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Atomic aquatics frameless vs hollis m1

Discussion in 'General Scuba Equipment Discussions' started by andresalcarazb, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. andresalcarazb

    andresalcarazb Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tenerife, Spain
    Hello everyone, i´m thinking about renew my mask, i´d been looking around and i found these two mask very interesting, any pros or cons of each one...

  2. nwflyboy

    nwflyboy Barracuda

    I have had the Atomic frameless for a couple years and like it a lot. Very low volume, excellent visibility, and comfy for me. Can't say anything about the other, have never seen one.

    Of course, for a mask, fit is quite important, so you should try one out if at all possible.
  3. helimvee

    helimvee Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Canada - Southwestern Ontario
    I have both masks. I find the Hollis skirt material stiffer and the mask doesn't seem to sit as comfortably as the Atomic.
  4. EAN

    EAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States
    The Atomic Frameless didn't fit me, but the Hollis M1 did. The silicon is softer on the Atomic, but that is worthless to me since it didn't fit.
  5. MrsBBC

    MrsBBC Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW London, England
    I can very highly sing the praises of the Atomic Aquatics Frameless; I own two. From the minute I tried it on in the shop I knew that I had to have this mask, even though they only had the larger size, which clearly didn't fit. Fortunately another LDS had the medium, which fitted perfectly and has the same field of vision as the larger size.
    Pros. The field of vision is incredible, the sides fold flat allowing it to easily slip in a pocket, and strap seems robust, and the silicon is cushdy.
    If I'm honest I haven't noticed a difference in the colour through its super clear glass (but I also haven't made a direct colour comparison to my old mask, so who knows?)
    Cons... the Hollis is cheaper

    The Hollis, looks fab, but I don't think I have even tried one on, let alone dived with one, so I can't help you there.

    Try to find a dive shop that sells both, try them both on, see which fits. If you have a childlike face like me, try the medium Atomic.

    Last edited: Jun 12, 2011
  6. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Bat sh.t crazy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Nanny State
    Buy the one that fits the best. I too have a child size face and went with the medium Atomic and couldn't be happier, the best fitting mask I have found to date.
  7. Dustyb

    Dustyb Angel Fish

    I was looking at purchasing these same masks and the major difference I noticed was how much easier it was to get at my nose with the Hollis M1. I Could not even get my fingers at my nose with the Atomic. I tried to compare the field of view and they seemed exactly the same. I like the looks of the Atomic better but the Hollis M1 just felt like it was custom made for my face. I'm buying two this weekend.
  8. EAN

    EAN Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: United States
    Same here. I went to the shop with the intent to purchase an Atomic, but the M1 is the only mask I have tried on that really fits my face. The next best fit was the Atomic Sub Frame. I have tried on many masks and doubt I will find a better fit for my face shape.
  9. timothyk

    timothyk Angel Fish

    I like my Atomic frameless very much but found that as a result of the soft skirting it leaks if the strap is in any way tight, but the fit is such that it seals well wit out any help at all from the strap

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