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We asked our experts what they think about the Atomic Aquatics Dive Equipment.
This is how they rate the quality and standard of Atomic Aquatics products.
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Hunter Bierce is a PADI Scuba Instructor and multidisciplinary outdoor professional.
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For example, it was the first to produce an all-titanium regulator, the Atomic Aquatics T1, that offered divers a lightweight yet hardy piece of kit. Other developments include ultraclear glass for masks, fins with varying flex plastics, and BCDs with tough, double-laminated materials.
Atomic Aquatics is based in California and continues to design and manufacturer all its products solely in the United States. From fins, masks, and snorkels to regulators, BCDs, and computers, Atomic Aquatics has everything a diver needs, and more.
Atomic Aquatics Diving Equipment
Atomic Aquatics Regulators
Atomic Aquatics’ standout products are its regulators, that are renowned for being robust, safe, reliable, and competitively priced. The company’s patented Automatic Flow Control technology in its regulators’ second stages automatically adjusts airflow to compensate for the effects of depth. This basically means that inhalation on your deepest dive will feel the same as when breathing on the surface.
After introducing the world to its titanium regs in 1997, the company has gone on to use different metal alloys. The M1 is crafted from a blend of Monel, stainless steel, and titanium making it strong, corrosion-resistant, and compatible with up to 80% EANx. It’s a regulator designed for any condition, including cold water, caves, and deep dives, and is popular with casual recreational divers, advanced techies, and specialty divers alike.
The Atomic Aquatics ST1 is the first environmentally friendly reg ever designed. The first stage is made with a special grade stainless steel that’s as resistant to corrosion as titanium, double the strength of brass, and is 100 percent recyclable.
But Atomic Aquatics’ signature regulator is still the all-titanium T3. Precision machined from solid titanium billet, the reg is super lightweight and amazingly sturdy. A PVD coating on external components prevents scratching while dual-density silicone helps to prolong the life of the mouthpiece. Most impressively, Atomic Aquatics is so confident in the long-lasting quality and of its T3 model that the reg is covered by a lifetime warranty and an extended 300 dives or three-year service interval.
Atomic Aquatics Z2
Atomic Aquatics may not as familiar as some of the other brands we’ve featured here, but they’ve been making a splash in the dive gear market since the 90s.
The ‘Z’ in the product name stands for Zirconium which the company uses as plating over the first stage’s chrome and brass bases.
Atomic Aquatics BCDs
The two BCDs produced by Atomic Aquatics are not the cheapest on the market but most divers agree that when it comes to scuba gear, you get what you pay for. The BC1 is a jacket-style unit made from a polyurethane-coated material, making it totally impenetrable to water. A Cam-Lok tank band works like the bindings on ski boots and doesn’t stretch or degrade like traditional fabric straps. These features combined with high-grade plastics and titanium-coated D-rings make the BC1 an extremely tough and long-lasting BCD.
The Atomic Aquatics BC2 is a back inflation BCD featuring the same materials and engineering as the BC1. The double-laminate fabric resists abrasion, punctures, chemicals, and mold, and sheds water so effectively that it’s dry just seconds after surfacing. Unlike other back inflation BCDs, the BC2 is neutrally buoyant.
Atomic Aquatics Masks
For a company that utilizes cutting edge technology in its regulator and BCD designs, you would be forgiven for thinking that Atomic Aquatics would take its foot off the gas when it comes to masks. But you’d be wrong and the company puts just in just as much effort here, making masks that combine functionality, comfort, durability, and style.
Atomic Aquatics’ Venom range is popular with all levels of diver. These single-window masks feature Schott Superwite UltraClear glass to give wide-angle peripheral clarity. The Venom ARC includes an anti-reflective coating to reduce glare and allow more light to reach the retina. And the strap is quickly and easily adjusted with a simple squeeze.
The SubFrame and SubFrame ARC are two-window masks. These masks are practically bulletproof thanks to an internal frame that’s molded beneath the surface of the silicone skirt. Atomic Aquatic backs up its claims of durability by offering a lifetime warranty against any frame breakages.
Atomic Aquatics Venom
The Atomic Aquatics Venom may have upped the ante for future mask designs. The skirt bonds onto the lens which eliminates the need for a frame making it super low-profile and low-volume.
It’s made from gel silicone which Atomic call “Gummi Bear Ultrasoft.”
Atomic Aquatics Fins
Atomic Aquatics innovation continues in its great range of fins. The standout offering has to be the SplitFin that comes in an open heel or full-foot version. Made with multi-composite plastic, the SplitFin is designed to reduce drag by slicing through the water to generate lift and propulsion. Divers can increase speed by using small-range flutter kicks.
The X1 BladeFin has shorter blades and a solid frame to provide more control and maneuverability in enclosed spaces. Whatever style of kick you use, the X1 BladeFin is designed to propel you through the water with ease.
All Atomic Aquatics fins feature anatomically correct foot pockets and come in a number of funky colors to easily coordinate with the rest of your dive gear.
Atomic Aquatics Split Fins
These fantastic Split Fins from ATOMIC deliver more propulsion with less drag and kick with less effort. Reducing the stress and strain of the kick results in greater sustained speed, power and comfort.
Split Fin design significantly reduces air consumption, easy kicking fins that deliver high thrust, speed, and efficiency.
Atomic Aquatics Dive Computers
When it comes to dive computers, Atomic Aquatics stands out as a market leader with the Cobalt 2. This console unit features a full-color LCD display with auto-adjusting screen brightness, simple-to-use menus, and four large magnetic buttons that are easy to use when wearing gloves. It’s a powerful computer that lets you program up to six different gas mixes and features a dive planner that allows you to pre-plan repetitive and multiple dives.
A built-in digital compass makes navigation a breeze. And, if that’s not enough, the Cobalt 2 can store more than 600 hours of dive profile memory and has a rechargeable battery that lasts 40-60 hours on a single charge.
As dive computers go, the Atomic Aquatics Cobalt 2 is at the higher end of the price spectrum. But for those divers who want the best, it’s definitely worth the investment.
Atomic Aquatics Company & History
Since its beginnings, Atomic Aquatics has built on its founders’ extensive knowledge by using technological advances, quality materials, and ergonomics to produce equipment that maximizes performance. Its designs have been recognized by industrial design juries throughout the world, including the international Red Dot Awards.
Atomic Aquatics made its biggest mark on scuba diving when it was the first to use titanium in its regulators. This innovation made this essential piece of kit more lightweight and increased longevity.
The popularity of the T1 propelled the company to launch an aggressive research and development program called Atomica R&D, dedicated to experimenting with different material blends to enhance every diver’s underwater experience. Atomic Aquatics went on to improve on its masks by incorporating Schott Superwite UltraClear glass, develop fins using plastics with varying flex properties, and create BCDs using tough, waterproof double-laminated textiles.
Atomic Aquatics claim that “Before Atomic Aquatics, there was no best in scuba diving” may be a bold statement. However, the company continues to impress the diving community with its dedication to creating and designing some of the highest quality dive gear on the market.