Mares Rover 2s Review: Natural Easy Breathing

If your a new diver looking for a fantastic entry-level regulator or a seasoned diver looking for a redundant regulator system,  look no further than the new Mares Rover 2s.

This entry-level regulator from Mares offers excellent breathing performance and reliability at a price that cannot be beat. In this review, we are going to look at some of the features that make it stand out from it’s nearest competitors and why it offers great value for money.

Manufacture: Mares.com

Our Score:

8.0
Overall Score
Design 7/10
Functionality 7/10
Durability 8/10
Price 10/10
  • Simple, yet reliable unbalanced 2nd stage valve system
  • The Mid-Sized Techno-Polymer Second Stage is surprisingly lightweight. 
  • Unbalanced Piston First Stage with Dynamic Flow Control (DFC) for consistent performance
  • Unbalanced system may not be suitable for more advanced diving
  • No Diver Adjustments

Summary:
The Mares Rover 2s is a great entry-level regulator that delivers fantastic breathing performance at recreational depths. It’s also available at an affordable price point and offers excellent value for your money.

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Mares Rover 2s Review Video

Below is a quick video review for the Mares R2s first stage done by the guys over at DeepBlueDiving.com. In the short video below you can get a closer look at the key feature of the first stage. The second video looks at the Rover Second stage and some of its key features as well.

Key Features

Compact and Lightweight 1st Stage

The Mares Rover 2S 1st stage is fairly lightweight compact. This also makes it great for traveling as well as local use. It features simple and reliable unbalanced piston design with 1 high-pressure port and 4 low-pressure port on a durable chrome-plated brass body.

Patented DFC System

This regulator also features Mares DFC System which minimizes the drop in intermediate pressure on inhalation, which in-turn increases the regulator performance on deeper dives or high demanding situations (like swimming up current). This is why Mares say their second stages does not require manual adjustment.  (You can also watch the Mares DFC system Video to learn how this works and also see it in action).

Reliable Downstream Valve

The second stage uses a standard downstream valve with no user adjustment. Mares claims that because the first stage delivers a constant flow of air to the second stage in almost all diving conditions, there is no need for the diver to make any adjustments to breathing efforts, and many divers that had first-hand experience with this regulator claims this to be true.

Smooth Breathing Second Stage

Mares also claims the second stage breathes naturally, and easily, and will reduce the formation of ice in cold water diving due to its’ Vortex Assisted Design (VAD) system.  This system bypass air coming from the low-pressure house directly to the mouthpiece, offering superior performance and initially very natural breathing, even for an unbalanced second stage. ( You can Learn more about Mares VAD system by going here)

Specifications

1st Stage Type

Unbalanced Piston

High Pressure Ports

1

Low Pressure Ports

4

Environmentally Sealed

Second Stage Type

Unbalanced

Adjustable Inhalation

   

Adjustable Venturi

Nitrox Compatible

Cold Water Rated


How Does It Stack Up?

Design

7/10

A simple and reliable unbalanced design makes for easy operation and maintenance, but sacrifices on performance

Functionality 

7/10

It delivers very natural and effortless breathing at recreational depths, but may lose performance on deeper divers or low tank pressures  

Durability 

8/10

A strong techno-polymer 2nd stage, and chrome plated brass body with sandblasted finish to increase scratch resistance.

Price 

1010

Priced just below many of it best competitors. It offer great value to money ratio. 

8.0
Overall Score

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What We Like

It’s easy to see what would make this regulator a favorite for new divers. Its simple design makes operating the regulator pretty straight forward. There are no user-adjustable settings for you to distract you from your dive. Simply pop the regulator in your mouth and breath.

The mid-size second stage lightweight and also fits comfortably in your hands. It over-sized purge button also make it easy to purge even while wearing thick gloves. The Oversized purge button covers the entire front of the second stage, making it easy to find. While the mesh grid  also does great work at handing unwanted free-flows.

Although it’s set at an affordable price point, the regulator does not feel cheap by any means. It’s well constructed from high-quality materials and should last a lifetime once maintained properly.

What We Don’t Like

There is not much we didn’t like about this great breathing regulator.

However, one of the only issue we had with this regulator is the fact that it lacks diver adjustability. Although this might be great for a new diver, more experienced divers will see the unavailability to fine-tune your breathing as a weakness.

Who is the Mares Rover 2S Regulator for?

The Mares Rover 2s makes a great first regulator for divers just starting out.  Its operation is pretty straight forward and has no diver adjustable settings to complicate new divers.  Its simple operation, reliability, and easiness to maintain also make it a great choice as a rental regulator for dive centers.

Seasoned divers looking for a great regulator for their resonant system (pony bottle) would also appreciate its reliability and inexpensive cost.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use this regulator in Cold Water?

Is this regulator Nitrox compatible?

Is regulator available in DIN?

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is the Mares Rover 2s  delivers smooth hassle-free breathing at a fraction of the cost of more high-end regulators.  Its simplicity and reliability make it an excellent choice for intensive use in dive schools and for recreational divers who want a rock-solid regulator.

The Rover 2s is the perfect choice if you’re looking for a great breathing regulator that can last for many years of great diving.

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