The Goods: Scuba Diving

Head to 20,000 leagues—or at least a hundred feet—with the finest subaquatic gear

May 17, 2006
Outside Magazine
Scuba Diving

Photograph by Jens Mortensen

1. HENDERSON TITANIUM HYPERSTRETCH // Ditch the straitjacket: Four-way stretch neoprene makes this 3mm wetsuit as comfy as a sweatsuit. Even more revolutionary, the Insta Dry wetsuit (not pictured, $473) does as it says: It dries in about five minutes, using a nonabsorbent neoprene exterior. $275;

2. SEALIFE DC500 ELITE // By packaging the camera, housing, and flash as a set, the Elite delivers quality underwater photos at a killer price. The five-megapixel digital camera is small enough for landlubber use, too. $999;

3. TUSA VISUALATOR M-14 // Masks are like shoes: Fit comes first. Start your search with the single-lens Visualator, which offers amplified vision. $75;

4. REEF FISH // Was that a reef shark or sand shark? This 500-page fish-identification tome (available in a waterproof five-by-six-inch version) will put an end to topside debate. $40;

5. AERIS SPORT BACKPACK // Carry logbooks, defogger, and loose items in this well-organized pack. Bonus: Fins lash neatly behind the front shock cord. $60;

6. MARES NEMO // Forget gawky, monster dive computers—this one is so slick you can wear it to post-dive dinners. $600;

7. AERIS VELOCITY FULL FOOT FINS // No need for a dedicated duffel for your fins with these shorter-than-average, lightweight (2.5 lbs per pair) flippers, which deliver plenty of kick for both diving and snorkeling. $50;

8. SCUBAPRO LAGUNA SNORKEL // The drytop ensures you always suck air, and the flexible mouthpiece is easy on the gums. $49;

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