Gear News - Subgear Rash Guards

29 September 2014

Subgear has added a range of rash-guards to its expanding inventory. Made from “technically advanced” materials, they are said to have been tested to the new European EU EV-standard 801. Said to provide UV sun protection while snorkelling or swimming, the rash-guards can also be used under wetsuits to provide additional insulation.

Gear News - Scubapro X-Tek Sidemount System

25 September 2014

Scubapro has released its new system for sidemount diving. The X-Tek is a modular design with individual components featuring 12- or 20-litre capacity wings with Scubapro’s newly designed power inflator.

Gear News - HDS Kevlar Gloves

22 September 2014

British drysuit manufacturer Hammond Drysuits has added HDS Kevlar Gloves to its protective-equipment range. They feature heavy-duty Kevlar protection across the palm and fingers, together with a high gauntlet and Velcro wrist-adjuster. more...

GearNews - Oceanic Neoprene Mask Strap

18 September 2014

Oceanic has a new strap for its Ion series of masks. The silicon strap section with adjustment buckle (which replaces the Oceanic mask's generic version) is attached to a neoprene pad, screen-printed with the manufacturer's "Tribal" hammerhead shark livery. more...

GearNews - SeaLife Sea Dragon System

11 September 2014

Oceanic has a new strap for its Ion series of masks. The silicon strap section with adjustment buckle (which replaces the Oceanic mask's generic version) is attached to a neoprene pad, screen-printed with the manufacturer's "Tribal" hammerhead shark livery. more...

GearNews - Aeris A300 CS OLED Computer

8 September 2014

The A300 CS organic light-emitting diode wrist-mounted dive computer has a twin algorithm and a high-contrast, bright colour display and Bluetooth connectivity. more...

GearNews - Subgear Luggage

1 September 2014

Johnsons Outdoor subsidiary Subgear has added a range of luggage to its portfolio, and this includes the XP Pack Duo, a wheeled bag with an extendable handle, a large capacity (140 litres) and a weight of 4.3kg, costing £139. more...

GearNews - Subgear Element 3 Wetsuit

1 September 2014

Intended for female divers with its stylish wave design and shaped fit, this 3mm wetsuit is made from stretchy neoprene and has a diagonal back zip and zipped wrist and ankles. more...

GearNews - Tusa Liberator Sigma II BC

28 August 2014

The latest BC from TUSA is a heavy-duty, wrap-around jacket using its Advanced Weight Loading System and Ultimate Stabilising Harness which, the maker claims, ensures security and stability. more...

GearNews - Tough Hook Gear Hanger

25 August 2014

The Tough Hook is designed to carry heavy loads up to 68kg without bending or breaking, and the maker claims to have had staff doing pull-ups on this hanger without any breakages. more...

GearNews - Liquivision Lynx AI Computer - U2 Package

21 August 2014

The Liquivision Lynx Air & Nitrox Integrated OLED Dive Computer package is now available with the new U2 marine-grade aluminium-bodied transmitter. This sends cylinder pressure data not only to your Lynx computer but also to your buddy's (if registered). It also sends location data to each registered Lynx, allowing divers to find each other if they become separated. more...

GearNews - Oceanic Omega 3 FDXI Regulator

11 August 2014

The Omega 3 is a side-exhaust regulator featuring what Oceanic says is the latest in technology and design. more...

GearNews - Swimseal Ear Drops

7 August 2014

Originating in South Africa, SwimSeal is said to have been developed by ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialists as a self-administered treatment designed to prevent water from being trapped in the ears.

GearNews - Marine Conservation Society Apparel

4 August 2014

The MCS has teamed up with eco-fashion label Rapanui to design a range of marine-themed T-shirts and sweatshirts. more...

GearNews - Fujifilm XQ1 Camera & WP-XQ1 Housing

31 July 2014

The XQ1 is a pocket-sized compact camera from Fujifilm, the many features of which include a 12MP CMOS sensor, a customisable control ring that allows the camera settings to be changed without having to dip in and out of the menu. more...

Regulator Scubapro MK21 / G260

Appeared in DIVER September 2014

Scubapro MK21 with G260 second stage Gear giant Scubapro has mixed and matched its regulator products for as long as I can remember. The first stage, being the workhorse of any set, generally has the most influence on performance, so I was excited when Scubapro sent me its latest model, the MK21, along with its well-established G260 second stage.
Keen to see how this combination would perform, I dragged it across the Atlantic for a field test.

Boots Typhoon P5 Wrap

Appeared in DIVER September 2014

Typhoon P5 Wrap boots I’VE OWNED AND EVENTUALLY DESTROYED numerous pairs of dive-boots over the years. Some were very comfortable, some made me hobble, some were warm and some made my toes turn blue.

Fins Cressi Reaction

Appeared in DIVER September 2014

Cressi Reaction fins at Key Largo In our recent group comparison test of fins I had intended to include examples from Cressi but, alas, they were delivered too late to be included (check out the others in Kickin’ Back The Power, June). more...

Computer Subgear XP-3G

Appeared in DIVER September 2014

The computer in its supplied wrist-mount WHAT DO YOU REQUIRE IN A DIVE COMPUTER? Do you need it to guide you safely through multiple daily dives, giving information about what it perceives are conservative times, depths, ascent rates and surface intervals? more...

