Anchor Dive Lights Series 3K

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Anchor Dive Lights Series 3K

Mark Evans: The new arrival this month is the Anchor Dive Lights Series 3K 20 degree spot. This dinky little torch is made from aviation-grade aluminium, depth rated to over 100m, and has various power settings – 100 percent, 50 percent and 25 percent, as well as three pre-set signalling rates, and a neat incorporated battery indicator that lets you know the remaining charge. The 4,315 lux beam delivers 75 minutes burn time at 100 percent, and it can even be upgraded to an umbilical system, boosting the burn time. It performed brilliantly in Grenada – a full report on how it really lit up our dives will be in the next issue’s Long Term Test.

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Suggested retail price: £695
Number of dives: 0
Time in water: 0 hrs 0 mins

THERMALUTION RED GRADE ULTRA

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Thermalution Red Grade Ultra

Mark Evans: The weather might be steadily improving, but if you are plunging into lakes and quarries, then it certainly gets to 10 degrees C or below pretty sharpish once you drop below 10-12m. So, the Thermalution Red Grade Ultra heated undersuit has been a blessing when I have been conducting lengthy test dives in Vivian and Stoney, but I can really see it coming into 
its own in the winter when good thermal insulation is paramount, especially for technical divers with long deco obligations. The wiring from the batteries to the suit itself is well thought out, too, to avoid any restrictions to movement.

 

 

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Suggested retail price: £1,050
Number of dives: 9
Time in water: 8 hrs 45 mins

ZEAGLE HALO

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Zeagle Halo

Mark Evans: Art Director Matt Griffiths donned the Halo for our group fin tests, and while he has been using wing-style BCDs for a few years, he soon got to grips with the Zeagle and found it to be very comfortable and supportive in the water, as well as being very quick and easy to put on and take off.

INFORMATION
Suggested retail price: £567
Number of dives: 14
Time in water: 13 hrs 45 mins

DEEPBLU COSMIQ+ DIVE COMPANION

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: DeepBlu Cosmiq+ Dive Companion

Mark Evans: The DeepBlu Cosmiq+ Dive Companion did well in Grenada, when it adorned the wrist of Publishing Director Ross Arnold for our multitude of dives. Often we were doing four
dives a day, and some of these we were pushing the NDLs to a minute or two, and the Cosmiq+ coped fine. It was more conservative on the second dives onward than other computers, but it handled the odd few minutes of decompression with aplomb.

 

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Suggested retail price: £230
Number of dives: 45
Time in water: 43 hrs 35 mins

AQUALUNG REVEAL X2

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Aqualung Reveal X2

Mark Evans: Publishing Director Ross Arnold make good use of the Reveal X2 while we were on assignment in Grenada, and he found it to be very comfortable, and easy to get settled on his face without any leaks. In fact, it was so good, he forgot it wasn’t his usual mask, and that is testament to how soft the silicone skirt is. Being black, it was a pain to photograph, but it is available in
different colours if you want.

 

INFORMATION
Suggested retail price: £46
Number of dives: 41
Time in water: 39hrs 155

SHEARWATER RESEARCH PERDIX AI

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Shearwater Research Perdix AI

Mark Evans: The Perdix AI got a great workout in Grenada, as we were banging in up to four dives a day, and on several were pushing out NDLs, as well as racking up a few minutes of decompression. The Perdix handled it all with no dramas, and I really like the colour-coded green countdown for the safety stop – it runs down in minutes, and once it is done, you get a nice big green ‘tick’ and ‘complete’ – how simple is that? Deco obligations are also clearly displayed.

 

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Suggested retail price: £870 (comp only)
Number of dives: 38
Time in water: 37hrs 45 mins

XDEEP NX ZEN

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: XDeep NX Zen

Mark Evans: The xDeep NX Zen continues to impress. I have always admired the build quality of everything this Polish manufacturer brings out, and its wings are no different. Everything from the beautifully crafted backplate to the robust stitching in the heavy-duty material 
oozes quality. For those who like to tinker with their kit to get it fitting and performing
 just right, there are plenty of tweaks and adjustments that can be done to the Zen.

 

INFORMATION
Suggested retail price: £535
Number of dives: 17
Time in water: 15hrs 55 mins

APEKS MTX-R

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Long Term Scuba Gear Test: APEKS MTX-R

Mark Evans: And so the Apeks MTX-R reaches the end of its run in our Long Term Test stable. This no-frills regulator – it has no venturi or cracking resistance controls – just works, and it works extremely well. Designed for very cold water use, it is equally at home in the tropics, and the white-and-matt-silver colour combo is very eye-catching. Belting reg from the Black-burn-based company, which is set to be a classic. Little details, like the swivel at the first stage end of the primary hose, and the hidden extra low-pressure port, all help to make the MTX-R stand out from the crowd.

 

INFORMATION
Suggested retail price: £529
Number of dives: 57
Time in water: 56hrs 15 mins

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