If you do a lot of diving in murky water, or better still a lot of night diving in murky water, the Light and Motion Laser 600 is for you. The standard LED three-cell lamp combines with a powerful lens to create a bright, narrow 8-degree beam of 600 lumens on the maximum power setting. Lower power settings allow the diver to dial down to 300 and 150 lumens.
That maximum power setting gives you the “600” part of the name, but what separates this (admittedly expensive) dive light from the pack is the “laser” part. In the middle of the lamp cells is a green diode laser, which can be used with or without the lamp. The laser gives a diver pointing and signalling options beyond simply pointing the dive light and/or flashing it.
The battery is a 12-volt lithium-ion unit, rated to provide two hours of burn time in high mode, four hours in medium, and eight hours on low.
This is a pistol-grip unit, with operating switch located on the top. It comes with a 24-month warranty and a D-ring attachment kit, and is rated for a maximum depth of 100 m (330 feet).
This mask from Oceanic/Aeris combines a minimalist frame with maximalist lenses to create a highly touted field of view.
These start with those big lenses, but don’t end there. The lenses are tilted to increase downwards field of view, adding to the range of vision. At the same time, it is a low volume mask and the lenses are lightweight. Coupled with the soft silicone skirt, which got high marks from consumers, it should sit easily on the face.
Another touch is a strap inspired by ski mask straps, designed to make adjustment a strap and to better accommodate snorkels.
The SEAC DX200 was a 2014 release that raised a few eyebrows by making Sport Diver‘s annual Best Regs list for two years, 2015 and 2016, in a row. This was because it combined a lightweight, travel-friendly design with a robust, scratch-resistant package and mechanical durability.
The breathing-resistance controller is easy to manipulate, even with gloves on. You can even see it when you look at the SEAC DX200, mounted as it is to the user’s left and fairly big relative to the second stage as a whole. The first stage is a forged brass, balanced diaphragm job, and insulated from the water. Overall it’s a compact, lightweight design, especially in the second stage, and one that belies its own toughness.
The SEAC L70 is a new entrant into the growing realm of micro-masks, or masks with an ultra-low interior volume. “Micro” is the right word, because this one is so small you might mistake it for a kiddie mask.
Low interior volume has two potential payoffs, one major and one minor, and both are present in the SEAC L70. The major plus is that the lenses are very close to the eyes, eliminating much of the tunnel vision present in dive masks. It doesn’t quite give you you peripheral vision back, but suffice it to say the L70 has a very wide angle of vision. The lesser plus is that you can equalize and clear this mask with barely an effort.
The mask comes in all-clear, clear with blue or black frames, or all-black.
Average Price: $95