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Swivel types... which to choose?

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

  1. Rkelleyj

    Rkelleyj Registered

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Dallas
    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.

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  2. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Working toward Cenotes ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    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.
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  3. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Contributor

    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
    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
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  5. Rkelleyj

    Rkelleyj Registered

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

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  6. Bierstadt

    Bierstadt Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Erie, PA
    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
    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.
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  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    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
    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.
    Omni on my longer hose. I also have the 90 and the 70 ° but rarely use them.

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