Typhoon DS1 (New arrival)

Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Part Six
Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Typhoon DS1

Mark Evans: The new arrival this month is the Typhoon DS1, the company’s limited-edition 70th anniversary suit. It pays homage to the first membrane dive suit that Typhoon produced, featuring all the original logo designs, and is still made in the UK at Typhoon’s factory in Redcar. Constructed from Typhoon’s TX6 fabric, with two-layer rubber-taped seams, it features heavy-duty latex neck/wrist seals and comes with neoprene socks as standard, with the option of a thermic boot. The two large leg storage pockets feature two compartments, an internal D-ring and attachment loops. It comes with a YKK plastic zip to help reduce weight and increase flexibility.

 

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Suggested retail price: £895
Number of dives: 0
Time in water: 0 hrs 0 mins

THERMALUTION RED GRADE ULTRA

Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Part Six
Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Thermalution Red Grade Ultra

Mark Evans: The Thermalution Red Grade Ultra has been proving its mettle on various fronts again. Long quarry and sea dives can sap your heat reserves, but with the Red Grade Ultra, I could just top up as and when I needed to – there were some jealous looks! And showing it is truly multi-use, I also wore it under my drysuit – without any other thermals – for an epic round-Anglesey RIB trip. It was nice to boost my temperature when the wind chill got a little too much.

INFORMATION
Suggested retail price: £1,050
Number of dives: 13
Time in water: 12 hrs 25 mins

 

Anchor Dive Lights Series 3K

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

Mark Evans: The Anchor Dive Light accompanied us to Grenada, and before we get into the performance side of things, let’s talk about the size of it. It is positively dinky, and even with the optional Goodman handle, it clips unobtrusively on your BCD until you need it. Perfect for travelling divers, it doesn’t take up much of your weight allowance either.

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Suggested retail price: £695
Number of dives: 19
Time in water: 18 hrs 20 mins

DEEPBLU COSMIQ+ DIVE COMPANION

Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Part Six
Long Term Scuba Gear Test: DeepBlu Cosmiq+ Dive Companion

Mark Evans: The DeepBlu Cosmiq+ Dive Companion did well in Grenada, but it was back into the cold when it went with DeeperBlue’s Stephan Whelan for dives in Stoney Cove and Vivian Dive Centre. He was very impressed by the vivid colour screen, which he found easy to decipher even when the vis was decidedly ‘challenging’, shall we say.

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Suggested retail price: £230
Number of dives: 54
Time in water: 53 hrs 15 mins

AQUALUNG REVEAL X2

Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Part Six
Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Aqualung Reveal X2

Mark Evans: More dives in the Reveal X2, this time back in the colder waters of the UK. DeeperBlue founder and our freediving guru Stephan Whelan is getting back into diving after a seven-year hiatus, and so he sported the Reveal for a dip in Vivian and was immediately smitten with the fit and comfort. A sign of a good new mask is when you are on the dive, you forget that it isn’t your ‘old faithful’.

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Suggested retail price: £46
Number of dives: 46
Time in water: 44 hrs 55 mins

SHEARWATER RESEARCH PERDIX AI

Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Part Six
Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Shearwater Research Perdix AI

Mark Evans: Well, it is official, I am totally loving the Perdix AI. I have long been a fan of the Scubapro Galileo Sol for its clear display, simple navigation and liberal algorthim, and that has been my ‘go-to’ computer, but the vivid screen of the Perdix AI, along with its compact size, easy-to-navigate menus and endless personalisation, has tempted me away from that old favourite. This might need to get ‘lost in the post’ come the ever-closing ‘end of term’ time…

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Suggested retail price: £870 (comp only)
Number of dives: 42
Time in water: 41 hrs 15 mins

XDEEP NX ZEN

Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Part Six
Long Term Scuba Gear Test: XDeep NX Zen

Mark Evans: In these uncertain times of Brexit, it is quite amusing to see the ‘European made’ slogan on the NX Zen, but the team at xDeep are justifiably proud that their robust and well-constructed products are made in their native Poland and not farmed out to some cheap factory in the Far East, so you will see this message repeated several times on the wing harness and bladder. The feeling of high quality is hard to ignore or mistake.

INFORMATION
Suggested retail price: £535
Number of dives: 22
Time in water: 20 hrs 35 mins

ZEAGLE HALO (End of term)

Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Part Six
Long Term Scuba Gear Test: Zeagle Halo

Mark Evans: And so the Zeagle Halo reaches the end of its run in our Long Term Test stable. This robust, well-made jacket-style BCD may sit at the higher end of the price bracket for a traditional unit such as this, but for your money you get something durable enough to put up with whatever you can throw at it. It is extremely comfortable, performs well both on the surface and underwater, and has some nice design touches, including the Ripcord emergency system for your weights, and spacious pockets that you can easily access. If you are in the market for a tough BCD, check it out.

INFORMATION
Suggested retail price: £567
Number of dives: 18
Time in water: 17 hrs 25 mins

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