• FREEDIVING COMPUTER WATCH SEAC DRIVER

        FREEDIVING COMPUTER WATCH SEAC DRIVER ECONOMIC AND FUNCTIONAL   In its 2019 catalog, Seac Sub presents its new flagship product, the DRIVER. It is a freediving computer watch dedicated exclusively to this latter activity, therefore it does not features SCUBA computer functions. It is a product projected and designed entirely by SEAC, so it is not an outsourced instrument made by others and branded by SEAC and this is already in itself a guarantee of the care that the Italian company had in the making of this product. It is a simpler and more intuitive computer than its predecessor JACK and much cheaper. In fact, while the JACK wa…

    • NEW MUZZLE SIGALSUB STARK

        NEW MUZZLE SIGALSUB STARK  AVAILABLE IN MAY   TEST AT SEA WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY...         Sed ut perspiciatis unde omnis iste natus error sit voluptatem accusantium doloremque laudantium, totam rem aperiam eaque ipsa, quae ab illo inventore veritatis et quasi architecto beatae vitae dicta sunt, explicabo. Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem, quia voluptas sit, aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos, qui ratione voluptatem sequi nesciunt, neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum, quia dolor sit, amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora inci…

    • NEW MINI LAMP SIGALSUB HORUS

        NEW MINI LAMP SIGALSUB HORUS AVAILABLE IN MAY       One of the new articles in sigalsub 2018 catalog is the Horus lamp, a versatile product suitable for the needs of the most demanding users.    It is made entirely of anodized aluminum and is available in blue and black. It is characterized by many aspects that make it practical and easy to use, in fact it is small enough to fit in the palm of a hand (length 13.5cm, diameter 28 / 23mm), weighs only 150gr (including 50g of the battery) and it is rechargeable.   It is sold in a case with a charger for the wall socket and a 3000ma type 18650 battery. The power button…

    • NEW SHAFT SIGALSUB HRC WITH WELDED PINS

        NEW SHAFT SIGALSUB HRC WITH WELDED PINS  AVAILABLE IN MAY                   The new shaft by Sigal is called HRC and takes its name from the hardness test of the steel which is conducted by penetration with a diamond point. The shafts are made of sandvik steel with heat treatment 48 / 50HRC that makes them very tenacious even when they hit the hardest rocks. The peculiarity of this new series is represented by the presence of "shark-fin" pins that are laser-welded in a non-through housing which avoids the presence of structural critical points.   All the shafts are equipped with 4 fins, 3 of which are…

    • NEW SPEARGUN SIGAL SUB NEMESIS

        NEW SPEARGUN SIGAL SUB NEMESIS AVAILABLE FROM MAY     For many years Sigalsub has pampered us with high quality products designed and made with care by those who actually get personally in the water. The accessories that in the last years have offered us, have solved small problems arising from the use of weapons of other producers or have however facilitated their use but what has always been missing in its catalog was its own speargun.   A weapon designed to include all those small solutions that over the years had been made for the competitors and that could be customizable to all types of spearos without compromises on qua…

    • NEW WETSUIT SEAC TATTOO & M70 RED MASK

      NEW WETSUIT SEAC TATTOO AND M70 RED MASK    For 2018 the seacsub offers a new series of wetsuits that as always stands out for the quality of the materials and for the exclusive camouflage. This year's range is called TATTOO and is characterized by a camouflage available in 4 different colors brown, green, red and blue. The first three versions (brown, green, red) can be purchased in the thickness of 5mm for both jacket and trousers, while in the 7mm thickness only the jacket is available. The blue color instead is available only in the thickness of 3.5mm for both jacket and trousers. All four variants can be purchased in sizes rangi…

    • ABYSSTAR GROUPER EVO OPEN CELL WETSUIT

      ABYSSTAR GROUPER EVO OPEN CELL WETSUIT COMFORT AND SOFTNESS WITH NO EQUALS     We can say a lot about freediving wetsuits, the several variables offered by the market but the essential features that everyone looks for and which are the basis of a good product are mainly just two: it must guarantee a good thermal protection and above all it must be 100% comfortable. This is the case of the new open-cell GROUPER EVO wetsuit marketed by the Italian company Abysstar. This is an evolution of the product that was in their catalog of past seasons to which substantial changes have been made. The wetsuit is available in two versions t…

    • SIGALSUB FISH CALLER & SAURON MASK

      SIGALSUB FISH CALLER & SAURON MASK WITH SOFT SNORKEL AIRSOFT                         The new sigalsub recall is a small accessory that allows you to have some chance to successfully end the hunting action. In short, a little trick that measures 4.5cm x 3cm and 6cm in depth. It is entirely made of plastic and by opening it you can appreciate the simplicity of its operating principle.   In fact, it is a cogwheel that, manually rotated against a plastic wand, produces a noise similar to that of fishes engaged in  breaking small crustaceans shells. It is equipped with a ring that allows to wear it to the fi…

    • TESTING THE PATHOS THIRA 5MM WETSUIT

      TESTING THE PATHOS THIRA 5MM WETSUIT HIGH PERFORMANCES FOR TOP SPEAROS   Spearos generally know what is the value of a solid and reliable equipment at sea and tends to assiduously purchase the products and brands that have transmitted such a sensation. It is difficult, therefore, not to be carried away by enthusiasm when you can finally test a well-made product. This is the case of the THIRA wetsuit by the Greek company PATHOS that we tried in the 5mm version, XL size.   PATHOS has lately proved several times to be able to produce high performance equipment that clearly shows the results of a careful design by designers-users who…

