They say you should rent before you buy. I didn’t. I wanted my own stuff and right away. I purchased diving gear, brand new, shortly after becoming open water certified in August 2011. Spent roughly $5000.
While I still have some of the gear, I’ve sold many of my early purchases, which I discovered over time just weren’t right for me. I had no issues with the quality of the gear I sold. All top notch.
I love Halcyon and bought two BCDs — the Infinity (for cold water diving) and the Traveller (for warm water). I sold them both in the Spring of 2017. The Infinity’s wing was too big for me and trapped air. I tried to make it work, but in the end decided to sell it. I replaced it with a Scuba Pro backplate and wing that’s better suited to my petite size.
The Traveller BCD travelled all over the world with me. Yes, I always take my gear. I don’t trust rentals, no matter how much I like the dive shop. Again, the Travellers’ wing was big and it trapped air. I had an eager buyer, so I sold it. The Scuba Pro replaces both. I’d buy Halcyon again in a heartbeat — with a smaller wing.
I sold my Bare NextGen drysuit with two undergarments and bought a White’s/Aqualung Fusion with undergarment for cold water diving. The Fusion was used, but in great shape. It’s a better fit for me than the NextGen, which I’d customized (at a cost of about $500) with integrated gloves and pockets in an effort to make it work for me. Alas, it did not.
I’ve also sold a Suunto Zoop computer, semi-dry gloves, rock boots and camera gear. Some on Ebay and some locally through a Facebook dive gear site.
The Zoop was a great starter computer, but so conservative that I was routinely having to surface before others in my group. Most of the time alone. That’s not a good thing.
In recent years, I’ve sprung for fins with spring straps, and masks with magnification for my aging eyes.
My Apeks regs have served me well since day one — with annual servicing, of course.
I have 2mm (shorty), 3mm and 5mm wetsuits. The 3mm gets most of the use. I recently had to buy a new one after about 250 dives. I also wear a sun guard long-sleeve shirt. All made by Bare. I also have a short-sleeve Lavacore, which I wear under the 3mm for night dives.
It has taken more than five years to get kitted out in gear that works. It has been an expensive lesson.