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Full face mask recommendations?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by steelsaint, Sep 17, 2009.

  1. steelsaint

    steelsaint Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
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    I am looking into getting a full face mask with possible com system attachment. Is there any recommendations or any I should stay away from?
    Basically it use will be for recreation diving and to perform Underwater marriage ceremonies.
     
  2. Ocean County Diver

    Ocean County Diver Captain

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    Location: PT. Pleasant NJ
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    I use to use a OceanReef FFM and I really liked it. I ended up no longer using it after a while because I always had an issue with it leaking air out of it once I became fully inverted (ie. looking under rocks or parts of shipwrecks looking for bugs) I spoke to several LDS and even OceanReef but no one seemed to be able to identify/remedy the problem.

    A couple things to remember. You will need an adjustable reg to go along with your FFM. In addition, you need to carry a spare mask with you in case the reg on the FMM malfunctions and you need to bail out of it.
     
  3. steelsaint

    steelsaint Barracuda

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    I read where some masks can be used with any regulator. Is it just this model mask or is it the whole line of Ocean reef masks?
     
  4. Ocean County Diver

    Ocean County Diver Captain

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    Location: PT. Pleasant NJ
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    It's certainly possible. I haven't used a FFM in quite a number of years and haven't kept up with them. If the manufacturer states they don't need an adjustable reg, then I would go with that.
     
  5. Hallmac

    Hallmac Instructor, Scuba

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  6. HowardE

    HowardE SB Administrator

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    I have an OTS Guardian. It's very comfortable compared to the other ones I've tried. The communication system is also very high quality.
     
  7. steelsaint

    steelsaint Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Hagerstown, Maryland
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    With the OTS Guardian, Does it make a difference if its positive pressure vs. non-positive pressure? Will one go through your air supply quicker? Can it be used on a 1st stage regulator I already have?
     
  8. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The Guardian is semi-positive pressure, as soon as your under the water it becomes positive pressure but not while you're at the surface. Positive pressure will go through your supply a bit quicker. (Guardian isn't offered PP) It should work with most first stages.

    And they are more comfortable than the AGA's. :D
     
  9. EODiver

    EODiver Solo Diver

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    Guardians have a recall, check into the AGA (Interspiro Divator), it is rock solid reliable and used by most Public Safety Teams. They aren't uncomfortable, just make sure that you get the swivel at the 2nd stage, it really helps with mobility.
     
  10. TC

    TC Miscreant Moderator Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    The issue with the Guardian should be resolved pretty quickly.

    OTS is actually recommending against the swivels now- they've had a couple of recalls and the potential problem still exists. (Camming can unscrew the swivel while in use.

    The maintenance costs on the Guardian should be significantly lower for the Guardian.

    See if you can find anyone in your area that stocks one or both and try them out is you can.
     

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