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Miflex Xtreme LP Regulator Hoses

Miflex Xtreme specialist scuba diving low pressure (LP) regulator hoses are available in over 150 colour, length and fitting combinations from 15 cm long to 210 cm long in ten different colours. The Italian manufactured Miflex Xtreme regulator hoses feature an external polyester safety braiding designed to resist the snags and abrasions that divers can often encounter. Unlike traditional rubber hoses, the double braiding is not simply pushed over the hose fittings. Instead, the braiding is tightly bound and fixed to the hose core by the sleeve. The result is performance and durability in extreme situations. All Miflex Xtreme LP regulator hoses are Nitrox Ready as they come Oxygen Cleaned from the factory.

The flexibility of the Miflex Xtreme regulator hose makes the second stage more comfortable in the mouth and results in smoother hose routing, particularly with long hoses. Available in lengths ranging from 10 cm (4 inch) to 210 cm (84 inch). These low-pressure hoses are great for stage/deco bottles, and we offer the 120 cm (48 inch) length commonly used for stage/deco and octopus hoses in your choice of ten colours: Black, Carbon Black, Blue, Red, White, Yellow, Mellow Yellow, Pink, Green and Purple.

Typical LP regulator hoses, including Miflex Xtreme LP regulator hoses, have a 3/8-inch UNF Male fitting at the end that screws into the first stage regulator LP port, and a 9/16-inch UNF Female fitting at the end that screws on to the second stage regulator.

Choosing the Best LP Regulator Hose Length

"Standard" Setup: The most common hose lengths found on 'standard' primary 2nd stage SCUBA regulator setups (the one on the black hose that's typically in your mouth) is 71 cm (28 inch) or 75 cm (30 inch). The most common hose length found on the 'standard' "Octopus" 2nd stage SCUBA regulator setups (the one on the yellow hose that's typically clipped off or in an occy holder) is 90 cm (36 inch), though some people prefer a longer 100 cm (40 inch) hose length.

For many divers, the "standard" primary 2nd stage SCUBA hose length is too long and will cause the hose to "bow out", and create unnecessary drag and tug on the mouth. This makes for an uncomfortable dive, particularly in current. Some experienced divers and instructors choose the slightly shorter hose lengths of 56 cm (22 inch), 60 cm (24 inch) or 65 cm (26 inch), feeling it is more comfortable with less drag and pull.

Experienced Diver / Streamlined Setup: *** Recommended *** Increasingly we see experienced single tank divers using a 100 cm (40 inch) to 150 cm (60 inch) in length, primary 2nd stage SCUBA LP regulator hose routed under their arm with the regulator on a 20/70/110° or 90° swivel (we prefer the 20/70/110° swivel). We also prefer the 'in-between' 120 cm (48 inch) hose length. Experienced divers figure this is the hose that their buddy will grab, or they will donate, in an emergency, thus it should be the longer hose and black, neon yellow, or yellow in colour. They use a shorter 56 cm (22 inch), 60 cm (24 inch) or 65 cm (26 inch) (we prefer the 65 cm) in length, black coloured LP regulator hose for the backup/octopus 2nd stage regulator they will end up breathing from. In this setup, the backup/octopus regulator is typically hung on a necklace directly below the diver's chin.

Stage Setup: The 100 cm (40 inch) length hose is the common choice for technical diving stage, pony and deco regulators. Different hose colours are often used to make it easier to identify which hose is attached to which breathing gas cylinder.

Long Hoses: Many advanced divers and instructors believe the common hose lengths are too short in out-of-air situations and now use a much longer hose, often 150 cm (60 inch) for those who dive open water exclusively. Many technical divers have adopted a length of 210 cm (84 inch) for overhead environments.

Choosing Your Colour Scheme

With so many colour choices in the Miflex Xtreme low-pressure regulator and inflator/jacket/BC hose line up you are free to create your own unique colour scheme.

Technical divers always donate their longer hose primary 2nd stage regulator, and usually don't colour code either regulator. For sport diving with a streamlined configuration, we still prefer the cover of the primary second stage to be black and the cover of the backup (octopus) second stage to be yellow.

For many years the dive industry has supplied the primary 2nd stage regulator coloured black on a short black hose, and the backup/octopus 2nd stage regulator coloured yellow on a longer yellow hose. Most regulator sets still come like this. This setup is based on the notion that in an emergency you will donate your backup/octopus regulator with the yellow cover and hose to your dive buddy.

Training agencies are now realising that this isn't what happens in real life and are starting to teach accordingly. In real life, in an emergency your dive buddy will rip the primary regulator you're breathing from out of your mouth. Your buddy will thus be on a short hose, and you'll be going for your backup/octopus regulator. Not an ideal situation. Thus the training agencies are now suggesting you should have a long hose on your primary 2nd stage regulator, and a short hose on the backup/octopus 2nd stage regulator you'll be switching to.

For this Experienced Diver / Streamlined Setup we suggest the long hose attached to your primary 2nd stage regulator should be coloured Fluro Yellow or Mellow Yellow. The short hose attached to your backup/octopus 2nd stage regulator should be Black or Carbon Black. But you can also use whatever colour choice you prefer for either hose.

