The SeaBlazer has a lot of well-thought-out features that impressed test divers, several of whom named it one of their favorites. It tied the top score for stability thanks to a harness with a very good range of adjustability, although some divers felt it was sized a little small, opting for a size larger than usual. The inflator and exhausts are of conventional design but worked smoothly, tying the top score for valve operation. The weight pockets load easily and release predictably, earning a very good score for reliable ditching. While the cargo pockets weren’t the largest, they’re wider at the back, so they don’t get tight when at the surface, and the curved double zipper makes it easy to access their contents without contorting your arms; divers rated the pockets excellent, the highest score in the test. The SeaBlazer also has octo pockets, six aluminum D-rings, and an easy-latching stainless tank buckle. The SeaBlazer showed impressive performance at a reasonable price.
ScubaLab, the independent testing arm of Scuba Diving Magazine recently tested 15 new dive lights to hit the market. Lights were evaluated on output, quality of beam, ease of use as well as many other criteria. When the results were tallied, The LT360 rechargeable was awarded the Tester’s Choice Award.
The tester’s especially liked the magnetic dimmer switch that’s “totally intuitive and offers the widest possible range of power settings”.
In the Sept/Oct 2015 issue of Scuba Diving Magazine, ScubaLab evaluated new snorkels in the marketplace. The XS Scuba Sedona Elite was noted by test divers as having an effective and reliable top valve that does a good job keeping water out. The lower purge valve earned a good rating for ease of clearing.
The real champ however was the XS Scuba Cargo snorkel which won the 2015 Scuba Lab’s Tester’s Choice award. The Cargo is a unique roll up snorkel. When rolled up, the clever semi-dry top clips on to the snorkel keeper to keep it tightly rolled for storing in a pocket. As one tester was quoted, “Easy to clear and surprisingly dry.’