Chas­ing Thrills

If you’re look­ing to amp up the adren­a­line the next time you take the plunge, make sure your gear is ready for the task at hand

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1. Bladefin Atomic Aquat­ics

Whether it’s a strong, steady flow that draws in swarms of sea life or a tum­bling tide that’s like a theme-park ride, cur­rent dives are pure ex­cite­ment. But they also de­mand fins with ef­fi­cient power, thrust and con­trol. Atomic’s Bladefin has a long, soft-cen­tered pad­dle blade with sup­port­ing rails that give it a pow­er­ful snap with each kick, cre­at­ing max­i­mum thrust with min­i­mum fa­tigue. The foot pocket is sup­port­ive and com­fort­able, let­ting you work the fin hard with­out foot or an­kle strain. Avail­able in six col­ors. $179.95 USD; 129 GBP; atom­i­caquat­ics.com

2. Hy­dros Pro Scubapro

Work­ing your way through a rip­ping cur­rent is where you ap­pre­ci­ate a BC that’s rugged, stream­lined and sleek. While the rear-in­fla­tion air cell of the Hy­dros Pro has abun­dant lift (40 pounds in men’s medium, 36 pounds in women’s), three re­tain­ing bungees along each side keep the blad­der pulled in tight and stream­lined. A pair of rear trim weight pock­ets helps you dial in your bal­ance for per­fect low-drag trim, and the Mon­prene har­ness com­po­nents in the straps and in­te­grated weights won’t flap around, even in cur­rent. $839 USD; 529 GBP; scubapro.com

3. MTX-R Apeks

Deep cold can be as hard on your gear as it is on you — espe­cially your reg, which must be ca­pa­ble of prevent­ing ic­ing and free-flows in the con­di­tions you’ll be div­ing. The new MTX-R was de­signed to meet re­quire­ments of the U.S. Navy Ex­per­i­men­tal Div­ing Unit for ex­treme cold-wa­ter use. The en­vi­ron­men­tally sealed di­aphragm first stage has a spe­cially de­signed end cap to help pre­vent freeze­ups, and the first and sec­ond stage have a se­ries of metal fins to pull am­bi­ent heat from the wa­ter. The sec­ond stage, with a metal di­aphragm ring, can be con­fig­ured for left- or right-side hose mount­ing, and the MTX-R comes with short and long ex­haust tees. $895 USD; 529 GBP; apeks­div­ing.com

4. X-mis­sion Bare

Far from the warm waters of the trop­ics you’ll find some of the world’s most in­cred­i­ble div­ing, but you’ll need the right gear to ex­pe­ri­ence it in safety and com­fort. Bare’s X-mis­sion dry­suit is made from rugged ny­lon rip-stop tril­am­i­nate that’s light­weight and heav­ily re­in­forced at wear points, with heavy-duty boots to re­sist dam­age for years of div­ing. A tele­scop­ing torso, in­ter­nal sus­penders and ad­justable elas­tic waist­band make for a com­fort­able fit and keep the suit trim in the wa­ter to re­duce drag. The di­ag­o­nal front-en­try zip­per aids don­ning and doff­ing, and a pair of roomy thigh pock­ets with drains and in­ter­nal bungees pro­vides space for ac­ces­sory gear. The X-mis­sion also is avail­able in a wide range of sizes and made to mea­sure for both men and women so you get a com­fort­able fit. $3,049.95 USD; 1,547 GBP; bare­s­ports.com

5. DC2000 Pro Duo Seal­ife

Why tell your friends about that crazy shark dive when you can show them? Seal­ife’s new DC2000 sim­pli­fies cap­tur­ing high-qual­ity still or video images. With ad­vanced fea­tures, such as a 20-megapixel sen­sor and RAW and JPEG imag­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties, it’s also easy to op­er­ate and has diver-friendly con­trols. There are four un­der­wa­ter shoot­ing modes, with three dig­i­tal color-cor­rec­tion fil­ters. Fea­tures such as con­tin­u­ous burst shoot­ing and im­age sta­bi­liza­tion help you get the shot even when the ac­tion gets hec­tic. The Pro Duo combo in­cludes the Sea Dragon 2300 auto light for vi­brant video, the Sea Dragon flash for stills and a set of Flex-con­nect grips with a tray. $1,399 USD; 1,299 GBP; seal­ife-cam­eras.com

6. Ace BC Cressi

The new back-in­fla­tion Ace has a har­ness with a one-piece cush­ioned pad that ex­tends down the back to low on the lum­bar and out the length of the waist straps for a very sta­ble, com­fort­able fit. Rear trim pock­ets on the tank band let you ad­just your bal­ance whether you’re in swim po­si­tion or perched on your knees. The back-mounted air cell al­lows un­re­stricted free­dom of move­ment, but un­like most rear-in­fla­tion BCS, the Ace has zip­pered cargo pock­ets lo­cated out­board of the in­te­grated weight pock­ets. At about 8 by 7½ inches and al­most 2 inches wide at the bot­tom, they’re big enough to safely hold a va­ri­ety of ac­ces­sories. $529.95 USD; not avail­able in UK; cres­siusa.com

7. I750TC Aqua Lung

Night dives let you dial your own level of thrill, from an af­ter-sun­set dip on the house reef to an ad­ven­ture with 3,000 feet of black wa­ter be­neath you. In ei­ther case, the I750TC puts all your crit­i­cal dive info where it’s avail­able with a glance at its full-color OLED screen. The flag­ship of Aqua Lung’s com­puter line, the I750TC has wire­less air in­te­gra­tion, a three-axis dig­i­tal com­pass and an ex­tremely in­tu­itive three-but­ton con­trol. It can man­age three gas mixes with three trans­mit­ters and sep­a­rate PO2 set points, and has Blue­tooth con­nec­tion so you can down­load dive logs and con­trol set­tings from your phone. $999 USD; 663 GBP; aqualung.com

8. Nova 2100 Spot/flood Scubapro

This ver­sa­tile 2,100-lu­men light can han­dle dive and video du­ties with its dual 15-de­gree spot/65-de­gree flood ca­pa­bil­ity. The one-but­ton con­trol lets you select from five power lev­els (in­clud­ing two spot/ flood com­bos) plus emer­gency flash and SOS flash modes. The recharge­able bat­tery burns for 55 min­utes at full power and is housed in an iso­lated com­part­ment to pro­tect the elec­tron­ics from wa­ter in­tru­sion. Just a shade over 5 inches long, the Nova 2100 has a cor­ro­sion-re­sis­tant an­odized alu­minum light head and a re­in­forced poly­car­bon­ate body, and it’s water­proof to 328 feet (100m). $600 USD; 499 GBP; scubapro.com

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CUR­RENT DIVER

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