• Welcome to ScubaBoard


  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

Swivel types... which to choose?

Discussion in 'Regulators' started by Rkelleyj, Mar 11, 2021.

  1. Rkelleyj

    Rkelleyj Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dallas
    38
    24
    Curious what people’s experiences are with the different types of swivels and their applications for a 2nd stage primary.

    Which type do you use and why? Aftermarket brands or OEM?

    I own the Atomic B2 and the comfort swivel works quite nicely, in fact I would put one on any reg if it was compatible.

    I also have aftermarket Omni-directional 360 on my Apex, it’s I would say decent at increasing comfort and reducing fatigue.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    2,177
    1,354
    I had the CaveAdventures ball swivel but recently shifted to a simple 90 degree one, from Piranha. I found the ball swivel was rarely at the angle I wanted it to be so it did not sit around my neck where I wanted it.

    The 90 degree one is predictably where I want it and at an angle that makes sense. I just ordered a 110-degree swivel to try that as well, as the 90-degree might press the hose more on my neck than desired.

    ETA: for necklaces reg in side or backmount.
     
    Cdncoldwater and EdC like this.
  3. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Contributor

    1,640
    1,011
    I use 2 swivels from Piranha. I'd like to try a 110 or 90 to remove a possible failure point.
     
  4. gopbroek

    gopbroek Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Lewisville TX
    4,508
    5,440
    I ditched swivels and went to flex lines (I am cheap and went with DGX but Miflex are just as good). This allowed for greater flexibility and no side load on my regulator. There have been reported age issues with the flex hoses but I figure 5 years or 500 dives (which ever comes later) as a replacement is worth it. I rarely have someone near enough to me to make a difference and the failure point potential of the swivels is more than, my reckless self, is willing to tolerate
     
    rob.mwpropane likes this.
  5. Rkelleyj

    Rkelleyj Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dallas
    38
    24
    Quick look and seems Atomic has a universal swivel now. Thinking of giving that a shot
     

    Attached Files:

  6. Bierstadt

    Bierstadt Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Erie, PA
    462
    416
    I run DGX 70° elbows on my short hoses. I quite like them. The 110° is identical from what I see.
     
  7. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    2,177
    1,354
    Piranha actually calls them the 20-degree elbow. Which makes no sense, unless it is 20 degrees off 90 degrees.

    They call the other the 90-degree elbow.
     
    Bierstadt likes this.
  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    8,839
    7,432
    I use 90s on both SM regs (regs set up as left/right). I don’t like hoses behind my neck.
     
  9. jakehbk

    jakehbk Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: California
    75
    43
    I use the omniswivels. I had a couple of the aftermarket ones come apart after about a year. I could probably fix it with a service kit and some Loctite, but the omniswivels have a little set screw that should at least help with the things coming apart. Gives me just a bit more confidence.

    I used some 90s and 120s with my hose under arm. I found that with hoses routed under my arm there was enough friction to tug as I moved my head, so I run a short flex hose over my shoulder. A ball swivel should be tight enough that once you position it to your liking it should maintain that thru the dive.
     
  10. lexvil

    lexvil Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: jamestown, ca.
    4,349
    4,231
    Omni on my longer hose. I also have the 90 and the 70 ° but rarely use them.
     

Share This Page