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COMPUTER SCUBAPRO G2

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
The G2 is successor to the ground-breaking Galileo computer. Can it possibly be as intuitive as Scubapro claims? Mike Ward sets out to dive it without benefit of manual
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DRYSUIT BARE AQUATREK

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
MY REGULAR POST-LADY HANDED OVER THE BOX, telling me that it was too light to be diving equipment, and as soon as I took it from her I knew exactly what she meant.
We were both wrong. Inside the box was a bag, and inside the bag was a BARE Aquatrek drysuit. At just under 2.6kg, not including the direct-feed hose, the Aquatrek doesn’t weigh much more than a 5mm wetsuit. Not surprisingly, BARE has the travelling diver firmly front of mind for the Aquatrek, hence the name.
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FINS Beuchat Aquabionic

Appeared in DIVER September 2017
FINS EXIST TO TRANSLATE your muscle power into forward motion as efficiently as possible, but in a marketplace crammed with different styles and designs any new product needs to have immediate impact if it’s to get a second look from prospective purchasers.
Beuchat sent me a pair of its new Aquabionics to try, and these fins certainly stand out
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WETSUIT WATERPROOF W50 5mm

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
IT'S BEEN SOME TIME SINCE ANYONE described my rear as pert or cute, until I put on the new W50. I'll admit that it was my other half who made the remark, and while I'd like to claim that wolf-whistles and indecent proposals followed me everywhere I wore the suit, they didn't. I did get a lot of comments on how good it looked, however. Which was nice.
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FINS TUSA HyFlex Switch

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
DIVE ONE, I SLID MY FEET into the foot-pockets of the TUSA HyFlex Switch fins I'd been sent to test, pulled the straps up over my heels, dropped into the water and didn't even think about the fins until I was back topside and drinking my tea - and that's just how it ought to be.
I know you should have to read to the end of the review before you get to the conclusion, but I'll tell you now that these are decent fins.
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WETSUIT BEUCHAT X-Trem Semi-Dry

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
THERE’S NOTHING LIKE MAKING a good first impression, and from the moment I got my mitts on the Beuchat X-trem Semi-dry I was impressed. It looked and felt the business.
Heavyweight 6.5mm neoprene, neoprene neck-seal, internal wrist- and ankle-seals, T-zip across the top of the chest, good build quality and all black – if this suit were a movie actor, it would be Jason Statham.
Gets the job done, my son, and none too subtle about it. What-s not to like?
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Rash vest Sharkskin Technical

Appeared in DIVER August 2017
THERE COMES A TIME in every diver's life when you have to kick back and admit that you’re not really warm as toast, unless it's toast that was made yesterday and stored in the freezer against some future desire for toast that strikes when you have no bread and no toaster.
It happens a lot on Red Sea liveaboards in winter, when people tend to point and laugh on day one when they see that I'm wearing a drysuit. Give it time, and four dives a day will combine with the wind-chill to wipe the smiles off their faces.
Thing is, when you're cold you tend to think more about your shivering limbs than the beauty of the underwater world, and will be more or less secretly relieved when you can get out of the water.
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LIGHT Bigblue TL 3100P Supreme

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
THESE PAGES HAVE BEEN FESTOONED with dive-torches recently, and for good reason; there are so many new hi-tec LED lights delivering outlandish lumens with unheard-of run-times around that buyers can easily become confused.
My role is to help readers to see the wood for the trees by evaluating contenders. This month I've picked a dive-light from the Bigblue line-up called the TL3100P Supreme, which boasts potentially impressive outputs.
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REGULATOR Mares Loop 15X

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
Sometimes a good idea falls by the wayside because it's ahead of its time. The ambidextrous regulator is now back, and NIGELWADE reckons it could be set for its day in the sun

MASK Aqua Lung Reveal X1

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
ANOTHER MONTH, ANOTHER MASK - this one a single-lens design. It carries the Reveal X1 designation and it was adorning my craggy old fizzog for some late-winter UK diving.

COMPUTER Suunto D6i Novo Zulu

Appeared in DIVER May 2017
GONE ARE THE DAYS when we calculated our dives using US Navy tables, run-times and slates. The modern diver relies almost exclusively on micro-processors and ingenious software to calcula...

DIVE LIGHT OrcaTorch D620 Canister Light

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
NOT TOO MANY YEARS AGO, I purchased a German state-of-the-art umbilical dive torch.
It featured a high-intensity gas discharge tube (HID), delivering what was claimed at the time to b...

REGULATOR APEKS MTX-R

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
IT HAD BEEN A REALLY COLD WINTER, the grey sky producing sustained snow, but the air temperature had risen a few degrees over the past week, causing the thick ice covering the surface at ...

WETSUIT Fourth Element Proteus II 3mm

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
EXPOSURE SUITS AREN'T ALL ABOUT KEEPING WARM; they protect wearers' skin from the harmful UV radiation emitted by the sun when at the surface, and also provide excellent protection from u...

MASK SEAC Italia

Appeared in DIVER April 2017
I'VE BEEN TRAWLING THROUGH SOME recent test pages, and realised that I haven't included a mask since the December issue! So my apologies to regular readers who might have been shadowing m...

COMPUTER Aqua Lung i750TC

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
MODERN DIVE-COMPUTERS employ cutting-edge software to deliver crucial information to the user before, during and after the dive.
Some models can also supply non-essential information ...

PERSONAL LOCATOR DEVICE NAUTILUS LIFELINE Marine Rescue GPS

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
HAVE YOU SEEN OPEN WATER? It's a chilling film about two scuba-divers lost at sea after becoming separated from their dive-boat, designed to get divers' hearts racing as they witness the ...

Regulator Zeagle Onyx II

Appeared in DIVER March 2017
IT'S TIME FOR ANOTHER REGULATOR TEST, this time in the warm Caribbean waters of the Grenadines. You may be thinking that it's not the ideal place for testing a regulator with coldwater ca...

Drygloves KUBI SYSTEM

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
HOWEVER COLD THE WINTER, it doesn't necessarily mean that we have to pack our dive-gear away and wait for spring sunshine or a tropical holiday before it sees the light of day again.
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VIDEO LIGHT EXPOSURE MARINE Action 100

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
WE'VE NEVER BEEN MORE SPOILED FOR CHOICE - or more confused – when looking to purchase, upgrade or replace a dive-light. The lighting technology juggernaut seems to be unstoppable, with...