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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!

https://youtu.be/5yrxYiBs8bg

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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Northern Diver Christmas Sale starts TODAY!

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This year Northern Diver’s Christmas offers are starting on Black Friday and running until midnight on New Year’s Eve! 

There are some great deals to be had across the site – www.ndiver.com – from discounted Drysuits and Coltri compressors to 15% off their entire Lighting Section!

And if you can’t find the perfect present for the diver in your life, they have a choice of Gift Cards on offer. They are even giving you £25 extra when you purchase a £100 voucher!

The offers don’t stop there – there is FREE shipping on all orders over £100 and even a FREE gift with every online purchase.

Every purchase will get you entered into a great prize draw to win one of their new Electracore 3.0mm Rechargeable Heated Vests!

And should you find that you need to return any of your purchases, Northern Diver understand that Christmas may be a little different for everyone this year and you may not get to see every one over Christmas, so they have extended their Returns Period to the end of January 2021. (Valid for purchases made from Black Friday to end of December 2020).

Some unmissable offers to look out for are the Varilux Zoom, part of the Varilux Black & Gold Range, with its variable beam width; and Northern Diver’s 4mm compressed Neoprene Drysuit, the Voyager, which is on offer for an incredible £475!

For more information visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.

Photo credit: Joe Duffy

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Jeff chats to… Richard Corner from Mares about swimwear products (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman chats to Richard Corner, UK Watersports Category Manager for Mares, about swimwear products and the purchase of Zoggs swimwear.

Part three in a series of four videos.

Rather listen to a podcast? Listen to the audio HERE on the new Scubaverse podcast channel at Anchor FM.


For more information, visit www.mares.com, www.head.com/en-GB/sports/swimming and www.zoggs.com

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