    • EPSEALON GREEN FUSION WETSUIT & MINI LED LIGHT

      EPSEALON GREEN FUSION WETSUIT & MINI LED LIGHT  SOCKS, GLOVES AND SOFTSHELL JACKET   As you know, it’s been several months that the French company EPSEALON has presented its new catalog for the 2017 season and now we have finally had the opportunity to test a selection of the main novelties of which we will present the essential features. The flagship for EPSEALON is undoubtedly the new fusion wetsuit that has successfully met the market expectations as it is the best-selling product of 2017. It is available in two colours red and green that together with the eye-catching graphics represent the basis of its success. By choosing to…

    • PATHOS OPEN CARBON ROLLER 82 CM REVIEW

      PATHOS OPEN CARBON ROLLER REVIEW EXTREME LIGHTNESS, EXTRAORDINARY POWER   A few months ago, we wrote a very positive review of the pathos sniper roller, in which we conveyed our full appreciation for this product that we believe to be with no doubts the best industrial speargun we have received for testing in almost 10 years.We noticed that some of the main features of the sniper roller were reflected in another product of the pathos catalog and therefore we asked Giacomo Demola to undertake a LASER OPEN CARBON ROLLER test. This is a different product although at first glance it may look like a declination of the now well-known Sniper…

    • SIGALSUB FISH HOLDER KIT

      SIGALSUB FISH HOLDER KIT WHEN COMFORT AND SEMPLICITY MEET EACH OTHER     The new fish holder by sigal is a small accessory that in its simplicity holds the finest wits. The main feature of this item is represented by a case made of nylon glass-filled (30%) which is equipped in the upper part of two cord stoppers that allow to always tighten the cord in the desired location and with the desired tension. The common fish holders often oblige spearos to wrap a portion of the exceeding cord around one of the leads of the belt to keep proper tension and often by doing this we are unable to reinsert the pin in its case, without consid…

    • SPORASUB SPITFIRE KELP FINS

      SPORASUB SPITFIRE KELP FINS 2017 SEMI-TRANSPARENT NOVELTY     For 2017, Sporasub takes the field with some excellent new features including the new spitfire kelp fins. They have interchangeable polypropylene blades characterized by an eye-catching dark green colour and by the fact of being semi-transparent.   In addition blades also have a drop-shaped hole (10cm x 3.5cm) in proximity of the footpocket which actually is a drain valve allowing the leg to avoid fatigue during kicking while maintaining the expected high thrust properties.   The blade is well finished and has grains (4 above and 3 below) that strengthen it while…

    • SEAC JACK FREEDIVING & DIVE COMPUTER WATCH

      SEAC JACK FREEDIVING & DIVE COMPUTER WATCH  WITH ALGORITHM THAT HELPS PREVENT HEMOPTYSIS AND TARAVANA   At the DEMA show 2016, SEAC presented its main product for next year, the new computer watch for freediving (and scuba) that stands out from all the others already on the market because it has a unique algorithm which helps prevent hemoptysis / pulmonary edema and Taravana with specific settings for both the pure freediver and the spearo.        Hemoptysis and Taravana functionLet's review briefly what these diseases. The Hemoptysis is technically "the emission of blood from the respiratory tract"…

    • TEST: PATHOS SNIPER ROLLER 105 SPEARGUN

      PATHOS SNIPER R 105 SPEARGUN HYBRID PROPULSION   We had the pleasure to test what we believe is one of the best commercial spearguns that have been in our hands: the pathos sniper R 105. It is an hybrid propulsion speargun characterized by the combination of a traditional circular band and a roller one. We tested the intermediate size (105cm) so let’s see it in detail. BARREL The barrel is made of aluminum and features a cuttlefish section. It has an enclosed track for the shaft that runs along the whole length of the barrel and which "encapsulates" almost completely the shaft. Only the upper portion remains open to let the shaft…

    • INTOVA MARINE GRADE X2 UNDERWATER ACTION CAM

      INTOVA MARINE GRADE X2  THE NEW UNDERWATER ACTION CAM    In 2016 Intova has launched a new camera that really allows to capture all our adventures in a different way thanks to a new exciting features. Compact design, rubber armor coating and upgraded LCD screen are some of the main characteristics of this underwater action cam but the one that distinguishes it from the others, as it is the only camera in the world to have it, is a built-in photoflash and video light.   Let’s go through then all the features in detail!   This camera is waterproof up to 100mt (330ft) and can take both pictures and videos. As previous models from i…

    • BEUCHAT MARLIN EVIL 100 SPEARGUN

      MARLIN EVIL 100 THE NEW SPEARGUN BY BEAUCHAT     Beuchat, the historic French manufacturer is ready for the distribution of the new speargun presented during the Dema show 2015. It's the new Marlin Evil.   It is a speargun with a very basic configuration that does not include special innovative characteristics but that remains however a very well made product with high quality standards.   It has an aluminum barrel with a 28mm diameter round section characterized by an integrated spear guide also made of aluminum. The handle is the one from the well-known marlin series with stainless steel release mechanism. The muzzle ins…

    • OMER SUB DRY BAG & SPORASUB BLUE WATER FLOATS

      OMER SUB DRY BAG FLOAT & SPORASUB BLUE WATER FLOAT     The DRY BAG FLOAT is a product of extreme simplicity and easy to use, designed to be practical and comfortable in the exercise of our favorite activity, spearfishing. Many components of our equipment must be mounted, assembled, balanced and regulated and in most cases these operations must be repeated at each dive. We also need to cope with a series of objects that are not part of the equipment but we have to take with us anyway as keys, phone, documents, etc. As a consequence we use waterproof cases that we fix to the buoy at best, often in a way that is not really comfortabl…

