The Scubapro MK19 EVO G260 Carbon Black Tech Regulator has quite a long and complicated name but if all you read of this blog post is that it is the perfect regulator if you dive in cold water and need something rugged and reliable, then it has served its purpose. If you want to know more about the regulator and the Carbon Black Tech makeover then read on!
The regulator includes the MK19 EVO first stage and the popular G260 second stage which have been upgraded though the use of Scubapro's Black Tech DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) finish and a carbon fibre front cover to the second stage. More on those later.
The MK19 EVO is a cross between the MK17 EVO and the MK25 EVO first stages. It uses a similar balanced and environmentally sealed diaphragm design to the MK17 EVO but with the swivelling low pressure turret from the MK25 EVO. The MK19 EVO uses a twin spring design that allows it to be really compact without affecting performance or responsiveness. It also sports opposing high pressure ports on the main body, four low pressure ports around the circumference of the turret and an axial super high-flow port on the end.
The G260 is a popular professional grade, high performing and rugged second stage that uses a pneumatically balanced valve design for effortless breathing. It uses a metal valve barrel and heat exchanger to improve cold water performance and reliability as well as being designed to allow a certified technician to swap the hose handing from right to left to suit different disciplines and regulator configurations. The G260 uses a large diaphragm for outstanding breathing sensitivity at the valve which the diver has control over via the inhalation adjustment on the side of the regulator. There is also control over the air flow paths within the housing by using the venturi adjuster, changing the air flow towards the mouthpiece for optimal delivery or diverting it back towards the diaphragm for extra protection against freeflows. All in all, the G260 is a well-designed and constructed second stage that offers excellent performance and versatility.
Now...on to the Carbon Black Tech element. The external metal components of both the first and second stage have been given a different finish to the standard chrome. Whilst chrome plating does help to protect the soft marine grade brass and other metals that the components are machined from there are harder, more durable finishes, of which Scubapro's Black Tech DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon) is one. The finish is tougher, protects against salt water damage and corrosion better and offers a high degree of protection against minor scratches than standard chrome. Of course...it also looks awesome.
Then there is the carbon fibre front cover on the G260. Carbon fibre is well known for being incredible tough and also unbelievably lightweight. It is used on performance and race cars for a reason! Replacing the already light techno polymer standard front cover with a carbon fibre version not only shaves off 24g but also makes it stronger and less prone to damage from impacts and shocks. Now, 24g doesn't like a lot but bear in mind that the weight is on your jaw and associated muscles, and then you start to think that even the smallest weight reduction is a good thing.
The regulator is available in two variations. A Stage 2 configuration with just the first stage, hose and second stage as well as a Stage 3 version which adds an ultra reliable R195 Octopus.
Scubapro MK19 EVO G260 Carbon Black Tech Regulator
Scubapro MK19 EVO G260 Carbon Black Tech & R195 Octopus Set
So, to conclude, it looks awesome, it is CE approved for cold water diving, performs and breathes like a dream and is extra tough and durable. If you're going to be diving in colder and harsher conditions why wouldn't you consider the Scubapro MK19 EVO G260 Carbon Black Tech!