If you stick with the traditional (old fashioned) setup, then the cover and hose for your short hose, primary 2nd stage regulator would be coloured Black or Carbon Black. The cover and long hose of your backup/octopus 2nd stage regulator should be Fluro Yellow or Mellow Yellow. But again, you can also use whatever other colour choices you prefer for either hose.

For stage/deco/pony cylinders we suggest using a Green coloured regulator hose for 90+ percent Oxygen mixes. As for gas mixes greater than 21% and less than 90%, we'd suggest using a Fluro Yellow or Mellow Yellow hose, but just take your pick from the many colours available.

Everyday Low Prices

Everyday Low Prices Guaranteed!

Don't be Fooled!

Some dive shops promote seasonal sales. At The Scuba Doctor we have Everyday Low Prices Guaranteed! If you compare us with the others, you'll find our special prices on top quality brand name products typically match or better their temporary sales prices everyday of the year.

Our everyday low prices are across the shop on all of your scuba diving, freediving, spearfishing, snorkelling and water sports needs all year. By shopping at The Scuba Doctor you don't have to wait for sales markdowns a few times a year to purchase the best quality gear at low prices.

When you're after great brand name gear and expert advise to satisfy your diving or snorkelling addiction, we're here to help!

All year long, we offer you the lowest prices. You won't need to wait for a "fake" discount.

Our Policy On Discounts

Is there a specific reason you believe you are entitled to a discount?

It's a Question of Integrity

Do you think that we're intentionally overcharging and that with some negotiation, it should be possible to talk us down to the 'proper' price? In other words, you assume we have a lack of integrity. That is, we're asking too much.

Do you assume that we so desperately need the sale that we're willing to be underpaid, which, to us, seems like a lack of integrity on your part. We don't even have a special discount price for 'friends'. We have many friends and our prices are what they pay. We assume you want us to treat all of our friends equally and fairly?

Don't Pick On The Little Guy

When your shopping items have gone through the supermarket checkout at Coles or Woolworths, do you then ask for a discount? Thought not. They're big companies and their prices are generally competitive and not negotiable. So you don't ask.

So what is different about our local dive shop that you feel entitled to ask for a discount?

We Don't Try To Trick You

Yes, we know that there are dive shops that sell products at prices way above the Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Sometimes they may discount their inflated prices back down to the RRP. But we don't do that here.

75% of our sales happen online. Thus we compete 24x7 in a national and international marketplace. We're good at it. Our prices are very competitive. Compare them with our competitors for yourself and you'll see.

Why We Don't Price Match

We can't always have the lowest prices available on everything, but we do the best we can. Sometimes other shops may have been able to negotiate a special deal with a supplier, and thus offer a better price than us. This is why we don't price match. To match prices set because of a special deal we don't have access to is a recipe for failure. If price is your only concern, buy it at the special price from the other place. Then we'll still be here to help you next time.

In order to be able to provide you with great customer service and true value for money, plus feed our families and stay in business, our prices are what they are.

So again we ask, why do you believe you are entitled to a special discount we don't provide to the rest of Australia?

Be Careful About What You Ask For

Do you still want an extra discount?

Yes, it would be an 'extra' discount. Almost all of our prices are already discounted, some by as much as 70% off RRP. So, like Oliver Twist, do you still want some more?

If you do still want an extra discount, depending on the items, our store owner may offer you his standard response to people asking for a discount.

"Because you've asked for a discount, your price is now 10% off RRP." And he'll do it with a wry smile.

You're not going to like that outcome. Because you'll have to pay more than our regular, or special prices. Yes, more! When our price is already 25% off RRP, paying 10% off RRP is significantly more.

So, do you still want a discount?

Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP)

We have a dilemma! We are a fully authorised dealer for all the products we sell. That means you will always get a full manufacturers warranty on all the scuba gear you buy from us, and you'll get the customer service that made our company what it is today.

However, to maintain their Authorised Scuba Dealer status there are some brands who require us to show some or all of their products at the full Recommended Retail Price (RRP). It's a policy that some brands use to up hold the retail pricing of their products. In overseas markets this is typically referred to as a Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) policy.

We wish to remain an authorised dealer for those brands. So, our prices from those brands on products covered by their MAP policy will be at the full RRP. It's required by those brands! If we don't comply they will simply stop supplying us with all of their products.

Our Policy On Buy Now, Pay Later

No Afterpay or ZipPay

We don't offer "buy now, pay later" options such as Afterpay, ZipPay etc. The stark reality is that these schemes prey on the "get it now" attitude of consumers. There are no legal safeguards in place to prevent these schemes from preying on those who can't repay on time. They are not regulated by the National Credit Act, they are not required to consider income and existing debts of potential customers when they provide a loan. They profit more when people are unable to pay on time and are forced to pay late fees. They are unfairly profiting from this perverse incentive.

These "buy now, pay later" services prevent merchants from passing on the high costs of their services to customers. Thus they skew the market by hiding the true cost of using these kinds of services.

Many merchants offering "buy now, pay later" payment options are forced to increase their prices for all shoppers in order to recoup the "buy now, pay later" service costs through higher prices. These "buy now, pay later" offerings also direct customers away from lower cost payments options.

We prefer to protect our customers from "debt vultures", keep our prices to customers low, and provide customers with lower cost payment options such as direct bank transfers, credit cards, and PayPal.


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