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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 you need to do is point them in roughly the right direction and press the button to record footage of your dive.
The only drawback is that action cameras are designed primarily for use topside, and underwater results can be disappointing without colour filters or video-lights - and then you’ve lost the whole point of a video camera the size of a box of Oxo cubes.
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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. Freedivers, paradoxically given the purity of breath-holding, have embraced ever-more technologically advanced fins of exotic space-age composites, even ditching pairs in favour of monofins - a case of less is more. So is there still a market, especially among DIVER readers, for the simple snorkelling fin?
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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 firmly in US cave-diving.
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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 a bit, and when you finally drop into the water it feels a bit cooler than you expected.
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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.
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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 from the inland site where I wasn’t diving.
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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 and wondering where all the excitement went.
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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.
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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

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...

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 ...

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...

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.
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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 a...

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...

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...