Scuba Gear Reviews by Mark Speights
500psi Wetsuit / BC Wash - Shampoo with Conditioner Cleaner
Rating: First timer... 4/28/2013
...at actually washing (and not just rinsing) my wetsuits. Not sure why this is better than any other type of detergent, but am trusting that it will help preserve my investments. Seems fine.
Pinnacle 5mm Escape 5 Front Zip Shorty Wetsuit
Rating: Beautiful 4/28/2013
I love this suit. It is better to start the zipper before you step into it as it is more difficult to start when on the body. Great fit, easy access in and out while others are still peeling theres from their bodies. I only wish they made this in a 3mm version for warmer water. I would buy one of those in a minute.
Scuba Safety Whistle with Lanyard
Rating: Not great 4/28/2013
This sounds really good and loud when its dry, but when you surface and it is full of water it is not very effective. Blowing the water out doesnt help. It actually has to dry completely. I wouldnt want to have to depend on this to signal for help.
Scuba Dive Flag License Plate Frame
Rating: Cute 4/28/2013
Looks real nice on my brand new SUV and certainly makes a statement better than promoting the car dealership. :-)
500psi 2oz Sport Bottle Mask Defog with Carabiner
Rating: Nice, but a little gimmicky 7/8/2012
I am not one to use anti-fog products. I am usually fine with a little baby shampoo cleanse between dives or some good old fashioned saliva. I carry this with me in my mask bag for others not so enlightened who feel science has improved upon or is more hygienic than what comes out of our bodies. Cant really speak to its effectiveness, but its always nice to have an extra Caribiner lying around and it came free with a really groovy new mask.
Mares X-Vision Mid Skirt Mask
Rating: Beautiful mask 7/8/2012
This mask is my third mask in as many years. It is replacing my Mares X Vision mask which had the best optical glass Ive ever used though it continuously leaked under my nose. I went with the Cressi Lince since I have a small face, but my peripheral vision was severely compromised. With the above experience as my guide and in reading everything I could find I ordered the mid version. Though I have yet to use it diving I can say that the beautiful optical glass is intact in this series and my field of vision is greatly improved over the Cressi if not entirely that of the X-Vision, but that is to be expected with the smaller mask. The next test will be a trip to Mexico next month to get wet. Thus far I am confident.
Mares X-Vision Mid Skirt Mask
Rating: Scuba after dive jacket 8/6/2010
This thing appears great for the price. I havent yet used it on a dive boat, but I can tell already it was what I needed for those squalls while diving Cozumel last May. It sure beats bringing along a 5mm to 7mm wetsuit if you can put this on during your surface time between the two morning dives.
Scuba Stainless Steel Knife
Rating: Dive Knife 7/15/2010
This seems to be a solid purchase. Very sharp blade and the scabbard seems as if it will last. Because of the fact it is stainless and prone to rust I have covered it in Vaseline and will probably not use it on all dives, but it appears as if it will last a long time if you dont mind the cosmetic discoloring from salt water. Mark H. Speights
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