I am about to purchase a new rebreather for the first time to replace the Classic and I have managed to get my choice down to a JJ or Redbare.
I'm currently sitting in the Redbare camp as i am attracted by the triple co2 monitoring. Although the JJ is a superb unit it's simplicity has me moving towards the VMS offering as it provides early warning safety kit and whilst I appreciate that may well be more to go wrong, you can always switch off the additional safety devices and run it 'simple' anyway.
Neither units have a BOV which I had always placed an onus on, although given the co2 monitoring on the Redbare it doesn't seem that important. If it was the JJ I would want one without question to provide a method of managing full on co2 hit.
I would much rather the Redbare had shearwater as I'm a keen user and fan of GF, but i do have a perdix which I could run on high GF as a fastest way to leave backup AND compass AND it's shiny 😁😁.
JJ has ability to take any tanks, Redbare stuck with 2l cylinders. Although given that on any big dive there would be offboard o2 and bailout in large capacity cylinders, does having an extra litre or so of o2 or dil onboard really make a massive difference? Yes I could plug in a 7l o2 on the JJ but if i need that much then the redundancy of splitting it over different cylinders seems prudent regardless. Am I missing something?
Keen to hear from any Redbare owners, reliability? Average service costs? Any niggles or things you would change?
Anyone have experience of both? If so what conclusion have you drawn between the two?
Before the flaming starts please remember I am talking about the VMS Redbare not the VR Sentinel 😂😂😂