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In the Spotlight: Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC Regulator Review

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Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC Regulator Overall Review

After diving deep into testing and gathering insights from experts and fellow divers, we’ve got the inside scoop. Here’s what we think in a nutshell. Continue scrolling to read the rest of the review.



Do we recommend this regulator? Yes



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Cressi, an Italian manufacturer renowned for its high-quality scuba diving equipment, is a name that rings synonymous with trust and performance in the diving world. Our focus today is on one of their flagship products – the Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC Regulator. This unit aims to blend durability, performance, and ease of use into a compact and lightweight design.

Purchasing any scuba gear, especially regulators, from an authorized dealer is essential. Not only for the sake of warranties and aftersales service but because such equipment requires expert setup and testing before first use. Only professionals can ensure your regulator is configured optimally and safely for your diving needs.

Overview of the Regulator

The Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC Regulator is a robust yet compact piece of equipment designed to offer reliable air delivery under various conditions. Engineered for comfort and smooth breathing, it is geared towards both beginners and seasoned recreational divers.

Spec Breakdowns & Features


Specs & FeaturesDetails
ValveDIN or yoke
First stageBalanced Diaphragm
Second stageDownstream Demand Valve
PortsTwo high-pressure, four low-pressure
Max working pressure300 bar/4350 psi (DIN); 232 bar/3365 psi (yoke)
Weight33.3 oz/943g (yoke)

Testing Experience

Upon testing the Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC in various water temperatures and at different depths, it outperformed expectations. It delivered consistent and smooth airflow, even at deeper depths and colder temperatures. The pneumatically balanced second stage ensured comfortable breathing, regardless of changes in cylinder pressure.

Testing ConditionsBreathability Rating
Warm water (20m depth)8/10
Cold water (30m depth)7/10
Deep water (40m depth)7/10

Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC Regulator Review - 1st and 2nd StageMaintenance Requirements

Like any scuba regulator, the Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC requires regular maintenance for optimal performance and longevity. It is recommended to have your regulator serviced annually unless Cressi specifies otherwise. Regular servicing ensures safe and consistent performance, providing peace of mind during dives.

What Others Are Saying

“Reliability and comfort in one package,” says seasoned diver Janet Richardson. “The air delivery is smooth, and the unit doesn’t weigh much, which is a big plus on long dives.”

However, beginner diver Sam Morgan noted, “The XS Compact Pro MC9 SC is an excellent unit, but as a newcomer to diving, the price point felt a bit steep.”

Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC Regulator Review - 2nd Stage Angleed View

Price vs. Quality

Although priced slightly higher than some entry-level regulators, the quality and performance of the Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC make it a good value purchase. Its robust design, reliable performance, and ease of maintenance offer real value for recreational divers looking for a unit that will serve them well in the long term.

Do We Recommend?

From an expert’s perspective, the Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC is an excellent regulator for recreational divers. Its unique blend of performance, durability, and comfort makes it suitable for divers of various skill levels.


The Cressi XS Compact Pro MC9 SC Regulator impresses with its robust construction, reliable performance, and high comfort level. While the price may seem high for beginners, the quality and longevity of the unit justify the investment. We recommend this regulator for recreational divers seeking a product that can grow with their experience. Always remember to purchase from authorized dealers to ensure optimal setup, testing, and after-sales service. Dive safe!

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