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A question, (rhetorical)

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks & Snorkels' started by lexvil, Feb 22, 2021.

  1. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Same ocean as you!
    It's all about the accentuation

  2. Bigbella

    Bigbella Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    Clear masks can also pose an unpleasant issue with photography, due to that aforementioned peripheral glare. It may be difficult to clearly see or focus on your subject . . .
  3. Bald Wookie

    Bald Wookie Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Newfoundland
    I like a black skirt mask.

    What's everyone's opinions on white-skirted masks? Better/worse/equal to clear?
  4. Robbyg

    Robbyg Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Florida
    Anything that adds in scattered light is not useful and just makes your vision worst and distraction level higher. I dumped my clear skirted masks years ago and never looked back.
    lowviz likes this.
  5. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike
    Such is my experience too. Years ago, I dived/dove a HydroOptix mask that gave an unbelievable field of view. No lie, not even close to what you see with a planar mask.

    However, the HydroOptix hurt the bridge of my nose and I ended up selling it (cheap) to another aficionado in Hawaii. Mahalo...

    Back on topic, when optometrists test you for cataracts, they shine an unfocused ring light around your eye and ask you if you can still read the chart. Clear skirts are probably just fine for snorkeling but I have no use for them.
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  6. Pressurehead

    Pressurehead ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Queensland Australia
    Did just that, gave 2 masks to my wife's grand kids for their pool [ my grad kids have their own kids] , both mask were not good , the TUSA, OK [only just] the Cressi , not my style at all.
    Cressi-Big-Eyes-Evo-Crystal-Blue.jpg Tusa mask.jpeg
  7. David Wilson

    David Wilson Contributor

    According to conventional wisdom, the appearance of Jacqueline Bisset in the 1977 movie "The Deep" (above) was a key factor in boosting the popularity and hence the early sales of diving masks with clear silicone skirts. She allegedly used this kind of eyewear in the film because the extra light admitted made her facial expressions more visible and photogenic for the cinema-goer and not because it provided her with superior underwater vision or protection against allergies. Fashion and aesthetics sometimes outweigh science and technology when it comes to diving equipment as well as everyday clothing.:)

    For what it's worth, I once purchased a clear silicone mask because my preferred choice of a traditional oval rubber-skirted mask was unavailable at the La Jolla store where I obtained snorkelling gear on a trip to southern California. The feel and glare of the mask spoiled my snorkelling experience at the Cove and I have never snorkelled with any kind of silicone-skirted mask since.
    lexvil and happy-diver like this.
  8. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Page Side, Rage Side
    Picked up the apeks white mask. The white didnt bother me and i liked how it looked. But it didnt seal great for me so back to the atomic venom i went.

    Tried the white tusa paragon too. My face just works best with atomic... wish they made a white skirt.
  9. Bigbella

    Bigbella Contributor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    I hadn't noticed a mask . . .
    miked, Robbyg, lowviz and 3 others like this.
  10. jale

    jale Contributor

    same came across my d.... mindo_O

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