    • SEAC MOTUS KAMA FINS

      SEAC MOTUS KAMA FINS NEW BY SEAC SUB     The fins that we look at today represent the natural evolution of a product already present in previous catalog of SEAC: the Motus fins. From this year they are also available in camouflage version under the name MOTUS KAMA. It is mimetic fin with techno-polymer interchangeable blades that hold in their design some small tricks that make them different from the others on the market as they increase comfort and improve the performance.   The most important details lie in the design of the foot pocket. Two different thermoplastic rubber hardnesses were employed in order to ensure the best…

    • TEST: SPEARGUN SEAC SUB GUUN 30 KAMA

        SEAC SUB GUUN 30 KAMA TEST AT SEA      It's absolutely positive the judgment of this weapon after the test at sea! A feature that is taken into great consideration by spearos when it comes to purchase an "industrial" speargun is its balance,  a characteristic that has always stimulated our skills in “Do It Yourself”. That is, because we have always had to adjust it searching for increasingly innovative solutions.   With this speargun we can definitely use our neurons in other activities because as you can see in the video the speargun has already all the solutions it needs for a perfect balance! The video was made with…

    • THE NEW SPEARGUN BY SEAC: GUUN 30 KAMA

      THE NEW SPEARGUN BY SEAC GUUN 30 KAMA NOVELTY FROM CATALOG 2016   Thanks to the collaboration with Mr Acampora, Nadirspearfishing team has had the opportunity to test one of the new key products by the company SEAC: The speargun Guun Kama 30. SEAC presented in its catalog 2016 this new rifle with aluminum barrel and 28mm or 30mm round section available in black or camouflage version (kama). The two sections, imply the use of two different settings that allow to allocate the speargun to users with different needs. The barrel with the largest section ensures better performance in the presence of heavier loads, in fact, while the 28m…

    • 2016 NOVELTIES: ANCHOR WEIGHT SIGALSUB AND MUCH MORE

      2016 NOVELTIES: ANCHOR WEIGHT SIGALSUB  AND MUCH MORE     The 2016 starts for SIGALSUB with some of those small innovations that make our diving comfortable and safe. As usual, when we talk about the well-known Italian company, they are high quality accessories created thanks to the suggestions they received from us spearos and Gallini && intuitions. All that seasoned by the mastery of Riccardo Iacovacci.   The anchor weight is the first innovation, a very useful accessory with a hydrodynamic shape that weights half a kilo. It has a flat silhouette with a slight convexity at one end and it is completely coated with a plastic m…

    • TESTING THE SONY HDR AS20 CAM

      TESTING THE SONY HDR AS20 CAM  EXCELLENT CAM BUT NOT REALLY SUITABLE FOR SPEARFISHING     Today we have tested an action cam that is not really new since it was launched in 2014 but that is still available in several stores. That is the SONY HDR AS20.   Its technical characteristics make it particularly suitable for our sport because it is able to film, according to the setting chosen (see table), up to 120fps which means that you can get top quality slow motions thanks to the high rate of frames per second. All that with a 1280x720 resolution (the same as Midland XTC200).   The best setting for us, unless you need to film…

    • TEST: TEKNODIVER BACK WEIGHT - BALLAST ON BUTTOCKS

      TEST: TEKNODIVER BACK WEIGHT BALLAST ON BUTTOCKS       We usually deal with products that have innovative features and that are presented to the market for the very first time but in this case we decided to write about a product with great potential that cannot be exactly defined brand new. It is in fact an item that was designed more than four years ago but which media have not talked much of although it is very useful. Perhaps this might be due to the fact that it has not a well-defined commercial name. TEKNODIVER, the company located in galatone (LE-italy) that sells it, on its website calls it "back-weight" and it is actually a…

    • TEST: EPSEALON IMPULSE G2 RED 100% CARBON FINS

      TEST: EPSEALON IMPULSE G2 RED   100% CARBON FINS - NEW 2016     The IMPULSE G2 fins have been designed by EPSEALON for spearfishing and are available in three versions: RED hard, ORANGE medium and BLUE soft. The blades are designed to fit the EPSEALON foot-pocket made in thermo-rubber and are already glued to the them when they are sold. These fins offer the advantage of a double water canalisation thanks to the presence of small flaps on the end of the blade and to the grooves on both sides of the foot-pockets. This provides a better grip on the water, avoiding them to drift during flexion.   The fins are made of pre-preg T300…

    • EPSEALON VEGA ORANGE FINS: TEST AT SEA

      EPSEALON VEGA ORANGE FINS: TEST AT SEA NOT FOR ALL, EXCELLENT IN SHALLOW WATER       The staff of Nadirspearfishing.com, always committed to research and evaluation of new products for spearfishing and freediving, has had the opportunity to test the new "orange vega" fins by Epsealon. This company has added a line of products in its 2015 catalog that follows the common path of safety and visibility at sea. In pursuing such a goal they have designed the Vega fins (a product already listed in 2014 catalog)  in orange version.   For those who do not know them, they are one-piece fins with blade in techno-polymer designed to be as c…

    • SALVIMAR PREDATHOR 100: THE TEST

      SALVIMAR PREDATHOR 100: THE TEST MEDITERRANEAN TESTING DAY     The editors of Nadirspearfishing.com had the privilege to test the new Predathor speargun by SALVIMAR within the European project called "mediterranean testing day" of which they were co-ordinators for all Spanish, French and Italian testers.This new speargun is designed to conceptually revolutionize the pneumatic gun both in design and functionality. Salvimar’s drive for innovation was not aimed to extra ordinary performances research which as you know does not guarantee a reliable product in time but to the realization of an easy to use speargun for the average user i…

