Mares 25XR AST First Stage Full Metal Regulators (left & right pair)

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Pair of Mares 25XR AST LEFT Orientation First Stages with left and right orientation, with DIN style attachment features two LP ports and one HP port.

When purchased separately, individual regulator stages remain as factory configured by the manufacturer and final integration must, out of necessity, become a customer responsibility.

Mares 25XR AST First Stage Full Metal Regulators (left & right pair)

Left and Right Orientation of 1st Stages
Left and Right Orientation of 1st Stages

The Mares 25XR AST (Auto Sealing Technology) Left and Right First Stage Regulators are a balanced diaphragm design featuring a next generation of regulator performance. The patented auto sealing technology is automatically activated with air to keep the first stage dry, and is tested in demanding environments such as with oxygen and cold temperatures. With a one-piece full metal body of nickel-plated brass, the 25XR provides maximum breathing comfort and reliability even at extreme depths. Two standard 3/8-inch low pressure ports and one 7/16-inch HP port are positioned for optimum hose routing. The 25XR first stage is environmentally sealed to protect against internal corrosion, contaminants and is suitable for water to { 27°F | -2.78°C }. It comes standard with a 300-BAR DIN connector and is Nitrox Ready.

While the left and right orientation of the 25XR 1st stages makes them ideal for doubles or sidemount diving, they are equally suitable for single or stage cylinder configurations. Please note that these first stages are sold with one LP and one HP port plugged. The remaining LP port will be open.

More Information
Brand Mares Extended Range
SKU XR-416400-SET
Weight 4.000000

Do You Know Your Right From Your Left?

Modular valves come in right-hand and left-hand designs, referring to the side of the valve handwheel, not to which direction the valve opens. Some regulator first stages, intended for use in pairs with doubles manifolds, are also available in right and left versions. Even some regulator second stages are available in right and left configurations, referring to the side the LP hose connects. This can be confusing because there is not industry-wide agreement on the perspective from which these devices are viewed: from the perspective of the diver themselves or from the perspective of someone facing the diver.

  • For example, Dive Rite assigns left and right from different perspectives depending on the device. Valves are assigned left and right with your face toward the valve opening. If the valve is on and blowing air in your face, then you reach out with your left hand and can touch the valve handwheel knob it is a left handed valve. Thus Dive Rite says that the typical standalone valve is left-handed. Yet, their XT2 regulator is the opposite, with the hose entry on the common side assigned as right while the hose entry on the uncommon side is assigned left.
  • Thermo and Mares both assign left and right from the perspective of the diver with their tank(s) on their back. If the Thermo valve is on and blowing air on the back of your neck, then when you reach back with your right hand and can touch the valve handwheel knob it is said to be a right handed valve. Thus Thermo says that the typical standalone valve is right-handed. If the Mares regulator stage is one of a doubles pair and specifically designed to be mounted on the divers right valve post, then it is right-side. We are not sure what to call the unique Mares VR 2nd stage.
  • DGX Premium Valves use the same method to assign left and right as Thermo does so a DGX Premium typical standalone valve is right-handed. However, because of the possibility of confusion we prefer to use the terms Typical and Uncommon to indicate the side of the handwheel. Currently we don't offer regulators that have an uncommon orientation.

The uncommon orientations can be very useful for hose routing in stage and sidemount applications, where divers wear cylinders clipped to their side rather than their back. However, sometimes uncommon orientations can be more than just confusing. While both right- and left-hand valves always close and open using the "righty-tighty, lefty-loosey" rule, this can cause problems when modular valves are mounted on single tanks. Well-meaning individuals who fail to notice a valve with the handwheel on the uncommon side and reach to check "air is on" might actually close a valve believing they are doing the diver a favor of opening it. Second stages with uncommon hose orientations have been known to be inserted in the mouth 'upside down', which can cause them to breath very wet or dislodge the mask. To prevent this from happening, it's a good idea to call uncommon configurations to the attention of divemasters and buddies.

Be aware the terms 'right' and 'left' can be confusing and even misleading if the perspective is unclear.