As promise in a previous review, this is a review of the sub-gear magnetic octopus holder. I recently upgraded from a scumball type (bendy plastic cup that you force the mouthpiece of a scuba regulator into) to a magnetic holder that is much more refined, easy to use and more professional looking.
An Octopus is the general name for a secondary breathing mouthpiece that is connected to your scuba cylinder in order to have an emergency backup for yourself or a dive parter in case of equipment failure. It is important that it is easy to locate and east to release the octopus quickly in order to stuff it in your mouth.
As I mentioned in my previous review there are several types of octopus holder such as a platic loop, a bendy plastic cup and a magnetic type. The magnetic type is the most expensive but well worth it in my opinion.
===The Sub Gear Magntic Octopus Holder===
The octopus holder consists of a lightweight small cylinder made from aluminium that breaks in half via two magnets in the centre. One half attaches to a suitable point on your scuba jacket and the other attaches to the hose of your octopus.
The octopus attachment is done using a simple slip around the hose and a push clip is used to attach the other half to your jacket. These are easy to clip on and once attached shouldn't need removing unless you change set up.
Once in place it is a simple job to release or replace your octopus. You simply pull at the octopus and it releases. The magnets are strong enough to keep the octopus in place without falling off when not in use, but weak enough to make the release easy without having to pull too hard.
Reattaching is simple and removes all the fumbling I have experienced with other types of octopus holder. The magnets simply stick together and you are done. This is very useful when I am teaching a scuba lesson as I can concentrate on keeping my eyes on the students instead of struggling to get the octopus back into the holder.
The sub-gear holder is simple, well made with a solid feel too it. The clips work well and it appears o be robust (I've only had it a month and yet to see any deterioration)
The top of the cylinder is a golden yellow, which could possibly be improved to be brighter as it's a piece of equipment for safety and should be highly visible. My octopus is a neon yellow and easy to spot so I am not too worried that the holder isn't that bright.
A small sub-gear logo is present which is subtle enough not to add more blatant branding to a dive set up.
The Sub-Gear magnetic octopus holder is currently available for £16.99 plus delivery frm simply scuba, which is a great price. I believe I paid £25 from a dive shop in brighton for mine. At £16.99 it is extremely good value and only about a fiver more than the fiddley types such as the scumball holder I previously reviewed.
Highly recommended. It's easy to use and means you can pay more attention to what is around you.