    • EPSEALON SCORPION MIMETIC WETSUIT

      EPSEALON SCORPION MIMETIC WETSUIT RED CAMOUFLAGE, NICE FINISHES     The famous French firm EPSEALON at the end of 2014 presented its new product line called "SCORPION" and characterized by a very appealing red camouflage. The line consists of a wetsuit, gloves, socks and vest, all made with the same camouflage.   We had the chance to test the scorpion 5mm wetsuit which at first glance does not disappoint. It is produced with mimetic Lycra outside and open cell yamamoto 019 ultra flexible neoprene inside. You can note how soft it is by just touching it and once you wear it you get the final confirmation as the neoprene adheres…

    • ACID GREEN SALVIMAR A-BOOST BANDS

      ACID GREEN SALVIMAR A-BOOST BANDS  A QUICK PREVIEW FROM THE 2015 SALVIMAR CATALOG     The Italian company decided to unveil one of the new features  available in 2015 catalog that is dedicated to all users of bands spearguns: the A-boost.     It is a new American rubber band characterized by an innovative manufacturing method that improves its performance and by a singular and aggressive acid green color which makes it easy to recognize among the others on the shelves.   Usually bands are produced by coextrusion, this means that the rubber passes through a die that gives it the tubular shape we all know. The A-boost inste…

    • SALVIMAR NEXT WETSUIT: THE TEST

      SALVIMAR NEXT WETSUIT: THE TEST  NEW CAMOUFLAGE, HIGH COMFORT     The summer is coming and it is time to choose the best performing equipment to catch the most suspicious preys. In the last few years equipment manufacturers have been camouflaging every single piece of equipment from snorkels to fins with drawings and even photos depicting elements of the seabed.   THE CAMOUFLAGE Salvimar in 2014 introduced a camouflage, called NEXT, in which pictures of light-coloured rocks and Posidonia blend with elements that recall the fish livery. A combination that includes all the components of the typical Mediterranean aquatic life.…

    • INTOVA SPORT HD EDGE

      INTOVA SPORT HD EDGE THE REVOLUTIONARY ACTION CAM   Could Intova guys design a better sport cam? That was the question once I knew a new model was about to come. Producing a top performing sport cam with professional features was a great challenge in a high competitive market as the actual one but in the end they succeeded. They managed to build up a tiny camera able to meet the expectations and needs of customers practicing very different outdoor sports. This obviously means that the new INTOVA HD EDGE is suitable for several sports like sailing, cycling, surfing but the activity we prefer the most and for which it really represent…

    • SALVIMAR SAPIENS CARBON SPEARGUN 85

      SALVIMAR SAPIENS CARBON 85 PRECISE, LIGHT, GOOD-LOOKING     Intrigued by some (inaccurate) reviews  available on the net, I decided to test the Salvimar flagship speargun: the Sapiens Carbon.   I told my friend Massimo Quattrone about it and he promptly sent me a 85cm one equipped with all the standard accessories. At first glance it looks great, anyone who chooses it in fact, will find it housed in a transparent pack that reveals its eye-catching silhouette.   The particular shape of the barrel is certainly the aspect the user will notice first. It is a tube (with an inner diameter of 24.5 mm) which is gets a cuttlefish…

    • BLEU SPEARFISHING PROGRESSIVE BANDS ATLANTIS

      BLEU SPEARFISHING PROGRESSIVE BANDS ATLANTIS BY APNEA STORE   A new spearfishing band with some intrinsic features that make it different from the others available on the international market, have been lately presented by Lorenzo Lamanna, the owner of APNEA STORE. Its unusual aesthetics is definitely one of the characteristics that will make it popular in the spearo community but it will surely stand out as vigorously also for its responsiveness in water. That is the ATLANTIS.   It represents an evolution of the progressive bands we usually see in amber colour, naked or covered by a more or less fine coextrusion, because as a…

    • TEST FINS SALVIMAR NEXT

      TEST FINS SALVIMAR NEXT SOFT, MIMETIC, REACTIVE   In 2014 catalog, Salvimar has enriched its line of spearfishing fins introducing the brand new NEXT. These fins with mimetic interchangeable blades are made of polypropylene. This product is not a real novelty from the conceptual point of view since  Omer / Sporasub were the first to market it. By the way it is undeniable that the end result is completely different, so let’s take a closer look at it.   The blade as mentioned earlier is made of polypropylene (a material known for its high resistance to mechanical stress), just like many other fins with the only exception that Sa…

    • THE TEST: PICASSO MAGNUM CARBON ROLLER 95

      PICASSO MAGNUM CARBON ROLLER 95 THE TEST AT SEA   I finally managed to bring in the water the new Picasso carbon rollergun I had written a few days ago a presentation about. Given the absolute absence of fishes I could not add  any “in action” clip to this article but thanks to the unusual water clarity I succeeded in filming a good target shooting test.   As you can see in the video attached the balance of the gun is perfect and requires no effort at the time of aiming so the wrist remains adequately relaxed. If left in the water, the armed rollergun sinks slowly and horizontally while if you remove the shaft it floats vertical…

