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Never had it so good

Appeared in DIVER May 2018
'Send us your best drysuit for an enthusiastic general diver!' suggested MIKE WARD, and nine confident manufacturers responded. Here's how their products, which range from just over £400 to £1500, compared when he took them under water in suitably cool conditions

This Summer's Suits

Appeared in DIVER July 2017
Is your old wetsuit coming apart at the seams, the zip unreliable and the fit a tad on the tight side? Time for a new one, but which to choose? MIKE WARD takes stock of 28 garments now on the market, from lightweights to semi-drys - and some even in colour!

Stop Stumbling in the dark

Appeared in DIVER October 2015
25 dive-lamps, but what a range of shapes, sizes, functions, colours and prices this generation of LED lights embraces!
NIGEL WADE weighs up the contenders and compares their beams

Doctor C app analysis

Appeared in DIVER August 2015
Which is the best online dive-logging software available for free? ENRICO COLAUTTI compares the offerings from seven sites

Vision variability

Appeared in DIVER May 2015
Divers require a lot of things from the humble mask, but a decent view shouldn't be too much to ask for - should it? Stand by for an eye-opener as NIGEL WADE compares 22 fields of view – the results are there for all to see

KICKIN' Back the Power

Appeared in DIVER June 2014
Fourteen pairs of fins are in the spotlight, and what NIGEL WADE wants to find out is how much pushing power you get for your not-inconsiderable spend.Stand by for a shock conclusion!

Big Boots to Fill

Appeared in DIVER January 2014
Have you opted for any old dive-boots in the past NIGEL WADE's test of 17 pairs of the latest, ranging from £16 to £90, shows how you can add a spring to your step

Deep Oceans 12

Appeared in DIVER May 2013
Take 12 of the latest regulators to the Red Sea to compare and contrast their performance - who knows, it might just provide a short-cut when youre next ready to buy. NIGEL WADE reports, assisted by co-tester CATH BATES

Which computer watch

Appeared in DIVER October 2012
Dive-computers you can wear all day, every day, are now a common badge of a diver, but choosing one is based on far more than wrist appeal. JOHN BANTIN assesses the market

BCs Fully Loaded

Appeared in DIVER May 2012
Comparing 11 feature-rich jackets was the assignment for NIGEL WADE, but we asked him to compare them with each other, not with his own well-worn favourite!

Electronic flash: The Magnificent 7

Appeared in DIVER March 2012
We say magnificent because it appears that the old ineffective brands of flashgun for underwater use have departed, leaving the way clear for the brighter sparks. JOHN BANTIN tests the seven and looks at two extras

The Rolex of rebreathers

Appeared in DIVER December 2011
The JJ-CCR is the latest closed-circuit rebreather to win CE-marking, which allows it to be sold in the UK. JOHN BANTIN tests the newcomer, and compares it with all the other CE-marked rebreathers now available


Appeared in DIVER December 2011
ARGUMENTS MAY RAGE among manufacturers and users about the significance of CE-marking, but the fact remains that any unit sold legitimately in Europe must be so certified.

BC basics

Appeared in DIVER August 2011
New to diving and looking to buy your first BC, or more experienced but in need of a no-frills stab that wont strain the wallet JOHN BANTIN tests a divers dozen of the latest offerings, and considers another six worthy of consideration

Fins that kick

Appeared in DIVER March 2011
The fin-makers sent us what they considered to be their most efficient fins, and then John Bantin and his test-dive team set about establishing which were the creme de la creme. If youre looking for a new pair of fins, start here

Have a Compact Christmas

Appeared in DIVER December 2010
Its a gift - the latest in digital camera/housing combinations to suit every pocket, from just under £200 to £850. And some of the 14 combos here now offer additional flood-re...

Light breathers

Appeared in DIVER November 2010
A lightweight regulator can shave enough weight off your baggage to allow you to take a few clothes on holiday, as well as your dive gear! John Bantin tests 10 examples

The reel test

Appeared in DIVER October 2010
We all need them, whether to send up a marker buoy or to mark our passage through a wreck or cave. Its simply a line-dispenser, but some definitely work better than others, reports John B...

Light n effect

Appeared in DIVER May 2006
For our latest DiverTest Extra, John Bantin has taken 24 mid-range lamps in the £100-£300 price bracket to see how they compare. Which ones shone in his test?

Come fly with me

Appeared in DIVER July 2010
We pay by the kilo to take to the skies these days, so air travel doesnt come cheap for divers. John Bantin tests 12 lightweight BCs that might help reduce your fare

Dont get yourself in a tangle!

Appeared in DIVER March 2010
We may never use our alternative air sources, but we still need to carry them. And for a usually redundant item, this one can certainly generate sizzling debate! John Bantin tests 12 of t...

A sense of algorithm

Appeared in DIVER October 2009
Take 10 current diving computers equipped between them with seven different formulas to stop their owners getting bent. How cautious or devil-may-care would they prove to be on ascents fr...

Star Fins

Appeared in DIVER September 2009
Whats makes good fins Those you find comfortable and that perform the way you want them to! Bring unto us 16 pairs of your very best fins, for we wish to compare them one against the othe...

Budget Regs

Appeared in DIVER March 2009
Side-by-side regulator comparisons can be very revealing, and this test of 12 is no exception, proving as it does that surprisingly good performance is available for a low outlay. John Ba...

Leading lights

Appeared in DIVER February 2009
Technical diving lights are the ones deeper divers use and the rest of us want to use.They arent cheap, so must be chosen with care.But should you go HID, LED or tungsten John Bantin test...


Appeared in DIVER July 2008
There are hundreds of drysuits from which to choose. John Bantin provides a snapshot of whats on offer

The way of the DSLR

Appeared in DIVER December 2008
Youre serious about underwater photography - John Bantin has the answers

Analyse that! 9 ways to get sampling

Appeared in DIVER November 2008
Used by the many, bought by the few - but would you be safer having an oxygen analyser of your own John Bantin tests eight of these useful devices

21 mask test - HOWS THE VIEW?

Appeared in DIVER October 2008
We asked suppliers to nominate their most distinctive underwater viewing aids and send them in for test. John Bantin is aided and abetted by Colin Mac Andrias


Appeared in DIVER June 2008
For anyone who doesn't enjoy pushing bulky items through water, it makes sense to dive with sleek equipment. Two simple wing-style BCs, one from Italy and one from the USA, look as if the...