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    Looking at rebreathers

    Long time diver making the move to rebreather. Joined the forum to get some opinions on Titan verses KISS units.

    Thank you! Doug

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    I have been diving KISS Rebreathers since 2006 and have never had a problem with the equipment once.
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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    Titan is a design that I have considered many times but the biggest item to give me pause was their market penetration. There's a reason why they just haven't caught on. Not sure what that may be because I like their design but that fact alone makes me pause for thought. KISS on the other hand, well, their reputation for low maintenance and excellence precedes them. It's doubtful that you'll regret getting a KISS but I know more than a few that regret their Titan purchase...mainly on the grounds of customer support, not design...and nobody that regrets their KISS.

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    Good luck with your search! Lots of info and opinions to sort through. I have had a Titan for just over two years now and originally chose it because it bested competitors in a few key areas. Weight is the one of the big keys for me. The Titan is one of the lightest CCRs out there, in warm water with lavacore or 3mm I need no weight at all. With a drysuit I only need 4 lbs. So that was a big key. More unit weight = more air in your wing which is another bubble to manage. Front mounted counter lungs are a deal breaker. A 6 page build sheet is a deal breaker. For me it came down to Titan and rEvo - never considered KISS. rEvo is better with consumables, more "modular" in that you could replace things like Shearwaters in the field vs the potted electronics of the Titan. Titan was lighter and less expensive and after recommendations from my LDS and instructor whom I trust greatly I went with the Titan. Easy to build, easy to maintain and allows me to do every dive that I want to do, now or in the future.

    Have there been issues? Yup sure there have. But my friends who have rEvo, Meg, Inspo have had issues as well. I know a fair amount of the back story of what's happened with Titan and in my recent dealings with them they've been very stand up and responsive. That said (and I know it's not currently in your consideration set) with the strength of the dollar compared to the Euro right now if I had to do it all over again I'd be really hard for me to pass on a rEvo Micro.

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    Quote Originally Posted by CaptDoug  View Original Post
    Long time diver making the move to rebreather. Joined the forum to get some opinions on Titan verses KISS units.

    Thank you! Doug
    Hello Doug,

    since you are in Florida, you think you have time to come down this weekend? We have our Grand Opening in Ft. Lauderdale. AddHelium features every major rebreather and all we do is full time rebreather training. You get to meet and talk to all kinds of rebreather minded people who can answer your questions.

    Here is a sample schedule for this weekend, but if you are already busy, just call and talk to Peter Sotis or Tony Land. 239-300-0913 and check us out at AddHelium.com.

    Add Helium is celebrating the move to our new Fort Lauderdale facility with a weekend of free events, presentations, food, drink and prizes. We invite all of our loyal customers to join us.

    The schedule of events is as follows:

    Friday, February 20

    Social, meet & greet, facility tour, and customer appreciation – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Chris Parsons, Nauticam USA – Silent Shooting – 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM

    Saturday, February 21

    Lamar Hires, Dive Rite – The History of Sidemount – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Lamar Hires, Dive Rite – Review of the new Optima Rebreather – 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

    Joe Citelli, Add Helium – Deep Diving – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Lunch break

    Claudia Roussos MD, Add Helium – Hydration While Diving – 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

    Claudia Roussos MD, Add Helium – Carbon Monoxide, the Other Deadly Gas – 2:30 PM to 3::00 PM

    Tom Mount, IANTD – Survival and Self-Responsibility - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    Claudia Roussos MD, Add Helium – Decompression Theory – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

    Sunday, February 22

    Joe Dituri, IANTD – In-Water Recompression Theory and Techniques – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Michael Barnette, AUE – New Exploration & Projects – 10:30 AM to Noon



    Hope to see you there, Claudia

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    Hi Doug. I dived a Titan for 2 years and chose it over KISS due to the modular design, weight, back mounted counter lungs, good work of breathing, T design of loop, ease of build, can use cartridges or granuals, fit me well, light and easy to travel with. I attach a backplate for cold water diving and take it off for tropical diving.

    I am currently offering my Titan for sale. If you can get to Add Helium, they are selling the unit for me, on consignment.

    It is in excellent shape, has 100 dives on it. Has Shearwater electronics, quick disconnects, spare parts kit.

    I had a problem with the electronics (the HUD battery). Service has been excellent. Repair parts are available. Tomar (the original engineer who designed the unit), now lives in Key Largo and repaired the unit in a timely fashion, kept in contact and there was minimal charge for the repair.

    If you want additional details about the unit (pictures, etc.) email me privately at davidmillerdvm89@gmail.com
    Last edited by Dmillerdvm; 18th February 2015 at 22:22.

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    Quote Originally Posted by dreamdive  View Original Post
    Hello Doug,

    since you are in Florida, you think you have time to come down this weekend? We have our Grand Opening in Ft. Lauderdale. AddHelium features every major rebreather and all we do is full time rebreather training. You get to meet and talk to all kinds of rebreather minded people who can answer your questions.

    Here is a sample schedule for this weekend, but if you are already busy, just call and talk to Peter Sotis or Tony Land. 239-300-0913 and check us out at AddHelium.com.

    Add Helium is celebrating the move to our new Fort Lauderdale facility with a weekend of free events, presentations, food, drink and prizes. We invite all of our loyal customers to join us.

    The schedule of events is as follows:

    Friday, February 20

    Social, meet & greet, facility tour, and customer appreciation – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Chris Parsons, Nauticam USA – Silent Shooting – 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM

    Saturday, February 21

    Lamar Hires, Dive Rite – The History of Sidemount – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Lamar Hires, Dive Rite – Review of the new Optima Rebreather – 10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

    Joe Citelli, Add Helium – Deep Diving – 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

    Lunch break

    Claudia Roussos MD, Add Helium – Hydration While Diving – 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM

    Claudia Roussos MD, Add Helium – Carbon Monoxide, the Other Deadly Gas – 2:30 PM to 3::00 PM

    Tom Mount, IANTD – Survival and Self-Responsibility - 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    Claudia Roussos MD, Add Helium – Decompression Theory – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

    Sunday, February 22

    Joe Dituri, IANTD – In-Water Recompression Theory and Techniques – 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

    Michael Barnette, AUE – New Exploration & Projects – 10:30 AM to Noon



    Hope to see you there, Claudia

    Can't beat that, wish I could go just to see Claudia
    Chett. L

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    You might consider contacting Doug Ebersole (debersole on the board). He's in Lakeland and is a Kiss CCR instructor.

    I've been diving the Kiss Sprit LTE for a year. I can pack it in a carry-on and walk on the plane with it. It's a mCCR, vs. an eCCR like the Titan. Doug is an outstanding instructor and I can't say enough good things about him.

    If I were just starting out again and looking at what unit to dive, I'd start out by figuring out if I wanted to dive mCCR or eCCR, then finding my unit from there. Personally, I prefer mCCR, but that's me.

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    Thanks for the responses! I know Doug Ebersole and heard back from him today.

    Claudia, I wish I checked the forum last night. Drove right pass you all today. I will try to swing by next week.

    Met with Tomar Friday where he spent a ton of time with me. Ended up purchasing the Titan with only 30 hours on it. Class starts next Saturday!

    Anyone looking for used open circuit gear? ☺️

    Doug

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    Re: Looking at rebreathers

    If you're looking for mccr I would recommend you to take A look at the Pelagian DCCCR. It has a very nice modular design with great flexibility. It is very easy to maintain since most of the parts are of the shelf components for OC scuba gear.

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