    • PICASSO MAGNUM CARBON ROLLER RAILGUN

      PICASSO MAGNUM CARBON ROLLER RAILGUN BY CARLOS OSORIO   Dear spearo mates, today I want to present the new project of Picasso Sub: the MAGNUM CARBON ROLLER. Thanks to the collaboration with my friend Carlos Osorio I could get my hands on this beautiful 95cm long railgun (of course it is also available in the other common measures) that will surely not disappoint the expectations of excellence with which it is marketed, but let's see in it detail before its test at sea.   The handle has an ergonomic support for your index finger (see photo) that leads it to a very long trigger. The hilt is very wide and combined with the long tri…

    • TEST ESCLAPEZ EXIUM G2 CUTTLEFISH BONE FLOAT

      TEST CUTTLEFISH BONE-SHAPED FLOAT  FOR ESCLAPEZ EXIUM G2    A few weeks ago I wrote an article about the test of the new speargun Exium G2 Esclapez in which I presented the ingenious system allowing user to change the balance of the weapon according to his needs. In this review I have tested one of the extraordinary accessories that can be mounted  on the Exium to set its balance and its shooting accuracy.   It is a cuttlefish bone-shaped shooting stabilizer which can be mounted with two simple and small bolts in the track that runs under the barrel. It is 28cm long and about 10cm large and it is designed to be positio…

    • TEST ESCLAPEZ 10 METRES BUNGEE FLOATLINE

      TEST BUNGEE FLOATLINE ESCLAPEZ 10 METRES   This time I would like to tell you about a spearfishing product Italians are not that familiar with but that has been used abroad for a very long time, especially for fishing in the blue: the bungee floatline. It is an accessory evoking exotic countries but that fits well with the type of spearfishing we practice in the Mediterranean sea and along the Atlantic coasts. It is actually a hollow tube of rubber that ends with two line eyelets kept by a ligation identical to the one used for the bands (see picture 2 ). Many manufacturers have already included this item in their c…

    • TEST: ESCLAPEZ EXIUM G2 90CM RAILGUN

      ESCLAPEZ EXIUM G2 90CM RAILGUN THE TEST   The French manufacturer Esclapez which I introduced in my latest article about the "Balise" torpedo buoy test, keeps producing truly exceptional spearfishing gears that never fail to be both innovative and effective.   Its flagship product, the Exium, is a speargun that well expresses the desire to present new and reliable ideas to the spearfishing world. It is in fact a railgun characterized by a modern and ergonomic silhouette designed to be as customizable as possible to adapt to the different spearos’ habits.   Like all products by Esclapez, the implementation of simp…

    • TEST SPEARFISHING BUOY TORPEDO BALISE BY ESCLAPEZ

      TEST SPEARFISHING BUOY TORPEDO BALISE BY ESCLAPEZ   The modern spearo lives in a constant stream of innovation that has permanently affected his way to dive through the countless new materials and processing techniques. Often, spearfishing equipment manufacturers introduce on the market fascinating brand new products with unique and innovative features and lead us to believe that they are indeed useful and necessary, but in most of the cases that is only marketing.   However, sometimes small artisans or companies managed by true sea lovers, produce some articles that make the difference as they are designed to solve a…

    • MIDLAND XTC 280 SPEARFISHING POV CAM

      MIDLAND XTC 280: SPEARFISHING POV CAM  TEST AND COMPARISON WAITING FOR THE XTC 400   A few months ago MIDLAND introduced on the market the brand new XTC 280 replacing the XTC 300 and 200 but the revolution is not over yet as a new top model camera is about to come: the XTC 400 (we will soon publish a test article).   The XTC 280 is sold in an attractive package that is an high-tech product itself as you can even find on its back the unpacking instructions! Inside the box you can find the camera submergible case, the lithium battery, the usb cable and the helmet adhesive mount, let's see them in detail.   The submergible cas…

    • SIGALSUB SPEARFISHING ACCESSORIES: 2014 CATALOGUE

      SIGALSUB SPEARFISHING ACCESSORIES: 2014 CATALOGUE CARBON SPEARGUNS, PULLEYS, CAMERA MOUNTS, ROLLER MUZZLE   Sigalsub, the famous italian spearfishing equipment manufacturer will officially present the 2014 catalogue at the MEDISHOW in Palermo this weekend. This new catalogue will features exciting products to make our passion a state of art, lets take a look at these wonders:   Handmade wooden roller speargun kit This kit represents an easy solution to make your own roller speargun and it is available in three versions: with stoppers in stainless steel, in anticorodal aluminium or in carbon. All of them can be ordered w…

    • IMERSION ESKWAD SPEARFISHING BUOY

      IMERSION ESKWAD  SAFE SPEARFISHING BUOY   Summer has finally arrived and our favourite off coast spearfishing spots are waiting for us to come. The lethargy is however also finished for those pirates who, equipped with anything able to float in the water, start to pass by at high speed. Why can’t we get ready to face all this?   Imersion is just presenting its latest product, the Eskwad buoy. Its exclusive design (which reminds a small dinghy) and its orange colour make it particularly visible in the water and turn it into an indispensable tool. Further to the increased visibility at sea, it is an essential support for our safety…

    • 105 CARBONTECH 3 BANDS BY GRANDA SUB

      105 CARBONTECH 3 BANDS  BY GRANDA SUB   As the summer comes by, Granda presents a new speargun ideal for fishing our beloved snappers: The Carbontech 105 x 3.   It has a greater mass able to adequately support even the thrust of three 17.5mm bands. The standard set up includes a 80mt reel, a 140cm X 7.25mm finned shaft with tricuspid tip and three 16mm bands. This setting allows you to hit a target placed 6m away without affecting the precision and the side movement fluidity.   The gun is designed for the waiting technique even if its use is also suitable for the deep ambush and falling technique with big preys in average vis…

