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...

GearNews - Breitling Superocean Chronograph Steelfish Watch

28 July 2014

This new diver’s watch from Swiss watchmaker Breitling boasts the company’s Caliber 13 self-winding mechanical movement with a 1/4-second, 30-minute, 12-hour chronograph. more...

GearNews - Scubapro Chromis Dive Computer

24 July 2014

This wrist-mounted, watch-style dive computer from Scubapro features easy-to-read katana-sharp display graphics and Apnea, Gauge and Dive modes with nitrox settings from 21 to 100%.

GearNews - BigBlue VTL 2500 Video Lamp

21 July 2014

New on the market from BigBlue, this 2500 lumen 9x LED wide-beam video light features dual spot and flood beams with the addition of a built-in red colour mode. more...

GearNews - Tusa Freedom HD Mask

17 July 2014

The M-1001 Freedom HD mask is the latest design to evolve from Tusa’s Freedom Technology. It’s a single-lens item with a wide field of vision. 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...

Dive-bag Stahlsac Curacao Clipper

Appeared in DIVER July 2014

It’s always nice to find that some manufacturers do take note of what I’ve written about their products in these pages. A case in point was my February review of the Stahlsac Caicos cargo pack.
The tarpaulin material was as tough as nails, and breezed through the baggage-handlers’ torture chamber without so much as a bruise, but it was on the heavy side.

Filtration System Water To Go

Appeared in DIVER July 2014

Water to Go filtration system in a bottle. I cautiously sipped river water from the bottle as I walked the thin line between thorough testing and total insanity. more...

Mask Scubapro Synergy Twin Trufit

Appeared in DIVER June 2014

Reflective Wade - the Trufit skirt is close to a universal fit I’ve tested a few masks lately. Some offer real advantages to the user – masks with prescription ophthalmic inserts and masks with special glass lenses that give the brightest, clearest view into the underwater world.
These specialist masks are of little or no use if they don’t fit the intended wearer’s face. Everyone’s face is different.
Some, like mine, are wrinkly with a large nose; most people’s faces are smooth-skinned with an average-sized proboscis; some are long and thin; others wide and rotund.
This limits mask choice, because the most important factor is a good fit and should be your priority, rather than style, colour or special features.

BC Cressi Air Travel 2.0

Appeared in DIVER June 2014

A lot has been written about lightweight dive gear for the travelling diver, and rightly so. Those frugal airline allowances are sometimes ridiculously policed.
On a recent trip to Egypt flying with Easyjet, I had pre-paid for an extra 3kg of hold baggage, bringing my total to a still-meagre 23kg.
At the check-in I was told in no uncertain terms that I was one kilo over my 20kg allowed, and that it would cost me an extra £10.
I then produced my ticket and the details of my extra 3kg allowance and demanded a £20 refund for the two kilos I hadn’t used. Needless to say, they didn’t pay up.
It’s generally wise to pack gear that isn’t built like a tank and weighs a lot less than the kit you would normally use off the UK coast. A BC represents quite a chunk towards the total weight of dive gear, and should be the starting point in weight reduction.
There are a few forward-thinking manufacturers who have seen the need for lighter travel gear, and over the past few years they have produced some excellent products to help you negotiate the airport check-in tightrope painlessly.

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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