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Tried & Tested: Typhoon International’s Totland Dog Vest

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Typhoon say about their pet flotation aid: “Our Totland Dog Vest is bound to be a hit with canine crew members whose safety is just as important as that of the rest of the family.  The Totland Dog Vest offers the all-important buoyancy in an easy-to-spot bright orange tough coated nylon. 

It is easy to buckle up and has a handy haul out handle and lead loop attachment point, making it easy to help your dog on and off the boat.”

Test Conditions

  • Location: Trefor, UK
  • Temperature: 20 degrees C
  • No of Swims: 4
  • Equipment Used: Gucci the Golden Retriever
  • Test Equipment: Typhoon Totland Dog Vest
  • RRP: £20.95

Review

The Totland Dog Vest is available in four sizes, and having consulted the size chart we went for the XL to fit our big Golden Retriever, Gucci. He is a good swimmer, so for a day at the beach does not need an aid to help him stay afloat whilst chasing his favourite ball, but if we were taking him on a boat we would certainly be using one.

The vest was easy to fit and the neck fitting was padded and looked really comfortable. Gucci certainly put up no complaints at wearing it and was happy to charge up and down the beach with it on. It did not impede his movement (both running and swimming) at all. The handle is really useful for close control, as well as being essential if we were to have to assist him back onto a boat or river bank. There is an attachment for a lead too, so for those who are training their dogs to swim or worry about their recall, a long lead can be attached to let them swim and have fun and still be able to get them back!

The bright orange colour is great to being able to keep track of your dog if they swim further away from you than you would like too. The float kept Gucci nice and high in the water and he was keen to try it out over and over again! It is a tough vest with secure clips giving you confidence that your best buddy would be safe if caught out in a current. We will certainly be using this to give our nervous puppy some confidence as he ventures into the water in the future.

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

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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Tried & Tested: OrcaTorch D630 Canister Dive Light

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The OrcaTorch D630 is a canister dive light designed for cave diving, wreck diving or similar technical diving activities. The light delivers up to 4,000 lumens, and its angle adjustable cable allows both 90°and 180° rotation between canister and light head. This makes the OrcaTorch D630 suited for both side mount and back mount diving. Its large capacity battery pack provides up to 5 hours at the brightest mode.

Features

  • Uses 5* CREE LEDs, max 4000 lumens
  • 90°~180° angle adjustable cable
  • 7° super focus beam
  • LED indicator offers an instant update of battery status
  • Rechargeable large capacity battery
  • 5 hours long runtime at brightest mode
  • Battery can be used as a power bank
  • Battery charging indicator displays the charging status
  • Easy operation with side titanium alloy button switch
  • Safe lock function
  • Intelligent overheat protection
  • Depth rated up to 150 meters
  • Constructed from aircraft-grade high strength aluminum alloy

Test Conditions

  • Location: Capernwray Quarry, UK
  • Visibility: 6-8m
  • Temperature: 14 degrees C
  • No of Dives: 2

Review

There is plenty to be impressed about with the OrcaTorch D630 Dive Light! On a recent trip to Capernwray I used it both as a light and gave it to my buddy to model for me, so that I could see it in action from both sides. Firstly, and possibly most importantly, it is really easy to use. There is a lock to prevent it being turned on accidentally, and this switch is easy to use even with thick gloves. Once unlocked it is a simple button press to flick through the modes. The dive was a bit green and murky, but this powerful light cut through the less than perfect water conditions really well. It is easy to mount and with the adjustable cable angle it can be put wherever suits you best and still have a good hose route.

I love the fact that at the end of a couple of long dives using this light, I was still able to use the battery to charge my phone! The D630 gives a clear indication of the power left in the battery, so you will never be caught short on a dive.

This is a great light for wreck diving or using on any overhead environment dive. I have not tried it at night, but I can be confident it would be outstanding for this too. It is a tough, rugged, quality dive light with both impressive battery life and light beam.

At £539.95 ($659.95) you are getting a quality light for your money. It is depth rated to 150m and the battery will last for 5 hours – so it is a great dive light to join you on your next adventure.

For more information visit the OrcaTorch website by clicking here.

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Gear Review: W7 Wetsuit from Waterproof (Watch Video)

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In a video shot exclusively for Scubaverse.com, Jeff Goodman reviews the W7 Wetsuit from Waterproof.

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