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PRODUCT RECALL: SUUNTO WIRELESS TANK PRESSURE TRANSMITTER AND SUUNTO TANK POD

 Link to Suunto Recall Page: http://www.suunto.com/en-US/Support/recall/suunto-wireless-tank-pressure-transmitter-and-suunto-tank-pod-recall/ Direct Copy From Suuto Recall page: PRODUCT RECALL: SUUNTO WIRELESS TANK PRESSURE TRANSMITTER AND SUUNTO

 Link to Suunto Recall Page:

http://www.suunto.com/en-US/Support/recall/suunto-wireless-tank-pressure-transmitter-and-suunto-tank-pod-recall/

Direct Copy From Suuto Recall page:

PRODUCT RECALL: SUUNTO WIRELESS TANK PRESSURE TRANSMITTER AND SUUNTO TANK POD

Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter and Suunto Tank POD recall

Suunto announces a recall of all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs

Suunto has identified a potential safety risk affecting all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs which wirelessly transmit tank air pressure to compatible Suunto dive computers. In two reported incidents, the exterior case of a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter has failed during regular dry land pressure testing. Although extremely rare, this represents a potential risk of injury due to the risk of bursting.

Diver safety is of highest importance to Suunto. That is why Suunto has decided to initiate a recall of all Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitters and Suunto Tank PODs.

All consumers who have a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter or Tank POD are instructed to bring their products to an authorized Suunto dive dealer or a Suunto Authorized Service Center for inspection and upgrade. The process is free of charge for the consumers. All Transmitters and Tank PODs must not be used before the upgrade has been made.

Suunto sincerely apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this. As a complementary service, Suunto will provide a battery replacement free of charge and a one-year warranty from the date of inspection for all upgraded products.

Identification of affected products:

Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter

  • SS019098000 and SS005397000 SUUNTO WIRELESS TANK PRESSURE TRANSMITTER
  • Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter has a black cone-shaped plastic case – with SUUNTO, FINLAND printed on top of the case.
  • The old model has a black plastic base. The new model has a transparent plastic based with an LED light.
  • Size: diameter approximately 4 cm, length approximately 8 cm
  • Compatible Products: Suunto D4i, D4i Novo, D6i, D6i Novo, D9, D9tx, DX, Vytec, Vytec DS, Vyper Novo, HelO2, Vyper Air.

Suunto Tank POD

  • SS020306000 SUUNTO TANK POD
  • Suunto Tank POD has black cone-shaped plastic case with SUUNTO TANK POD, MADE IN FINLAND printed in gray color on the case and a transparent plastic base.
  • Size: diameter approximately 4 cm, length appoximately 8 cm
  • Compatible products: Suunto EON Steel dive computer.

What to do if you own a Suunto Wireless Tank Pressure Transmitter or a Suunto Tank POD

  1. Do not use the affected product(s) before it has been upgraded.

  2. Bring the product(s) to your nearest authorized Suunto dive dealer or a Suunto Authorized Service Center for inspection and upgrade. A list of dealers and authorized service centers can be found at: Dealer Locator . You can also use the free Suunto Online Service Request (only available for certain countries) to get your product(s) picked up from your home/office.
  3. When you receive your upgraded product(s), please register the product(s) at MySuunto to ensure you receive a full one-year warranty extension from the date of inspection.



A Whole New World of Water Sportswear for Women

Ever since I was young, I’ve hated to wear swim suits in public. Okay, sure, occasionally, it was kind of

Ever since I was young, I’ve hated to wear swim suits in public. Okay, sure, occasionally, it was kind of flirty fun to show myself off to the boys patrolling the beach, but, mostly I was always self-conscious about how I looked. Too this, too that, not enough of this. In short, it was torture.

And swimming in a two piece is no picnic. Dive into the pool or the lake and you might end up with your top around your neck and your bottoms around your ankles. Then, it becomes a scurry and splash to tug the suit back in place.

Personally, I’d rather be comfortable. Wouldn’t you?

