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Atomic....Z2/3....B2...M1.......thoughts?

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by CapnBloodbeard, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. p_kos

    p_kos Contributor

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    M1 has everything you’ll ever need for virtually any type of diving. I also like the wider exhaust T it comes with, although you can add that to other models as well.
     
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  2. Geo7

    Geo7 Contributor

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    For ocean diving I would not be worried at all at 10°C, even with an unsealed Z2. For freshwater at 10°C and below I'd want it sealed (but there are are more reasons for sealing than temperature). The M1 second stage has a better heatsink, but I doubt this matters until you go below 4°C (which I have with either).

    I'd recommend the M1 only if you specifically plan tech diving, and/or cold freshwater diving well below 10°C. I have owned several Atomics, and must say the Z2 positively surprised me recently when I set one up for a friend. It is really great for most diving, and I can't imagine anyone regretting not having the other features. The swivels don't offer me real advantages in my configurations.

    Exception is rich nitrox mixes >50% (= tech diving), which the M1 is better prepared for than most regs (and note beside: Two german Atomic manuals I have specify 100% O2 for the M1, not 80% as in the US. That's likely an EU requirement as soon as you deliver it with the M26-thread DIN fitting).

    Other than that: can't go wrong with any of them!
     
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  3. StefinSB

    StefinSB ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    All Atomics breath the same. All Atomics first stages can be sealed. If you want to show-off bling, then get the titanium version. If you want to recreationally dive get the Z2/Z3. Like Lexvil I don't care for 1st stages turrets for single tank, but it doesn't hurt to have one. The "comfort swivel" on the 2nd stage is nice but not necessary. I would get the 1st stage sealed to keep particulate out more than to dive in water <10C.
     
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  4. Joneill

    Joneill ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It has nothing to do with “bling” - it was about quality, ultimate corrision resistance, fantastic durability, super light weight and the unconditional lifetime warranty. I don’t baby my gear at all and my reg set still looks almost new after 6 years... but thanks for your judgmental comment on the purchasing motivators for people that you don’t know.

    Also, I love the swivel turret as it helps with hose routing. My brother-in-law got the Z2 and regrets not going for a swivel turret.
     
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  5. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    FWIW we bought Z2 with a first stage swivel. We did special order with Atomic.
     
  6. Geo7

    Geo7 Contributor

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    It depends on your configuration. Perhaps these photos help? IMG_2570.JPG IMG_2565 1.JPG
     
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  7. StefinSB

    StefinSB ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Santa Barbara, CA
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    You are welcome.
     
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  8. Geo7

    Geo7 Contributor

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    For this routing (octo on 5th port) with this type of wing, it makes little difference for me to have the turret or not. Perhaps you come to a different conclusion with an identical setup, or need the turret for a different setup. I tried to switch to a diaphragm reg for convenience, but love this routing. Sealing it makes it work well in sandy or cold conditions. Titanium means there is no need to open the reg for 3 years (if you go by the book, or more if you know what you are doing). But most of these these are "nice-to-haves" (a more neutral expression than "bling"), not "must-haves". I think what we are trying to say is that the higher end models are nice, but there is no need to stress your budget. Hope this helps...
    Atomic hose routing.JPG
     

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  9. BoltSnap

    BoltSnap Dive Charter

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    And why your BC LP hose coming over and crossing the HP gauge hose???????

    :)
     
  10. Geo7

    Geo7 Contributor

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    The inflator hose can move a little as I lift the BC corrugated hose (both are very short), and this avoids moving the HP hose (the one hose I want to move the least). I tried it the other way around (and have a pic for that somewhere), but this seems to work. Might switch, but I can't make a general recommendation, as it depends on the LP inflator hose length. As you can imagine, figuring out the right lenghts and ordering the hoses is a nightmare, especially if you are loocking for high quality 500 PSI hoses (Piranha). If you ask why, I'll ask: why not? :)
     
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