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BC MARES PRIME UPGRADEABLE

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
THE MARES PRIME UPGRADEABLE is a low-cost BC from the eponymous Italian company founded by Ludovico Mares in 1949.
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SMB MARES ALL IN ONE DSMB KIT

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
MY SECOND ARTICLE FOR DIVER, in 2003, was a feature about divers who had either got separated from their boat or, even more scarily, had simply been forgotten by the crew and were left behind.
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MASK BEUCHAT MAXLUX S

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
THE LATE NIGEL WADE was raving about a DIVER cover shot by Alex Mustard. 'It's brilliant. Alex has matched the colour of the model’s face-mask to the colour of the coral,' he enthused.
Nigel's point was well-made. A face--mask isn't always just to see through. Sometimes it's there to be seen in.
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EAR PROTECTION HL HEALTHCARE EAROL SWIM

Appeared in DIVER April 2018
THIS TEST IS A WEE BIT DIFFERENT from most. It's not about a piece of shiny hardware, but it is about something vitally important to divers. It's also a long-term test, which it really needed to be to mean anything.
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COMPUTER GARMIN DESCENT Mk1

Appeared in DIVER March 2018
THE WATCH-STYLED DESCENT Mk1 is the first dive-computer from US marine-electronics giant Garmin, and the hype preceding its availability has been astonishing. I've been told by more than one industry insider that it was the wow product of DEMA last year, and that it takes dive-computers to a whole new level.
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BC SCUBAPRO EQUALIZER

Appeared in DIVER March 2018
SCUBAPRO WAS ONE OF THE INNOVATORS that popularised the stabiliser or jacket-style BC in the late 1970s that eventually displaced the horse-collar BC. Today, its BC range includes more than a dozen models encompassing every style from snorkel vest to sidemount.
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REGULATOR BEUCHAT VRT90

Appeared in DIVER March 2018
FORTY METRES DOWN, I've dumped all the air from my BC and I'm upright, finning like crazy. Billows of sand roll across the seafloor like dust clouds from an atomic explosion. I'm trying to see if I can beat the lung with the Beuchat VRT90 regulator.
'Beating the lung' is an expression meaning that you need more air from your regulator than it can deliver. It leads to air starvation.
The vicious finning, while over'weighted, was meant to simulate the demand a panicked diver might place on this budget regulator. The VRT90 breathed superbly.
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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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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 comp...

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 wrec...

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 sti...

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 s...

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 su...

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 al...

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.

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 ...