Fast forward to the now, where I’m older. I still despise swim suits as much as I hate bras, which is a lot. I still carry the same self-conscious feelings when I go to work-out at the local Y. Walking the pool deck to get to the deep end proves daunting. For me, it’s five yards I can’t wait to get over with, until I’m submerged in the pool where I can relax.

There is a goddess—her name is Klash.

When we met the girls at the DEMA Klash booth last year, they promised a solution—the fade-resistant, UPF-50+ Splash Legging. They assured me that they feel the same self-consciousness when donning swimwear (and they were young and fit). The leggings were still in the prototype stage, though, so I had to wait a long time to get my first pair. But, finally, I got them. I took them to the pool at the Y. Donning them, I felt empowered. I was there to do my sport of choice—swimming. I wasn’t there dressed like an out-to-pasture show pony. I walked the pool deck with confidence. Got in the pool. Swam and mucked about in the water.

Once I was done, I emerged from the pool, feeling like one of Wonder Woman’s team of Amazon warrior-women. In short, it felt awesome to be dressed to exercise, not be on display.

I love the Splash Leggings. The high-performance fabric dries in a snap. They don’t fade in chlorine. They’re super comfy. They keep their shape. They’re made in the U.S. of A.. And, they sell for $110 msrp.



Huish Outdoors Aquires Hollis and Oceanic

Not that many years ago the Huish family sold their successful soap business and decided it would be fun to

Not that many years ago the Huish family sold their successful soap business and decided it would be fun to build a major scuba brand. Starting with BARE Sports in 2011 we have watched them carefully choose companies with quality products. This weekend they finalize their latest acquisition of American Underwater Products’ Hollis and Oceanic brands.
———————– PRESS RELEASE  FROM HUISH ———————————
May 1, 2017

Subject: Acquisition of Oceanic and Hollis

SALT LAKE CITY, May 1, 2017 – Huish Outdoors LLC is excited to announce our latest acquisition of the Oceanic® and Hollis® brands from American Underwater Products (“AUP”).

Founded in 1972 by Bob Hollis, American Underwater Products has grown into a multi-brand company that includes Oceanic and Hollis – two of the most legendary scuba diving brands across global markets, with a wide range of product categories. From very humble beginnings, as an entrepreneur and pioneer, Hollis’ love for diving and his mechanical aptitude allowed him to create his own specialized dive equipment that propelled the brands to the forefront of the dive industry. With a rich history and forward looking innovative approach, Oceanic and Hollis continue to be a staple for the scuba diving consumer both in the recreational and technical markets.

“Adding Oceanic and Hollis to the family of Huish Outdoors brands is an important step for our company,” said Mike Huish, CEO of Huish Outdoors. “These two industry leading brands round out our portfolio and allow us to offer a complete range of product categories and a full spectrum of price points to our retail partners, and build on our consumer choice strategy. Today’s consumers are demanding best in category choice in the retail environment – rather than a one-brand approach to buying all their gear. Pursuing our approach of brand selection at retail has been fundamental to our growth and we believe this trend will continue well into the future.”

“While Oceanic and Hollis have been challenged over the years to maintain adequate inventory levels, retailers and consumers have been patient and loyal, and it’s most exciting for us to repay this loyalty with investments in inventory and a commitment to growing these brands with the help of our retail partners,” says Mike Huish.

“The Hollis family couldn’t be more excited to work with Huish Outdoors in the future growth of these brands under their new ownership,” says Bob Hollis. “We’re grateful to become a part of such a progressive company that believes in driving industry participation through product innovation, an approach that I’ve taken since I first started making dive equipment.”

Oceanic and Hollis represent Huish Outdoors’ sixth and seventh acquisition since 2011 and add to an already impressive portfolio of the best brands in dive; Atomic Aquatics, BARE, Liquivision, Sharkskin, Stahlsac, Suunto and Zeagle.

“We are extremely proud of the brands we own and distribute, and are committed to building them with our retail partnerships through a diversified and complimentary portfolio of products,” says Mike Huish.

