Huish Outdoors acquires Hollis/Oceanic

Posted by - 2nd May 2017

  Huish Outdoors seemingly inexorable expansion throughout the dive industry has continued, with the news that the company has acquired long-established US brands Oceanic and Hollis from AUP (American Underwater Products), which also owns the Lavacore and Oceanpro brands.   The acquisition of Oceanic and Hollis represents the sixth and seventh such move by Huish

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GEAR GUIDE: Group Test – Regulators from £275-£475

Posted by - 24th April 2017

Regulators – Apeks XTX50 (SRP: £434) Apeks has  been a staple in the armoury of many British divers for over 40 years, and the XTX50 is the UK company’s solid middle-of-the-range unit. It is best described as utilitarian in the looks department, but aside from the rather drab second stage it is well equipped with

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

VERDICT: The water temperatures of 6 degrees C in the depths of Vivian Quarry were a good test of the top-end regulators in this review, especially as we pushed them to the limit by doing everything you shouldn’t do – rapidly breathing them on land prior to immersion, extended purges topside and underwater, hard breathing underwater

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Zeagle F8 (SRP: £516) Zeagle have worked with Atomic Aquatics to produce a solidly constructed regulator. The F8 has an environmentally sealed balanced diaphragm first stage made from durable brass, and featuring a precision-machined neoflon seat. The second stage has a tough nylon case and has a seat-saving orifice, zirconium-plated inlet tube and heat sink for superior

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Scubapro MK25EVO/S620Ti (SRP: £585) The S600 was always one of Scubapro’s best-performing second stages, and now it has been reborn as the S620 Ti, which boasts an improved work of breathing in a smaller and lighter package. The second stage also has a corrosion-free titanium barrel inside the tough techno-polymer case, and venturi and cracking

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Mares Fusion 52x (SRP: £483) The Fusion 52x is a good-looking regulator that has some notable design features. The first stage is solid but compact, equipped with two high-pressure ports and four low-pressure ports, and thanks to ACT (Advanced Coating Technology) has massively increased durability. The all-metal second stage has a unique pivoting purge valve, lightweight

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Atomic Aquatics B2 (SRP: £591) Atomic Aquatics have a long legacy in producing high-end regulators, and the B2 combines much of that knowledge and technology. The first stage is made from chrome-plated brass and 316 stainless steel, has two high- and five low-pressure ports, and features Atomic’s Jet Seat high-flow piston design, environmentally sealed for

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Aqualung Legend LX Supreme (SRP: £489) The Aqualung Legend LX Supreme is an eye-catching cold-water-approved regulator that features some nifty styling and performance points. The chunky but compact environmentally sealed, over-balanced diaphragm first stage has two high-pressure and four low-pressure ports, and is equipped with Aqualung’s Auto Closure Device (ACD), which keeps any corrosive water

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GEAR GUIDE: GROUP TEST – REGULATORS OVER £475

Posted by - 2nd March 2017

Apeks MTX-R (SRP: £529) The Apeks MTX-R is the ‘civvie’ version of the military-spec MTX, and this regulator – designed for extreme cold-water use – looks super-smooth in its classy iPhone white and matt-silver with engraved stencilling. A first-of-its-kind over-moulded first stage end cap and environmental diaphragm prevent ice build-up, and the forged body gives

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