August 29th, 2011

NiTek Q Dive Computer Update

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The NiTek Q is now available to order. Originally we intended the NiTek Q to be a strictly two gas Nitrox computer with Trimix, compass and CCR upgrades available online. However, based on diver feedback we will now also offer the NiTek Q unlocked for open circuit diving Trimix with compass and custom gradient factors included (CCR is still an upgrade).

The OLED display is easy to read under water in any light condition. In a cave it can actually be too bright so we added a contrast setting to tone it down. It’s rechargeable from any USB charging device so it’s travel friendly. The NiTek Q is smaller than most computers with similar features and so easy to use most people can figure it out in about five minutes with the Quick Start guide. We printed the Quick Start on waterproof paper so you can take it with you on the boat if you feel you need to, but I bet you won’t after 5 minutes of going through the menu.

Lamar

August 21st, 2011

Nomad JT Sidemount Rig

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The Nomad JT for sidemount purists has gained immediate popularity. Some have asked if a dual bladder model is available. With this particular design, a dual bladder is not possible because the wing has five openings on the inside, plus the back is a skid plate. There is no way to add a second bladder without sacrificing lift on the primary bladder.

We’ve also been asked how to add the Nomad Weight Plate. Due to the positioning of the crotch strap on the back a weight plate isn’t feasible. Some weight can be put on the straps, but we can’t compromise the new crotch strap placement for the weight plate.

We have added a daisy chain on both sides of the webbing loops on the back to accommodate butt mounting of large canister lights. This allows the diver to run run quick links or bungee to secure the canister.

Let us know what you think. The Nomad JT was inspired by the input and feedback from local sidemount explorer, James Toland. We listen to every customer and incorporate your ideas whenever we can.

Lamar

August 4th, 2011

O2ptima Closed Circuit Rebreather – Simply Advanced

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The O2ptima in my opinion is one of the most advanced, yet straightforward closed circuit rebreathers on the market. The simplicity of the O2ptima is why I trust it. No scrubber to pack and it’s ready to dive in 15 minutes, provided your cylinders are full. The new Rev D electronics answer many questions to function and features. The added features of the new Rev D are a bonus but the real changes are the configuration. I have had many requests from divers to integrate their dive computer into the unit, 4th or 3 celll monitoring. The current Rev C configuration splits the solenoid control and the DIVA/HUD function; the primary handled the solenoid while the secondary handled the DIVA/HUD (diver integrated vibrating alarm/heads up display). To add another computer and cable turned the rebreather into an octopus.
The new configuration with Rev D electronics and sophisticated DIVA/HUD functions are on the primary and the secondary is strictly a 3rd cell PO2 monitor (optional deco if desired). If a diver has a dive computer with PO2 monitoring capability, the unit can be ordered with only the primary controller. If you want to upgrade an earlier unit, I recommend an upgrade to the secondary to get the new DIVA/HUD function if cost is a consideration, once you program a set point on the solenoid controller (primary) you can enjoy new PO2 display and DIVA/HUD via the secondary rather than the primary.

Lamar