Scubapro had real winners with both the MK5/Pilot and the MK5/AIR 1. The original Pilot is one of my favorite single hose designs of all time, and was definitely unlike any other reg on the market. The issue was that the parts tolerances created headaches for both the initial creation, and for servicing by techs within a typical dive shop. If such a reg were built today, with CNC equipment, the tolerances could be held to a point where the parts would be "drop in".
The AIR1 exhibited excellent scores in USN testing. It, along with the Pilot, had very low cracking effort, and high gas flow through the valve system.
"It really makes me believe that decades of "progress" in regulator design have produced no meaningful improvement." There is a lot of truth to this statement. Regulator design has for the most part over the past 25 years been evolutionary, rather than revolutionary. In my mind, the end of the evolutionary pathway is within sight.
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