WEB EXCLUSIVE: Northern Diver Road Show lowdown
Over the weekend of 30 and 31 July, Northern Diver, one of the largest international manufacturers of diving equipment in the world, took its traveling Road Show to Capernwray. Andrew Tonge went to see what it was all about.
Set up right by the waters edge, the ND Road Show was a clear statement about the Northern Diver brand. It is as strong as ever and ready to provide tomorrows divers with everything they need.
On display was a mix of all of the latest ND kit, such as the Guardian G-Tek Ultra BCD. This is the latest in the series, with state of the art features, including ergonomically designed parts, from the back support to the inflator system. The emphasis is on comfort, ease of use and safety. The larger pockets, rear trim pockets capable of holding 2kg per pocket, stainless steel d-rings and a quick release buddy line clip, show a high level of R&D.
Divers at the Road Show were treated to the hands on advice of the ND staff. All of Northern Diver’s kit is designed locally in the Northwest, at ND’s showroom and manufacturing facility in Appley Bridge, near Wigan, which is where the after-sales service is based, as well as the suit repair and alteration department.
The event was blessed with good weather
Of course, no review of Northern Diver would be complete without mention of the dry suits that ND is famous for. The Road Show carried all of the usual suspects including the Divemaster and the RBX2, a 4mm dual-density gas blown polymer suit with small-cross-stitch weave outer shell, improving durability by 400%, through to the HID Suit, manufactured from heavy-duty ballistic nylon tri-laminate material, offering superb flexibility as well as being extremely hard-wearing.
There is no denying that Northern Diver’s links to the militaries and navies of the world come through in its suits. That ND is a leading supplier to the MOD means that its kit and suits are tested to the highest of standards.
It is obvious that ND’s emphasis is on quality and value for money rather than combining hues of pinks and blues, and there is no doubt that wearing a Northern Diver suit makes a diver feel up to the job, no matter what the conditions.
Taking to the water in the RBX2 and the Divemaster suits, left me understanding exactly what makes these suits special. With the Metalux under-suit, I was toasty warm and above all comfortable and flexible throughout the dives. I have taken both of those suits on deep tri-mix dives and I can recommend them to any serious diver.
Divers getting stuck in
The Road Show also featured the full array of luggage, along with the latest accessories, from torches to hoods and gloves, from reels to cameras and video equipment.
In charge at the Road Show, Northern Diver Manager, Neil Tordoff, said, “Northern Diver is very well placed to meet the needs of the next generation of divers. Our commitment to providing what divers actually want is paramount. Service is the key.”
Look out for future Road Shows and the ubiquitous Northern Diver stand at the dive shows. The full range of Northern Diver products are available through its network of dealers, its showroom and website.
By Andrew Tonge
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