Akona ArmorTex Gloves
These gloves from Hawaiian gear manufacturer Akona feature sturdy construction and four-way stretch for more comfort. The ArmorTex material is extremely resilient and resistant to puncture, making these gloves perfect for wreck dives, lobster dives, or any other dives when you might find yourself needing extra protection without the added bulk. The four-way stretch ensures a snug fit and makes them easy to put on and remove.
MSRP: $58 for the 3.5 mm gloves; $64 for the 5 mm
Sealife Sea Dragon Mini 600
An extremely compact dive torch, perfect as a backup, but with a 600 lumens output, the Sea Dragon Mini 600 has enough power to work as a primary as well. The light literally fits in the palm of your hand, and with the choice of either standard or rechargeable batteries (the latter is an optional extra), the light is very versatile. Sealife is mostly known for its underwater camera systems, and the torch is compatible, with mounts for Sealife cameras and GoPros.
ScubaPro MK2 EVO/R195 regulator
Compact and versatile, the ScubaPro MK2 EVO is equally comfortable and breathes equally well in warm, tropical waters as it does in extremely cold water, thanks to its new method of isolating the mechanics, which gives it a 50 percent better performance in extreme cold compared to the previous version. Compact enough to be a great travel reg, this puppy is ready for anything.
Sherwood Scuba Axis BC
Sherwood has garnered pretty universal praise for the new Axis BCD, and for good reason. Designed as a back-inflated BCD, it combines the comfort and familiarity of a jacket BCD with the compactness and control of a technical wing-and-backplate setup. An integrated weight system and a depth-adjusting cumberbund that ensure a snug fit at all depths round out the package for this extremely comfortable BCD.
Oceanic VTX computer
Oceanic’s entry in the new full-color display generation of dive computers is a beast. And if you’ve been really nice this year, Santa might just put one in your Christmas stocking. The main feature of the computer is the super-clear, powerful, full-color OLED screen. With the ability to adjust the power of the screen as you dive, this computer lets you create the perfect combination of output and battery longevity. Loads of information is displayed, yet the computer feels more like an oversized watch rather than the iPhone-on-a-wrist feel some newer computers have. It comes with optional transmitter for your tank, allowing you to monitor available gas on the screen, rather than your manometer, and thanks to a current campaign, it now also comes with a free bungee wrist mount.
MSRP: $949.95; $1,299.95 with transmitter