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NEW Descent D1 from Garmin

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Descent G1 joins Garmin’s popular dive computer series featuring new rugged design and optional solar charging. Make the most of both underwater and topside adventures with multiple dive modes, health monitoring, sports apps and extended battery life.

Garmin have announced the Descent G1 Solar – watch-style dive computers with innovative dive technology, 24/7 health and wellness features, smartwatch functionality and optional solar charging, all packed into a rugged, bold design.

“Whether you are looking to purchase your first dive computer or wanting to support your active lifestyle, our Descent G1 Series is the ideal companion for all types of divers who appreciate having a multisport smartwatch for all other aspects of life topside,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Descent G1 Solar builds upon Garmin’s innovative dive technology line-up with the addition of solar charging, allowing customers more time to enjoy their topside activities.”

Engineered for endurance, designed to be daring

Featuring an easy-to-read, high-contrast display and 45mm watch case, the G1 Series introduces a new compact design into the dive lineup that is purpose built in both form and function. Water rated to 10 ATM (100 metres) and tested to engineering standard EN133319 for dive compliance with leakproof inductive buttons and a sapphire lens, the Descent G1 Series is rugged and ready for excursions above and below the water’s surface.

Available in multiple colour options and compatible with Garmin QuickFit® bands, divers can switch between long and short straps for wearing over wet suits when needed, or switch up their style in a snap to take their timepiece from a dive to dinner. Explore longer with the Descent G1 Series which offer a rechargeable battery with up to 25 hours in dive mode, up to 3 weeks in smartwatch mode and up to 4 months in smartwatch mode with the solar charging models.

Detailed stats for every type of diver

Descent G1 Series has features for new recreational divers up through seasoned technical divers with support for multiple dive modes for single and multiple gas dives (including air, nitrox, trimix and 100% O2), gauge, apnea, apnea hunt and closed-circuit rebreather. G1 Series also includes a 3-axis digital compass and vibration depth alerts. Right on the wrist, divers can view depth, dive time, temperature, NDL/TTS, ascent/descent rates, gas mix, PO2, N2 loading, decompression/safety stop information, and time-of-day, all customisable to the user’s preference.

Freedivers will enjoy customisable dive and surface screens in apnea modes, plus more metrics like ascent and descent rates to analyse performance between dives.The Descent G1 will automatically mark surface entry and exit points in the water using multi-GNSS satellite support and log it in the companion Garmin Dive™ app so divers can easily review a detailed analysis of each dive activity including max depth and bottom time. Use the Garmin Dive App to configure settings on the Descent G1 Series, or plan the next trip by viewing popular sites that have been rated and reviewed by other users.

Health monitoring and sports apps

The Descent G1 Series delivers a multitude of wellness features including advanced sleep monitoring with sleep score and features a variety of built-in indoor and GPS sports apps with favorites that include swimming, hiking, running, cycling, golf, yoga and surfing. With the integrated Surfline Widget, surfers will see a visual representation of tide information, wave height, wind, and surf quality rating right on the wrist. The G1 Series will track and measure performance with Garmin’s full suite of advanced fitness features like VO2 Max, Fitness Age, Training Status, Recovery Time, HIIT Workouts, and Daily Suggested Workouts.

Connected features for all-day wearability

While in between activities, users can take advantage of connected features like Garmin Pay™ for payments on the go, receive notifications for calls, texts, calendar reminders, social media updates, breaking news stories and more when paired with your compatible smartphone. Like all Garmin smartwatches, the Descent G1 Series can be used with either Android or Apple® smartphones. Connect IQ™ compatible, the Descent G1 Series allows users to add personality by downloading custom watch faces, data fields, apps and widgets.

inReach compatibility, plus incident detection

For off-grid adventures, pair the Descent G1 Series with an inReach® Mini 2 satellite communicator and while topside, send and receive messages from the wrist and even trigger an interactive SOS in case of emergency3. Keep the device protected by using theinReach Mini Dive Case (sold separately) and have peace-of-mind whenever you surface. The Descent G1 Series allows users to invite their friends and family to keep tabs on their live location during select outdoor activities. If an incident is detected, Garmin Connect™ Mobile can send a message with the user’s name and location (if available) to their emergency contacts.

The Descent G1 and Descent G1 Solar are available now – suggested retail prices of £479.99 and £569.99 respectively. To learn more, visit www.garmin.com.

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Northern Diver announce new SV Dive Hoods

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Manufactured from supple, 5mm superstretch neoprene, and complete with a plush internal lining, this hood fits like a comfortable second skin. This is further enhanced by the Black Skin neoprene face seals on the inside and outside of the hood, designed to effectively hug the contours of the face, providing exceptional sealing properties.

Performance, fit and comfort are also improved thanks to the one-way Supervent valve, located at the top of the hood. This innovative vent removes trapped air from within the hood, increasing comfort and ensuring a perfect fit throughout the dive.

The effective fit and construction of the hood ensures exceptional thermal protection, however, this is further improved by a unique Ti-Ax® coating applied to the hood for superior heat retention. Likewise, it also features an external MA heavy duty coating, for increased durability and longevity.

FEATURES

  • Improved design
  • 5mm superstretch neoprene
  • Skin neoprene outer face seal
  • Skin neoprene inner face seal
  • Plush internal lining (red)
  • Supervent at top of hood
  • Unique Ti-Ax® Coating
  • External MA Heavy Duty Coating
  • x2 bartacks on chin seam
  • Northern Diver reflective logo
  • Overprint design on side panels

Available in a range of sizes from S to XXL with either a skin outer face seal or lined outer face seal.

For more information head to the Northern Diver website.

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Jeff chats to… Brent Durand, Brand Evangelist at Scubapro, about the new Seawing Supernova Fins (Watch Video)

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In this exclusive Zoom interview, Jeff Goodman, Scubaverse Editor-at-Large, chats to Brent Durand, Brand Evangelist at Scubapro.

Brent has been diving for 25 years and has worked in the industry since 2013. Brent is the featured ambassador for Scubapro’s Seawing Supernova fin launch and has spent months using the fins in warm water and in temperate water off the California coast.

Find out more at www.scubapro.com and www.johnsonoutdoors.com

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