GearNews - Apeks LifeLine Spools

28 May 2015

Inspired by technical diving, and versatile enough to be used in a range of diving applications, according to the maker, the new Apeks LifeLine spools feature easy-to-grip flared sides to improve deployment and winding. more...

GearNews - O’Three Hybrid Front-Entry Custom Drysuit

25 May 2015

The latest addition to the popular O’Three exposure-suit range is the Hybrid Front Entry custom drysuit.

GearNews - Pinnacle Inferno V-skin Fullsuit

21 May 2015

This new exposure-suit from US-based Pinnacle Aquatics is claimed to separate the thermal component out of the wetsuit so that it can be used in virtually any watersports activity.

GearNews - APD Dual Black DSMBs

18 May 2015

Ambient Pressure Diving says it has taken account of research findings into the best colours for diver-location devices before releasing two new delayed SMB models.

GearNews - Divesangha Après Dive Poncho

14 May 2015

UK dive apparel-maker Divesangha has released a “one-size-fits-all” poncho for after-dive privacy when changing.

GearNews - ACCressi Newton Computer

11 May 2015

Italian dive-gear maker Cressi has released its latest watch-sized dive computer. more...

GearNews - G-Drive ATC All-Terrain Portable Hard Drives

7 May 2015

G-Technology has added new “travel-tough” external data storage solutions to its line-up of external hard drives. Included is the G-Drive ev ATC model set inside an all-terrain case (ATC) with tethered Thunderbolt or USB 3.0 cables. more...

GearNews - Buddy Watcher Communication System

4 May 2015

The German-made Buddy Watcher diver-communication system employs ultrasound technology to establish direct contact between two divers. more...

GearNews - Bare X-Mission Tech Drysuit

30 April 2015

Bare’s X-Mission drysuit has been designed for technical diving. It’s built using a flexible 350g/sq m nylon RipStop trilaminate and weighs in at 3.4kg.

GearNews - Leak Insure GoStrips

27 April 2015

Leak Insure’s new Ultra Absorbent Strips for GoPro and other underwater cameras are said to contain fast-acting highly absorbent granules that can absorb 400 times their own weight in water.

GearNews - Sharkskin Performance Duffels

23 April 2015

Australian technical-apparel maker Sharkskin has released two new watertight roll-top bags.

GearNews - Fantasea G7X Camera Housing

9 April 2015

This housing for the latest Canon Powershot G7X compact camera is shock-resistant and has a depth rating of 60m. more...

GearNews - Big Blue AL-1000 XWP GoPro System

6 April 2015

Big Blue’s latest set-up for the GoPro camera system consists of a mounting tray, two double-ball clips, two YS-type ball-mounts and two Big Blue Al-1000 XWP video lights. more...

GearNews - Bristol Channel Diving Deco Dive Planning Decals

2 April 2015

Bristol Channel Diving Services has developed and released traffic-light colour-coded self-adhesive stickers designed to enable best practice in dive-planning for open-circuit technical divers. more...

GearNews - Northern Diver Voyager Luggage

30 March 2015

Expanding its Voyager range of diving luggage, Northern Diver has released the Voyager Maxi Quest bag. Featuring a clamshell design, it is constructed from heavy-duty Ripstop nylon and has two removable zipped and cushioned compartments offering a total capacity of 139 litres. more...
Win a Luxfer pony cylinder
Don't forget to cast your vote in DIVER Magazine's latest Big Question for the chance to win a Luxfer emergency pony cylinder worth £118. This month we are asking: Do you carry any signalling device in case you get separated from the dive-boat? Answer yes or no, and feel free to comment.

Heated Vest Ursuit FIR Deep Heat System

Appeared in DIVER May 2015

Keeping warm in a coldwater environment has become an extremely hi-tec business in recent years. Dive-kit manufacturers have been employing their R&D teams to find innovative ways of heating our bodies so that we can dive all year round, or get under water in frigid destinations that have been no-go areas in the past.
Battery-powered undergarments with heating wires have been the common solution – until, that is, the discovery of Far Infra Red (FIR) ray technology for divers. Finland- based Ursuit has incorporated this method of keeping warm into a vest, and I’ve been trying it out.

Bag ND Voyager Lightweight Holdall

Appeared in DIVER May 2015

THE QUEST TO FIND THE PERFECT LUGGAGE to carry my dive kit around the world has taken a new turn. In the past I wouldn’t have considered a bag that had wheels because of the extra weight involved eating into the paltry baggage allowances offered by airlines.
Last month I reported my experience at the airport in Barbados when transiting to another Caribbean destination. I was made to pay a porter US $10 to move a pair of holdalls 200m, whereas if my bags had sported wheels I would have moved them myself and been able to spend the money on beer instead.
Northern Diver has a new bag in its range called the Voyager Lightweight Holdall, and the word “Lightweight” grabbed my attention.
I asked the company for a sample and took it on a trip to New York to see how it fared.

Hood-Gloves Probe I-Dry

Appeared in DIVER May 2015

CAST YOUR MIND BACK TO YOUR LAST cold-weather dive outing. Do you remember that horrible feeling as you pulled a cold, wet hood over your head for a second dive and then struggled with that “grippy-when-wet” internal lining on your gloves as you struggled to get them on or off?

Australian-based Probe reckons it has a solution to such problems in its iDry fleece-lined wetsuits and accessories, which are now available in the UK. The diver test team put Probe’s hood and gloves through their paces.

Apparel Divesangha Hoodie & Microfibre Towel

Appeared in DIVER May 2015

Are you one of those divers who want your clothing to scream at the world: “I’m a diver and I’m proud”, wearing T-shirts sporting loud, in-your-face graphics, leaving no one in any doubt about your involvement in the sport?
Or do you prefer a more discreet approach, with understated clothing with stylish, subtle livery whispering your association with the dive community. If the latter, read on, because UK-based Divesangha has some new additions to its range of apparel and accessories.

Regulator Atomic Aquatics T3

Appeared in DIVER March 2015

REGULATORS THAT HAVE PASSED the stringent tests required to be awarded European approval and gain the CE mark all deliver gas in a similar way. I’ve found them to breathe smoothly, with the minimal cracking pressure required to open the valves allowing for resistance-free inhalation and exhalation.
Indeed, regulator performance is so good and similar across the varying brands and models nowadays that, to be honest, testing them had become a little boring.

BC APD Commando Escape Sub Three Zero

Appeared in DIVER April 2015

THE VAST MAJORITY OF BUOYANCY COMPENSATORS I have tested over the past 18 months have been wing styles, so it’s time to redress the balance by putting a traditional jacket-style BC through its paces.
Modelled on the “bullet-proof” Buddy Commando, it’s the latest version of Ambient Pressure Diving’s Commando Escape Sub Three Zero.

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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