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Swivel Ball Joints For 2nd Stage -- Worth It?

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by cleung, Jun 5, 2021.

  1. cleung

    cleung Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Mississauga, Canada
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    I've seen a few divers attach a swivel ball joint connection to their 2nd stage. Are these worth it and do they make any difference in comfort level while diving?
     
  2. Tracy

    Tracy Tech Instructor / Captain ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Livonia, MI
    638
    357
    I don't find them any better than a fixed angle swivel.
    They tend to leak with age and have many special internal O-rings. The fixed swivels are simply a standard hose o-ring.
     
  3. 207diver

    207diver Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Maine
    105
    56
    Not necessary in my opinion but if you feel that it is the atomic swivel hose is one of the best and completely serviceable.
     
  4. grantctobin

    grantctobin ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago
    1,050
    734
  5. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    4,508
    4,417
    I use OMNI swivels, like them a lot, fixed can work but I prefer these, rebuildable.
     
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  6. emoreira

    emoreira Dive Resort

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: ARGENTINA
    1,942
    516
    I use the one sold by Piranha. It's great, super comfortable. Easy to service. Only silicon grease.
     
  7. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    2,215
    1,398
    If the hose is the optimal length, I like fixed angle 110 swivels. But if the hose is too long, that can push my necklace reg off to the left. In that case the ball swivel lets it bow an optimal amount out to the right and not push the necklace reg off to the left. The right length hose would also be a good solution, :).
     
  8. Scuba Client

    Scuba Client Banned

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia
    516
    72
  9. Hoag

    Hoag Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario - Just outside of the GTHA
    1,930
    1,659
    Several years ago, I had a Sherwood Maximus Reg. It had a (factory installed) swivel on the second stage and the hose was routed under my right arm. It was an incredibly comfortable reg.
     
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  10. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Nanny State
    12,200
    4,672
    I use 40" under arm with a fixed 110 degree Kirby Morgan adapter. I like it and this set up. YMMV
     
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