Prescription Dive Masks Reviews (As Recommended By Experts)

08/27/2018

Diving and snorkeling are some of the most beautiful activities one can get involved in. You get to see and interact with amazing underwater wildlife and plants. However, unclear vision when underwater can mar your experience. Your experience worsens if you have eyesight problems.

In the past, people with prescription glasses or contact lenses believed that diving wasn’t for them. Not anymore with the invention of prescription dive masks. This prescription magnification provides unimpeded, crystal clear vision of your exciting maritime surrounding.

These days, you can buy prescription masks for diving with corrective lenses by your prescription needs. There is a solution for you, whether you are short or long sighted. In this prescription dive masks reviews, we will discuss some of the best products you can choose.

This prescription dive snorkeling mask is an ideal choice for those with medium face sizes. It is affordable, yet has most of the features found in high-end prescription dive masks. There are lots of product colors to choose from as well as correction lens options. A low volume and lightweight design makes it easy to use.

Features

  • Corrective lenses available in increments of 0.5 from -1.0 to -10.0 for short/near sighted people
  • For long/far-sighted people, corrective lenses are available in increments of 0.5 from +1.0 to +4.0
  • Bifocal optical correction lenses available in increments of 0.5 from +1.0 to +4.0
  • Lenses are made from tempered glass to prevent splintering and scratches
  • Comfortable strap made from a hypoallergenic liquid silicone. It does not leave strap marks on your face when removed after a dive.
  • Measures 4 ½ inches wide and 3 3/8 inches in height
  • Bifocal lens separated into two: Upper part for distance vision and the lower part for closer vision. An adjustment power is included for close up work
  • A segment line separates the two sections of a bifocal lens

Benefits of using this product

  • This prescription mask is quite affordable. It will not strain on your budget
  • The lenses are made from tempered glass making them resistant to breakages. When it breaks, it does not splinter like normal glass, making them safer for your eyes
  • It perfectly fits those with medium sized faces
  • The product comes in a wide range of correction lenses from which to choose from
  • You can have different corrective lenses on each side

Pros

  • Available at an affordable price
  • Comfortable on the face
  • Snug fit for medium face sizes
  • Durable lenses
  • Lenses available for both near and far-sighted individuals

Cons

  • Only fits medium faces
  • Available in increments of 0.5 only.

#2. Promate RX Prescription Snorkeling Mask

The Promate RX is a prescription mask that is designed with your comfort underwater in mind. Easy to adjust buckles attached directly on the skirt makes swiveling functions more flexible. This buckle also makes it possible for a snug fit on various faces. It features a design that incorporates low, slim, two window profile, and broad peripheral view.

Features

  • Nearsighted corrective lens available in increments of 0.5 from -1.0 to -10.0
  • Easy to adjust buckles attached directly on the skirt
  • Soft, shaped dimples on either side of the nose pocket
  • Accommodates different corrective lenses on either side
  • Broad peripheral view
  • Soft silicone skirt
  • Swiveling buckle for comfort and strap adjustment
  • Tempered glass lenses for durability

Benefits of this Product

  • Provides an excellent view of coral reefs
  • A great gear for beginner divers and snorkelers
  • Great adjustable fit
  • Rarely leaks
  • You can request for different lenses on either side
  • Does not weigh you down

Pros

  • Excellent affordability
  • Provides great clarity
  • Easy to use
  • Works even without contact lenses
  • Corrective lenses work great
  • Great technical service provision
  • Can be used by those who don’t wear glasses
  • Flexible for different face sizes

Cons

  • Although it rarely leaks water, water sometimes gets into the mask
  • Only for nearsighted correction

#3. IST Prescription Optical Corrective Scuba Diving Snorkeling Mask

If you want a prescription mask for a beginner, then the IST Optical Scuba diving mask is a great option. It is a functional, sturdy mask with a good value for the money you spend on it. Since it is meant for beginners, it comes with basic features, meaning you should expect much from it.

Features

  • Farsight correction from +1.0 to +4.0 in increments of 0.5
  • Nearsight corrective lenses form -1.0 to -8.0 available in 0.5 increments
  • Non-corrective lenses available
  • Split silicone mask strap for a comfortable fit
  • Lenses made from tempered glasses for impact resistance properties
  • Hypoallergenic silicone
  • Swivel buckle
  • Interchangeable left and right lenses

Benefits of this product

  • Silicone material does not irritate sensitive skin
  • The diopter step lens comes in a variety of optical factors for farsighted and nearsighted people
  • A swivel buckle and strap allows for usage by people of different ages
  • Fits most facial profiles
  • Split mask strap prevents mask squeeze on your head

Pros

  • Available in a range of colors
  • Provides both Farsight and nearsighted correction
  • Excellent lens assembly
  • Great product for beginners
  • Fits different age groups
  • Sturdy construction
  • Lens is shatterproof
  • Leak-proof design
  • No squeeze and skin irritation

Cons

  • Experiences some fogging and leaking after a period of usage
  • Tends to be on the smaller to medium fit
  • Some users find the strap narrow

How to Choose Prescription Dive Masks

There are certain things that you should pay attention to when ordering a prescription dive mask. As a gear that needs a great deal of customization, you need to take care to end up with a product that improves your vision under water. Take a look at this buying guide on how to choose the best prescription dive mask.

  • Know Your Optical Factor

Without the prescription lenses, dive masks are like any other ordinary lenses. The one you buy should, therefore, have the right corrective lens depending on your prescription needs. These factors depend on whether you are far or nearsighted.

Most of the masks provide an optical factor increment of 0.5, which may not match your prescription. For this, you need to either go higher or lower. Let’s say you have a factor of +3.25; then you could choose either +3.0 or +3.5.

  • Select a Type of Dive Mask

Various masks integrate your corrective lenses in different ways. There are bonded, custom or drop in lens masks. The bonded mode of integration involves gluing your prescription lens to the glass of the mask.

Don’t take your reading glasses and bond them to the mask as it requires a flat surface. This type of mask is usually heavy. A drop in (off-the-shelf lens) requires that you buy a mask of your preference, then the dive shop replaces the glasses with your prescription lenses. This type of integration is known to produce the best distance correction.

If you have different optical factor prescription for both eyes, then send this information to the manufacturer. They then deliver your prescription mask to your exact customization.

