Aqua Lung Legend Review: Unparalleled Performance and Reliability
The Legend line of regulators are the best-performing regulators manufactured by Aqua Lung. It offers exception breathing performance and cold water capability that rivals many high-end regulators on the market today.
This new generation Legend has recently been upgraded with many innovative features and new appealing cosmetics. It is also now smaller and lighter for a more comfortable dive.
In this review, you will find out why this is one of the most reliable and durable regulator out there. Whether you’re planning on traveling to your next dive destination or just diving at your local dive spot.
The Aqua Lung Legend is a top-of-the-line regulator that offers exceptional breathing performance at any depth or tank pressure. It features all the bells and whistles you would expect from a regulator in this price range, but in a new lightweight and compact package. It’s also available in many different version, each to suit your diving needs and budget.
Aqua Lung Legend LUX Supreme Review Video
But first, below is a video review of the Aqua Lung Legend LUX Supreme done by the guys over at Simplyscuba.com. In the video, you can get a closer look at the regulator and some of its most important features.
Aqua Lung Legend Key Features
The Legend range of regulators (more about the different models below) share pretty much the same major components and performance.
Excellent Breathing Performance
It features an over-balanced diaphragm which delivers greater intermediate pressure at depth than your standard balanced system. This design helps compensate for the increased density of the gas at depth by allowing a greater volume to pass through the system, allowing you to have much better breathing performance the deeper you dive.
Rated for Cold Water Diving
The first stage is also environmentally sealed to prevent water, contaminants, as well as silt and sand to enter the spring chamber. This allows the regulator to perform consistently between servicing. It also prevents ice from building up around the main spring, which makes it perfect for diving in extremely cold water condition. The spring chamber is also surrounded by heat exchange fins which help add further cold water protection.
Auto-Closure Device (ACD)
Another cool feature of the second stage is the ‘Aqua Lung’s Auto-Closure Device’ (ACD) system. This automatically seals the regulator inlet once it has been taken off the cylinder. This further protects the first stage by keeping unwanted corrosive water and other contaminants out of the first stage, especially if you forget to put on the dust cap after use.
Optimized Second Stage
The second stage has been made smaller and lighter for better comfort and to help reduce the strain on your jaw. It features a Pneumatic balanced system which makes for smooth and effortless breathing. The ergonomically designed exhaust tee defects bubble out of your field of vision and help to reduce exhalation efforts.
Master Breathing System (MBS)
It also features Aqua Lung’s ‘Master Breathing System’ (MBS), which combines both the Venturi effect and inhalation adjustment into one easy to use knob (Only available on the Legend LUX and LX Versions). In the “Min” position it will prevent unwanted free-flows when the regulator is not in your mouth or on the surface, while in the “Max” position it will deliver the best breathing performance.
Aqua Lung Legend Versions
The Legend comes in three different models, the Legend LUX, the Legend LX, and the standard Legend, each of which has ‘Supreme’ versions. The Supreme regulators are specially adjusted for diving in the extremely cold water and equipped with a lip shield to keep your lips warm. There is also a Twilight version of the Legend that is geared expectantly for women divers.
So what’s the difference between models? Let take a closer look
Aqua Lung Legend LUX
This is Aqua Lung’s flagship version and features stylish pink gold and black PVD finish. The colored finish is not only for looks, the PVD is much harder to scratch than traditional chrome plated regulators. The second stage also features Aqua Lungs Master Breathing system, which combines both the Venturi effect and inhalation adjustment into one. The Legend LUX and LUX Supreme are also the only versions that are supplied in a branded regulator case.
Aqua Lung Legend LUX Supreme
This version has the exact same features and performance of the Legend LUX. However, it’s specifically tuned for diving in the extreme conditions of cold water. It also comes equipped with a removable lip shield, which keeps streaming cold water away from your lips, keeping them warm. Like the Legend LUX, this regulator also features Aqua Lung’s Mater Breathing System to further fine tune your breathing.
Aqua Lung Legend LX
The Legend LX sports the same features and performance you would expect from the Legend LUX version, but without the pink gold PVD finish. The first stage, second stage trim, and heat exchanger are all protected from the elements by a high-polished chrome plated finish instead. This makes it a little more affordable than the LUX version. Just like the Legend LUX, the Legend LX is also equipped with Aqua Lung MBS control for easy breathing adjustments.
