the added carabiner, it becomes a necessity. This product can be used to keep you at a specific depth when decompressing or when there are choppy waters above. Reviewers say that this line can hold about six people.Read more
This line is easily clipped to an anchor or down line. It is a great product to maintain your depth in any situation. If there is a boat passing above, choppy waters, or just too many divers attached to the ascent line, you can rely on this jon line.
Like all of the products from this manufacturer, you can count on this one to be strong. The webbing is made from nylon and the marine-grade carabiner is made from stainless steel.
The carabiner is securely sewed onto the webbing without the chance of separating. The included dispenser pouch is designed to attach to any harness that measures two inches.
The length of this webbing is advertised as five feet. However, there has been some speculation in the customer reviews that claim the line is shorter than advertised. The webbing is one inch wide.
The price of this product is not abhorrent. Considering the value of the jon line when you are in the crowded depths of the sea, it is a great accessory to have.
While the comment about the line being shorter than advertised did make us skeptical, it was one complaint amidst many raving reviews that don’t mention it. For the most part, everyone, we included, think it is a great product.
7. BX2 Handheld Light
Very powerful LED lamp
Can reach depths of just shy of 500 feet
Holds a charge for up to 3 hours on a lower setting
There are no street lamps in the ocean, so that means you are going to need to bring your own source of light. We liked this BX2 model because it is small and compact, but it is really going to be able to light up all of those dark places as you travel further away from the sun.Read more
What’s great about this model is that it is incredibly small and compact, and you are going to have the power to turn it on and off simply by twisting the chamber in your hand. It has a grooved finish that provides a secure grip, even when underwater.
The Li-ion battery in the central chamber is going to be able to provide users with 1095 LED lumens of light while in the water, which is something that is really going to be able to cut through and will make it perfect for searching or signaling.
Our very favorite feature of this design is that it is capable of reaching extremely deeper levels that have by far exceeded other designs that we have seen. It is able to achieve depths of almost 500 feet! It also is going to be able to hold a charge for one hour at peak brightness, or 3 hours at a dimmer setting.
Another great thing about this design is that it is incredibly small and compact. It measures to be just over 6 inches long, and only weighs 14.2 ounces.
The cost of this design is one of the more expensive flashlights that we have seen out there on the market. However, considering how bright and long it can shine, as well as the depths it is able to reach, it is well worth the price point for serious explorers.
If you are in the market for something that is going to be quite powerful for lighting up all of your underwater adventures, this is going to be a really great option.
8. UltraClear Frameless Mask
Easy to wear
Single pane glass for limited distortion
Some found that is fogs up quickly
What we liked most about this mask lies in its simplicity. Underwater, you want to have something that is lightweight and easy, while still providing you a view that makes you forget you are wearing anything at all. This scuba mask achieves all of those things.Read more
When it comes to this model, simplicity is the name of the game. It has a large center viewfinder that fits easily over your face and nose and uses a split central strap that slips around the back of your head to ease the pressure.
The glass used for these diving goggles is made from a single pane of ultra-clear iron-free glass that is going to really limit any distortion. The straps are made from soft silicone that easily bends and will feel comfortable against your face and the back of your head.
One thing that this design does better than others is that it can really accommodate many shapes and sizes of faces with the soft silicone frame. One thing that it does that not many other designs can pull off is that it is actually able to accommodate facial hair- so there is going to be no need to shave off that epic beard before hitting the water.
This unit is offered as a one size fits all, and even though the viewfinder is made from glass, it only weighs just over 14 ounces.
What we really liked about this model is that it is one of the more affordable options out there on the market. It isn’t the least expensive, but opting for this model is going to save you a little bit of money.
For those that are in the market for something that is simple, easy to wear, and more affordable than the more complicated units out there on the market, this is going to be one of your better options.
9. Deluxe Harness
Versatile and heavy-duty straps provide a comfortable fit
Does not come with a hard back
This is a great harness that offers an incredibly comfortable fit to mount all of your gear to your body before jumping into the water. Users love that it is made from incredibly high-quality materials that are built to last, and it feels very comfortable once strapped on.Read more
It is important to note that this design does not come with the hard metal backing- that is something that you will need to buy separately. This unit has thick straps and buckles that will allow users to securely attach all of the scuba gear that they will need before hitting the water.
The materials used are where this design really shines. It is made from durable marine-grade 2-inch materials that feel strong and secure. The backplate is also made from a very strong nylon webbing that will hold up strong over repeated use.
The thing that most users find most appealing about this style is the variety of ways that you can adjust the buckles and straps to find a fit that is going to be most comfortable for you. Not all bodies are built quite the same, and this design is made to accommodate all types.
This unit measures to be about 8 inches wide and 12 inches long and weighs in at just 1.7 pounds. It can also lie completely flat, which is going to make it a cinch to toss into a suitcase.
