Only 940 Sets of Individually Numbered and Personalized Regulators, Fins and BC's To be Sold in U.S. By Exclusive Network of Dealers
HEAD USA, makers of Mares, Dacor and Sporasub dive gear, has intentionally shrouded a new line of signature dive gear in mystery for almost a year - until today.
In a simultaneous announcement from Mares headquarters in Rapallo, Italy, and Norwalk, Conn., the HEAD USA Diving Division launched the Mares Limited Edition / Metal line in the U.S. The new high performance dive products consist of the Mares Metal Tech LE regulator, Morphos Metal Tech LE buoyancy compensator, and Quattro Excel Metal LE fin. Only 2,000 regulators and BCs will be produced, along with 4,000 pairs of fins. A select group of just 100 dealers worldwide will carry Limited Edition, of which only 940 complete sets will be available in the U.S. All will be individually numbered.
The Limited Edition / Metal (www.limitededition.mares.com) is designed to promote the sport of scuba diving in order create a more robust industry, showcase the technological superiority of the Mares brand, and promote the excellence of the dealers selected by Mares to carry Limited Edition, according to the joint announcement by Stefano di Martino, president of H.T.M. Sport Diving, and Phil Mintz, director of sales and marketing for the U.S. Diving Division of HEAD USA.
Lightest Reg Ever
The Metal Tech LE is a completely new regulator in the Mares line. The first stage is 60% lighter than any other reg made by Mares and features the company's proprietary Dynamic Flow Control (DFC) on all low-pressure ports. The DFC is hand-tuned at the factory through the use of an external precision adjustment to minimize immediate pressure drop during the inhalation phase, making breathing easier.
The second stage has a physical vapor deposition coating on top of a brass and double chrome metal body for super hardness and scratch resistance. The first stage is where users will find their individual number, one through 2,000, in the Limited Edition line. The owner of each regulator may further personalize it by having their name engraved on the second stage by logging onto a private Limited Edition owner's Web site run by Mares and placing a request with their personal PIN number. Suggested retail price: $699.
Aluminum Fabric for the BC
The Morphos Metal Tech LE BC features Alutex construction, additional padding at the neck and shoulders, the Mares self-adjusting harness system (SAHS), and the Morphos armchair buoyancy design. Alutex is a material stronger than nylon with aluminum fibers woven into the fabric for robust resiliency and a distinctive look. The SAHS system self-customizes to create an ideal fit for every diver, male or female, every time. One-way pneumatic valves open together to dump air in any position for perfect trim at depth with very little water leakage. A metal plate on the BC clearly identifies and numbers the item as one of 2,000. Suggested retail price: $849.
Metal Foil Adds Snap to Fins
The Quattro Excel Metal LE fins are the first to use an elastic version of the Mares Optimized Pivoting Blade (OPB) system, guaranteeing ideal forward thrust at each stage of the kicking cycle. A whale-tail foot pocket design, crafted from two different materials, in conjunction with a newly developed Super Channel Thrust design, displaces more water with greater efficiency of energy than any other fin on the market.
At the heart of the Quattro Excel is a metal foil, visible in a clear channel running the length of the fin. The foil is made from Techralene stainless steel, and provides added "snap" to the fin's action without creating stiffness. This metal technology is exclusive to the Limited Edition and is numbered from one to 4,000; there are twice as many fins to accommodate various foot sizes. Suggested retail price: $249.
For more information and a list of Limited Edition dealers, log onto www.limitededition.mares.com.
HEAD USA is part of the HEAD NV Group which is based in the Netherlands and listed on the New York and Vienna Stock exchanges. The HEAD NV Group is a worldwide sporting goods company that manufactures and markets products under the HEAD brand (racquet and winter sports), Penn (world's #1 tennis ball and racquetball brand), and Tyrolia (wintersports bindings), in addition to the three diving brands (Mares, Dacor and Sporasub). HEAD NV's Chairman is Johan Eliasch.