Tusa is the US subsidiary of Tabata Inc., a Japanese corporation well known for its recreational sports products. Tusa is the Asian version of the American dream. The company’s foundation dates back to the 1950s when handmade mask and goggles were produced in a residential garage. The corporation has found multiple successes since those days and now produces an array of equipment for swimming, scuba diving and golfing industries.
With the SAV-7 EVO Scooter, you can rest assured the company producing the product is experienced and has been known to provide quality equipment over the years (and no, this is not a paid endorsement). The underwater scooter is a slightly old model, being in the market since at least 2010, but the fact it is still hanging around and being sold does go a long way to indicate the quality and durability of the diving scooter.
Unique Riding Style
Tusa is a Japanese manufacturer. Consequently, one does expect excellent craftsmanship and innovation from their products and as usual, the SAV-7 EVO Scooter doesn’t disappoint. This scuba DPV comes with a unique riding style. You may use it in the traditional method, holding it with both arms, but even better is the ability to straddle the underwater propulsion vehicle between your legs for a hands free ride (rather than explaining how it works, take a look at the photograph for a quick visual lesson).
This riding method is quite safe and intuitive. You learn quickly how to navigate the device, directing it by rotating, turning and bending your body in the direction you need to propel yourself. This is extremely useful underwater as it liberates your hands for other activities from the mundane, verifying gauges and computer, to the utterly exciting, holding on to your spear for spearfishing and any other activity in between like simply taking pictures of the mesmerizing marine world.
The underwater scooter also comes equipped with two-holed wings permitting to clip on two additional riders allowing the scooter to pull three people at once. Although this would reduce speed and take away from your diving freedom, it can be useful in certain situations like a medical emergency or when your buddy’s air is substantially low affording him or her extra time. The Japanese do think of every eventuality, so obviously the wings can be retracted and secured when they are not being used to improve the efficiency of the underwater scooter by streamlining it and reducing drag.
The SAV-7 EVO dive scooter comes advertised with neutral buoyancy, however, divers have reported this is not the case. When compared to other dive scooters hovering at the depth they are let go by a diver, Tusa’s SAV-7 EVO is known to sink like a rock to the bottom. This is an issue you can adjust for, but it is definitely something to keep in mind when you go diving with this device.
After reading about how you can ride this underwater scooter do you really need to know what else this scooter can do? Well, this would only make sense. The SAV-7 EVO’s other features won’t blow you out of the water, but this underwater DPV does have respectable metrics with a three-level variable speed of up to 2.6 mph, a depth rating of 230 feet, and run times approaching 80 minutes.
This scuba diving vehicle does not come cheap. You are looking at forking out over $3,000, but you do get a well built diving scooter which is durable and reliable.
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