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COMPUTER SUUNTO EON CORE

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
GO ONLINE TO THE SCUBA FORUMS and you can still find passionate debates on the minutiae of decompression theory and dive-planning, but out in the real world divers just rely on their computer to keep them safe.
And I include tec and rebreather divers in that sweeping generalisation. In fact, I don’t remember the last time I saw a diver without at least one computer, even if he or she also had a slate and timer as a last resort.
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BC BEUCHAT MASTERLIFT X-AIR COMFORT

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
MY FIRST BC WAS A Buddy Commando Profile. I dived with it for years, home and abroad, and then bought a wing and retired the Buddy to the loft. But if I ever have a problem with the wing I pull it back out of the loft, swap over the direct-feed hose – also still the original - and take it diving. I confidently expect it to outlast me.
When Beuchat sent me its new Masterlift X-Air Comfort BC to try, I was immediately reminded of my Buddy. This new Beuchat is a serious bit of kit. It’s solid, meaty and with a build quality that ought to keep it going for years.
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STROBE GRALMARINE STROBO

Appeared in DIVER February 2018
A GOOD FEW YEARS AGO, I rolled backward from the tubes of the club RIB and set out to explore the wreck of HMS Falmouth, leading a much less experienced buddy on his first open-water wreck dive.
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LIGHT MARES XR DCT/V/S

Appeared in DIVER January 2018
I'VE BEEN DIVING FOR 30 YEARS OR SO, and while I acknowledge that this isn't so much as a pimple on the rear of the amount of diving some of you have done, I submit that it's a decent stint and I've seen some changes.
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REGULATOR APEKS XL4

Appearedin DIVER january 2018
APEKS AND REGULATORS ARE SYNONYMOUS as far as many British divers are concerned, a bit like Hoovers and vacuum-cleaners, although wetter. When it comes to technical diving, Apeks almost seems to have made the niche its own.
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CAMERA LIGHT Weefine Ring-Light

Appeared in DIVER January2018
Back in the day, newbie underwater photographers were often advised to start with close-up work. You could pre-set your camera and flashgun, so all you had to do on the dive was find a subject, frame it with the wire-framer supplied with your close-up lens, and press the button for nicely exposed, sharply focused pictures.
Anything else introduced so many variables that your success rate was inevitably reduced, sometimes to zero, until you'd built up some experience and expertise.
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PHONE HOUSING Weefine Smart Housing

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
TEN YEARS AGO, the compact-camera marketplace was booming. New models were being announced pretty much every week, and sooner or later an underwater housing became available for nearly all of them.
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CAMERA SEALIFE DC2000

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
Sealife has been making underwater cameras for a while now, so it ought to know a thing or two about it, and the DC2000 is its most advanced model yet.
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WETSUIT Beuchat Focea 5 Comfort Overall Collar

Appeared in DIVER December 2017
The chest label boldly announces Beuchat, France, 1934. Beuchat is a company with a rich history that predates Cousteau's Aqualung, having its origins in the interwar years of goggling, m...

VIDEO-CAM Paralenz DIVE CAMERA

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
ACTION CAMERAS ARE A tempting proposition for underwater film-making. They're small enough not to dominate your dive, completely automatic and fitted with an ultra-wide-angle lens, so all...

SCUBAPRO JET CLUB FINS

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
IN THE PAST FEW YEARS there has been an explosion of fins onto the market. Tekkies have warmed to short stubby Jetfins with go-faster vents that have their origins in the 1960s. Freediver...

MASK Dive Rite FRAMELESS

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
THE DIVE RITE FRAMELESS MASK, which comes in technical black only, is a mono-lens, low-volume model with a nose-pocket. Dive Rite is well respected in technical-diving, with its roots fir...

ZYBAX SCUBA WASH

Appeared in DIVER November 2017
YOU KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE - you're all kitted up and ready to go, but there's a delay before the RIB heads off, then the boat-driver can’t find the wreck and needs to motor up and down ...

BC TUSA BC0102 Soverin Alpha

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
IF YOU REALLY WANT TO MASTER precision buoyancy control and enjoy safer diving, it helps to own your own BC. The reasons have less to do with the BCs themselves than with the human factor.

UNDER/WETSUIT SHARKSKIN FULL SUIT

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
A FEW NOVEMBERS AGO, the latex neck-seal of my drysuit split as I was kitting up for a cheeky midweek bimble. It was a bit annoying, but my irritation was soothed when I got my money back...

Photo Software Vivid-Pix Land & Sea Scuba Picture-Fix

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
THE UNDERWATER WORLD is packed with life and full of vibrant colour, but the first time you take an underwater photograph you’ll find yourself looking at a dull greenish-blue picture an...

MASK IST Pi Frameless

Appeared in DIVER October 2017
THIS PRODUCT IS A SINGLE-LENS, low-volume mask with a nose-pocket. The example supplied had a clear skirt, but other colour choices are available, including black.

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

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....

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 imme...