For more information and a detailed Q&A, please visit www.huishoutdoors.com/questions

For more information on Huish Outdoors, please visit www.huishoutdoors.com

About Huish Outdoors:

Huish Outdoors is passionate about diving and our brands. Truly amazing experiences fuel our spirit and recharge our souls. It is our passion for the unbelievable, the adventure, and the exploration that has brought the world’s best diving brands together into ONE company. ATOMIC AQUATICS, BARE, LIQUIVISION, HOLLIS, OCEANIC, SHARKSKIN, STAHLSAC, ZEAGLE and SUUNTO represent the best there is in diving. With these brands, our retail partners and distributors, we will work together to grow the industry and pursue our passion for diving.



Aqua Lung Sold – End of an Era with Air Liquide

For longer than all but the most senior divers have been alive, scuba giant and pioneer Aqua Lung has been

Aqua Lung Log
Aqua Lung

For longer than all but the most senior divers have been alive, scuba giant and pioneer Aqua Lung has been a subsidiary of Air Liquide. But today it was announced that, like many other large companies these days, Aqua Lung has been sold to a private equity firm. The firm, Montagu Private Equity, has offices throughout Europe. Their business is to buy other businesses and maximize investor value. If this is like other buyouts, this usually means the company’s priority now shifts from serving customers to serving dissociated investors. Montagu’s website is peppered with statements like,”Montagu does not have target industry sectors. Instead, it looks for companies producing products or services which would be badly missed if the business did not otherwise exist.”

It was hard to find any companies in Montagu’s portfolio we could recognize. There were quite a few pharmaceuticals of course. We wondered if was an omen when the first company listed was Funeral Services Partnership. Time will tell for consumers and Aqua Lung’s over 1000 employees.



A Simple Solution for a Leaky Mask – Wrangled Bangs

Whether its a lone strand or a giant lock, hair lodged under your scuba mask can create a big leaky problem.

Whether its a lone strand or a giant lock, hair lodged under your scuba mask can create a big leaky problem. At DEMA 2016, we stumbled upon a simple, ingenious solution to keep hairs at bay – the Bang Wrangler, made by a startup company called Klash. Made from 100% anti-bacterial silicone, the headband is smooth on the outside and textured on the inside, so it stays in place. Although somewhat skeptical it would work under my 7mm hood, we brought one home, eager to try it out.

Short of shaving off all the hair on my head–a look I’m not keen on–getting ready for scuba can often include a bit of stress. My dive buddy, John, is in charge of checking my mask and neck to make sure I got all the hair out of the way. If I didn’t, which is often the case, it can become a wincing issue where John pushes, pulls and tugs my hair, to get it under my hood or out of the way of the bio-seal I wear under my neck seal. Ouch!

On our last dive, on a chilly wintery day, I donned the Bang Wrangler. Checking my reflection in the mirror, I noticed a ski-bunny/sports-girl look had been achieved. Nice.

Next, I wrestled into my gear, tugging it over the layers of undergarments I felt I needed to stay warm. Finally, I maneuvered the 7mm hood over my head, certain it would dislodge the band. When I had the hood in place, I shoved my fingers under the edges, searching for the silicone band. Surprisingly, I found it still in place, snug against my hair. I shrugged into my BC and tank, grabbed my mask, and we headed down to the water.

bang wrangler headbandOnce fins were in place, I pulled the mask into position and asked John, “How’s it look? Did I get all the hair out of the way?”

He checked me this way and that. “It looks great! Not a loose hair anywhere!”

Et voila! A simple solution that did what it was supposed to. I did the entire dive with no mask leaks.

Coming in a variety of colors, including Bangin’ Pink, Blonde Gone Wrong yellow, and Why I Otter gray, the headband can be worn by both women and men. The MSRP is $15.00. We call it a “must have” accessory for anyone who enjoys water sports.

Next up: In 2017 we hope to report back to you on the Klash Splash collection of “high-performance, fast-drying, chlorine-resistant, UPF 50+” leggings. Designed to be worn as swimwear or water-sports-wear, I look forward to trying them out at the YMCA swim pool.

UPDATE: This is not just for women divers. We have already seen a lot of our male students who would be happy using a Bang Wrangler. Additionally, we had a recent student who used a swim cap to restrain her bangs. But this did not work because the cap covered her ears and made clearing harder for her.



