Apeks XL4

APEKS AND REGULATORS ARE SYNONYMOUS as far as many British divers are concerned, a bit like Hoovers and vacuum-cleaners, although wetter. When it comes to technical diving, Apeks almost seems to have made the niche its own.

il għalliem on my first technical course loftily informed me that I would be using what he considered to be the finest reg available for technical diving, Apeks, and not the hugely second-rate non-Apeks stuff with which I had arrived. He didn’t actually say that second bit out loud, of course, but it was obvious what he was thinking.

As it turned out, the Apeks reg I used were grand performers and I’d have been quite happy to have owned them, although in all honesty I didn’t think they were any better than my own reg, iżda mbagħad m'inix magna tat-test, u l-valutazzjoni tax-xogħol tan-nifs hija notorjament diffiċli mingħajr waħda.

B'reputazzjoni bħal dik, il-piż ta 'l-istennija mgħollija fuq kwalunkwe prodott ġdid huwa enormi, u l-marka spanking-ġdida XL4 għandha ħafna x'tgħix sa.

Apeks is not being shy about it, and describes its new regolatur bħala ideali għall-użu ta 'ilma kiesaħ jew sħun, kif ukoll perfett għal għaddasa tekniċi bi ħsieb li jżommu l-piż tal-kit tagħhom 'l isfel. Li jkopri kważi l-bażijiet kollha, safejn nista' nara.

Apeks sent me its XL4 in Stage 3 kit form for review. This consists of the XL4 DIN fitting first stage plus an XL4 second stage in black and an qarnit XL4 second stage in yellow.

You can buy the XL4 with a single second stage or as a Stage 4 kit, which also includes a contents gauge. An A-clamp/yoke fitting version is available.

Opening the box revealed a very nicely made piece of kit, with the Apeks name clearly visible on every available surface to ensure that you have immediate bragging rights and dive-site credibility.

Deher f'DIVER Jannar 2018

Id-Disinn

L-ewwel stadju huwa bbażat fuq id-DS4 rispettat tajjeb.

Huwa, ovvjament, issiġillat ambjentalment u kellu ħafna ħsieb li jimmassimizza l-erja tal-wiċċ disponibbli għall-iskambju tas-sħana biex jipprevjeni s-silġ, u konsegwentement jiġu evitati dawk il-flussi ħielsa eċċitanti li jistgħu jagħmlu l-għadis intern tar-Renju Unit daqshekk pjaċevoli fix-xitwa.

An over-moulded end-cap also helps to prevent freeflows, and adds some protection against impact damage for your beautiful new valve set.

0118 testijiet apeks xl4 biċċa tal-ħalq tal-egżost tat-tieni stadju
L-exhaust T tat-tieni stadju XL4 u l-biċċa tal-ħalq Comfobite.

An over-balanced diaphragm design allows the intermediate pressure in the hose between first and second stages to increase more quickly than ambient pressure on descent, and is claimed to improve performance at depth.

The first stage has four medium-pressure ports and a single high-pressure port for a contents gauge or sender to mate with your gas-integrated kompjuter.

You might like to know that the first stage isn’t much larger than a gas-pressure sender unit. In fact, the whole kit and caboodle is neat and small and just yummy.

The new XL4 second stage is compact and lightweight to prevent jaw fatigue on long dives, and comes complete with the legendary Comfobite mouthpiece.

This features a bridge across the upper palate intended to make it easier to hold the second stage in your mouth without having to bite down on it.

Actually, Comfobite mouthpieces might not be legendary, but they ought to be. I’ve always used them, regardless of the make of reg I’ve used, and they work extremely well.

I’ve never bitten through a mouthpiece and never had to clamp my teeth down to feel that the second stage I was using was held securely in place.

Il-biċċiet tal-ħalq XL4 jinżammu b'klipp li jista' jerġa' jintuża biex is-sostituzzjoni tal-post tkun sempliċi u faċli.

Biex inkun ġust, il- qarnit second stage doesn’t have a Comfobite, but then you’ll be handing that one to a less-discerning diver than yourself if the worst comes to the worst, and in a situation like that the receiving diver will be in no position to be picky over mouthpieces, and just needs to be grateful to have gas to breathe.

The second stages can be configured for left- or right-hand hoses. Each also features a +/- venturi control, pretty much standard equipment these days, and Apeks uses braided hose for better coldwater performance and lighter weight.

Fl-Ilma

From the very first breath I took, the XL4 was peachy. Smooth, quiet and easy to breathe as I swam along in a decent horizontal trim. I then tried my very best to upset it. I tried going head-down, doing slow forward and backward rolls, slow barrel rolls and lying face up.

0118 testijiet apeks xl4 ċilindru mehmuż
Apeks XL4 attached to stage cylinder.

Dawn il-manuvri kollha rriżultaw f'xejn ħlief l-istess nifs faċli, u l-ebda traċċa ta 'ilma mill-egżost.

Twaħħal idejni fuq blat, għamilt ftit minuti ta 'finning iebes biex iżżid ir-rata tan-nifs tiegħi, u ppruvajt nifs u nieħu nifsijiet gulping enormi biex inżid mar-rekwiżit tal-kunsinna tal-gass.

L-XL4 ma jimpurtax. Għamel biss ix-xogħol li kien iddisinjat li jagħmel.

U meta ħadt nifs lura, ippruvajt dawk inalazzjonijiet ċkejkna u ġentili li xi drabi tuża meta jkun filgħodu xemxija qawwi u l-ħut ikun frizzanti u l-vis tidher infinita u qed tħossok kbir u għandek bżonn biss tixrob il-gass. provvista – u rnexxielha tlaħħaq ukoll.

Il-biċċiet T jistgħu jidhru dojoq iżda l-bżieżaq tal-egżost ma għamlux lilhom infushom inkonvenjent, u l-buttuna tat-tindif, kważi l-faċċata kollha tar-reg, kienet faċli biex issibha,  tagħfas u tikkontrolla. Eżattament l-istess kummenti japplikaw għall- qarnit reg, anke jekk ma jkollux biċċa tal-ħalq xierqa.

konklużjoni

Jekk int fis-suq, ma naħsibx li tista' tmur ħażin mal-XL4, u l-unika raġuni li ma kisbitx l-10 stilel sħaħ hija li ma ppruvajtx flimkien mal-kompetizzjoni, u jien mhux magna ANSTI.

Specs

PREZZIJIET> Kit XL4 Stage 3 kif ittestjat £479

PIŻ> 1200g

PORTIJIET> 4mp, 1hp

KLASTRAZZJONI TAL-FOND> 80m

KUNTATT> apeksdiving.com

GWIDA GĦADS>  9/10

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