Cressi’s XS Compact/MC9 is designed for all divers, but is especially well-suited to the traveling diver. The hyper-balanced diaphragm MC9 first stage has a small, chromium-plated brass body that’s protected by a special elastomer skin. The XS Compact second stage is ultra-light and comes with a large, easy-to-use purge cover and a dive/pre-dive lever. The reg offers a choice of purge cover colors and is available in yoke or DIN versions.
60:Second ScubaLab - Cressi XS Compact/MC9 reg
Cressi’s Giotto is an air-nitrox wrist-mount dive computer with a new RGBM algorithm. Able to program two gas mixes up to 99 percent nitrox, the Giotto’s screen displays data in easy to understand sections. A screen prompt lets you know what mode you’re in so you can’t get lost. The Giotto is powered by a user replaceable battery and comes with an extra -long wrist strap.
Cressi’s Malibu medium-sized backpack features an expandable main compartment designed to hold a ton of cargo, plus it includes an integrated holder for a hydration reservoir. A secondary compartment provides organized storage for smaller gear, and there’s a front pocket for stashing those items you need to access quickly. A pair of mesh pouches hold water bottles, and a top pocket stows a waterproof cover. But what really stands out on the Malibu is its backpack system.
Cressi’s R1 jacket-style BC is comfortable and easy to use. It features padding in the back and lumbar areas as well as underneath the shoulders, and the air cell slides on the cummerbund, eliminating body squeeze
Bare Velocity wetsuits feature Progressive Full-Stretch Technology with three full-stretch materials for maximum comfort and durability
Cressi’s Spring 3.5 one-piece wetsuit is designed to be worn in waters ranging from the tropical to the marginally warm. Made from Ultraspan neoprene, the suit comes with pre-shaped legs and provides lots of freedom of movement. Its glued and blind-stitched seams minimize water seepage. Wrist and ankle seals are made with a new Aqua-stop smooth-skin cuff. The adjustable neck seal is also smooth-skin neoprene. It is available in six mens sizes and five Spring Lady sizes.
The winner of both a ScubaLab Testers Choice and a Best Buy, the Travelight is a full-featured jacket-style BC designed for traveling divers. Constructed of featherlight 210-denier nylon, it comes with Cressi’s Lock Aid integrated weight system, two zippered pockets and six alloy D-rings. Its soft pack design can be folded in seconds and stowed in its own carry bag. For 2013 the BC features a new range of colors.
Cressi’s frameless mask is lightweight, low volume and offers a compact profile. Its flared single window lens provides good field of view, including over the bridge of the nose. The silicone skirt’s double seal system is effective in blocking water entry. Strap buckles attach directly to the skirt, allowing for lots of lateral movement, plus lets the mask fold flat for packing. The mask comes with a black or white skirt.
Cressi’s PC Interface Kit for its Leonardo dive computer is compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems that can be downloaded at www.cressi.com. Once the appropriate software package is installed on your personal computer, simply connect the module to your PC using the included USB cord. Then place your Leonardo face-down in the cradle and you’re ready to start transferring and printing out dive profile data.
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