DIVE'S TOP KIT
Our selection of the best diving gear available with up-to-date prices and specs. Check out before you buy your next item of kit…
BEST DIVE LIGHTS
The rise of LEDs as a light source has all but eliminated the filament bulb - which is a definite improvement for divers where reliability in the dark is much more valuable than a soothing, warm glow.
There are so many lights out there it's near impossible to make a choice, so we rounded up some of the best so you don't have to.
BEST BACK-INFLATE BCDS
Many divers love their traditional jacket-style BCDs; many others swear by their backplates and wings. But there's a range of buoyancy control devices that make the best of both worlds, giving you the confidence and freedom of movement of a wing but with those added little comforts of a jacket. Mark 'Crowley' Russell picks out the best back-inflate BCDs of 2019.
PRESCRIPTION LENSES FOR DIVERS
Rather unfortunately, the human eye hasn't quite finished evolving as yet, and it tends to throw up a range of problems as the years pass by. What is the best solution for divers who need glasses topside? Contact lenses, stick-on lenses, bonded prescription lenses or manufacturer-supplied prescription masks? Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell looks at the options.
BEST DIVE COMPUTERS
Dive computers have become as ubiquitous as smartphones - and just like smartphones all do the same general sort of thing but aren't all the same, so dive computers will give you your dive data but there is an enormous amount of variation as to just how they do that. We pick out the best dive computers available on the market, from entry-level to high-end technical.
TOP GIFT IDEAS FOR DIVERS
Stuck for gift ideas for your favourite scuba diver? There's so much stuff out there that the choice can be overwhelming. Here's a bunch of really cool gadgets, from stocking fillers to the latest rebreather, to fit all types of budget for buying your favourite diver the perfect gift. Even if that favourite diver is yourself...!
BEST WETSUITS FOR TRAVELLING DIVERS
In some tropical locations you only need a wetsuit to keep the wobbly bits from wobbling - in others the water can be 20 degrees cooler than the air temperature. DIVE rounds up 12 of the best men's and women's suits for travelling divers that will keep you toasty without burdening you with baggage fees.
TOP REGULATORS REVIEWED
There's no such thing as a bad regulator in today's scuba diving market place - but not all regulators are suitable for all underwater activities. Mark 'Crowley' Russell looks at the best regulators available for entry-level divers on a budget to high-spec techies with money to spare.
BEST COMPACT AND MIRRORLESS CAMERAS
The world of underwater photography is filled with mystery. Often very expensive mystery. Getting started as an amateur photographer can be challenging when faced with so many options and nobody wants to take out a second mortgage to pay for an underwater housing if they're not certain they want to pursue photography full time. Fortunately, there are some great and relatively inexpensive compact and mirrorless cameras available for folks who want to try their hand but not break their banks. Mark 'Crowley' Russell clears up some of the jargon and takes a look at the options.
Decisions, decisions. Do you need fins with more power, less weight, the other way around, or just the purple-coloured version to match the wetsuit? Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell takes a look at the range of fins currently available on the market place, with tips on buying and – >of course – style.
A lightweight travel BCD makes the perfect choice for warm-water recreational diving. Mark ‘Crowley’ Russell looks at the options - a mix of traditional jacket-style BCDs and some wings-style version, all around 3kg in weight
These small, tough and simple-to-use devices are the perfect way to record your dive. Neil Hope recommends the best action cameras for underwater use.
Timeless classics - A round-up of the best dive watches available to suit all pockets
UNDERWATER CAMERAS & HOUSINGS
Our pick of the latest underwater cameras and housings from entry-level to advanced - the Sony RX100IV / Nauticam NA-RX100IV, the Canon PowerShot G7 X / Canon WP-DC54, the Olympus TG-4 / Olympus PT-056, the Panasonic Lumix LX100 / Ikelite LX100, the Olympus OMD-EM10 II / Nauticam NA-EM10II, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 / Aquatica AGH4, the Canon 5D III / Hugyfot 5D Mk III, the Nikon D7200 / Nauticam NA-D7200 and the Sony A7II / Nauticam NA-A7II