    • INTOVA HD SPORT CAMERA AND FACE MASK MOUNT

      INTOVA HD SPORT CAMERA AND FACE MASK MOUNT   The INTOVA HD SPORT is a POV camera built into an underwater housing guaranteed up to 60mt. With its 140° wide-angle lens it can capture beautiful 12 MP stills and record full HD 1080p movies. On first glance you can notice that it comes with a small 1.5” screen, an easily accessible MicroSD card slot, a standard tripod mount, a row of five buttons that allows user to fully interact with the camera and a big flat lens on the front. As above, the camera is actually built into the waterproof housing, so there is no need to pull it out of it. The unit is made of antiglare UV-injected polycarbo…

    • FIREBLADE CARBONTECH 125 X 3 - BRAND NEW MODEL 2013

      Fireblade CarbonTech 125 X 3 2013 brand new model by GRANDA SUB   Built with 13 strips of mahogany and three layers of 200g bilinear carbon sheets on the lower portion, the Fireblade CarbonTech 125 X 3 is the new big-game hunting for the Mediterranean and the Ocean.   As all guns from Carbontech series, the handle is covered in carbon to provide additional structural rigidity in the points where it is more subject to stresses. The lowered spear-rail and the revised Bull Shark mechanism, make the shot really soft despite the great power provided by the three bands.   The profile of the stem has been reduced by 1 cm at the po…

    • PENETRATOR FINS: 100% CARBON MADE

      PENETRATOR FINS:    100% CARBON MADE FROM AUSTRALIA   Penetrator Fins is an Australian company dedicated to producing high quality freediving and spearfishing fins. With over 20 years composite manufacturing experience in fields such as performance sailboats and motorsport. The owner Larry Gray has coupled his enthusiasm for spearfishing with a capacity to manufacture high quality advanced composites to produce the Penetrator range of fins and soon to be released composite spearguns.   The carbon fiber fin blades are manufactured using the resin infusion method from T300 carbon fibers and high temperature epoxy resin. They are…

    • CARBON BLADES: COMPARISON

      CARBON BLADES: COMPARISON   JFE - AIR, IMERSION - FREEDIVING SPIRIT, BLACKTECH SHARK SKIN       In the last few months, we have published several reviews on different products belonging to a category that is particularly important to all spearo mates: carbon fins.   We have tested and reviewed the fins from several European manufacturers and presented their innovations but it is clear that in this information jungle we need some strong points to hold on in order to provide a better evaluation.   For this reason we present below a brief summary of the reviewed product’s best features.               …

    • JFE EXCELLENCE AIR 100% T700 CARBON BLADES

      JFE EXCELLENCE AIR 100% T700 CARBON BLADES   Thanks to the collaboration of my dear friend Jean-Yves Giglais I got in touch with Julien Elias the co-founder of JFE, a young French artisan company specialized in the production of carbon fiber fins. JFE is still virtually unknown in Italy, but in France their products have been already appreciated as much as the ones made by longer established companies. It has broken into the market with two sets of fins, the PERFORMANCE and for demanding users the EXCELLENCE. The latter are produced in two versions, the STANDARD with traditional water rails and the AIR with minimal water rails and it…

    • BLACKTECH SHARK SKIN ANTI GLARE CARBON FINS

      BLACKTECH SHARK SKIN ANTI GLARE CARBON FINS     Last fall I submitted an article about a young Croatian company specialized in the production of carbon fins: the BlackTech. I always pay attention to the new pieces of spearfishing equipment launched on the market and I got impressed by the innovative product that the company above made.   The carbon fins have become very popular among actual spearos all over the world and during the last few years this product has evolved exponentially. Many different blades are in fact available on the market; larger, longer, with flap tip, with whale's tail tip, variable thickness, fixed thick…

    • TEST: SIGALSUB EXTREME BANDS & VIDEO MOUNTS

      TEST: SIGALSUB EXTREME BANDS  &&VIDEO MOUNTS     Finally the long-awaited SIGAL EXTREME bands are ready! We first presented them in December in their provisional brown colour and we announced that thanks to a small trick they got an exceptional performance, we are now ready to reveal all! The SIGAL EXTREME are black bands with a very thin coextrusion (inherited from the Reactive Brown) that in the final version, available in all the best spearfishing shops, is purple. The special feature of these bands is the reduced size of the central hole for the housing of the wishbones. The traditional diameter of the inner hole is 3mm, the E…

    • RAILGUN TEST: IMERSION ESKWAD PRO 90

      RAILGUN TEST: IMERSION ESKWAD PRO 90     The French manufacturing company Imersion presented last year, the Eskwad PRO a new speargun that I had the opportunity to test. This railgun has definitely a revolutionary profile characterized by an unconventional design especially noticeable in the barrel section, the muzzle shape and in the innovative reel. I tested the 90cm model but is also available in the following sizes 75cm-100cm-110cm-120cm. So let's see in detail the technical features of this weapon.   The barrel is made of matt black anodized aluminum and has an integrated shaft guide. It has a flattened section that make…

    • KNIVES IMERSION SABRE PELAGIQUE AND MATC SHAFTS

      KNIVES IMERSION SABRE  PELAGIQUE AND MATC SHAFTS     Among the accessories produced by the company Imersion we focused on knives and trident MATC shafts so we decided to test the SABRE. Made entirely of stainless steel, it belongs to the naked knives category, in other words all those knives created by modeling a single piece of metal without the addition of a handle in a different material. The knife itself weights only 85gr and it is provided with a 35gr plastic sheath, for a total of 120gr. The whole knife is 19cm long but the blade is only 6cm long. Designed to be an arm wearable knife, thanks to a simple modification it can al…

