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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Proposed changes to UK cylinder testing

Posted by - 13th April 2017

  The UK recreational and technical diving industry is continuing to lobby against a forced change to a proposed ISO cylinder testing standard. Rosemary Lunn reports on the situation Historically, the UK cylinder testing regime for scuba cylinders used to be every two years (visual) and every four years (hydraulic). The cylinder is also visually

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DIVE LIKE A PRO: Packing for a dive trip

Posted by - 12th April 2017

  Until someone produces ultra-light dive equipment, packing your gear for a trip away is always going to be a fraught process with ever-increasing baggage fees. Here our panel of industry experts give their hints and advice on this subject. Many of us love to head off to sunnier climes for a spot of tropical

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WHAT’S NEW: Fourth Element OceanPositive Core Collection

Posted by - 31st March 2017

Fourth Element has launched its OceanPositive Core Collection, which incorporates a new rashguard for men and women, and a limited range of classic black swimwear. The mens Hydroskin Black rashguard comes in long-sleeve (£44.95) and short-sleeve (£38.95) variants, and both are designed to wear under a wetsuit or semi-dry suit for comfort, and as a

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WHAT’S NEW: Aqualung Reveal (SRP: £46)

Posted by - 6th March 2017

The Aqualung Reveal’s innovative features make this dive mask the company’s most-comfortable and best-fitting mask. Created after years of research and testing, the Aqualung Reveal is a premium diving mask that delivers ultra-comfort and a perfect fit thanks to both a super-soft, top-quality, crystal-clear silicone and an ergonomic skirt profile. The new buckles, attached directly

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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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