Oceanic B.U.D. Backup DC
Most divers rely on dive computers to monitor no-decompression limits and to stay clear of the deco zone. But if the DC crashes, all dive data is gone, and so is the day’s diving — unless you carry a backup. Designed specifically as a backup DC, the B.U.D. is nitrox capable to 50 percent and comes with two algorithms, so it’s easy to match to your primary computer. Price: $330; oceanicworldwide.com
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