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NEW at Boot 2019 – Diving Equipment

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Amazing new innovations at BOOT 2019

The Boot show in Dusseldorf, Germany was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and as usual it had a huge array of scuba diving equipment on display. I was only visiting for a couple of days but took the chance to grab some information on some of the new kit on offer in 2019. Here is a brief round up of what I found….

Mares

Mares were celebrating their 70th anniversary at Boot and their most exciting new product had to be the Horizon Rebreather – launched at the show. There was huge interest in this new Semi-Closed Rebreather, with queues forming just to see it.

Mares also had a host of other new equipment on show on their huge stand in the middle of the exhibition – from new wetsuits, redesigned bags, computers, regs, BCDs and more…here are just a few:

Flexa Z Therm 7mm semi-dry wetsuit

Chroma Mask: with easy to change lenses

New Mares Bag Range: lighter & more eco-friendly

Magellan: Travel Wing

There was a huge array of new Mares regulators on display

New action camera Video Tray, including 2 EOS 10RW lights

For more information about new diving equipment from Mares visit their website by clicking here.


SCUBAPRO

SCUBAPRO launched the amazing new Galileo Hud heads up display diving computer at this years Boot show. This tiny and light computer clips onto any mask and gives the diver a heads up display of the information needed. You have to see it to believe it!

Also new on their stand were…

Go Sport Fins: a super tough open heel fin

Synergy Mask: made for smaller faces and comes with the comfort strap

For more information about new diving equipment from Scubapro visit their website by clicking here.


Aqualung & Apeks

Aqualung & Apeks also had a host of new dive gear to show their dealers & customer. I met up with Dean Martin who talked me through what to expect in 2019….

Also new from Aqualung / Apeks…

Rogue BCD: New White Colour

1200C Dive Computer: connects via bluetooth to Diverlog + App

Fast Lock: A new innovative way to secure your BCD

Plazma Mask: Aqualung’s first frameless mask comes in 6 colours, the black mask comes with amber lenses

Apeks VX1 Mask: Pure Clear and UV CUT lens. Comes with hard box and both neo and silicone straps

For more information about new diving equipment from Aqualung visit their website by clicking here. For more information about new diving equipment from Apeks visit their website by clicking here.


Huish Outdoors

Huish had their extensive range of diving gear on display from manufacturers Bare, Hollis, Atomic Aquatics, Oceanic and more on display at Boot. I met up with Justin who said that after a tough 2018 Huish were back on track for 2019, fully operational and raring to go! The Hollis Prism rebreather caught the eye; previously available around the world, but now also in the EU coming soon!

Also on their stand…

Hollis Prism Rebreather from the front

Hollis Katana 2

Bare ATX Drysuit

For more information about new diving equipment from Huish Outdoors visit their website by clicking here.


Cressi

Anything to do with man’s best friend catches my eye, and so this display from Cressi made me smile!

For more information about new diving equipment from Cressi visit their website by clicking here.


Fourth Element

I also have to give Fourth Element a mention for their dedication to protecting the marine environment. They are the leading light in the scuba world when it comes to creating innovative new products made from recycled nylon from ghost nets and to reducing plastic packaging. Keep up the great work!

For more information about Ocean Positive and Mission 2020 from Fourth Element visit their website by clicking here.


There was so much on offer at the Boot show it would be impossible for me to have covered it all. There were scooters and technical equipment that I did not get time to look at. The show is also full of travel and training stands. You can see what was new in the world of underwater photo & video by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline (Frogfish Photography) are a married couple of conservation driven underwater photo-journalists and authors. Both have honours degrees from Manchester University, in Environmental Biology and Biology respectively, with Nick being a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, a former high school science teacher with a DipEd in Teaching Studies. Caroline has an MSc in Animal Behaviour specializing in Caribbean Ecology. They are multiple award-winning photographers and along with 4 published books, feature regularly in the diving, wildlife and international press They are the Underwater Photography and Deputy Editors at Scubaverse and Dive Travel Adventures. Winners of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Photo-journalist of the Year for a feature on Shark Diving in The Bahamas, and they have been placed in every year they have entered. Nick and Caroline regularly use their free time to visit schools, both in the UK and on their travels, to discuss the important issues of marine conservation, sharks and plastic pollution. They are ambassadors for Sharks4Kids and founders of SeaStraw. They are Dive Ambassadors for The Islands of The Bahamas and are supported by Mares, Paralenz, Nauticam and Olympus. To find out more visit www.frogfishphotography.com

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SCUBAPRO CARES – Step by step for the protection of our oceans

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For over 50 years Scubapro has been committed to diving and marine conservation. From optimising materials and manufacturing techniques to sponsoring conservation organisations and the work of the Deep Elite Ambassadors, Scubapro is committed to helping preserve the oceans.