    • TEST IMERSION FREEDIVING SPIRIT CARBON FINS

      TEST IMERSION: FREEDIVING SPIRIT CARBON FINS      Finally we have had the chance to test the famous Freediving Spirit, one of the best French carbon fins. Presented in 2008 by the long established company Imersion, they are the outcome of the precious collaboration with the champion Stephane Mifsud.   These carbon blades are mounted on classic Imersion foot pockets that, for those who have never tried them, are characterized by an extreme softness and by a "large plantar foot" profile very comfortable for many spearos. The foot pockets wrap the foot in an excellent manner and the side rails, which are also very flexible, play…

    • CARBONTECH 75 LIMITED EDITION BY GRANDA SUB

      CARBONTECH 75 LIMITED EDITION BY GRANDA SUB   Granda Sub, the well known Croatian company manufacturing railguns, is glad to present a limited edition series of Carbontech arbaletes with special features that make them even more unique. The arbaletes mentioned above are two Carbon Tech 75 designed for an extreme asset. Generally the difference between a Fireblade model and a CarbonTech model resides in the application on the latter of three 180g sheets of carbon to reinforce the handle and the lower part of the barrel for its entire length. The limited edition ones instead have even something more that turn them into real masterpie…

    • TEST: FIREBLADE 95 GRANDA SUB

      TEST: FIREBLADE 95  BY GRANDA SUB   It’s with pride and satisfaction that I write this review on the fireblade 95 produced by the Croatian company GrandaSub. First of all, it must be specified that these spearguns, built up with ten strips of fine mahogany, are shaped with a CNC machine and finished by hand. The weapon is presented with an attractive design thanks to the carbon sheets wrapping both the handle and the initial part of the barrel and to the black lacquer which finishes the rest. Finally, this aggressiveness image is completed by the carbon inserts applied to the leads compartment and below the handle.…

    • SIGALSUB EXTREME BANDS: NEW 2013

      SIGALSUB EXTREME BANDS  NEW 2013   Simone Gallini, owner of Sigalsub, in recent years has spoiled us with his wonderful shafts and with its unique  Reactive Brown bands, whose progressive force combined with the brown thin coextrusion has built up an unquestionable image of reliability and power in many spearos. Anything with similar features was impossible to find in the market so after such a success, how could anybody imagine that the Italian company could anyhow improve its bands? Well, so be prepared for an extreme Christmas because next year in his catalog Simone will introduce the new EXTREME bands! The EXTREME are black…

    • TRIPLE BANDS 110 CARBONTECH BY GRANDA SUB

      TRIPLE BANDS 110 CARBONTECH  BY GRANDA SUB   It’s with pleasure that I present you one of the latest generation spearguns by the Croatian firm Granda Sub. The latest changes introduced by its engineers on the barrel continue to amaze turning the three bands 110 Carbontech into the best-selling model. Compared to earlier versions, the hydrodynamics is further improved although the mass was proportionally increased.   The barrel of the gun in the first two thirds (towards the muzzle) was reduced in volume to make easier sudden changes of direction and the new band-guides carved into the barrel ensure a more silent shot. Both the ba…

    • SAPLAST ECOLOGIC WEIGHTS

      SAPLAST ECOLOGIC WEIGHTS ELLENY & TORTUGA: INNOVATION AND DESIGN     I have always found the Saplast products very interesting and finally I am pleased to tell you that I successfully tested them and that they matched 100% my expectations. For all those who don’t know it yet, Saplast is an Italian company headed by Mr. Negri operating in the underwater equipment market for over 20 years  and that in recent years has distinguished itself for the realization of ecological weights.   They are different from those we are used to buy for two main reasons: in first place the absence of lead (highly hazardous to the marine ecosystem)…

    • LEROI DESIGN WETSUIT

      LEROI DESIGN WETSUIT TEST  WITH TRICK POWER VEST   The widespread of craftsmen specialized in tailoring wetsuits might suggest that the realization of this product only takes an accurate pattern and good raw material. In reality, the artisan in possession of these two factors is only at the beginning of a process that will turn its creation into a real masterpiece because the care to details and finally a touch of extravagance and cleverness, make the difference between a common wetsuit and a Leroi Design one.   The wetsuit I am about to present is a 7mm jersey/lined one, with a discreet brown camouflage des…

    • GFT CARBON KNIFE

      GFT CARBON KNIFE CARBON: DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY FOR TODAY SPEAROS   Very often we hear about an increasing male vanity that nowadays is tied to women’s one or even greater. As we all know women pay an accurate attention to accessories but what’s wrong if a spearo  surrenders to the temptation of buying a little something in which merge both design and functionality? The GFT carbon knife is the latest innovation of the Italian company that once again remarks its intention  to design high quality products aimed to cuddle today’s speros. On the internet this product has become already famous thanks to the several bloggers who ha…

    • SIGALSUB SHAFTS NOVELTIES 2012

      SIGALSUB SHAFTS NOVELTIES 2012   SEAWOLF, CARBONTEK, SPETTON AND GIGAPRESS TOGETHER FOR  INNOVATION   A continuous flow of ideas and solutions, new equipments and new materials make of Sigalsub a reality constantly on the move like the sea, inexorably reshaping the profile of all that is around.  Everybody knows it as a top quality a shaft manufacturing company but nobody knows that behind these products there is a full commitment to research and also in the 2012 catalog the Italian firm will present new exciting changes. Next year, in fact, all the pinned shafts will be made with an extra pin in order to facilitate the loading and…

