View Full Version : XS Gauge Reader Mask
October 24th, 2007, 02:14 AM
I am one of those people who has excellent vision. Until I got to be about 43, then I discovered I needed reading glasses. I do a lot of night diving, 90'+, and I cannot read my gauges clearly at night anymore. I read about the stick-on lenses, but they seem a bit expensive for something that I think will eventually come off. I finally took the plunge and ordered a Gauge Reader from XS (waiting for it to arrive). It seems like it would work OK. Anyone have any experience with this mask? I hope it does the trick!
October 24th, 2007, 09:54 AM
This is a good mask. We carry it in our shop and have many happy 40+ aged divers that need readers. I think you will enjoy the clarity of your gauges!! Yeah!
October 24th, 2007, 10:39 AM
FWIW, I have the "stick on's" and they have been great for over 100 dives now. Even with mask removal drills they never budge.
October 24th, 2007, 05:10 PM
...as my back-up mask and it does the trick better than a non magnifying mask.
I got it when I lost my perscription mask during a rough surf exit. :shakehead: My regular mask is an Atomic Frameless with bi-focal (sigh) lenses.
October 26th, 2007, 12:12 AM
I love mine.
October 29th, 2007, 03:56 AM
OK - I'm sold. I ordered one - we'll see how it works for me. Thanks to all for your input!
December 31st, 2007, 01:10 AM
OK- I've been diving with the XS Gauge Reader mask for 2 months now and I have to say, I'm disappointed. The mask lenses work great - love those. However the mask skirt is very stiff, unlike many of the other masks on the market today (including my Oceanic Mako). It also has somewhat of a high profile - this especially becomes a problem when you exhale - if any bubbles hit the bottom of the mask, they unseat the mask causing it to leak. I gradually tightened my strap down to a point where it left a pretty obvious (and tender) mask groove around my face, but didn't really help the leaking problem. The weird thing is that the first time I dove with the mask, it was fine- I loved it! But now it's no fun. So it looks like I'll just get the stick-on diopters for my trusty Oceanic Mako