Poseidon Xstream Black

Poseidon wasn’t messing around when they designed this regulator. Designed for challenging conditions and even more challenging dives, the Xstream is certified for deep water use up to 200 meters / 656 feet.

This reg is also the only one on the list endorsed by US Navy divers as suitable for Antarctic waters and conditions.

Every other regulator on this list features a downstream demand valve second stage which is the most common design. The Poseidon Xstream, however, has an upstream design.

What Does This Mean?

Regulators feature either a downstream or an upstream demand valve second stage. With a downstream valve, the valve opens with the direction of the gas flow and is closed with a small spring.

But in an upstream design, the valve must open against the gas flow, that is, in the opposite direction. The benefit of this system is that upstream valves are much more resistant to freeflow and unlikely to suffer from issues caused by wear and tear.

When a first stage fails and pushes too much gas pressure to a second stage, a downstream valve is forced into an open position. As you might remember from your initial training, this results in a free-flowing regulator and very rapid loss of air.

In an upstream reg, the same situation results in the valved being forced closed. This effectively stops the freeflow, but it also means that the build-up of pressure may lead to another failure. To counteract this, upstream regs must feature an OPV (over-pressure relief valve) in their designs. This then allows the user to continue breathing from the reg with a minimized gas loss.

Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

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    You couldn’t freeflow it if you tried.
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    Can handle any depth or condition you’re likely to throw at it.
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    Extremely freeze resistant and can be used under ice.
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    Sidemount compatible.
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    Super flexible hose.
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    High performance.
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    Very smooth gas transfer from the first to second stage.
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    The second stage can be used on the left or the right.
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    Long, flexible hose.
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    Air assist feature eliminates the need for a cracking knob or a venturi switch.
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    Lifetime warranty.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThis is not a lightweight regulator, the first stage weighs nearly two kilograms alone.
  • check-markYou might have to sell your car!

Where to buy:

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Poseidon Xstream Black

Specs & Features

  • Valve: DIN
  • First stage: Balanced
  • HP ports: Two
  • LP ports: Five
  • Well-angled ports allow for multiple configurations.
  • Reversible demand valve for left to right configuration.
  • Trimix, O2, and air ready.
  • 100% O2 ready.
  • 95% Helium ready.
  • 200m Norsok Approved.
  • CE certified for cold water diving.
  • Environmentally sealed? Yes.
  • 40% EANx safe? Yes.
See the complete list of the best Scuba Regulators here!

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Our Overall Review

4

Things we like:

  • check-mark
    You couldn’t freeflow it if you tried.
  • check-mark
    Can handle any depth or condition you’re likely to throw at it.
  • check-mark
    Extremely freeze resistant and can be used under ice.
  • check-mark
    Sidemount compatible.
  • check-mark
    Super flexible hose.
  • check-mark
    High performance.
  • check-mark
    Very smooth gas transfer from the first to second stage.
  • check-mark
    The second stage can be used on the left or the right.
  • check-mark
    Long, flexible hose.
  • check-mark
    Air assist feature eliminates the need for a cracking knob or a venturi switch.
  • check-mark
    Lifetime warranty.

Things we don't like:

  • check-markThis is not a lightweight regulator, the first stage weighs nearly two kilograms alone.
  • check-markYou might have to sell your car!

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