  • Your Facial Profile and Measurement

Next, pay attention to your face profile since these masks are made for different face sizes. When diving, you will be required to have the masks for long, so you need to have one that perfectly fits you. Either way, it shouldn’t press too hard on your head, or irritate your skin after a while.

It would also be great to ensure the mask creates a good seal with your skin. In this way, you won’t experience the annoying leakages.

How to Maintain Prescription Dive Masks

How long your prescription mask serves you depends on how well you take care of it. Here are some tips that might help you prolong the lifespan of your mask.

  • Use a pre-cleaner, non-abrasive dish detergent or a non-gel toothpaste to remove the oily silicone residue on the mask when you use it for the first time. Rub any of these over the whole mask surface, then thoroughly rinse with fresh water.
  • Use a protection box at all times when transporting the mask. Otherwise, the lens may shatter in the process as a result of impacts from grinds and bumps.
  • Apply a defog on the tempered glass before entering the water for a foggy free lens. Alternatively, when underwater and the lens becomes foggy, let in a little water then blow it out.
  • Keep the mask away from direct sunlight. Sun rays may discolor the silicone skirt or the strap.
  • After use, soak the mask in a warm soapy solution to eliminate salt water deposits, chlorine, dirt, and sand. You can then scrub the mask using a brush with soft bristles. Rinse in fresh water afterward.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I place the lens close to a heat source to prevent fogging?

A: You shouldn’t do that. Certain reviews are insinuating that placing the lens near a heat source melts the film layer responsible for fogging. Don’t do that as it damages the lens. Use either a defogging agent or defog while under water.

Q: Is a prescription dive mask really necessary?

A: Yes. Underwater vision is blared most of the time. So for clarity, more so when you have eyesight problems, then you need a prescription dive mask.

Q: Is it possible to have different lenses on each side of the mask?

A: Yes. This is possible through customization and drop-in lenses. Send your specific prescription factors to the manufacturer for lens placement.

Q: For lens prescription, should one go higher or lower if their specific size is not available?

A: Going lower is the best choice. A higher size tends to cause headaches and eye strain.

Q: Can I do the lens drop-in myself?

A: Yes, you can. But only if you are sure you understand the placement process as the sealing might be off if you don’t take caution.

Tips/Tricks When Buying a Prescription Dive Mask

  • Most of the time, a single size fits a number of people. You won't need to buy every family member their own if you don’t plan on going diving at the same time
  • The best product for your needs might not be the most expensive. Consider the features you need, then find a product that matches your budget.
  • Look for different masks from different retailers. Pricing is different, and you may even find a good product at a fairly good price
  • If you can, try out the mask before you buy it to test for fit

Conclusion

Choosing the best prescription dive masks depends on several factors. Your eyesight condition, your budget, your diving skills, and the features you need. Choose the corrective lens that meets your needs whether you are farsighted, or nearsighted.

All the masks we have in this review are high quality, fairly priced, made from hypoallergenic silicone, have adjustable straps, have tempered glass lenses for durability among other useful features. They are products that you can feel free to choose from for exemplary mask performance.

The Leatherman Surge Vs Wave Battle (As Recommended By Experts)

08/14/2018

As far as sibling rivalry goes, it does not get any better with the Leatherman siblings. The Leatherman Surge and the Wave are some of the most popular multi-tool choices that rarely disappoint users.

For this reason, choosing between either of them (if you don’t want both) is, therefore, a tough prospect for many. In today's, article, I am going to do a Leatherman Surge Vs Wave review so that you can decide on which one works best for your needs.

I will look into their pros, weight, featuring tools, the material of construction and their overall design.

Featuring Tools

The major difference between the Leatherman Surge and Wave is in their featuring tools. As a multi-tool, the number of tools determines how useful it is to you when you cannot conveniently reach your toolbox. You could be hiking or backpacking.

Leatherman Surge

Of the two tools, the Surge is the larger one with a total of 21 tools. Each of these 21 tools serve different purposes. All these tools are contained in a heavy-duty casing that is easy to manipulate and allows for one-handed access.

The 21 tools include:

  • A needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • 154 CM replaceable wire cutters
  • 154 CM replaceable hard-wire cutters
  • Stranded wire cutters
  • Electrical Crimper
  • Wire stripper
  • 420 HC knife
  • 420 HC serrated knife
  • Saw blade
  • Spring action scissors
  • Can opener
  • Awl with thread loop
  • 19 centimeters/8 inches ruler
  • Bottle opener
  • Metal/wood file
  • Diamond coated file
  • Blade Exchanger
  • Large bit driver
  • Large screwdriver
  • Small screwdriver

This variety offers you great flexibility if you are a heavy user. The tools are also made from high-quality materials meaning that they will not easily bend when in use.

Leatherman Wave

The Wave is slightly smaller than the Surge and has 4 tools less. Therefore, it makes for a great tool for light users who rarely use the missing tools. Here are some of the tools you can expect to find on the Wave.

  • Needlenose pliers
  • Regular pliers
  • Hard wire cutters
  • Wire cutters
  • Wire stripper
  • 420 HC knife
  • 420 HC serrated knife
  • Saw
  • Spring action scissors
  • 19 cm/8 inches ruler
  • Can opener
  • Bottle opener
  • Metal/wood file
  • Diamond coated file
  • Large bit screwdriver
  • Small bit screwdriver
  • Medium bit screwdriver

I have used both of these tools and just like the Surge, these too are not any flimsy either. They offer you an amazing performance worth any of the money you spend on them. From the list of featured tools, you can notice that the Wave lacks a wire crimper, blade exchanger, awl with thread loop, and the strand wire cutters  

Weight

Weight considerations are essential in cases where you need to keep your gear light such as when going hiking. A bulky tool in your pocket isn’t what you need. Fortunately, the Leatherman Surge and Wave are quite lightweight with a slight weight difference between them. This is expected, as the Surge has more tools than the Wave.

As the heavier of the two, the Surge weighs 1 pound (12.5 ounces) only. It may not be much, but it still feels solid on your hand or pocket. But when using a belt pouch, then you won't even notice its presence.

On the other hand, the Wave is the lighter option. It weighs about 4 ounces lighter than the Surge. It weighs 8.5 ounces with all of its contents. If your preference is weight with a slightly reduced tool count, then the Wave is an ideal choice.

