GearNews - Scubapro Nova Scotia Semi-Dry Suit

29 January 2015

Waterproof D7 Pro suit Scubapro says that its latest Nova Scotia semi-dry suit combines the snug fit of a wetsuit with sealing elements found on drysuits, acting to minimise the heat loss through water exchange that’s inevitable with most wetsuits more...

GearNews - Waterproof D7 Pro ISS Drysuit

25 January 2015

Scubapro Nova Scotia suit Swedish coldwater dive-gear specialist Waterproof has upgraded its popular D7 Pro trilaminate drysuit with its Integrated Silicon Seal (ISS) system. more...

GearNews - Mares Smart Computer

22 January 2015

Mares Smart computer Italian manufacturer Mares has launched its latest dive computer. more...

GearNews - Dive-Logs Logbook Binder & Inserts

12 January 2015

UK based Dive-Logs has introduced a range of logbook components enabling users to design their own customised system. more...

GearNews - Bite-Back 2015 Calendar

8 January 2015

Thirteen of the world’s finest underwater photographers have been united in support of conservation group Bite-Back and its goal to make Britain the first country in the world to ban shark fin soup. more...

GearNews - Santi Ladies First Drysuit

5 January 2015

The Ladies First is a suit built by Santi Diving of Poland, which says that the cut is designed “considering the silhouette differences and elegant details that enhance the feminine look”. more...

GearNews - Intova Edge X Camera

1 January 2015

Underwater-action camera-maker Intova has launched its latest model, the Edge X, a point of view (POV) camera with a depth-rating of 60m. more...

GearNews - Zeagle Express Tech BC

29 December 2014

The latest travel wing from USA-based Zeagle weighs in at just 2.35kg and features a horseshoe-shaped bladder. more...

GearNews - Mares Fusion 52X Regulator

25 December 2014

Italian gear manufacturer Mares says that its new Fusion 52X model represents a radical departure from its existing regulators.

GearNews - Exposure Marine SUB M3 Mk2 ‘TAP’ Torch

22 December 2014

This unit is a smaller and brighter (1800 lumens) evolution of the motion-controlled M3. The addition of three power modes provides more versatility, says Exposure Marine. more...

GearNews - Atomic Aquatics Frameless 2 Mask

18 December 2014

Atomic’s latest evolution of its Frameless Mask combines two grades of silicone moulded together to create what is claimed to be “the most comfortable mask in the water“. more...

GearNews - Beet It Sport Pro Elite Shots & Bars

15 December 2014

Could beetroot juice boost your diving performance? Beet It claims that research has identified that its naturally high dietary nitrate content interacts with enzymes in saliva to generate nitric oxide (NO) in the blood system. more...

GearNews - SeaFocus 2015 Calendar

11 December 2014

The latest calendar to be produced by underwater photo-journalists Beth & Shaun Tierney features their underwater images from destinations around the world including Palau, Indonesia and the Caribbean. more...

GearNews - SubGear Steel Comp Mask

8 December 2014

SubGear calls the Steel Comp “the ultimate freediving mask”. Its frameless double-lens design concept allows the mask to compress as water pressure increases.

GearNews - Scubapro Luggage

4 December 2014

The latest range of bags from Scubapro is stated to have been developed by divers for divers using high-quality materials. 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 £106. This month we are asking: Do you ever take shellfish etc for the pot while diving? Answer yes or no, and feel free to comment.

BC Apeks Black Ice

Appeared in DIVER January 2015

Apeks Black Ice BC An interesting new BC for ‘advanced’ divers

Lights Exposure Marine XS100

Appeared in DIVER January 2015

The XS100 light range LIGHTING YOUR WAY in the dark has become very hi-tec in recent years, with LED and battery technology evolving to give high outputs and long durations. Variants in all shapes and sizes are available for the diving community, but none seem to be as compact as Exposure Marine’s range of XS100 lights.
The West Sussex outfit that brought us the first “motion-controlled” underwater torch sent me a set to put through their paces for DIVER Tests.

Base Layer Fourth Element J2

Appeared in DIVER January 2015

The J2 worn as a base layer next to the skin wicks moisture away. IN THE LATE SPRING of 2013, the US Deep Caving Team set up an expedition to the Cheve Caves in Mexico, their objective to explore the remote J2 system, a vast and complex underground labyrinth, and to go beyond the limits reached on earlier expeditions.
On previous visits the team had suffered from horrendous skin infections as a result of wearing the same undergarments 24 hours a day for 20 days.
Team-member Phil Short reached out to Cornwall-based Fourth Element for help, and its response was to create a hi-tec base layer suited to the task. It sent me a J2 set to try out.

Regulator Apeks Black Sapphire 40th Anniversary

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

The Black Sapphire under water Every now and then, something really special arrives at the diver Test Centre. Recently I was sent a limited-edition regulator from those UK-based dive gear whiz-kids at Apeks to mark their 40th anniversary. more...

Light Ikelite Vega Video & Photo Lamp

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

The Vega being used as a hand-held torch Underwater photographers often find situations in which bright-light conditions conspire to make getting a sharp image a challenge. Those of us who like to shoot into the sun, giving some bright negative space to the final image, will know exactly what I’m talking about.
The problem is that big, super-bright white ball sitting nicely behind the subject, which leaves the front in total shadow. To get the shot correctly exposed, we need to stop down the aperture, and this leaves very little light entering the camera.
The focus system will invariably struggle to find any contrast onto which to lock.
The best solution is to bathe the shadowed subject in artificial light, so that the camera’s focus sensors can detect features such as eyes, and enable the targeting system to lock on.

BC Zeagle Zena

Appeared in DIVER December 2014

Zeagle Zena BC in Grape colour Forward-thinking US dive-gear manufacturer Zeagle released its Zena BC model, specifically designed “by women, for women”, in 2007. It proved popular among the UK’s female-diver population, and an updated version was recently released.
The same guys who brought the Atomic range of regulators to our shores are now distributing the new Zena and they sent me one to test, obviously not realising that my hips were slimmer than my belly and I was in fact a guy who was wrongly shaped for diving with this product.

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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