Friday, March 27, 2009

Next Postings

My appologies to everyone that has been keeping up with my blog (I really do appreciate it) but I wont be doing anymore postings till sometime during the week of April 20th as I'm heading for Calgary next week then on to Victoria and Vancouver (for Rubbout). I hope to come back with some interesting gear photos to add here as I have made arrangements for a tour of a diving school in Victoria while I'm there and have several other stops planned as well.


PS - Before anyone asks - no I dont have a laptop - I spend too much on gear to be able to afford one :)

US Divers Full Face Mask

The last of the diving masks from my collection this U S Divers full face mask was made to accomodate both single and two hose regulators. I believe it dates back to the early 1960's but I'm not certain. Can anyone help with a date for it?

Technisub Tec 1 Full Face Mask

The Technisub Tec 1 Full Face Mask is a descent full face mask at a reasonable cost. It can be attached to any regulator and (unlike the Cressisub) also has a port for attaching communications. While quite comfortable the one drawback I have found is that mask squeeze can result as the oral nasal mask isolates your breathing from the actual mask.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Interspiro AGA Diving Masks

Two different versions of the Interspiro - AGA diving mask from my collection. The earlier version has a high volume face piece while the later one has a much lower volume. Both have rubber skirts in Grey although even newer versions have a silicone skirt in either yellow or black.

The regulator creates a positive pressure within the mask which, not only makes breathing easier, but also reduces the risk of water leakage (Important when in contaminated waters).

Communications can easily be added to the mask simply by changing the plate on the front of the mask.

All in all the AGA masks are very comfortable and one of the most easily serviced mask / reg combinations that I have ever come across.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Beauchat Wet Suit and USD Com Mask 1

My Beauchat extreme cold wet suit, it features skin in seals on the hood, wrists and legs as well as the entire upper body of the farmer john. The jacket has the hood attached to it, reinforced padding on the shoulders, heavy duty beaver tail connections (also reinforced) and a side zipper to limit water transfer. The farmer john has reinforced knee pads and a built in pocket. I bought this suit in 1995 and have never used it. Up untill I took the picture I had forgotten how much of a pain it was to try to get into a wet suit (as versus a dry suit). Now I'm seriously considering selling it as I very much doubt that I'll ever use it for diving and its way too much trouble to put on (not to mention exhausting and too hot) for play. I paid well over $600 for it - any offers? ;)

The mask in the pictures is a U S Divers Com Mask 1. I havnt found much information about this mask other than the fact that it was the free flow version of the KMB masks. I believe it was made in the mid 1970s.