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Black Manta Photography get their hands on the new Suunto D5 at Nemo 33 (Watch Video)

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The long awaited D5 from Suunto is finally here, and Richard and Hayley Black Manta Photography were fortunate enough to travel to cover the UK press launch on behalf of Mike’s Dive Store and Scubaverse.com at Nemo 33 in Brussels, Belgium…

The latest dive computer from the Finnish team at Suunto packs the same menu functions that can be found on the EON Core and EON Steel, but in a unit slightly bigger than their mainstream units such as the D4 & D6. The main draw of the D5 is that this unit is a wearable watch, combined with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, with a whole host of cool new features!

The Suunto D5 comes in 4 main colour options:

  • Black Body/Black Strap
  • Black Body/Lime Strap
  • White Body/White Strap
  • White Body/Black Strap

Weighing in at 90g, and with a depth rating of 100m the D5 will appeal to the recreational diver. It will take tank pressure readings from 3 pods, and allows the user to customize the unit and perform software updates themselves, and has 18 language options.

The D5 differs from other models in the Suunto range because it has the option for interchangeable coloured straps (sold separately). User-friendly and quick to remove, the straps can easily be changed for a number of options in the range, including longer straps for dry-suits, NATO style material dive straps, and even leather straps to allow you to wear the D5 as a fully functioning watch when not in the water to give it a different look and feel.

Another big positive is the new algorithm. Suunto has released the FUSED 2 RGBM Decompression Model in the D5, in a bid to improve the dive experience of the user. This is a huge step forward, and will definitely make this a popular dive computer/watch.

The Suunto D5 is available now for pre-order and will be available for general sale from March 11 2019, which is the expected launch date.

We would love to hear in the comments below what you think of the Suunto D5?

Did you see it at the recent dives shows across Europe? What were your thoughts? Has anyone pre-ordered/purchased – if so which option did you go for?

Check back soon for Richard and Hayley’s review of the Suunto D5 on location in the Philippines…

Find out more about the D5 HERE.


For more from Richard and Hayley visit www.blackmantaphotography.com.

Richard Stevens is a keen underwater videographer and half of the team at Black Manta Photography with his partner Hayley. He is a qualified TEC50 and sidemount diver who has been diving for nearly 15 years with hundreds of dives in varied locations around the world. A keen marine conservationist, with a passion for large pelagic marine animals, Richard has studied marine biology and spent time studying the ecology of sharks. Richard also has a huge ‘lust for rust’ and a burning desire to delve into the world of cave diving. Armed with his camera, his aim is to inspire others to witness the marvels in our beautiful oceans for themselves.

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Fourth Element to make diving tools from recycled PPE

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Fourth Element has partnered with recycling and repurposing experts, Waterhaul, to retask the mask; turning single-use plastics into the tools we use in pursuit of underwater adventure. Face masks and other items of PPE from hospitals are melted down into blocks, sterilising the material which fourth element purchases, recycle and transforms.

These cave line markers are the first of what fourth element hopes will be many products using this waste material to give it a new life beyond protecting the lives of our frontline healthcare workers. Each marker re-uses the equivalent of two disposable masks. Waste is given a new direction.

The end product is completely safe. The PPE is heat treated by the hospital: the plastic is heated to high temperatures multiple times; first to make the blocks within the recycling process, and also whilst injection moulding the parts.

What makes this OceanPositive?

In the UK alone, 58 million single-use plastic face masks are thrown away every day, littering landfills and polluting the environment. Globally, we use 129 billion per month – that’s enough to wrap around the world 550 times! Over the last 12 months, a recorded 1.5 billion have entered the ocean, disrupting our ecosystem and endangering marine life across the globe. And that’s just what has been recorded.

These lines markers are made from recycled PPE, each one saving two masks from entering landfill or our oceans. Part of fourth element’s Zero Waste and Zero Plastic initiatives; to re-purpose as much plastic as possible and find new uses for products at the end of their lives.

We believe that this is the way,” said Jim Standing, co-founder of fourth element. “We are all going to have to tackle the challenges of a post covid world and one of these will be how we deal with the waste we have created as part of keeping ourselves and in particular, our frontline workers protected. We intend to play our part.”

For more information visit the Fourth Element website by clicking here.

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Typhoon International’s Storm3 Glove

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Hands will stay super-warm and protected inside Typhoon International’s brand new Storm3 Gloves.

Each Storm3 glove is perfectly constructed so that you can say goodbye to that numb feeling and instead keep active and nimble-fingered while dinghy sailing, windsurfing or enjoying just about any watersport.  A pair of Storm3 gloves is a great versatile accessory, attractively priced for entry level or experienced hands alike. The key to warmth is the Storm3’s 3mm neoprene.  Meanwhile ‘PU’ patterned palm reinforcement add even more protection from the elements while providing extra reinforcement in the areas of the greatest wear.

Storm3 gloves are comfortable and flexible too, so you can wear them in comfort for hours on end. They perfectly complement Typhoon International’s range of Storm wetsuits and wetsuit boots for full body protection.

Like the other products in Typhoon International’s Storm range, the Storm3 gloves have been created according to the company’s commitment to the environment.  Each Storm product is manufactured according to ‘REACH’ regulations, ensuring that chemicals hazardous to the environment are not used in the manufacturing process.

Visit www.typhoon-int.co.uk to see the full range and to find details of your nearest stockist.


Sizes: Adult – S,M,L,XL.  Youth – Y-S,Y-M,Y-L

Prices:

  • Storm3 glove adult £23.95 (inc VAT)
  • Storm3 Glove youth £18.95 (VAT exempt)
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