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Fourth Element’s Halo A°R has landed!

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Inner Space Technology: One of the most insulating materials ever developed

Over a decade in the making, fourth element are ready to introduce their brand new undersuit, Halo A°R. Incorporating highly advanced thermal technology and one of the most insulating materials ever developed, the HALO A°R’s performance exceeds expectations of any diving undersuit.

Using technology originally created for space exploration and cryogenics, the HALO A°R features the extreme insulation material A°RGON™ aerogel in a compression resistant matrix.

What is A°RGON™?

A°RGON™ is a form of Aerogel developed for insulation in space crafts and cryogenics due to its superior insulation properties. Traditionally this material is created by removing the liquid from a gel and replacing it with air, which creates a lightweight, hollow and flexible structure. When we tested it more than 10 years ago it crushed and disintegrated. A°RGON™ is a foam embedded version of this which allows it to function in a diving context.

With phenomenal insulation properties, this material enables the HALO A°R to achieve extreme thermal protection from a thinner, less buoyant diving undersuit. With a wind and water-repellent stretch outer layer, comfortable thumb loops and foot stirrups, this is a garment which can be worn in total comfort, all day.

Fourth Element Director, Jim Standing said, “Building on fourth element’s experience in thermal protection and bodymapping, we have extensively assessed the HALO A°R with thermal imaging cameras to improve and modify prototypes. It’s been a long process to get this right, but what we have now is the most advanced technology you’ll find on the market.”

The offset chest zip and baffles ensure that heat lost from the torso is minimised when in horizontal trim. All the body from shoulders to knees is protected by a layer of A°RGON™, while other critical areas also benefit from this enhanced insulation without compromising mobility or creating bulk.

Routing a valve in this diving undersuit is as simple as adjusting the two-way zipper in the fly and a zippered pocket provides a secure place to store keys, credit cards and cash.

The undersuit retails at £449 GBP / €539 EUR and is available in sizes S – XL.

Features

  • A°RGON™ – extreme performance thermal insulation
  • Bodymapped thermal protection
  • High performance low bulk
  • Optimised for horizontal trim
  • P-valve ready
  • Exceptional warmth
  • Water-repellent outer layer
  • All-way stretch fabric for snug fit
  • Machine washable

For more information visit the fourth element website

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Mares launch new Sirius dive computer

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The Sirius is a watch-style dive computer that perfectly combines technology and elegance. The characteristics of this dive computer feature top-of-the-range technology both for the recreational and Extended Range diver. The recreational diver can see dive data in a simple, intuitive way, with the possibility of integrating tank data using the optional tank module. The Extended Range diver can insert up to five nitrox and trimix mixes. Thanks to the changeable strap, it can be used with any suit thickness. Available in black or black/silver versions.

The main features of the Sirius are:

• ZH-L16C algorithm with gradient factors and predictive multigas
• Nitrox and trimix capable, up to 5 gases
• MIP color, high-resolution display
• Full tilt digital compass with bearing memory and stopwatch
• Hoseless tank data integration for up to five transmitters
• Color coded tank pressure for at-a-glance readability
• Bottom timer mode with resettable average depth and stopwatch
• Decompression dive planner with additional surface interval function
• 100 dive logbook with multiple graphs
• Tissue saturation and dive profile graph
• Smart battery management system with 30 hours dive time per full charge (without the use of the transmitter)
• Bluetooth connection for direct connection to a smartphone
• Underwater menu allows certain settings to be changed during the dive
• Future deco and runaway deco alarm
• Three watch faces plus color options
• Changeable strap for use with any wetsuit thickness
• Wireless charging base

To find out more visit the Mares website

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Varilux Travel and Micro Torches from Northern Diver

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Northern Diver are now offering their new updated Varilux Travel & Micro torches complete with magnetic charging ports.

VARILUX MICRO

A powerful, rechargeable dive light specially designed for underwater use.

The Varilux Micro, for your convenience, is an ultra-compact and lightweight dive torch – it serves as the perfect solution for your lighting needs.

See https://www.ndiver.com/varilux-micro-light for more.

VARILUX TRAVEL

A compact, powerful and versatile torch that you can charge on the go. Light output is controlled via an easy press push button. Burn time at 1100 lumens is an impressive 3.5 hours. At the lowest setting of 110 lumens, burn time is 50 hours. A lightweight yet durable torch ideal for lighting up dark spaces in a range of environments.

See https://www.ndiver.com/varilux-travel-torch for more.

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