Day 2, #DEMAshow 2016

This is Day 2 on the #DEMAshow floor. Scubapro: Scubapro has added a new position of Global Head of Innovation

This is Day 2 on the #DEMAshow floor.

Scubapro:

  • Scubapro has added a new position of Global Head of Innovation signaling that are back in the game of change. It shows in their new products beyond the revolutionary Hydros Pro BC our ScubaGadget 2017 Product of the Year award winner (see our full article).
  • They also have added the new A620 regulator. Which offers a smaller profile with the same size diaphragm and other features that keep the performance and work of breathing in the peak performance range. So many other small and light regulators on the market sacrifice performance and sometime safety for size. Their upgrade to the Aladdin line adds a dot matrix and line along the bottom of the screen to allow more flexible display options. The now come with Bluetooth capability and the features found in their high end Galileo computer.
  • On the style side, they’re offering some new, stylish, zippered rash guards.
  • The new Nova 2100 SF (Spot Flood) light, which came from a partnership with Sealife, “offers both a 65º wide beam and a 15º spot beam to perfectly match different diving situations. Five light modes plus an emergency signal mode provide lots of versatility, with one-button control for easy operation.”
  • A new full-featured and very affordable BC, called the Equalizer, comes in at only $499.
  • Their popular dive and roll bag is 30% lighter.
  • Two new watersport/boat jackets with plush soft linings similar to those found on their high-end wetsuits.
  • All of the Scubapro fins will now have holes near the tips for hanging, like the ones on the Seawing Nova fins. They are also offering a cute and small travel fin called the Go fin, as in “GO TRAVELING. GO DIVING. GO SNORKELING – WITH THE GO FIN.” The GO fin works with bare feet or 3mm wet socks. They will snap together for travel and retail at a budget friendly $69.

Sealife:

  • After our last look at Sealife, with their remarkable HD 2.0 action camera, it almost seemed like they were getting out of the regular camera business. They really fooled us–they’ve come back with their new DC 2000 underwater camera, and its the most advanced camera ever from Sealife. This offering has a quality, full-featured camera and waterproof camera on the inside of a redesigned but still “Sealife simple” case. This is a “no-worries system” because the outer case is waterproof to 200′, and, even if it does leak, the inner camera is waterproof also, to sixty feet. This camera has 25 land and sea modes, and uses a 20 megapixel 1″ Sony sensor for high quality photos. It features a 3″ LCD screen, an onboard flash and synchronization and wi-fi. In addition to Sealife’s glove-friendly piano button, there’s a big red aluminum wheel for switching between camera features.
  • Their new Seadragon 2300 auto light has an exciting new feature which is unique to Seadragon lights. Its built-in photocell light sensor will automatically regulate brightness based on proximity to the object in ten brightness levels. This feature can be easily over-ridden if a constant brightness level is preferred by simply selecting the 100%, 50% or 25% brightness through the main control button. We’re becoming more impressed with Sealife every time we visit them.
  • We appreciate that, at our urging last year, SeaLife has started to join with Light and Motion in publishing their video/photo light beam angles in both surface and underwater ratings.

Aqua Lung

  • Aqua Lung is joining the modular trend their new Outlaw modular, customizable BC systems. IT comes with a 12lb or 25lb pound air cell. You can order different size parts to make a perfect fit. It will retail for $389.
  • From their Military line, Apex MTX-R regulator is tested to Navy requirements at 0.5°C below 189 fsw. This regulator is made to be tough, easy to service and reliable for the worst conditions. They are discontinuing the XTS Titanium model.
  • The Fusion Bullet, Fit and KVR drysuits have a new core liner which replaces the “DryCore.” Called the “AirCore” it is breathable and slicker which allows for the easier donning, a common complaint from some divers about the Fusion line. These same suits also now come standard with the SLT ring system for easy seal replacments. Repairs are even more simple, if that is possible, using a new iron on patch. They have added a zipper bridge to make skin changing a breeze. This means, no more futsing with velcro which was nearly impossible to realign properly.
  • They have upgraded their EVO four drysuit boot with a new Vibram sole and fin keeper and very nice quick lace system. The long toe and low profile design will allow the boot to fit more fins.
  • The new AquaFlex wetsuit line was developed for bodies in motion and comes in three different thicknesses (3mm, 5mm, 7mm). The AquaFlex neoprene has three times the stretch of standard neoprene, which makes the suits easy to get on and off and conform to your body shape. We liked the stylish design and colors. Aqua Lung always assures their products designed for woman are not in name only. They are truely exceptional at meeting the needs of women divers.

