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CREST CR5 | SRP: £625Crest might be a new name to the UK diving market, but the creative minds behind the company have a long history in diving, and were behind the innovative Cosmiq dive computer which was praised for its vivid screen display.

The CR5 is their latest product, and it is firmly aimed at the diving and sports enthusiast, being a full-featured dive computer as well as a smart sports watch – and it comes in at a sterling price for all of its functionality. The user interface is also very intuitive and simple to use.

On the diving side of things, it is waterproof to 100m, can handle nitrox from 21 to 99 percent, and has a freediving and gauge mode alongside the scuba mode, which operates a Buhlmann ZH-L16C algorithm.

On the sports watch front, it has built-in modes for hiking, biking, running, swimming, triathlon and workout. It also features GPS positioning, compass and heart rate monitor. The CR5 has a bright colour MIP LCD display, which is surrounded by a stainless steel bezel, and it is protected by a Corning Gorilla glass lens. It is very lightweight – tipping the scales at just 80g – and the strap is made from antiallergenic medical-grade silicone rubber.

The bezel comes in two colourways – polished silver, or matt black – on the black-body version, the new white variant has a choice of three bezel colours – gold, silver or metallic blue.

The battery is rechargeable, and it can be almost fully charged in just one hour. Battery life is excellent – up to 14 days in standby mode, 40 hours in sports mode, and up to 25 dives in dive mode.
MARES SMARTY MINI | SRP: £24The Smarty Mini Multi-tool is the perfect compact tool for basic operations. It measures less than 100mm, is just 4mm thick, and is made from stainless steel with a PVD coating.

It features a 4mm allen key, line cutter, screwdriver, 4-6-8-13-14mm spanners, plus the all-important bottle opener.

FOURTH ELEMENT ATLANTIC | SRP: £350Fourth Element’s Cyclone waterproof jacket was a fantastic product, and mine kept me nice and dry in even the worst downpours. Now the company is back with a new waterproof coat, but this time it is a three-in-one that can be worn three ways – as a waterproof shell (a la Cyclone), insulated jacket, or zipped together for ultimate protection.

The Atlantic has been designed slightly longer than the norm, with clean, minimal lines, meaning it is just as at home in the city as it is out on a blustery coastal path.

Made from recycled polyester throughout, each fabric and component has been considered for its function and recyclability. By using monofilament fabrics and recycled materials where possible, this coat is more-easily recycled at the end of its life without compromising on performance.

The outer is made from recycled polyester with a fluorocarbon-free DWR treatment, meaning it is waterproof and breathable. It features fully taped seams throughout, handwarmer pockets with storm-flap protection, an adjustable peaked hood with hidden toggles, adjustable snap cuffs, and a zip interface to combine with the inner jacket.

The inner is made from recycled polyester and down-free insulation, and has handwarmer pockets, high-neck protective collar, and a handy chest pocket.

The Atlantic comes in male and female variants, in sizes from XS to XXXL (mens) and XXS to XXL (womens).

TECLINE MILITARY LINEThe current trend is to add a splash of colour here and there to brighten up equipment, but Tecline’s Military Line goes the completely opposite direction and adopts the Henry Ford thought process – ‘any colour as long as it is black’.

Techies and wannabe techies are going to lap up this range of equipment, which covers everything from umbilical torches (TecLight), backplates and harnesses (DIR), wings (Peanut 16 and 21, Donut 22) and regulators (R5, V1 ICE, TEC2) to pillar valves, tanks, masks (Frameless Super View), hoses, gauges and even bolt snaps.