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A LEGEND IS BACK IN TOWN "THE MISTRAL"

Older divers will remember the nostalgic days of the original twin house regulator and anybody who used to watch the Jacques Cousteau Saga’s on television will be familiar with it.

The good news is, an old legend is back in town and better then ever – The Mistral Returns!
The new "Mistral," is a modern version of the original Mistral regulator created in 1958 by Aqua Lung founder Jacques Cousteau.

The original Mistral was named after the northerly winds that blow toward the Mediterranean coast of southern France and was used extensively by the U.S. and French navies.

Popularized by Mike Nelson of the 60s TV show, Sea Hunt, double hose regulators use two corrugated hoses that wrap around a divers head; a right one for inhalation and a left one for exhalation. While the old Mistral was state-of-the-art and highly successful in its day, it sadly went the way of most double hose regulators and got replaced with the modern single hose regulators that scuba divers use today.

Divers miss the many benefits of the double house regulators - plus, they're nostalgic for scuba equipment from the early days,’ said Don Rockwell, President of Aqua Lung America. ‘So we combined the best features of the old double hose regulator - including having the bubbles come out from behind the diver's head and not obstructing the field of vision - and updated it with new modern regulator technology.’

With the single hose design, a diver has a small diameter hose coming over his right shoulder for inhalation, and exhalation comes out of the mouthpiece in the form of bubbles, obstructing the diver's view.

The updated product will appeal to underwater photographers, videographers, ice divers, commercial divers, military divers, search and rescue divers, scientific divers, and an older generation of divers nostalgic for the 'good old diving days.’Double hose regulators also perform very well in icy waters where single hose designs could freeze up and quit working.
This is because the diver's humid exhalation doesn't pass over the moving parts of the regulator, which could cause ice crystals to form.
The new Mistral, while at first offering a nostalgic appeal, incorporates all the developments and refinements of a modern regulator and allows today’s diving in complete safety. With its multiple MP and HP ports the diver can connect the full range of peripheral elements: octopus, submersible pressure gauge, BC and dry suit inflators. The Mistral first stage can be supplied with either a 232 bar yoke fitting, a DIN 300 bar fitting or with Nitrox/O2 M26x2 to allow the full range of configuration.
The Mistral, based on a well-known tried and tested design, will be easy to maintain in complete safety. Its first stage is based on the highly regarded Titan Regulator. This makes routine servicing easy and available worldwide.
The Aqua Lung Mistral is the first modern twin hose regulator to pass the draconian tests for the European Standards EN 250, EN 144-3 and EN 13949.

To commemorate this diving industry landmark, Aqua Lung is releasing 500 limited editions of the Mistral. The Mistral will come in a sophisticated hardwood case with a beautiful PVD finish. The Limited Editions carry a unique serial number and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the President of Aqua Lung.
Key Features:

• Bubbles exhaust behind the diver – No more bubble interference - great for photographers
• Superior resistance to freeze-up – The second stage is not exposed to exhalation humidity
• Dry Sealed first stage and second stage – Makes this the ideal regulator for extreme cold or polluted environments
• Breathing performance is better than old style double hose regulators – The benefits of a double hose regulator with better breathing characteristics
• Easy adjustment of mouthpiece orientation Improves comfort
• Easy flow hose design with non return valves Keeps airway drier
• Comfo Bite Mouthpiece Eliminates jaw fatigue
• Nitrox 40% compatib

 

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