Huish Outdoors (Bare, Zeagle, Atomic, Stalsac, Liquivison)

  • Zeagle was showing a prototype of new molded rubber fin. The also have a custom BC app which customers can use to fully design their BC and then take the order to their LDS. We were impressed with a closer look a the Zeagle’s first jacket style BC. It’s the only jacket style BC with the patented Ripcord System® – It comes with an adjustable and compensating cummerbund, two large accessory pockets and seven stainless steel D-rings for all your accessories.
  • Atomic Aquatics new BC1 is their first entry into the BC marketplace. But of course Atomic could not just build a BC they had to build and Atomic BC. And this one is not just made with the normal superior quality and elegance of the design you would expect from Atomic. This BC is super Atomicated. There are so many features you want in a BC that you will have to wait for our full review to have any justice. But to name a few, how about a BC that is totally made in-house and with Atomic care, down to the smallest screw. Add to that a remarkable ratchet locking cam band system we already can see is the best tank band in the industry, repositionable D-rings, and a full coating that sheds water for instant drying. We also must mention the unique and patented EZ-LOK weight release system which clips into the back of the BCD pocket with minimal effort. It would not even be close to refer to this as the Cadillac of BCs. A better moniker might be is the Maybach Exelero of BCs. And the price of $1399 for this jacket style BC makes a bold statement on its own.
  • Bare has introduced accessories (boots, gloves, hoods) made with Celliant® Infrared fabric, a responsive textile, that continuously warms the diver using their own body heat to compliment their Celliant-based wetsuits.
  • Stahlsac has added a new line called “Storm Line” which they say is for all the activities after you arrive at your destination. It includes drybags, packs and more.

SUEX

  • Clemenzo 2016 scooter overview from Laura James on Vimeo.

    We got so tied up in friendly chat at the SUEX booth that we forgot to take notes. But luckily our friend Larua James made a great video to tell you about their products.

TIDBITS

  • We are impressed with the new feature TDI/SDI/ERDI has added to their online training. Now students get a chat window and can ask an instructor questions at any time during their online studies. For now, it only during business hours but they hope to expand to 24/7 soon. They have also introduced a new divemaster slate to help divemasters never miss a point in their briefings.
  • DiveRite was showing their new HP50 with 2 times the output of the previous model. After telling ScubaGadget that “canister lights were dead”a year ago, they have come out with new 2500 lumen convertible canister light. It will allow those that still want a canister to make a comfortable transition. Their new Nomad LS sidemount BC is the most streamline int eh “L” family. It has the inflator and exhaust valves placed at the front/inside of the wing and not on the exterior, to keep them free from exposure.
  • Submersible System, the Spare Air people were showing of product which made us think. At first glance, it is just a quick-draw scuba kit with minimalist harness, no octopus and a pony bottle. This is not unlike a setup sold by XS Scuba for shallow work (e.g. boat cleaning) and fun. But on closer inspection, you find that the second stage regulator is attached to a snorkel. There is a large, red paddle lever to switch between scuba air and snorkel air.  It makes you go, “HUH.” They call it a “snoklelator.” They claim that people will actually want a system that will allow them to switch from snorkle to scuba without removing a mouthpiece. They also claim it is “safe” because it is a dry snokel and defaults to tank air. We think that if this product makes it to market (it’s not on their website) that we will next read about it associated with a large personal injury or death.
  • SEABOB is a new venture making “luxury sea toys.” Their first offering is a stylish surface/subsurface scooter. This is tech toy for the top 10% to buy or maybe the rest of us can rent one. It has stylish retro/future design and costs $8950 – $12K.
  • MORE AFTER THE BREAK… check back to this article soon.



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