Size and Dimensions

Besides the weight, sizes and the dimensions are other aspects in which the Surge and Wave multi-tools differ in. It is one of the considerations some people make when bringing any of these along on a trip.

At this point, it is evident that the Surge is the larger of the two. It measures about 4 x 2 x 2 inches in dimensions when fully folded. All these are taken from its longest, widest and thickest points. On its part, the Wave measures 4 x 1 x 1 inches at its longest and widest parts.

When opened, the lengths differ depending on the tool(s) being used.

Material

The Leatherman Surge and wave are made from the same material, which is one of the areas where the two are even in this contest. Both are made from 420 High Carbon stainless steel. This middle ground stainless steel imparts strength and longevity to these tools.

Since they lack chromium in their structure, these multi-tools are slightly susceptible to corrosion than a standard 420 with a chromium alloy. Nonetheless, the tools are great for hardcore outdoor uses and DIY projects.

Colour

Unlike in the past when you would be limited in the colour choice of any Leatherman multi-tool, the current designs feature a range of colours. You are no longer just limited to the usual plain stainless steel appearance you had been used to.

However, color-wise, both the Surge and the Wave come in either a sleek black oxide finish or the usual shiny stainless steel. It is a stylish design that is not too loud, keeping a low profile. This colour is great for some purposes such as in your garage since wiping dirt off it is a breeze.

Pros

Both the Surge and the Wave excel in their ways but are almost similar performance wise. To bring the two into perspective, let's look at where each one excels.

Leatherman Surge Pros

  • Has more tools (21)
  • Robust performance
  • Slightly longer for larger tools
  • Highly versatile

Leatherman Wave Pros

  • Cheaper than the Surge
  • Lightweight
  • Easier to use

Verdict

From the above descriptions, you notice that the Surge offers you more capabilities than the Wave, although it is more expensive. With 21 tools compared to the 17 on the wave, the additional cost might be justified.

Both of these tools will provide you with a good range of standard tools options. Screwdrivers, pliers, wire stripper, can/bottle openers, etc. Choosing between the two is dependent on what exactly you intend on using them for.

For common round the clock uses, then I would suggest you go with the cheaper Wave option. It gets the job done. However, for increased capabilities, you should instead choose the Surge. I have it, so my opinion might be biased.

For the additional cost, you get four more high-quality tools. Plus, it can do everything the Wave does and four more additions. This is because when camping, hiking or in your workshop, you never know when you might need the extra tools.

Sea Eagle 330 Vs 370 Compare And Reviews (New Data)

08/01/2018

Over the past couple of years, inflatable SUP and inflatable kayaks have grown in popularity among water sports enthusiasts. They are no longer the pool toys that people used to associate them with. Inflatable kayaks are giving hard shell kayaks serious competition as people begin to take them seriously.

Among the numerous options available, the Sea Eagle 330 and 370 are some of the best in their price ranges. If you are looking for either a solo or a tandem inflatable kayak, then they are probably one of the popular choices.

However, the two share some similarities hence making it harder for you to choose between either. There is more than meets the eye when it comes to stability, durability, performance and the pricing. To put things into perspective, I have prepared this Sea Eagle 330 vs 370 comparison to help those of you still on the fence regarding which one to buy.

First up is the Sea Eagle SE 330 which is a lightweight, portable inflatable kayak. It is a fun kayak for both beginner and experienced paddlers alike who like to hit the waters on occasions. It is designed to carry two people on board and a further option for a furry friend can tag along.  

The 330 pro kayak features two comfortable 5-inch-high seating deluxe seats for your comfort. These seats can be moved about inside the kayak as you prefer. Included in the package are two paddles, a foot pump, and a carry bag for transportation.

Also included is an open and close drain valve alongside five deluxe one-way deflation and inflation valves. These are great for ensuring you don’t experience accidental air leaks. In order to better track your speeds and direction, there are two rear skegs fitted onto the bottom for that.

The material used to construct the hull is resistant to both the sun and saltwater. Other great features are lashed-down inflatable spray skirts, a bow, and stern grab line.

Pros

  • Fast to assemble
  • Can be inflated in a short while
  • Solid construction
  • Stable on water
  • A drain valve provided

Cons

  • Narrow construction
  • Only fits two
  • Inflatable seats not supportive

#2. Sea Eagle SE370 Inflatable Sport Kayak Pro Package

On its part, the SE370 is a 3-person inflatable kayak suitable for Class III whitewater paddling. Inside the Kayak are two movable and inflatable Deluxe seats just like in the 330. You can move the seats about depending on whether you intend to solo or tandem paddle in the kayak.

In terms of features, it shares pretty most of them with the 330, except for the sizing, capacity and the maximum load it can sustain. It has two AB30 paddles, a foot pump, and a carrying bag with a shoulder strap. When deflated, you can easily carry it yourself as it is quite lightweight.

Five one-way deflation and inflation valves, as well as an open and close drain valve are also present. The same skeg on the 330 is fitted on the 370 too for tracking and speed. In addition, the material is sturdy enough for a dog to ride along with you.

Pros

  • Increased load capacity
  • Carries up to 3 people
  • Saltwater resistant material
  • Increased leg room
  • Stable whether solo or tandem paddling

Cons

  • Takes a little longer to inflate
  • Can be easily blown by strong winds

Size

The main difference between the Sea Eagle 330 vs 370 is their sizes. At first sight, you would immediately notice that the 330 is the smaller kayak with a 2-person capacity. It measures 11 feet and 2 inches in total length, with a 34 inches width.

It has a maximum load capacity of 500 pounds. On the other hand, the 370 measures 12 feet, 5 inches in length and is, therefore, considerably longer than the 330. They have the same width though of 34 inches. Load capacity is increased to 650 pounds.

Since it is shorter, the 330 is the easiest to maneuver as it has a shorter hull. You can make quick turns in the water. This does not mean that the 370 longer length doesn’t benefit you. The length makes it easier to track. Zigzagging is reduced in the water, unlike in the 330.

Weight

This is another aspect where the two differ obviously. Because of the difference in sizes, they are bound to weigh differently when inflated. The 330 is the lightest of the two since it is the smallest.

Although the weight is stated as 26 pounds, adding the bag and seats increases it a little bit. I have seen somewhere where it was indicated as 47 pounds, which could be accurate. On the other side, the 370 weight is indicated as 32 pounds but could rise to 55 pounds including accessories, only slightly heavier than a boat cover.

