GearNews - Apeks WSX-25 Sidemount Harness System

27 July 2015

The new WSX-25 comes complete with bladder, harness and crotch-strap, D-rings, bungee and accessory butt-pack. The bladder is constructed from Armoguard, a material said to be 10 times more abrasion-resistant than 1000-denier nylon and normally found in public-safety diving and military products.

GearNews - Scubapro Seawing Nova Fins

23 July 2015

Scubapro has released "the next generation" of its popular Seawing Nova fins, boasting a new soft, co-moulded, anti-slip pad for improved grip, along with a longer foot-pocket.

GearNews - Sharkskin Covert wetsuit

20 July 2015

Australian performance gear-maker Sharkskin has come up with a one-piece, back-zipped suit with "HECS StealthScreen technology" and, it says, Chillproof "micro fleece" material for extra warmth. more...

GearNews - Fourth Element Xenos Wetsuits

16 July 2015

The latest addition to Fourth Element's divewear range, Xenos suits feature three models in gender-specific styles. more...

GearNews - Bigblue TL 4000P Dive Light

13 July 2015

The TL 4000P is new to the Bigblue range of dive-lights. more...

GearNews - Christopher Ward C60 Trident GMT 600 Watch

9 July 2015

The latest diver’s watch range from Christopher Ward London includes the C60 Trident GMT 600.

GearNews - Hollis DX300x Drysuit

6 July 2015

Hollis says that its new DX300x front-entry tri-laminate drysuit has been developed and tested in partnership with leading technical divers. more...

GearNews - Aqua Lung Core Supreme Regulator

2 July 2015

Aqua Lung’s latest regulator, the Core Supreme, is a balanced coldwater design that’s claimed to be resistant to freezing in waters colder than 10°C. more...

GearNews - Scubapro MK25 & MK2 EVO First Stages with XTIS

29 June 2015

The new Extended Thermal Insulating System XTIS is, according to Scubapro, set to usher in a new era of coldwater protection for the dive industry.

GearNews - Nauticam ND7200 Housing

25 June 2015

Nauticam has launched an aluminium housing for the Nikon D7200 DSLR camera more...

GearNews - Bare Sport S-Flex Full 5mm Wetsuit

22 June 2015

Bare says that its new S-Flex wetsuit range has been developed from a proprietary blend of neoprene that generates extreme levels of stretch for easy donning and doffing, and has a “buttery soft” exterior finish. more...

GearNews - Apeks Tec Shorts

18 June 2015

Latest additions to the Apeks range of divewear are these neoprene Tech Shorts, designed to add additional pockets for storing slates, spools, torches or ancillary camera equipment. more...

GearNews - Light and Motion SideKick GoPro Light

15 June 2015

US-based Light and Motion says its compact Sidekick light is designed to close the gap between professional underwater shooters and the ever-growing population of entry-level GoPro users.

GearNews - TUSA RD-2 Roller Duffle & BA-0102 Daypack Bags

11 June 2015

The RD-2, TUSA’s latest roller duffle-bag, has large compartments, heavy-duty wheels, a telescopic handle and is fitted with compression straps and a latticed bungee on the top of the main compartment. more...

GearNews - Seac DX200 ICE Regulator

8 June 2015

Devon-based Sea and Sea is now the UK distributor of Seac dive kit, and its latest offering, the DX200 ICE, is an environmentally sealed regulator that meets the CE EN250:2000 coldwater rating.

Drysuit O’Three Custom Ri 2-100 & MSF 2-500 Hybrid F/E

Appeared in DIVER July 2015

I KNOW I’M AN ODD SHAPE; my body profile is classed as “compact”, which actually means short and chubby. Consequently I have a constant fight to find clothes that fit straight off the peg, invariably need to have new trousers shortened, and when I actually find a shirt or jacket that fits my chest I have to roll the sleeves up to avoid tripping over them. more...

Camera Canon Powershot G7X & Fantasea Line Housing System

Appeared in DIVER July 2015

As the camera-technology juggernaut moves on quickly and relentlessly, today’s cameras seem to become yesterday’s models as soon as tomorrow arrives.
Some of these new versions are less suitable than others for use under water, because having to scroll through a camera’s menus to change settings as opposed to quickly turning a dial or pressing a button can be very limiting, especially when shooting under the waves.
Imaging-equipment giant Canon has produced some compact cameras that are supremely suited to underwater photography, the S120 I reviewed in June last year being an excellent example.
Its latest, the G7X, has a similar control layout to the S120 but with a bigger sensor offering more resolution, and it is turning a few heads in the underwater shooter community.
I asked US-based Fantasea Line to send me one along with its latest FG7X underwater housing and accessories to try out.

BC Seac Pro 2000 HD

Appeared in DIVER July 2015

JUST AFTER ITS LAUNCH AT THE START of the noughties, the Seac Pro 2000 heralded a new era for the Italian dive-gear maker.
Its second version was the HD model reviewed in DIVER in 2013. I had a few dives with it not long afterwards and was impressed by its hybrid bladder design.
The third generation of this popular BC incorporates the maker’s new Frame to Back Evolution System, bringing it bang up to date with modern demands for comfortable buoyancy compensators. UK distributor Sea and Sea sent me one to play with.

Mask Scubapro Synergy2

Appeared in DIVER June 2015

LAST MONTH I CONDUCTED A GROUP TEST of masks, comparing the field of view using a wall-mounted matrix (Vision Variability, May). With 22 models to play with, I thought I’d seen everything mask-designers could throw at me, but Scubapro has surprised me with its latest offering – the Synergy2 Trufit.

DSMB APD Black Bi-Colour

Appeared in DIVER June 2015

BEING SEEN AT THE SURFACE is one of the most important factors in diver safety. Indeed, ascending away from a shotline can be a hazardous affair, especially in UK waters. The attendant dive-boat skippers need to see where all of their divers are from their ascent phase to pick-up.
There is no easier solution than the humble delayed surface marker buoy (DSMB). Colour is the crucial factor. Surface conditions can change from minute to minute, and sea water reflecting a changing sky can make the surface appear white, grey, green, blue or even black.
Extensive research has established that orange is the best colour to be easily spotted against a dark surface, while black stands out on a white or grey surface.
Cornwall-based Ambient Pressure Diving has listened to my pleas for a perfect solution and has now produced its popular DSMB range in a black bi-colour scheme.

Thermal Undersuit Fourth Element Arctic Expedition

Appeared in DIVER June 2015

BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS the sun could be splitting the skies, and you’re more than likely wearing shorts and a T-shirt and looking for some shade to gain respite from an early summer heatwave. The last thing you’ll be thinking about is a thick thermal undersuit.
Unless, that is, you froze your bits off under water during the winter months or you have a dive trip planned to colder climes.
If the latter’s the case, Fourth Element has released its latest hi-tec thermal gear, aptly named the Arctic Expedition. I dived with it throughout the late winter.

My favourite kit - James Brickell

Appeared in DIVER May 2015

JAMES BRICKELL is a leading TV wildlife film-maker at the BBC Natural History Unit, where he heads the dive team. He has won two BAFTAs, for Life In Cold Blood, the series made with Sir David Attenborough, and the children’s favourite Deadly 60. In 2012 he was Series Producer of Great Barrier Reef and recently for BBC1’s The Great British Year

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...

Vision variability

Appeared in DIVER May 2015

Divers require a lot of things from the humble mask, but a decent view shouldn’t be too much to ask for – should it?
Stand by for an eye-opener as NIGEL WADE compares 22 fields of view – the results are there for all to see

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.
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