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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 events leading up to the realisation of one of our worst nightmares.
It’s loosely based on the true story of Tom and Eileen Lonergan, who in 1998 went diving on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, and were accidentally left behind by the dive-boat when the crew failed to do an accurate headcount.
This type of incident isn't common, but it's not that unusual either. A quick Internet search reveals an alarming number of tales of divers adrift in big oceans, and I'm sure many other incidents are never reported.
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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 such as the current moon phase or weather forecast. But whatever the capabilities of a computer, without a clear and legible display the user is unlikely to be able to interpret the data quickly and efficiently.
A number of display options are available to makers, the latest being organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). The instrument I've had on test this month uses this technology in its display.
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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 capabilities, but hey, it's great fun for me as a tester, and infinitely more comfortable than freezing my bits off in UK winter waters.
This mid-range regulator comes from the US Zeagle stables and is the latest generation of its popular Onyx, the unshockingly named Onyx II.
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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.
We can still get wet and enjoy the advantages of coldwater diving, as long as we have the correct exposure protection.
Particularly vulnerable to frigid water temperatures are the hands. This month we share the results of a long-term test and a possible solution to the problem of freezing digits in the form of a dryglove system.
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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 outrageous outputs and run-times being promised for the next generation of units.
Most of the latest lighting equipment seems to originate in the Far East, so it was nice to see some home-grown lamps arrive at the DIVER Test centre in the form of Exposure Marine's latest range of compact Action underwater lights. I took the Action 100 model to put through its paces.
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BAG OVERBOARD Padded Camera Accessory BAG / 30l Dry Tube

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
TAKING TOPSIDE CAMERA GEAR onto the beach or onto small dive-boats has always been problematic for me. Sensitive imaging tools don’t take kindly to knocks or saltwater spray, and are definitely averse to total immersion when out of an underwater housing.
In the past I've used bubble-wrap and polythene Ziploc bags in a vain attempt to protect my expensive equipment, but have mostly erred on the side of caution and left it in my hotel room or at home.
Sports-bag maker Overboard has a padded camera case and a range of waterproof bags that could make this dilemma a thing of the past.
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BC SEAC Pro 2000

Appeared in DIVER February 2017
SEAC HAS NOW DEVELOPED THE FOURTH GENERATION of its flagship Pro 2000, the original version of which was launched last century, heralding a new era for the Italian dive-gear maker.
The second incarnation, the HD model, was reviewed in DIVER in 2013. I had a few dives with it not long afterwards, and was mightily impressed by its hybrid bladder design.
The third generation saw the light of day in DIVER Tests in July 2015 and to bring the set up to date I’ve been out and about with the latest rendition.
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KENT TOOLING REEL 50m Composite Ratchet Reel

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
I recently had the privilege of being a guest at one of London's most iconic structures, Tower Bridge. We went into the engine-rooms, with the enormous coal-fired, steam-driven motors that raise and lower the bridge, a testament to the engineering feats of a bygone age.
They showcase what could be achieved by casting iron and brass, then machining the metals to fine tolerances.
I mention this visit because a recent arrival at the DIVER test centre had me reminiscing about those long-gone Victorian engineers.
It's a ratchet-reel built from a combination of modern plastics and good old-fashioned stainless steel, using engineering of which I'm sure the Victorians would have approved.
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SPG APEKS TEK GAUGE

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
After a career spanning more than 30 years as a professional firefighter, I’m only too aware of how important it is to know how much gas is available to breathe from a cylinder.
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COMPUTER MARES Puck Pro+

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
I've tested several very complicated dive-computers over the past year. Most have been high-end, full-on technical mixed-gas contraptions capable of calculating decompression profiles for...

LUGGAGE Aqua lung Explorer duffel

Appeared in DIVER January 2017
At this time of year, some of us will be escaping the depressing UK winter and heading to tropical destinations with the promise of sun, crystal seas, spectacular reefs and perhaps a post...

BOOTS AQUA LUNG Superzip Ergo Elite 5mm

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
TRAWLING THROUGH THE PAST THREE YEARS of the tests we've carried out, I realised that in that time I can count on one hand, in fact two fingers, the number of pairs of wetsuit boots that ...

MASK ATOMIC SubFrame ARC

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
I'VE BEEN BUSTING TO GET MY HANDS ON this particular mask since we conducted our last group test (Vision Variability, May 2015).
I can recall making a mental note to get hold of it fo...

BC ZEAGLE HALO

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
I HAVEN'T HAD MY HANDS ON A JACKET-STYLE buoyancy compensator for what seems like ages. The last two BCs to pass through our test lab were metal back-plated technical wings, so I was deli...

FINS APEKS RK3

Appeared in DIVER December 2016
IN MY EXPERIENCE THERE ARE FIN DESIGNS that have stood the test of time and there are some hi-tec models that seem to arrive on the scene with a flurry of hype, only to fade into insignif...

DIVE-light Metalsub XRE510

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
I think my addictive nature has found a new genre of dive-gear on which to fixate - dive-torches. The marketplace seems to be flooded with them, so much so that choosing the right model f...

Regulator SEAC D-Synchro

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
It’s been brought to my attention that recent regulator tests have focused almost entirely on top-end models, some carrying eye-watering price tags.
So, in the interests of balance,...

KNIFE Aqua Lung Argonaut Blunt

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
THE WELL-DOCUMENTED INCREASE IN knife use by criminals has made them a bit of a hot issue for divers, especially for those who travel abroad to enjoy their underwater time. Few seem to pa...

BC System X-Deep Zeos38

Appeared in DIVER November 2016
LAST MONTH I REVIEWED A WING-STYLE BC with a horseshoe-shaped air-cell, alloy backplate and single-strap DIR harness designed for twin-tank set-ups. This month it’s the turn of a recrea...

Light Ammonite LED Stingray Rechargeable (Deluxe Set)

Appeared in DIVER October 2016
LAST YEAR WE CONDUCTED A GROUP TEST OF 25 DIVE-LIGHTS (Who's That Stumblin’ in the Dark?, October). I remember finding the marketplace awash with high-quality, high-output, multi-functi...