Material of Construction

This is another department where both of these inflatable Kayaks are similar, although there is a slight difference. In the construction of Sea Eagle 330 vs 370, Sea Eagles use PolyKrylar on both of them. It’s a lightweight, salty water resistant yet durable material.

The difference comes in the thickness of the material used. On the 330 is a 33 millimeters material, while the 370 has a slightly thicker 38 millimeters material. Both of these materials can withstand the clawing of a pet on board. However, the 370 does have a slight edge over the 330.

Both of them feature the 5 tube I-beam flooring. The tubes are 9” in diameter. It enables both kayaks to sit higher on water by shifting the weight of the kayak onto the floor and not the sides. As a result, they pick speed faster, are easier to paddle over a long distance, and have a smooth speed transition.

Price

The Sea Eagle SE330 is the cheaper option of the two. It’s a great price for a decently sized inflatable kayak that you can maneuver with ease on water. The total load too is great.

Sea Eagle SE370 costs slightly more. At that price, you get more room on board, increased load capacity, and faster speeds.

Time to Set Up

Both of these Kayaks are easy to set up. In fact, it is a one-person job, although setting up times differ slightly. The 330 is the fastest to set up since it is relatively smaller. It has an inflation and assembly time of 6 minutes.

Nonetheless, it took me quite long for the first time, but I improved my speed with time. The 370 has an average inflation and assembly time of about 8 minutes, 2 minutes longer than the 330. Again, for first timers, it might take you longer.

Verdict

With almost most of the features being the same, perhaps you are wondering why the price difference and which one do you buy? The main difference and justification for this is, of course, the sizing and the space available.

If you prefer to solo paddle and carry a light gear, then the 330 is the best option for you. Of course, it allows for an additional passenger, and you can even tandem paddle on it. Therefore, if your gear doesn’t exceed 500 pounds, then the 330 is the one for you.

The 370 is suitable for carrying extra 150 pounds of load, and an extra capacity for a third passenger. While having 3 people it’s a little crowded, but you will manage just fine. It is a nice perk for a family of three.

But if you are a beginner, then the 330 is the better option. Its shorter stern makes it easier to maneuver while making sharper turns. The 370 is suitable for more experienced paddlers as it picks up speed faster.

Perhaps a drawback on both kayaks is their low weight. I wouldn’t take either of them out on a windy or choppy day. The probability of being blown is very high.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the warranty Length for both Kayaks?

Both Kayaks carry a warranty of three years. It may not be much but it’s great for their durability and performance.

  • Can you fix if it breaks a hole?

Yes, you can easily fix a hole by patching it up. The two come with a patching kit that you can use.

  • What is included in the Package?

Both packages include 2 paddles, 2 movable & inflatable seats, a carry bag, 2 skegs, a patch kit, and a foot pump.

  • Can you bring along a dog? What happens to the claws?

You can bring along a dog in either of these kayaks. The PolyKrylar construction is thick enough to handle the claws of a dog. It’s a sturdy enough material to prevent claw popping them.

Top 5 Best Winter Boat Cover To Buy In 2018 [New Data]

07/10/2018

During winter, boat owners face a dilemma on how to keep their prized assets safe from the harsh weather elements. Storing them indoors is normally not an option at times and leaving them outdoors will allow snow and ice to definitely damage them. Should you then go for a custom-fitted boat cover? These are also too expensive at times.

So what is the solution? Winter boat covers are an ideal protective cover over boats that help to keep them dry in wet storage conditions. These covers come in a variety of sizes and additional features such as buckle straps. They help create a custom fit shield around your boat.

With the best boat covers, you can be sure to keep your boat from UV light to inclement weather and even wildlife.  Finding the perfect match for your need is the only challenge you will face. Fortunately, we have prepared a buyer’s guide to take you through the buying process, including a review of some of the best ones around.

The Best Winter Boat Covers Reviews

1. MSC Heavy Duty Boat Cover

The MSC Heavy Duty Boat cover is one of the best winter boat covers currently available. It is made in such a way that your boat is kept safe from moisture when stored, during travels or when mooring. All these are probably the ways in which you would want the boat protected.

Made from a heavy-duty Marine-Grade Polyester canvas, this winter boat cover is ideal for V-Hull, Runabout, and a Tri-Hull types of boats. One of its great features is the waterproof ability. It makes it resistant to both mildew and UV light for a long-term storage capability.

Waterproofing is reinforced by a double layer of Polyurethane coating. It is a design that comes in handy during extreme winter weather conditions. This material does not stretch or shrink during the course of its use. Your boat, therefore, gets the same level of protection at all times.

On the bottom hem are elastic cords sewn in for a custom, tight fit. Alongside the elastic cords are adjustable straps together with quick release buckles. These all work to ensure moisture does not sieve through the cover into the boat.

Pros

  • Available in six different colors
  • Less bulky for easy handling
  • Fitting a one-man job
  • Superb fit
  • Its storage bag provided
  • Sizing chart provided
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Seams leak at times
  • Has no ventilation vents
  • Stains seat after a while

2. AmazonBasics Boat Cover

The AmazonBasics Boat Cover is another option for covering your boat either during trailering or when stored in winter. For runabouts and bass boats measuring about 16-18.5 feet long and 98 inches wide, then this cover is an ideal choice.

The winter boat cover is made from 100% polyester. Such a construction is great for exceptional durability since it neither shrinks nor stretches. Moreover, it creates a secure, long-lasting fit all around the boat once you have covered it in place.

It is only available in a sleek light grey color that greatly matches with most boats. Since it weighs 10 pounds, the cover is lightweight enough to be put up and taken down by a single operator. Washing it is a breeze too. Dirt washes off easily when cleaned with warm water.

Most users attest to its exceptional quality, especially the relatively thick construction. Apart from durability, the thickness makes it wrinkle less than other products. There are also the well-placed air vents for a well ventilated stored boat. Its high-quality straps appeal to most users too.

Pros

  • Well ventilated with air vents
  • High-quality straps
  • Wrinkles less
  • Thick material for durability
  • Nice snug fit around boats
  • Great UV protection
  • Excellent value for the price

Cons

  • Black straps are prominent on the grey cover
  • Fits limited types of boats

3. Classic Accessories StormPro Heavy-Duty Boat Cover

Made of polyester, the Classic Accessories StormPro is one of the top picks for protecting bass boats from heavy storms. This winter boat cover comes with an extra support pole so that you can securely anchor the cover onto the boat. It is ideal for heavy snow conditions.

