About Mares Air Control Octopus

The Mares Air Control Inflator replaces the conventional BC power inflator and second stage octopus by combining the functions of both into a single unit. When you're taught how to dive you are given practice in buoyancy control more than any other skill. Once you start to dive every time you go underwater, fin the reef, or surface you use buoyancy control. All this time your octopus second stage regulator hangs un-used and out of mind. When a real life out-of-air situation occurs, the stress and anxiety mounts, and you find yourself fumbling for a piece of equipment you never use the Octopus! Combining your inflator devise (that you use on every dive) with your octopus Regulator assures your ability to react properly when an out-of-air emergency occurs. Be a safe diver with the Mares Air Control Breathable Inflator.

The pre-oriented mouthpiece makes it usable as a quick and easy octopus. The cover features the mesh-grid system, made of soft material so the purge button is easy to push, even when wearing gloves. The patented mesh design of the second stage cover reduces the pressure of water flowing onto the regulators diaphragm and minimizes free-flow. Even in a strong current it eliminates the need for a knob to de-tune your air delivery system- advance technology through basic physics.

All Mares second stages are a reliable downstream valve design and offer the unique patented Vortex Assisted Design (VAD) system. The air bypass tube conveys air to the mouthpiece creating a swirling vortex with a low pressure area in the center that keeps the diaphragm down during inhalation, for very sensitive and easy breathing at all depths. It complies with EC standards and can be assembled easily on any inflator hose. Mares Air Control comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

The Mares Air Control Octopus is commonly used for Eliminating Hoses and more. The Mares Air Control Octopus is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Advanced among others. The Mares Air Control Octopus is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Mares Air Control Octopus: Comfortable Mouthpiece, Does not leak, Easy To Connect, Easy To Retrieve, Easy To Use, Reliable, Slim design.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited lifetime warranty.

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(800) 874-3236

Mares Air Control Octopus Features

  • Just One Hose for Octopus and Inflator
  • Ergonomic Shape
  • Pre-Oriented Mouthpiece makes it Easy to Use
  • Patented Mesh Grid Cover
  • Vortex Assisted Design (VAD) System
  • Downstream Valve
  • Add Safety to Diving
  • 29.5" (75 cm) Hose w/3/8" Threads
  • Meets EC Standards
  • Easy to Install
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty

Mares Air Control Octopus Specifications

2'Nd Stage Type
Downstream Demand
Materials
Plastic, Silicone Rubber
Hose Thread
3/8"
Hose Length
29.5" (75 Cm)
Total Weight
8.5 Oz (241 G)
Weight [with packaging]
1.85 lb

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4.1

(based on 11 reviews)

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    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Easy to connect (6)
  • Comfortable mouthpiece (5)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Does not leak (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Eliminating hoses (8)
    • Last resort (3)
    • Upgrading equipment (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Advanced (6), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Diving Type:
      • Open water diving (7), Drift diving (3), Night diving (3), Outdoor professional (3), Wreck diving (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (10)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works as it's supposed to.

    Really nice not having another hose to deal with. Worked as expected. Does not breath as nicely as my primary (no surprise). Buttons are well marked and easy to use for BCD...Read complete review

    Really nice not having another hose to deal with. Worked as expected. Does not breath as nicely as my primary (no surprise). Buttons are well marked and easy to use for BCD control even with 3/5 mil gloves. There isn't alot of protection around some of the internal valves and I am a little concerned about long term durability but nothing has effected it over the last year of use. I do enjoy the integrated concept and wouldn't change a thing. Fits the Mares BCD perfectly.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    great...for a while

    This is a great product BUT if you live somewhere other than the USA I would NOT recomend buying it. It worked perfectly for the first 8 months I had it and then the...Read complete review

    This is a great product BUT if you live somewhere other than the USA I would NOT recomend buying it. It worked perfectly for the first 8 months I had it and then the inflate button began to stick. After a while the button would not pop back up at all so was constantly inflating my BC. I have tried to have it serviced but the part that is required to fix it is unobtainable in New Zealand. The local dive shop I sent the octi in for repairs to have been in contact with Mares New Zealand and Mares Australia but they have not been any help tracking down the part as they are not sold locally. Will have to attemp to by part from the USA or simply trade in my much loved octi for something else

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    5.0

    cant beat it

    By oddball

    from canada

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Mouthpiece
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable
    • Slim Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Mares Air Control Octopus:

        tucks away way better better than the one that comes with the jacket

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Works awesome I would buy it again

        By Doberman lover

        from Chicago IL.

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Mouthpiece
        • Easy To Connect
        • Easy To Retrieve
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Eliminating Hoses
          • Last Resort
          • Upgrading Equipment

          Comments about Mares Air Control Octopus:

          I originally got this product as a backup for my octopus thank God I haven't needed it for real but have tested the breathability out at 30 and 60 feet.It breathe easily no problems with it weather facing up or down vertical or inverted I like the quality of the build I like how it fits with my existing gear was easy to add on to my BCD only took a few minutes.

          • Diving Type:
          • Night Diving, Open Water Diving, Wreck Diving
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          I like it

          By Joe

          from Ontario, Canada

          About Me Advanced

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          Pros

            Cons

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                Comments about Mares Air Control Octopus:

                I have to agree with Rita's comments from 2/5/2012. Instructions could have been more detailed. That said the unit functions well and has enabled me to streamline my gear.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Love it

                By Joe

                from Ontario, Canada

                About Me Advanced

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Mares Air Control Octopus:

                      I have to agree with Rita's comments from 2/5/2012. Instructions could have been more detailed. That said the unit functions well and has enabled me to streamline my gear.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Fits most BCD

                      By fognet

                      from Missouri

                      About Me Advanced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Mouthpiece
                      • Easy To Connect

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Eliminating Hoses
                        • Last Resort
                        • Upgrading Equipment

                        Comments about Mares Air Control Octopus:

                        Had to use my own ties to instal on my BCD hose. Only comes with one zip tie. My hose requires two.

                        • Diving Type:
                        • Cave Diving, Drift Diving, Open Water Diving, Rescue Diving, Wreck Diving
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
                        GABRIELA L  One hose less ;)
                        Andy G  I am a cold water diver will this be a good option?
                        Frank L  This is not rated for cold water. If you are diving below 50 degrees for many of your dives, I would consider a different octo.
                        JOEL S  Here do i get the installation instructions for the hybrid BCD?
                        Steve S  There will be instructions included in the package. It is quite easy to install.
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