Aqua Lung Legend LX Supreme
The Legend LX Supreme is specifically adjusted for cold water diving, but still, deliver the same performance you would expect from the LUX and LX. It also has a matte chrome finish instead of the high-polished chrome of the LX. It also features Aqua Lung’s MBS control and has a removable lip shield to keep your lips warm.
Aqua Lung Legend
The standard Legend has the same high-polished chrome plated finish as the LX on the first stage and heat exchange, but the second stage is fully black to differentiate between the two models. This model also lacks the MBS Control. Instead, it uses a Venturi switch to redirect airflow in the second stage.The breathing effort on the second stage is preset so you don’t have to worry about making adjustments while diving.
Aqua Lung Legend Supreme
The Legend Supreme has the same features and performance as the standard Legend. However, it has been specifically adjusted for cold water diving. Instead of high-polished chrome, it sports a matte chrome finish. It also features a removable lip shield to keep your lips warm when diving in cold water.
Aqua Lung Legend XL Twilight
You should expect the same performance that you would expect from the existing Legend LX model. However, it has been designed specifically for women divers. It is exactly the same as the Legend LX. But instead, the Twilight includes a smaller Comfo-bite mouthpiece and a lighter second stage to help reduce jaw fatigue. The second stage tips are also purple to give the regulator a more feminine look.
Aqua Lung Legend XL Twilight Supreme
The Legend LX Twilight Supreme and LX Twilight share pretty much all the same features. However, the Legend LX Twilight Supreme is tuned specifically for cold water diving. The first stage also has a matte finish instead of high-polished chrome, and it also comes with a removable lip shield to help keep your lips warm while diving the cold water.
Aqua Lung Legend Specifications
1st Stage Type
High Pressure Ports
Low Pressure Ports
Second Stage Type
Cold Water Rated
How Does It Stack Up?
It's relative lightweight and compact construction and ergonomic design fits comfortable in your mouth and hands
The Legend breathes effortlessly at any depth and cylinder pressure, as well as any water temperature.
This regulator is made from high-quality materials and built to last.
The Legend might me out of the price range for most divers,but you do get what you pay for.
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What We Like
All models of this regulator get a high rating from reviewers online and are praised for their ease of breathing and performance. It is exceptionally easy to breathe from and that the lightweight 2nd stage is really comfortable and easy to adjust.
We also like its durability, all important parts of the regulator are made from metal and not plastic.
Also, many times I’ve e seen divers forget to replace the dust cap on their regulator before dunking it in water. If this happens, the ACD System will keep water out of the first stage. The ACD System also help keep internal parts lubricated and operating a peak performance, as well as making it safer to use with a higher percentage of oxygen. This is a feature we wish more regulator would have.
The legend also has a comfortable mouthpiece, and the lip shield on the supreme version actually helps to keep your lip warmer in cold water.
What We Don’t Like
There honestly nothing much we didn’t like about the Aqua Lung Legend, except for the price. It is a bit expensive (LUX) and not ideal for every diver, but you do get what you pay for.
However, a few divers recommended sticking to a Legend octopus as other octopuses tend to free flow at depths. This is credited to the overbalanced nature of the regulator.
If you dive in confined spaces like cavern and caves, then the harder to scratch LUX version would work great. The LX would make a great all-around regulator. The regulator Legend is great if you are on a budget and can manage without having adjustable inhalation settings.
Who Is This Regulator Designed For?
Although there may versions of this regulator, none of them are cheap. They are all high-performance regulator made from high-quality materials and designed for durability and reliability. So, the price range might be out of your range if your and entry-level diver just starting out. If you can afford it though, you cannot go wrong with this regulator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does this regulator system comes with an octopus?
Regulators are generally only only sold with the first stage and primary second stage. You will have to buy the octopus and other peripherals separately. However, so retailers may bundle them together at a cheaper price.
Can Supreme Version work in worm water?
The supreme version works just as good in warm water as it does in cold . It's just rated to work in temperatures below 50°F / 10°C and specially adjusted to resist freezing at these temperatures.
Is this regular available in DIN and Yoke?
Yes, all models of the Aqua Lung Legend is available in both DIN and Yoke configurations.
The Bottom Line
If you’re looking for a regulator that’s reliable and breathes naturally then you should defiantly consider one of the Aqua Lung Legend Models.
There is a Legend model to meet pretty any dive condition or environment you find yourself in, whether it be diving in cold water or the tropical water of the Caribbean.
Not only is this regulator an excellent performer, it also looks great, and no matter what model you choose you simply cannot go wrong with the Legend.