The folks at French dive equipment company Beuchat were kind enough to give DeeperBlue.com a brief overview of the company’s latest spearfishing and freediving products, specifically a pair of new wetsuits, a freediving weight harness and a new Freediving mask on display at DEMA Show 2016 in Las Vegas.
The lower section of the new Espadon Prestige 2-piece freediving wetsuit has a little overlapping flap in the crotch area that allows a diver to use the bathroom on the dive boat without having to take off the suit itself. The Farmer John-style pants also have a section where the diver can cut off the upper suspender portion of the pants for added comfort if you’re not diving in very cold waters.
Both lower and upper sections of the suit also sport a special camouflage design that is very muted when dry but almost magically appears when exposed to water. According to Cyrille Torres, the company’s strategic marketing and communications manager:
“With that [camouflage] we work the vision of the fish so the fish doesn’t see the diver’s silhouette.”
The wrist and ankle edges of the Espadon Prestige have rubber seals for ease of wear, and the area around the face line has an “anti-squeeze system” for added comfort. The upper and lower combo will be available in 5mm and 7mm thicknesses and will retail staring at 279 Euros/US$296.
The company’s Espadon Elite wetsuit — available in thicknesses of 5mm, 7mm and 8 mm — supports the same wet/dry camouflage style as the Prestige and retails for 299 Euros/US$317. Both will be available in sizes from XS to XL.
Beuchat’s new chest-worn weight harness has a quick-release buckle where the weights can be shed quickly in case of an emergency. It will retail between 30-40 Euros/US$32.
Beuchat also showed DeeperBlue.com the company’s new Lynx freediving mask, which sports a low volume and comfortable skirt along the face and will retail for around 59 Euros/US$63.
For more info about Beuchat‘s full freediving, spearfishing and scuba lines, check out the company’s website at beuchat-diving.com.