The cover, together with its accessories is all “marine grade” for an assured protective layer. Just like the rest of the covers, this one too neither shrinks nor stretches. It features an extra coating on the surface to provide protection from mildew, UV, water, and an all-weather protection.

At the rear of the cover are dual air vents complete with stiffeners. These vents allow for wind and internal moisture to escape from inside the cover hence helping to preserve the inner parts. Additionally, support pole helps prevent water from pooling on the surface of the boat.

In case you need to trailer the boat, there are elastic cords for a tight fit. These cords also have buckles integrated onto them for easy fitting. They quickly snap in and release in the process of loading and unloading the boat.

Pros

  • A support pole provided to prevent water pooling
  • Great elastic straps with quick release buckles
  • Great warranty
  • Large enough to accommodate boat accessories
  • Elastic hem gives it an excellent fit
  • Durable material used
  • Quite affordable

Cons

  • Looks cheaply made
  • It’s quite small
  • Fasteners tend to break easily

4. KAKIT Waterproof 600D Polyester Boat Cover

KAKIT waterproof winter boat cover is made from 600D Polyester, making it great for boats such as V-Hull and a Tri-Hull Runabout. For outdoor storage, the cover features straps, buckles, and an elastic hem to keep it in place, preventing it from being blown away by the heavy wind.

Double stiches on the seams are great at making the cover rainproof in any type of condition. This reinforced 600D Polyester fabric it is made from offers added protection from mildew and heavy wind. When used outside, you can use the support pole to prevent water or debris from pooling on the cover.

Mildew prevent in this cover is facilitated by the inclusion of a moisture guard system of vents. These vents allow for the flow of moisture under the cover. Consequently, moisture does not build up and reduce the product life of your boat and the boat cover to some extent.

Overall, this product functions just as intended, and can be used during transportation of the boat. Users say it fits great to a boat, it is provided with enough straps to keep it from being blown by the wind and can withstand heavy rains. However, the height of the support pole is the only negative issue with this boat cover.

Pros

  • Excellent snug fit
  • Versatile for trailering too
  • Well ventilated
  • Can withstand heavy downpours and snow
  • Great quality
  • Provided with plenty of strap ribbons
  • Fits a large number of boats

Cons

  • Support pole kind of short
  • Quite pricey
  • Only two size varieties available

5. Leader Accessories 600D Polyester Boat Cover

If you own boat models measuring about 14 to 16 feet in length and up to 68 inches wide, then the Leader Accessories boat cover is a great option for you. However, this is only for model A- types of boats. There are other covers for models B (14’-16’L, 90” wide) and E (20’-22’L, 100” wide).

Whether it’s a Fishing Ski, V-Hull, pro-style bass or a Tri-Hull boat, then this cover should decently fit over it if it matches the provided dimensions. The cover itself is made from 600D polyester and availed in five different colors (grey, black, burgundy, navy blue, and olive) to match your style.

The 7.25 ounces heavy-duty and marine grade type of polyester fabric is coated with urethane. These winter boat covers are then given a treatment for resistance against UV light, mildew, and to repel water. The coating is then reinforced by double stitched seams to keep out any traces of water.

During long hauls, the 1-inch long poly web straps fitted onto the top seam can be used. These straps work together with elastic cords for a tighter fit around your boat when in transit. When it gets too moist inside, rear vents channel these outside for safer storage. An extra web storage bag is included with this product.

Pros

  • Storage bag provided for convenience
  • Support pole prolongs the cover lifespan
  • Easy to find a fitting one
  • Easy to spot clean without detergents
  • 3-year warranty sounds great
  • Available in 5 colors
  • Easy to put on and off
  • Protects from dust and insects too

Cons

  • Requires washing before use
  • Runs small at times
  • Does not cover the motor

How to Choose the Best Winter Boat Covers

  • Ventilation is Key

While covering your boat is meant to prevent external elements, sometimes it is the internal ones that may do more damage. Therefore, ensure that your boat cover permits adequate air movements inside when covered.

Look for one with air vents that are ready to circulate fresh air and eliminate moist air from the boat cabin. It is the best way of preventing mildew buildup that degrades the boat’s internal compartments.

  • Material Properties of the Boat Cover

A boat cover needs not to only protect the boat from moisture but must go the extra mile in ensuring overall protection. The first property should, therefore, be waterproofing. The cover needs to prevent water from getting in. Then, it should be heavy enough to resist windy conditions, but still easy to put on.

Moreover, it has to be mildew resistant, easy to clean, protective from insects, and resistant to Ultra Violet light. All these properties work to ensure minimal damage is done to your boat while you store it during winter.

  • Size of the Boat Cover

The overall level of protection a boat cover provides is dependent on how nicely/snugly it fits around the boat. Too loose, and wind will definitely blow it away. Too tight and fitting it might be a challenge.

To alleviate this, carefully consider the dimensions of your boat (length and beam width) and check to ensure it is exact. If the dimensions of the boat are at the boundaries, then consider sizing it upwards for the right fit.

  • Accessories are Always Great

Having more, high-quality additional features alongside the boat cover are an added advantage to use. However, the more the features a product has, the more you will have to spend on it. For boat covers, look for one with a storage bag and extra straps.

In addition, a supporting pole is an important one if you don’t want water to pool over the cover when it rains. The collected water might ruin the repellency and UV protection properties with time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know the right winter boat cover size?

A: Most manufacturers nowadays provide a sizing chart for your specific bought. You just have to know the dimensions of your boat, and then you select the one that matches it from the chart.

Q: Is it advisable to size up or down?

A: The simple answer is “it depends.” Some models require sizing up if the boat dimensions are on the limit boundaries. There are also other models that run too large and require sizing down so as to fit your boat. Check first what the manufacturer says about sizing their cover.

Q: Are the covers washable?

A: Yes, they are. However much different the washing technique is, since most are water repellant, they should be easy to clean with simple swipes in case it gets dirty.

Q: Are air vents very necessary?

A: Yes. As earlier mentioned, these prevent the build-up of mildew inside the covers. Too much moisture inside a water repellant cover makes your boat’s interior moldy.