What we really liked about this design is that it comes in at a price point that is far more affordable than many of the other brands that we have seen the have a series of incredibly complicated loops and straps. This harness is simple, versatile, and well worth the modest price point.
For users that want a harness that is going to be able to fit the shape of their body comfortably, and don’t want to spend the higher price as some of the other models out there on the market, this is a really great choice.
10. Cold Water Z Knife
Comes with two replacement blades
Some may find it unnecessary
Life underwater is equally as unpredictable as life on land, if not more. Being prepared for anything and having the correct tools to get you out of a bad situation is important. This Z Knife is strong enough to cut through braided line and monofilament.Read more
This is another one of those products that you hope that you won’t need to use but is good to have. The blade of this knife is insanely sharp and is ideal for slicing through monofilament or braided line. The quick-release lanyard and hook combination does a great job of keeping the knife in place.
Most important, we will start with the blade. It is made from 440-grade stainless steel and is corrosion-resistant. The included nylon pouch is made extra durable with sewn and taped edges. There are two annex clips that you can use to attach this product to your suit or you can remove move if you prefer a different method.
The handle of this knife is large and easy to use, especially when you are in cold water with thick gloves on. The D ring and daisy chains on the exterior allow you to attach other accessories.
The knife is eight inches long. The pouch is seven inches long and three inches wide. Altogether, this item weighs 4.4-ounces.
For such a useful item, the price is surprisingly low. In addition, you will also receive two replacement blades. The steel blade is interchangeable with any utility blade.
This is a great accessory to have on you when you’re in the depths of the ocean. It is versatile, sharp, and reliable. To keep it in pristine shape, do not forget to rinse the knife and the pouch after each endeavor.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
How the Dive Rite Gear will benefit your underwater adventures is one of the big things that we considered.
While we wanted to make sure that we included a few of the essentials such as fins and goggles, but also wanted to include some unique items that you may not find in some of the other lines. We were really intrigued by the slate wrist with the pencil because we found it to be quite a bit different than some of the other equipment designs from different brands. Instead of using a single slate that is affixed to your wrist, this design has multiple slates that allow you to communicate with other people under the water, or allows you to also take a good deal of notes. We liked to also select a few products that are also designed to keep you safe, such as tactical knives or reels because this brand uses really high-quality materials that will hold up over time. When compiling our list, we made a point of selecting gear that is going to be perfect for novices to veterans, because this product line is great for everyone.
One of the most important things to look at when searching for scuba diving gear is to ensure that it is made from high-quality materials.
This Dive Rite scuba equipment is going to be subjected to some pretty harsh and very wet conditions, so the quality of materials used is going to dictate how long it is going to last. We aimed to select products that use fabrics like ripstop nylon and stainless steel buckles because they are designed to stand up to very wet conditions without becoming weakened. For lines, DuPont fibers are the way to go. These fibers are impossibly strong, and they cannot be worn out or frayed no matter what the conditions are. This is exactly the type of material that you are going to want to tether you to the surface. For things like fins, monoprene is an excellent material because it is durable, but provides a little more give for great maneuverability. From what we could gather from this line of products, they always strive to use excellent materials that you can feel confident about using in the water.
Keeping an eye on how the price of gear fits or special additions that makes it easy to use is something that we also considered.
When it comes to gear that you would wear, we made it a point to look at what past users had to say about how well it fits and how comfortable it is. The key to comfortable gear is lots of buckles and straps so that you will have the option to adjust it to your exact body type without it feeling too loose or too tight (which can really affect your underwater enjoyments. For things like knives and flashlights, we wanted to ensure that it was something that was going to be easy to use. The dexterity of your fingers, as well as your concentration and vision, is going to be reduced while underwater, so it is important that gear should be at a place that is going to be easily accessed, as well as be able to be used with just one hand- in the case of knives and flashlights.
Whether you are traveling or live close to the water, no one likes big and bulky gear.
We also wanted to make sure that the gear we selected was going to be something that could be easily tucked into a suitcase for a big trip. The TravelPac BC was one piece that we found travels extremely well because it is able to fold up flat and sit in your suitcase without taking up all that much room. Size also matters when it comes to the size of pockets because it means that you are going to be able to hold more gear. For items that you wear, we made sure that there were enough sizing options that were going to be able to accommodate everyone (most ranged in sizes that started at extra small and ran all the way up to extra large), or that had large adjustment buckles that had a wide range.
At the end of the day, we want to save you a little bit of money without running the risk of sacrificing value.
The good news about this product line is that most of the items on this list come in at a pretty affordable price point. It is important to note that this brand isn’t going to be the lowest priced option out there on the market, because the quality of components and craftsmanship is a little bit higher than many of the value brands. However, the price point of these high-quality products are incredibly reasonable, and some are even priced slightly lower than the average options. The quality of materials used in conjunction with the really fair and affordable price point of most of the Dive Rite products are the main reasons why novices to instructors are a big fan of this brand and their line of products that they bring to the average consumer.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
The best products are sometimes the ones that you didn't think that you needed. The slate pad, for instance, is something that might seem like it isn't essential, but it can really help you out in a pinch. Communication is very difficult underwater, so having a device strapped to your arm that will allow you to communicate with others can be a real lifesaver.
