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STEPDive Is A Snorkel That Turns Into A Kind Of SCUBA Device

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The difference between snorkelling and SCUBA diving is like night and day. Snorkelling can be done by inexperienced tourists on an island hopping trip, by clumsy grandmas looking for adventure, and even by young kids. SCUBA diving on the other hand requires heavy equipment, some formal training, and some degree of physical ability. The STEPDive system hopes to provide its users a taste of real diving, with the ease of snorkelling. The system is simple: it’s a snorkel attached to a 5 meter long hose, whose open end stays on the surface thanks to a floating buoy. 5 meters is a decent depth to explore and opens a ton of possibilities not normally available to casual snorkelers, without subjecting them to the rigours of learning SCUBA. The issue? Well… it’s kind of expensive, costing an eye-watering €430 ($457USD) super early bird pricing, and going up to €613 ($678USD) Early Bird and €700 ($774USD) (!) regular retail price. And the campaign funding its production is far from having reached its goal. Despite that, we think it’s a great product and we’re kind of hoping some enthusiasts will jump in.

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Kingii, The Wrist-Worn Inflatable Flotation Device Could Save Your Life

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You’ve seen them: kids on boats thinking they’re too cool to wear a life jacket. It’s all fun and games until one of them falls off and realizes he doesn’t know how to swim. Had he been wearing the Kingii wristband, he might’ve lived. It’s a flotation device that’s activated with the pull of a lever: pull on it and it punctures a CO2 cartridge, which then fills up a bright orange bag. This will give the wearer enough buoyancy to make it back to the surface, while the bright orange bag makes finding the person in distress easier. There’s even an integrated whistle to help you attract attention, increasing your odds of survival. It’s a brilliant design, since more people are likely to wear an unobtrusive wrist-worn flotation device than the admittedly bulky and annoying vests. It’s a $79 pledge for one Kingii with 2 CO2 packs.

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Radinn Makes An Electric Powered Wakeboard

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If you’ve got about $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket, you might be able to get your hands (well, your feet) on this electric powered wakeboard by Swedish company Radinn. Made from carbon fiber, it weighs all of 29 kg (64 lb), yet carries an electric motor powerful enough to propel you at speeds up to 25 knots (29 mph or 46 km/h), for up to an hour at a time. If you go full-out, that’s more likely to be closer to 30 minutes, but still, it’s a decent range considering the product. The throttle is modulated through a wireless and waterproof handheld remote that you’ll have to tie to your body, of course, if you don’t want to lose it. The first production run has been pre-ordered already and should start shipping this winter.

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Float Cap Makes Your Noggin Float, So It Stays Above Water

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Once you manage to let go and not worry about drowning, just floating on water is pretty darn relaxing. But there’s still a little bit of effort to be made, if only to keep your head above water. But just slip on the Float Cap and that issue is solved as well. If you still haven’t mastered the art of just floating on water, you can also purchase an additional “Float Support”, which wraps around your legs and gives them extra buoyancy. The Cap itself is $85, the Float Support is $55, and if you buy them together you save $5 and pay $135. They’re sold out at the moment, however, but stock is expected back in mid-September.

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Schiller X1 Water Bike Takes Your Workouts To The Lake

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If cycling is your thing, but you’ve seen every road and carved every curve, maybe it’s time to take the sport to the water. The Schiller X1 Water Bike lets you take the thrill of riding on to the open water, where its high end anodized, powder coated aluminum cycling frame, proprietary two-stage 8:1 gear reduction with Gates Carbon Drive belt system, and twin rudderless pontoons will allow you to get up to 10 miles per hour. It’s easily assembled and disassembled in 10 minutes, and weighs about 45 lbs. so it can be transported with ease. Just slip it into your car’s trunk, drive to the lake, and go for a ride on the water. This is a high-end product, with premium components, and of course a premium price: the standard X1 will set you back $6,495 while the limited “Founder’s Edition” (250 units) clocks in at a hefty $8,775. Your purchase does come with two year’s worth of free component and accessory upgrades.

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EasyBreath Snorkelling Mask Is A Few Steps Above The Norm

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Snorkelling is fun, but it has its challenges. You have to breathe through your mouth, your field of vision is limited, salty water can get in and the visor often gets fogged up. The EasyBreath snorkelling device appears to fix all of that. Instead of the traditional U-shaped snorkel and eyes-only glasses, this device wraps around your entire face, allowing you to breathe normally. A double flow of air insures no fogging up, while the shape of the mask gives you 180°. Also, the top of the snorkel features a mechanism that prevents water from entering, while its bright red colour alerts people on the surface of your presence.

It’ll be on sale online in the spring on this year for 40€, or roughly $54.

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