Q: I fear my boat motor getting waterlogged. Are there covers large enough to protect it?

A: Definitely. There are options that cover the whole boat from tip to rear, including the engine motor. Then there are those that don’t. It all boils down to the size of the boat cover.

Conclusion

A winter boat cover is a must for any boat owner when winter comes. During that time, you are less likely to do any fishing or have rides on your boat due to the extreme weather conditions. These covers provide the protection the boat needs when stored either indoors or out in the open.

When buying one, it is imperative that you carefully consider your available option, your budget and the size and nature of your boat. Fortunately, we have provided with everything you might need to get started. We hope you have found our post helpful in one way or another.

In this review, the MSC Heavy Duty Boat Cover is our top pick for the best winter boat covers currently in the market. It is highly breathable, is made from a waterproof material, comes with a storage bag, fits snugly around your boat, and has great reviews from prior buyers.

[2018]Cressi Giotto vs Leonardo Dive Computers In Depth Comparison & Reviews

06/26/2018

The Giotto and Leonardo are two popular dive computers designed by Cressi. At a first glance, one may not necessarily identify the differences between the two, except for a few design alterations and the price. However, functionality-wise, they are quite distinct.

While one targets an entry level divers market, the other one is meant for experienced recreational divers. In this post, we are pitting the Cressi Giotto vs Leonardo. Besides helping you better understand them, it might assist you to decide on which one is best for your needs.

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1. Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer

For entry level divers or those who looking to “just dive”, the Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer is a great option for a wrist computer. It features a simple, yet functional design for beginner divers. It includes features meant to effortlessly guide you under water.

A wide, modular, and rugged user-friendly display system (UFDS) provides an intuitive display of a menu for the watch menus.  As for functionalities, there is a Nitrox management and depth gauge modes in addition to a reset option.

The high definition display screen contains all the information a beginner may require when diving. Its large numerical displays are readable under water. All these are separated by bright lines to ease reading even in stressful conditions. When in dimly lit conditions, a backlight is provided.

With its single button interface, programming this watch for the first time becomes much easier. The Air, Nitrox or Gauge modes are easily set up for the first time. An algorithm based on the Reduced Gradient Bubble Model (RGBM) is great for all divers as it alerts you when to change gases during water descent.

Pros

  • Still works at altitudes of up to 3,700 meters
  • Single button interface is non-confusing
  • 120-meter dive depth
  • Low price great for first-time buyers
  • Audible alarms for alerts
  • Visible battery life indicator
  • Calibration is done in salt water for typical use
  • Windows and Mac compatible systems
  • Battery saver mode available
  • Can be reset after each use
  • Usable as a normal watch out of water

Cons

  • Some products susceptible to water clogging
  • Nightglow not sufficient
  • There’s no safety stop timer

2. Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer

The Cressi Giotto Wrist Computer is a great option for experienced/technical divers with a need for a more complex instrument. It is designed such that information regarding depth, need for decompression, dive times, as well as ascent rates are availed in real time.

Just as in the Leonardo, the RGBM algorithm processes nitrogen release and absorption rates. The calculation is based on how much usable inert gas is present in the air mixture. Once all this information is processed, a Priority Compartment Digital Display avails them to you.

On this wrist computer are three buttons for navigating the user interface. Each of these is used to effortlessly program and gauge the nitrox and air mix modes on the watch. Available information is displayed in form of a large numerical number on a HD screen.

With this computer, you get capabilities of a clock, a calendar, a chronograph, and a dive memory logbook. It is also capable of performing desaturation and saturation mathematical calculations for divers with both air and Nitrox. Measurements can as well be set to either metric or feet systems for your convenience.

Pros

  • Easy to navigate 3 button interface
  • High definition screen for clarity.If you have vision problems. The prescription dive mask are indispensable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Up to 120 meters diving depth
  • High battery efficiency
  • Automatic safety stops signals
  • Online instructions easy to load
  • Durable, compact construction
  • Snug fit on wrist
  • Measurements can be set in either metric or feet systems

Cons

  • Finding a spare battery is a little hard
  • Figuring out a dive plan takes a while for beginners
  • Some of the instructions are hard to follow

Comparison

Functionality Differences

A Cressi Giotto vs Leonardo comparison becomes more apparent when their functionalities are outlined. And it is of utmost importance to watch out (pun intended) to mind these differences when deciding on buying either.

These dive computers look similar size-wise, with both having a high definition large display. Data display in large numericals too is great on both dive computers. The similarities go as far as the exchangeable batteries used among an array of other features.

Functionality differences start with the number of buttons on each watch. There is one navigation button on the Leonardo, while the Giotto has three. More buttons mean more capabilities and functions, albeit with an added amount of complexity.

Three buttons make navigation from menu to menu a lot easier. Each of the buttons also has its specific functions, unlike the case of a single button which you use to go through all the menus. There is a silver lining with a single button, accidental pressing of a wrong button is impossible.

For nitrox handling, the Leonardo provides basic capabilities as expected of a beginner dive computer. With it, it is only possible to mix a single gas of 50% oxygen. PO2 (Partial pressure of oxygen) can be programmed from 1.2 bars to 1.6, with three levels of conservatism. Another drawback is that you aren’t able to change from air to Nitrox when diving.

On the other hand, the Giotto handles two Nitrox mixes of up to 99% oxygen levels. These values are often between 21% to 99% of oxygen. Since it is made for more experienced divers, the watch permits the switch of gases when diving. Despite still desaturating, a Giotto wrist computer can still handle a Nitrox dive, just after an air dive.

Cressi Giotto comes with a graphic Central Nervous System (CNS). It is a distinct feature not present in the Leonardo. This toxicity level indicator for oxygen shows the breathability of the oxygen in your system. As a result, you should be able to gauge when to either proceed or stop the dive.

Price

Because of the different target markets and the inherent differences in functionalities, the Cressi Giotto and Leonardo are priced differently. Of the two, the Leonardo is the cheapest

The superior Giotto, with its improved performances, will cost you about $100 more than Cressi Leonardo. It is costlier, but definitely a better investment than its counterpart.

Batteries

One of the areas where the Cressi Giotto vs Leonardo battle is even is when it comes to how they are powered. They are both powered by a 3 volts CR2430 battery. If you happen to have either, you can easily interchange the two and it would work just fine.