These products are really going to need to be tough with withstand harsh saltwater. Be sure that you select products that use stainless steel metal buckles. Stainless steel is a great material because it won't rust or become weak, and it is a great material to use in saltwater.
Sometimes it's the little extra features that can set a product apart as being a lot better than similar designs. Keep a lookout for designs that have extra buckles and straps- this means that it is going to be a better fit for a wide array of body types. Also, be sure that for little gadgets that you ensure that they are going to be able to be used with one hand. Dexterity is often very impaired underwater, so you want to make sure that your gear is going to be very simple to use.
Other Factors to Consider
There is no question that the durability of these products needs to be addressed. Some of these products are, literally, life-saving, while others are for fun. Either way, knowing that they can withstand the intense pressure of the ocean depths is important. As you can see in the customer reviews, these products are built to last. However, if you do run into any trouble you are not totally out of luck. When dealing with a company as great as Dive Rite, you can depend on their warranty and customer service. The company offers a one-year warranty against manufacturing defects on all of its products. You must be sure to keep your receipt. If there have been any unauthorized modifications to the product, the warranty is void. If you have any other inquiries about the warranty, you can view the policy more in-depth on their website.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Why buy from this brand?
Dive Rite is a brand that was founded in 1984 by two diving instructors that felt that there was a lack of technical gear out there on the market for consumers. This line of products is great because they are made from high-quality materials, but the price tag isn’t going to knock you over. They aren’t the most affordable brand out there on the market, but that’s because the quality of the materials used in their line is of superior quality over the bargain brands. The thing that users like most about shopping from their line is that you can order some of the essentials such as goggles and BCDs, but you can also select things that are going to make your dives safer and more pleasant, such as tactical knives, flashlights, and slate pads.
q: What gear should I purchase first?
If you are starting from scratch, it’s always best to start off with the essentials. This means goggles, fins, safety reels, BCDs, and harnesses should be your first big purchases (and luckily many of these options from this line are offered at an affordable price point). Once you have all of the essentials covered, you can move on to diving gear that is going allow you to push further and explore in more detail. Things such as tactical knives might not be necessary for shorter and shallower trips, but once you start getting down further into cave exploration- it is an absolute must.
q: Do I really need a tactical knife?
No one likes to imagine the worst possible scenario when traveling underwater- but it is something that you are going to need to confront. Once you hit the water, it is like you are alone on another planet, and simple things like basic communication become a little more difficult. This means that if you find yourself tangled- you are going to need to have the tools on hand to be able to free yourself (rather than wait for someone to come help). Even if you aren’t traveling that far down, or exploring any caves, you can still find yourself tangled in seaweed or even someone else’s line. You may go your entire life without ever finding yourself in this scary situation of being tangled and stuck underwater, but you should always have the proper tools on hand to give you peace of mind to fully enjoy your underwater adventures.
q: Will I be eaten by a shark?
On the preferred shark menu, scuba divers are pretty low on the list. In fact, sharks are more drawn to those that are snorkeling, swimming, fishing, or surfing than those that are scuba diving. We did a little research, and found there in the entire history of scuba only about 40 humans has been documented as being attacked by sharks. So yes, you could possibly land yourself as the unlucky 41st- but the odds of that are extremely low.
q: Is this a good brand for beginners?
Absolutely! The thing that makes Dive Rite so appealing to most is that it is made to be used by just about anyone. It is affordable enough that newbies can feel good about the money that they spend, but we found the instructors also gravitate to these products because they are made from really high-quality materials that are built to last, and are incredibly comfortable as well.
q: How should I care for and clean my gear when not in use?
The most important thing that you need to consider when caring for your gear is that you need to make sure that it is completely dry before putting it away in storage. We suggest that if you are diving in harsh saltwater that you give it a good spray down with a hose to remove all of the salt and debris. Afterward, be sure that you let it sit out and dry completely (but be sure that you don’t leave it out in the sun for too long). Once it is dried out and free of salt and debris, you are now free to store it in a cool, dry place until you are ready to take another dive. If you care for your scuba diving gear, it is sure to last you quite some time!
q: What is monoprene?
If you lead an active lifestyle the requires lots of special gear, you have more than likely heard of neoprene. However, you may not have yet heard of neoprenes forgotten cousin monoprene. So, what is monoprene and how can it benefit you underwater? This material is a type of plastic that can provide users with a stiff and rigid frame that also has a good deal of giving as well. This can really benefit you when you are in the water because it’s going to give you enough slack that you can be able to move freely in the water, but it has a good stiff feel that will limit the amount of energy needed on your part- which means that you will be able to stay in the water longer without becoming overly tired.