GO BUY A KRAKEN - DON'T THINK ABOUT IT - JUST DO ITJakob wrote: ↑Thu Jul 26, 2018 8:35 pmAnyhow for me the reduced bubble noise would be a major plus, is it for real ?
I believe so. Regardless, the retro cool factor is worth it alone.
How comfortable is it in use regarding jaw fatigue?
I've had my Kraken 4 years now. Never had any issue with jaw fatigue. If using a backpack you do really need a VDH one designed for DH regs. It positions it perfectly on your back between your shoulder blades for optimal breathing performance.
Does the DH arrangement make head movements more restricted ?
What about service / compexity of the reg. I do not live in US, so being able to service it itself, is that even realistic ?
If you can service a two-stage diaphragm regulator, you can service a Kraken. If not, just send it back to VDH and they will send it back to you like new.
What about getting parts in the long run ?
Internal parts are pretty standard. Let's put it this way. I can still get parts for my 1958 US Divers single stage double hose Mistral and my 1960 US Divers two-stage diaphragm AquaMaster double hose. I wouldn't worry about it.
He he my issue is that I can not really figure out if there is any real risk involved for me as a diver if I have longer service intervals, basically just due to my limited understanding of the moving parts in the regulatorScubaLawyer wrote:I normally think that regulators need a yearly check.....
Yea, well, a lot of us used to think that. In my opinion, dive industry drivel (but understandable as preventative maintenance isn't a bad thing). I have regulators last serviced 10+ years ago that work just fine. On the other hand if you get salt water in your first stage on a brand new reg on its first dive it ain't gonna last long before it needs servicing. After diving for more than 50 years my rule of thumb is that if it breathes hard or freeflows, or the IP is wonky, it's time to find out why. Otherwise, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. Then there is the other faction (and you know who you are) that disassemble their regs down to individual parts after each dive trip, clean and reassemble. I actually admire that dedication but it's not me. My sole opinion. Yours and others may vary.
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