The goal is to create awareness for the oceans and encourage divers to get involved in environmental protection. Scubapro has partnerships with Mission Blue, Galapagos National Parks, Conservation International, WWF, Antinea Foundation, San Diego Oceans Foundation, REEF, National Marine Life Center, Sharkproject, SOS Sea Turtles, Ozeankind, Yaqu Pacha and many more.

SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS

Scubapro divewear is the greenest – or bluest – in the industry. In 2012, Scubapro was the first manufacturer to use X-Foam neoprene. In 2017, again as the first manufacturer, the solvent-free Aqua Alpha glue followed in Everflex suits. Today, all Scubapro dry suits, wetsuits, shortys, hoods and gloves thicker than 1.5 mm are made with this solvent-free glue. In addition, the standards for neoprene include the use of only environmentally beneficial doped-dyed yarns, carbon black components from recycled tyres and 100% petroleum-free limestone

“Scubapro was one of the first brands to stop using petroleum-based neoprene and to start using neoprene that was gained from Limestone instead. By developing the Everflex 3/2mm no zip, we have tried to produce a natural-based neoprene suit. We have also used solvent free glue for the fabric production and suit assembly which complies to REACH regulations for pollutant free production processes. Having had the chance to spend time with the workers on the production chain, I can tell that this is a serious milestone for ensuring their health and developing an eco-friendlier level of neoprene.”

– Nicolas Vincent, Scubapro product manager Dive Wear & Bags 

RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING

As part of its Responsible Packaging program, Scubapro is gradually reducing the use of plastic packaging. Some measures that have already been implemented: 

  • Recycled cardboard boxes or protective containers for masks that can be used sustainably for transport and storage of accessories.
  • Boots in fabric bags that can be used for transport and storage as well as a wash or shoe bag.
  • Headbands, neoprene mask straps, gloves and other accessories are delivered on recycled label cards as packaging.
  • Regulators, computers, and regulator maintenance kits are shipped in cardboard packaging without plastic.
  • Fins in recycled cardboard boxes or in mesh bags that can be used for transport and storage or as bags for marine debris when diving.

The complete elimination of plastic and the reduction of total packaging are the goals of the Responsible Packaging program. Innovative packaging solutions for more products will be introduced
in the near future.

Further information: www.scubapro.eu/scubapro-cares

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MARES Dual ADJ 62X – Introducing the Dive Industry’s smallest first stage

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Mares continues to prove to be an industry leader in regulator technology and design with the release of the Dual Adj 62X.

Created to satisfy ongoing requests from the US and Asian markets, the Dual Adj 62X is now the smallest, most compact first stage ever released by Mares. Now the most lightweight regulator in the Mares line-up, the Dual Adj 62X is the perfect traveling diver’s companion worldwide.

The 62X first stage breaks records as the smallest first stage in the diving market, coming in at a mere 63mm in height and weighing only 464g (DIN). This small-but-mighty first stage is 10% smaller and lighter than its 52X predecessor and has 30% less volume. The 62X first stage may be compact, but it still boasts all of Mares regulators’ innovative features, such as Auto Sealing Technology (AST) which protects against water entering the first stage.

Mares, however, didn’t stop here. The core parts of the 62X were re-designed to generate an even better seal, making this an excellent regulator for cold water diving. The addition of the optional Twin Balanced Piston (TBP), makes this one of the highest performing regulators in cold water.

Specific technical innovations of this first stage’s internal workings include a new poppet seat that is now sharper with a smaller cone radius and decreased angle to define the sealing surface better. The lightweight Dual Adj second stage offers smooth, easy breathing at all depths. Enhanced with a pneumatically assisted design (P.A.D.) and the unique, Mares patented Vortex Assisted Design (VAD) systems, the Dual Adj is second to none in ease of air delivery. The newly designed adjustable breathing knob helps divers enjoy a customized breathing experience, even when wearing thick gloves.

True to the Mares brand, the Dual Adj 62X goes above and beyond all performance tests and will impress even the most seasoned diver. It exceeds performance standards at 200m and uses proven technology at 400m. This highly developed regulator system offers high performance at a very competitive price while still providing all the features needed by today’s demanding divers.

For more information visit the Mares website by clicking here.

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