    • ROLLEI ACTION CAM 100

      ROLLEI ACTION CAM 100: THE NEW UNDERWATER ACTION CAM COMPARISON WITH MIDLAND XTC 200   A brand new HD underwater action cam produced in Germany has recently broke into the market and it is called Rollei ActionCam 100.  Available in tre colours (black, red and yellow) it appears to be a good one for our sport as its weight (75gr without battery) and even its size are really minimum, only 90mm x 41mm x 36mm! It is also provided with a 120° wideangle, a very important feature that all spearos do know very well as the smallest it is the best shooting you get. Furthermore it has an HD resolution lens (1280x720pixel) able to film at…

    • SIGALSUB: EVOLUTION PRO SHAFTS AND ENERGY WISHBONES

      SIGALSUB: EVOLUTION PRO SHAFTS  AND ENERGY WISHBONES OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCES   Sigal shafts are already well-known in the market for materials high quality and for the accurate production processes but with the 2011 product series the company made the difference. I had the pleasure to test a 130cm evolution pro shaft that in term of quality and technology has no equal on the market. One of the main features of this series is represented by the position of the hooking points. The first is placed 65mm from the very bottom of the shaft and the second one 40mm from the first. This might not ring any bell but try to think that in…

    • SIGALSUB: BROWN REACTIVE BANDS

      SIGALSUB: BROWN REACTIVE BANDS RANGING FROM 14.5MM TO 19MM   Simone Gallini's SigalSub, well-known for its high quality shaft production, since 2008 has started commercializing a brand new USA made band called Brown Reactive and it has soon been a great success. The Brown Reactive is an amber band coated with a brown/violet coextrusion. As you know the amber bands tend to get darker and lose their elasticity after a certain period of sunlight exposure. In order to solve this problem the brown reactive has been coated with the coextrusion above. This system is not brand new as there are already other bands like that on sale but its innovat…

    • ANDREA SETTIMI: GFT AGGUATO CARBON BLADES TEST

      TEST: GFT CARBONIO AGGUATO BY ANDREA SETTIMI TEAM LEROI DESIGN MEMBER     Andrea Settimi, a very experienced spearo that has recently gained the bronze medal in the difficult waters of Bosa at the 2010 italian spearfishing championship, will tell us about the GFT carbon blades, the only ones in the world built with aerospace technology ...     I have been testing the GFT Agguato M carbon blades, (provided by Federico Sensi from InDive shop), for a long period, about 30 days of fishing because you need to get used to a new piece of equipment, especially about fins that are our propellers, in orde…

    • LEROI DESIGN: TRICK POWER

      LEROI DESIGN: TRICK POWER THE REVOLUTIONARY VEST   Leroi design, a company with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing high quality made to measure wetsuits has lately broke into the market with a sensational weight system destined to change the actual way of spearfishing. During the wintertime the vest is an essential instrument especially when we dive in shallow waters but very often we have to face the following problems: The vest slides towards the head The stripes on the shoulders constrain and obstacle movements The sliding of the vest make noises that alert the fishes Thanks to the simple idea of my friend…

    • RAILGUN TEST: ROB ALLEN SHANTI 90

      RAILGUN TEST: ROB ALLEN SHANTI 90 I had the pleasure to test a speargun from Rob Allen, a South African company well known in many countries with a long spearfishing tradition like USA, Australia and Portugal. It was established over 20 years ago by the two founders Rob Allen and Jeremy Williams and with its products it has supported a lot of champions while catching their world record preys all over the world. The railgun I have tested is the “Shanti”, a 90cm ocean mimetic carbon gear. THE BARREL Lightweight and extremely handy it allows you to easily aim the fishes and to shoot instinctively. It is pr…

    • ERMES SUB: THE SPEARFISHING REVOLUTION

      ERMES SUB: THE SPEARFISHING REVOLUTION In the last few years through its innovative ideas Ermes Sub has revolutionized the concept itself of arbalete, hitting the market with solutions never conceived before.   When everybody thought the variables to take into account to improve the gun performances were the well-known ones like the barrel (lighter, tapered, wooden or in aluminium) or the bands (single or multiples) here this little Apulia company comes to shuffle the cards bringing a new release mechanism able to enhance the gun propelling capacity to spear fishers knowledge. It’s called “Innovation” and it mainly has three advant…

    • EARPLUGS: EASIER COMPENSATION

      EARPLUGS: EASIER COMPENSATION     Difficult compensation? Damaged ear drums? Frequent ear infections? For all these problems it seems that the  proper solution comes from the USA and is it represented by anatomic ear plugs. They are the outcome of intensive research started over 30 years ago. They are made of flexible and soft plastic and once they are fitted into the ear they close the canal preserving it from external agents and avoid the sucker effect of the hood. Some models do have a valve system that at a certain depth let water flow in moderately avoiding the effect of the pressure on the canal.     HOW DOES IT WORK…

    • GFT CARBONIO FINS AREOSPACE TECHNOLOGY

      GFT CARBONIO FINS AREOSPACE TECHNOLOGY What happens if we make free diving fins using the same strict processes and the same materials that are commonly used to build up critical parts of airplanes? A couple of young engineers from Apulia after a long experience in aerospace industry have answered this question and founded the GFT Carbonio company based in Brindisi, southern Italy. The passion for spearfishing and the knowledge in carbon fiber production technologies led them to create a line of fins that have no equals on the market as they are able to bear stress and efforts keeping the characteristic lightness and flexibility with a…

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