You just need to remember that the two models do not allow for hot-switching. However, the data you had already set remains intact as you make the battery switch. On both models, a battery power level indicator is present.

There is no need to take either of them to a watch shop to get the batteries replaced. You can do it yourself without using any tools. To improve on the battery life, ensure you engage the battery saver mode when there are certain functions you do not need. Battery life lasts for about 3 years of approximately 50 dives a year.

Color

For some divers, color may not be a concerning feature, but not all. It may not have an impact on the performance, but it’s a great deal for style (or matching your diving suit) if you are into that kind of thing.

Cressi Giotto and Leonardo have various color combinations that you may choose from. First, the Cressi Leonardo is available in these combos: Black/Camo, Black/Blue, Black/Black, Black/Gray, Black/Red, Black/Orange, Black/Yellow, All Blue, Black/High Visibility Green, White/Lilac, and White/Pink.

The Cressi Giotto on its part is available in Black/Black, Black/White, Black/Blue, Black/Grey, Black/Pink, Black/Red, Black/Yellow, White/Lilac, and Black/High Visibility Green.

Size

Both of these dive computers are almost similar in size. The Leonardo measures about 2.63 across and 1.06 inches thick. Giotto measures almost the same. It results in a user-friendly display, with readable displays even when underwater.

For normal use, preference is a little conflicted, with some users being comfortable with the sizes. Others find them too large for comfort when worn with a conventional wristwatch.

Weight

A computer watch for scuba diving needs to be as lightweight as possible. Too much weight on your wrist is a recipe for too much discomfort. Fortunately, the Cressi Giotto and Leonardo does not weigh much.

At only 8 ounces, the Leonardo is the heaviest of the two diver computers. The Cressi Giotto on its part weighs a mere 0.16 ounces. Not so much to discomfort you in any way, right?

How to Set Up

Before you set out on a dive with your brand new Cressi Giotto or a Cressi Leonardo, you have to set them up first. Unfortunately, you can’t use them straight out of the box. It’s one of the tasks that are most frustrating for beginners, especially when planning to dive.

For this, you need the manual or the online instructions that can be loaded from a PC. Alternatively, here on simple illustration on how to get the Cressi Giotto up and running.

Cressi Leonardo can be set up with the help of this video.


Have Easy to Use and Setup?

Beginner divers initially find using these two diving computers hard for the first time. After a while, with the help of the manual and the videos we have provided you with, you would find how easy it is to use them.

It is the three buttoned Giotto that confuses more with its myriad of functions than the simpler Leonardo. However, for experienced divers, this should not be a problem especially when it comes to pressing the three buttons under water. The only problem with the Leonardo is navigating through the menus with the single button.

Lifeline

The Cressi Giotto vs Leonardo lifeline is one that does not have a distinct answer since it depends on how much care you give either of them. The batteries themselves can last for three years, after which you can still replace them and continue using your wrist computers.

Additionally, you can improve the lifeline by adding a protective color to the screen. It helps minimize the impacts from external forces. Overall, with the high prices, these models should last you a long time if you give them appropriate care.

Verdict

In as much as the Leonardo is fantastic for beginners, its limitations in terms of functionality when compared to the Giotto make it somehow inferior. However, if you are looking for a dive computer to get you through your first couple of dives, then the Leonardo is your best bet.

But then again, if you are intending to keep diving for longer (its kind of hard to give up), then we would suggest you settle on the Giotto. With its additional features, you can be sure to grow with it as you grow more accustomed to diving.

In comparison with newer, high-end models, these two (even the Giotto) still lag behind. There are lots of other features missing in them but are provided in others. All in all, if you are a beginner to the intermediate diver, then these two are great options.

Another issue is the constant change in technology. Before you buy any of the two models, think about how long it would take you to reach, let’s say 150 dives. If you think it would take longer, then the Leonardo would be best for you. Once you get to 150, there are some good chances that better alternatives would be available than the Giotto.

The 6 Best Surf Booties To Buy In 2018 For Surfing [Update]

06/05/2018

As a surfer or bodyboarding, keeping warm is your topmost priority besides being comfortable under water. Your warmth is of particular importance more so if you surf in extremely cold waters. This also applies if you are the type of person whose surfing is not deterred by the harsh winter climate.

Now that you have got your wetsuit ready, it is time to complete your surfing gear. These suits usually don’t keep your toes from the ice-cold water. This is where surf booties come in handy. These have become a must-have for cold water surfers of late due to their warming abilities.

Choosing the best surf booties is always a tall order as there are numerous options to sieve through. We have eased this task by providing you with a review of 6 of the best booties as well as a guide on how to choose the best.

How to Choose the Best Surf Booties

  • Round Toe or a Split Toe?

This might be the first consideration you will have to make. The split toes feature a toe that is separated into two. Your big toe fits into one, the rest fits into the other section. A natural feel that guarantees balance is created in the process. It also does not slide off the board.

Round toes, on the other hand, look like normal shoes. Since the toes are crammed up together, you feel a lot warmer in them. A possible disadvantage is that they easily slip off your feet. Making a choice between the two depends solely on a surfer’s preferences and tastes.

  • Bootie Thickness

The temperature of the water that you will be surfing in determines what thickness of bootie you need. For warm tropical waters, you need a 2-3 mm bootie, 5 mm for moderate temperatures and 5-7 mm for the coldest waters such as during winter.

The nature of the surfing location is another aspect that affects the thickness you need. Sandy beaches do not require much thickness, while a rocky seabed needs more thickness so that your feet stay comfortable.

Best Surf Booties Reviews

1. Aqua Lung Men's Echozip Ergo Boot 

When surfing in winter, you need a surfing boot much thicker than 3 mm. Thicker booties are great at keeping your feet warm when the temperatures become unbearable down there. This particular product has a thickness of 5 mm to better trap and retain warmth.

It features an ergonomic sole with an outsole that is cut in a way that matches your foot’s profile. With an Ergo design, these booties eliminate any excess water inside. In this way, your feet can remain warmer as you go about surfing or any other water sport.

The design also includes a standard neoprene upper layer and an exterior with thickness markings. Its zipper is kept in place with the use of a loop and hook zipper lock. The boot has its outsole made from vulcanized rubber. The whole of the boot is held together by four seams, 2 at the front and 2 at the heels.

