True to its name, the Thermocline from Fourth Element provides as much thermal protection as a typical 2.5 mm wetsuit but weights just 2.2 pounds. It can be layered under other wetsuits without the need for extra lead. The farmer-john style explorer is paired with a long-sleeve top for complete protection from sun and water. Neutrally buoyant, hypoallergenic and machine-washable, the is a complete wetsuit system that takes up as much space as the average regulator bag.
When ScubaLab put the Mikron on the ANSTI breathing machine, it pumped out lots of air, even at extreme depths and breathing rates. Built for traveling, the Mikron features a balanced-diaphragm first stage that isn’t much bigger than a golf ball, a compact, pneumatically balanced second stage and an ultra-light, ultra-flexible braided hose. The user-control knob offers about one-and-a-quarter turns of adjustment and, when fully closed, it does an excellent job of preventing surface free flows.
The rugged D10 is a tough, comfortable, warm drysuit packed with features that cold-water divers will love. Kevlar boots, 3-D knee guards and a heavy-duty cordura crotch panel join with Waterproof’s exclusive “seat that grips” for a non-slip grip and extra protection. But tough doesn’t mean uncomfortable. Anatomic sculpting of the arms and legs makes for complete ease of movement, and in fall 2011, the D10 will also feature Waterproof’s integrated silicone seals and quick cuff system for comfort and freedom from latex sensitivity or allergy.
This 2010 Testers’ Choice regulator is a powerhouse when it comes to performance. And it’s a great price. The balanced diaphragm first-stage Cayman is SUBGEAR’s top-of-the line regulator, yet it’s less than $500. In ScubaLab’s 2010 testing, the Cayman was the only reg in the under $500 category to reach all depth levels with a score of “above and beyond” in work-of-breathing evaluation. In fact, the more ScubaLab stressed the Cayman, the better it performed. Click here for more info.
Warm-water divers will appreciate TUSA's lightweight and compact Voyager for its packability and performance. Weighing in at just 4.4 pounds, the BCJ 1800 Voyager is the perfect option for jet-setting divers who want a light, compact BC that performs like a heavyweight champ. Patented TUSA features, like the Independent Harness System and the Ultimate Stabilizing Harness combine for stability and security both at depth and on the surface. Click here for more info.
With its custom configuration, the JT40D has been engineered to allow complete personalization or set-up for mission-specific diving. This deluxe technical diving system carries up to a 95-cubic-foot tank and is ideal for divers wearing a dry suit. The narrow front contour and donut-style air cell make for a streamlined profile in the swimming position. The stainless steel back plate, weighing in at almost 5 pounds, becomes a part of the weighting system and reduces the need to carry additional lead.
The SeaLion BC from SeaSoft comes in just four sizes. But that doesn’t mean it fits just four sizes of divers. With the SeaLion, a diver can actually keep the same-sized BC for a lifetime. For example, the extra-small SeaLion will fit a typical 10-year-old who weighs about 50 pounds, but will then adjust to fit an adult up to 180 pounds. The SeaLion is equally at home in warm, tropical water or over a drysuit and features an integrated retractor, brass gauge clip, dual tank straps, integrated weights and a full component of D-rings.
The Express Adjustable delivers kicking power and comfort for year-round diving in all conditions. Now available in an open-heeled version, the Express Adjustable Fin uses Aqua Lung’s patented mid-foot flex joint to take strain off the toes and ankle. The blade is made of a customized techno-polymer compound that provides a high-spring effect and flexibility to maximize acceleration, while large rubber side ribs channel water down the blade to increase kick efficiency. The foot pocket has an extremely low profile, which eliminates drag and turbulence.
Swedish manufacturer Waterproof is known for making wetsuits and drysuits for bone-chilling Scandinavian waters. The 3.5-millimeter W3 harnesses those same qualities, but this time, in a tropical wetsuit. Like its heavy-weight siblings, the W3 offers a gender-specific cut for a precise anatomical fit. Wave-flex panels in the back and in the pre-bent arms and legs create enhanced flexibility and freedom of movement. The W3 features a back zipper for easy donning and a front-gusseted neck zipper for increased comfort at the surface.