Light Bersub Variled 6x2

Appeared in DIVER July 2014

Six LEDs and two power settings give the Variled 6x2 its name French engineering company Bersub has been making lights for divers since 1988, and with the advent of LED technology it’s gone with the flow and incorporated this high-output medium into its products.
Sea & Sea has recently taken on the UK distribution of Bersub lights and sent me the latest rendition of Bersub’s original model, the Variled 6x2 lamp, to put on the diver test track.

Regulator Subgear SG-50

Appeared in DIVER July 2014

Subgear SG-50 regulator first and second stages Subgear is part of Johnson Outdoors, which also owns dive-gear giant Scubapro. It has produced an impressive line-up of its own, which includes a range of regulators new to the UK market. more...

My favourite kit – Saeed Rashid

Appeared in DIVER May 2014

Saeed Rashid How many Dive Show visitors have taken advice from SAEED RASHID on underwater photography and post-production techniques over the years? Saeed co-ordinates the PhotoZone presentations at the Shows, and at other times can be found teaching print design at Bournemouth University. He learned to dive while on holiday
in Australia and started taking underwater pictures in 1998. Saeed dives in the UK with Bournemouth & Poole Diving Club, and also runs popular underwater photography workshops in the Red Sea and Maldives with blueotwo.

It’s the thought that counts

Appeared in DIVER December 2013

Alex Mustard tries out the latest diving innovation from the Netherlands – clogfins It’s the season for giving, but how do you come up with a gift for the underwater photographer who has everything? If you’re Dutch, the answer is obvious – clogfins! PETER DE MAAGT was the considerate giver. Main picture by JARRET BROWN more...

My favourite kit – Andy Torbet

Appeared in DIVER July 2013

Andy Torbet Scots man of action ANDY TORBET started diving at 12. He is a cave-, mixed-gas and rebreather diver and freediver and a military and commercial diver and supervisor. He gained a degree in zoology before spending 10 years in the Forces as a paratrooper, diver and bomb disposal officer, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and the Falklands. Andy is also a mountaineering
instructor, caver, sea-kayaker and extreme sportsman. Recent TV projects included Operation Iceberg and Coast and he is currently filming with Monty Halls

My favourite kit – Alex Mustard

Appeared in DIVER May 2013

Alex Mustard It’s all about saving weight on diving equipment for internationally renowned underwater photographer ALEX MUSTARD – because that means he can take more camera gear on his travels. And he travels a lot. Trained as a marine biologist, he worked in that field but became a full-time professional underwater photographer and author nine years ago. He has won many awards, including multiple wins in the two most prestigious competitions for underwater photographers: the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and France’s World Festival of Underwater Photography. His first photo book The Art Of Diving, a collaboration with Nick Hanna, was followed by Reefs Revealed in 2007 and he is of course a regular contributor to DIVER with his popular Be The Champ! series

My favourite kit – Doug Allan

Preparing to dive in typically challenging Arctic conditions Described by Sir David Attenborough as “the toughest in the business”, wildlife cameraman DOUG ALLAN was born in 1951 in Dunfermline, and started diving in 1968 before studying marine biology at Stirling. He worked as a pearl diver, diving instructor, commercial diver and biologist in the Red Sea, then made his first trip to Antarctica in 1976 as diving officer on a British research station. He spent five winters and eight summers down south before in 1986 becoming a full-time freelance photographer and documentary film-maker, specialising in polar wildlife. Doug has been involved with more than 60 films and TV series and has made more than 50 trips to the poles for series such as Planet Earth, The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. Awards include four Emmys and five BAFTAs, and he has twice won the underwater category in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year. He has three Honorary Doctorates in recognition of his work, as well as the Polar Medal and bar. more...

My favourite kit - Michael Aw

Michael Aw Michael Aw is one of the world’s most influential wildlife photographers – and over 27 years his images have earned him more than 60 awards.

He has won five Palme D’Ors at the World Festival of Underwater Pictures, and last year was a judge for the prestigious BBC Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, in which he has himself won three awards. He has produced many books and his conservation work, particularly campaigning against shark-finning, has been widely recognised. Recently he has been project director of the Elysium Epic imagery expedition, in which 57 of the world’s leading image-makers and scientists retraced Shackleton’s Trans-Antarctic Expedition to document the flora and fauna of the region. Michael is based in Australia.

KICKIN’ Back the Power

Appeared in DIVER June 2014

Fourteen pairs of fins are in the spotlight, and what NIGEL WADE wants to find out is how much pushing power you get for your not-inconsiderable spend.

Stand by for a shock conclusion!

Big Boots to Fill

Appeared in DIVER January 2014

Have you opted for any old dive-boots in the past? NIGEL WADE’s test of 17 pairs of the latest, ranging from £16 to £90, shows how you can add a spring to your step more...

Deep Oceans 12

Appeared in DIVER May 2013

Take 12 of the latest regulators to the Red Sea to compare and contrast their performance – who knows, it might just provide a short-cut when you're next ready to buy. NIGEL WADE reports, assisted by co-tester CATH BATES more...

Which computer watch?

Dive-computers you can wear all day, every day, are now a common badge of a diver, but choosing one is based on far more than wrist appeal. JOHN BANTIN assesses the market more...

Behind the mask

If you need a new mask, it’s often easiest to pick up whatever your local dive shop has on the rack. It might be even better to know exactly what you want – JOHN BANTIN assesses the current crop of divers’ eyewear.

BCs Fully Loaded

Comparing 11 ‘feature-rich’ jackets was the assignment for NIGEL WADE, but we asked him to compare them with each other, not with his own well-worn favourite! more...
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