Pros

  • Abrasion-resistant seams
  • Ergo design eliminates any excess water from the boot
  • Durable vulcanized rubber outsole
  • Available in a number of sizes
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Easy to wear and take off
  • Zippers are corrosion resistant

Cons

  • Taking them off is a little hard at times

2. O'Neill Reactor 2 2mm Reef Booties 

For those of you looking for a pair of booties for surfing in waters filled with reefs, you need one that is best suited for that. Reefs can be very dangerous to your feet if left exposed to the sharp edges. They are known to result in cuts in surfer’s legs.

The Reactor Reef Booties are not only suitable for reef surfing, but they can be worn in warmer climates as well. The 2 mm neoprene synthetic mesh is thinner in comparison with other models of booties. They, therefore, dissipate heat faster when in warmer waters.

The booties are lightweight, yet their soles are considerably strong to withstand numerous rounds of surfing. Their lightweight structure slightly reduces the stability in comparison with split toes or some of the other round toes.

Drainage holes lack on the sides, but this is countered with the presence of a tight liner. This liner keeps out water from getting into the bootie by fitting tightly around your foot. The fluid foam from which they are made from helps keep them breathable when in warm water.

Pros

  • Tight fitting to keep out water
  • Versatile for both reef and summer usage
  • Comfortable toe box area
  • Available in a number of sizes
  • Easy to clean
  • Putting on is a breeze

Cons

  • The fit at the ankles is not always great
  • Soles wear out fast

3. Mares Equator 2mm Boots 

There are surfers who love to go water sporting in the Indonesian Island of Bali. This location is an ideal spot for surfers to showcase their skills. For this location, the Mares Equator is a great choice for your surfing booties.

This bootie is made from a 2mm thick nylon II neoprene. The material of construction gives the bootie a lightweight structure that dries easily and absorbs the least amount of water. For durability, the sole is made from vulcanized rubber.

The joining of the sole and the upper part of the bootie is glued and then blind stitched for a longer lasting bootie. At the heel of this product, the sole extends upwards for a couple of inches to provide your ankle with protection.

The soles feature ribs to minimize the chances of slipping in case you want to go surfing in any slippery environments.

Pros

  • Non-slip soles
  • Great breathability
  • Cushioning at the ankle area
  • Sand and pebbles do not fill it when worn
  • Can be worn with open heel fins
  • High-quality construction
  • Considerably affordable

Cons

  • They sometimes fill with water
  • Walking on pebbles presses down on the feet
  • Durability is questionable

4. Neo Sports Premium Neoprene Women Boots 

Sometimes getting a gender-specific watersport gear might seem like a tall order, more so for women. However, the Neo Sports Premium Surf Booties are a decent choice for women who like to surf in different types of water bodies.

The structure is made from synthetic neoprene with a thickness that varies for your specific needs. There is a 3 mm option for warm water, 5 mm for moderate waters and a 7 mm for very cold water bodies. A puncture resistant sole is glued and then sewn into the rest of the body.

A heavy-duty zipper is used to make the process of taking the shoes on and off a lot easier. Behind the zipper is a barrier that prevents the entry of water into the bootie. At the bottom is a rugged sole to provide you with the much-needed traction when surfing.

Pros

  • Available in different sizes from 4-16
  • Zippers have water-resistant barriers
  • Various thicknesses available
  • Can be used by both genders
  • Quality finish
  • Heavy duty construction
  • Easy on sensitive feet
  • Puncture resistant sole

Cons

  • Walking on rocky surfaces is discomforting
  • Are bulky

5. O'Neill Superfreak Tropical Split Toe Booties

For tropical weather, the water can get pretty warm at times. For this reason, you will need a thin surf bootie to cope with the intense heat generated at the feet as you exert yourself in the water. For warm tropical waters, the 2 mm thickness provides its needed functionality.

These booties feature a unique split toe design with a rubber sole meant for heavy duty usage. The rubber is a credible option for creating more traction when in contact with the surfing board. Perhaps a great feature about them is the presence of drain ports along the side to quickly drain out the water.

A fluid foam nylon construction gives the booties durability as it does not wear out easily. A low-cut ankle design is a great companion when surfing in tropical conditions. Since they are quite thin, they would not suit you when in moderate to cold water.

Pros

  • Comfortable split toe design
  • Tractive rubber soles
  • Wear resistant
  • Drain ports quickly drain water
  • Highly breathable when hot
  • Low-cut ankle enhances comfort in the tropics
  • Very flexible

Cons

  • Split toe can be uncomfortable for those with a big toe
  • Are only comfortable on the sand

6. NeoSport Wetsuits Premium Neoprene 3mm Boot

For the general surf booties needs, this 3 mm NeoSport is a great option. The thickness means that it is suitable for most tropical climate or moderately cold waters. But you should never use it for surfing in cold waters as it would make your toes too cold.

This product is made of neoprene material for comfort, durability, and greater finish. The end result is a versatile bootie that can be used for a variety of water sports activities. Bonded threads, blind stitched and glued seams make them durable.

Pros

  • Great heat retention
  • Durable tractive soles
  • Easy to put on or take off
  • Puncture resistant insert sole
  • Durable seams
  • Versatile
  • Proper fit

Cons

  • Meant for men
  • Can be hard to take off at times

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

  • Question: What is the best way to dry surf booties?
  • Answer: After use, rinse the booties to eliminate any smell, then allow them to dry is an airy, yet shady area.
  • Question: Who Makes the best surf booties?
  • Answer: There is no concrete answer to this as it is quite subjective. However, booties from O’Neil tend to have greater ratings.
  • Question: Can Booties be worn alongside fins?
  • Answer: Yes. There are certain options that can be worn together. But only if the watersport activity needs one.
  • Question: Can these booties be used for other watersports activities?
  • Answer: Yes. There are versatile options out there that can be used for snorkeling, diving, surfing, wakeboard, scuba diving and so forth.
  • Question: Can Surf Booties fill with sand and pebbles?
  • Answer: Only if the booties are too loose. But one that snuggly fits around your feet keeps out sands pretty nicely.

Conclusion

Surfers and the best surf booties go hand in hand. They help you maintain the right balance on your board as well as keeping your feet warm when in water. The good thing is that you don’t have to be a surfer to use one. Almost all water sports can utilize these surf booties.

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