DEMA SHOW UPDATE–LIVE–Day 3 (late night posting)

  • We had a long conversation with maker of Divers DLyte .  Divers DLyte is a nutritional drink specifically formulated for the diver. Based on the ingredients, the formula appears to be well thought out to address the needs of divers. We will be investigating further and contacting DAN doctors for comments.
  • We met with the director and executive director to finalize our upcoming article on the new dive travel show “Into the Drink.” We have been following the progress of this production for a long time and admit that we were dubious until we actually saw the show on HD net (Comcast) recently. Then we were instantly sold. It is the first time in recent history that we have seen a show that has the potential to inspire non-divers to sign up like us boomers who were drawn in by Sea Hunt or Cousteau. We will have a full article and second season preview with new host Nick Lucey.  Until then, it’s definitely must see TV for all divers.
  • Scuba Pro has a slew of new products in addition to unveiling a whole new companion line called Sub Gear (both owned by the parent company Johnson Outdoors). Sub Gear will be a mid priced line with an accent of hip colors. New Scuba Pro products coming include:
    • A return of a tech line called “X Teck”,
    • Wet and drysuits for the US market. The Drysuit name “Evertech” will have an MSRP of only $1499,
    • New regulators: a black tech regulator the MK2 A700; the C200 – 300 which comes in a variety of colors
    • A first ever wetsuit cargo shorts that add a bit of warmth and pockets to your wetsuit,
    • and a “GEO travel BC that weighs only 4.5 lbs
  • We bumped into a couple of German chaps from Int Divers without a booth who were toting some very interesting dive travel bags.  They agreed to stop and take a few moments to show us their new products.  All three bags were very light with creative and unique features.  The first was a Quick Pack duffle-style bag that opened wide, was less than 1kg, and could hold all your gear and then some.  The next, called Cargo Light, was a very large rolling bag that only weighed 3.5kg (less thatn7 lbs).  The last one was the multi-traveler multi-bag which consisted of nesting bags which zip together in various configurations. and one large bag.  The entire system, which included sturdy rolling wheels and a pull out handle, could be packed with the bag standing up.  Dividers could be placed within the large bag to separate dive gear from undergarments or wetsuits.
  • This year Uemis has added gauge mode and a stop watch to their magnificent OLED dive computer to satisfy the requests of the North American divers. We love the super bright and easy to read display of the Uemis computer and put it at the top of the list of dive computers for the recreational, advanced and cross-over (pre-tech) divers. They plan on adding trimix capabilities in the future. Behind the scenes Uemis also includes cloud based dive log storage and an integrated users community. We’re planning a full use review in the near future.
  • As you would expect, the creative team at Fourth Element has some cool new products:
    • The unique foam/bamboo drysuit glove made it through all the design hurdles and will be available in January.  It’s accompanied by an equally unique wrist warmer that allows you to leave the straws (that let air flow through the seals) at home.
    • Also, a new undergarment, Halo 3D, was designed using thermal body mapping. It has a three dimensional, non-compressible mesh called SpaceTech quilted into the fabric which covers all the high heat loss areas of the body.
  • John spent a lot more time working on understanding the complexities of LED dive lights.  One company. Light and Motion, makers of Sola dive lights, says that almost all other LED dive lights on the market put out much less lumens than they claim. The owner showed us a chart which he says proves his claim.  He plans on publishing these results soon on their site.  We were impressed by their line of small, powerful rechargeable dive lights, many that strap to the wrist.