Scuba Gear Reviews by Bruce W.
Rating: Good gloves 02/22/2013
Overall these are good warm gloves. They do tend to let in a bit of water however and they are quite thick so not the easiest to use (zipping up pockets on BC etc). They work well with the Mares Isotherm semi-dry wetsuit to help seal out water from the suit. If you arent diving in very cold water then perhaps the thinner Mares gloves are more useful (I have both).
Rating: Great semi-dry! 02/22/2013
This is a high quality semi-dry wetsuit. It looks and feels great. The seals (like a drysuit) work very well so the only water is around the ankles, wrists (with gloves and boots) and a little around the neck if the hood isnt worn. It was quite warm in 70degF/21degC water and flexible enough to allow pretty good movement. The first time I used it is was on the tight side and the zipper seal was tough... just give it a soak and dry before you go to use it and put the grease on the zipper and its a breeze the second time onwards. You need to have a buddy to use this suit also as the zipper is almost impossible to use by yourself unless you are really flexible (most people dont dive alone so no drama).
Mares Raptor Adjustable Strap Split Fins.
Rating: Great Fins... effortless! 01/26/2013
After using traditional fins I decided to change to split fins. I was amazed at how effortless they were to use... small light kicks provided great propulsion. They were also easier to turn around in tight spots with. Only 2 small negatives... The first is that if you are using a thick boot and large size then it can be a tight fit into the fins even in XL size... that said it wasnt uncomfortable. Secondly Im disappointed that Mares charges so much for their steel spring straps. I cant really fault the rubber ones that come with the fin they are easy to use. Id happily recommend these fins