- Reaction score
- # of dives
- I'm a Fish!
That would certainly help, but if they are the same quality, then that's an insane markup by the popular companies.
I did find this 5 year old post claiming that the same company "ODS" makes them and the Dive Rite manifolds, which could be good news, but the same manufacturer doesn't mean the same quality/materials. I know nothing about ODS and can't find much by Googling it.
ODS makes regulators and parts of regulators for almost every manufacturer out there. Atomic, Oceanic, Hollis, Dive Rite, HOG, Deep6, the list goes on and on. They are quite legit.
Remember that on the DGX brand stuff, it is basically the same as the brands selling direct, so they are cutting out one level of profit that has to be made plus all of the cost of shipping stuff around. For a Dive Rite manifold to be sold, it has to come in from the manufacturer *Asia or Europe depending, I think Blue Steel in Europe still makes theirs*, shipped to Dive Rite, stored in their warehouse, have an order fulfilled and shipped to one of their dealers, then be stored in the dealers inventory, then sold to the customer. That's a lot of cost just in shipping and handling alone, plus the fact that DR has to put enough of a markup on there to make money. DGX and Piranha take the parts in direct from the manufacturers so you are cutting massive amounts of cost out of the product and they still make as much or more profit than the manufacturers do on those parts.