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New Mask Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by Jkratt14, Apr 12, 2019.

  1. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    The traditional way of putting a mask on your face without the strap and breathing in is flawed because you can make a poorly fitting mask stay on.

    A better method is to tilt your head back, put the mask on your face, put a reg/mouthpiece/snorkel in your mouth, and have someone look to see if there are any gaps and that the silicone goes around your eyebrows.

    If trying to decide between two masks, I'd suggest considering which has a better angle of view, make sure you can still squeeze your nose with gloves if you wear them, and which has lower volume. If I missed anything, please chime in.
     
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  2. guyharrisonphoto

    guyharrisonphoto ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Scubapro Devil mask. Single lens for maximum field of view. Extremely low volume, one of the lowest of any single lens mask I have ever seen. Flared out lens for very, very wide field of vision to the side and down--one of the best fields of view I have ever seen. Ultra-clear glass (like the Atomic). Frameless design for easy packing, great strap included, with a really wide section over the back of your head--solid as a rock (seems like a small thing, but it's really nice).

    Price: about $75.00. Half of the Atomic, every bit as good. I was an atomic user for 15 years but this mask is distinctly better, and half the price to boot.
     
  3. Andre_N

    Andre_N Nassau Grouper

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    I loved Kinugawa's. Can't find them anymore.
     
  4. NAUI Wowie

    NAUI Wowie Manta Ray

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    as others say get one that fits. BUT a problem that arises is that one that fits in store and using the suction technique and comfortability of fit does not work always. Its still hit or miss.

    Us telling you a good brand wont help you at all.

    I have a low volume Hollis M1 and it never leaks its awesome. I bought a second mask an Atomic which was over 120 bucks and suction was perfect and comfort was amazing I liked it far more than my Hollis. And EVERY single dive I used it on it leaked horribly. I tried it on 5 different dives. I knew I couldnt return it so I kept at it.

    Finally had to admit defeat. Im going to buy a second hollis M1 frameless very soon. You always need 2 scuba masks for diving trips.
     
  5. NAUI Wowie

    NAUI Wowie Manta Ray

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    Scubapro has discontinued this mask so parts may be an issue if someone buys it. I wouldnt recommend discontinued products for that reason myself. It sounds a lot like my Hollis M1 frameless though.
     
  6. Aqua-Andy

    Aqua-Andy Solo Diver

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    You're worried about parts support for a mask?
     
  7. NAUI Wowie

    NAUI Wowie Manta Ray

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    yep. I had some fool on a liveaboard walk up one time after i took my mask off and said hey that looks way too tight on you let me help, and before I could say a word she picked it up, tugged on it, and parts flew everywhere. I loved that mask it was also expensive and I called for parts....discontinued.

    Id only had the mask a few months.

    So YEA absolutely. Not talking a cheap 50 or 80 dollar mask nor did I want to try to refit on other masks. Ive bought a mask that was 140 otd once and even after making sure it was comfy and airtight once in water it was worthless for my face shape.

    Sometimes you want exactly what you had before because its the best. Same way I pick new.....um nevermind....
     
  8. remante

    remante Angel Fish

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    I personally llike the Cressi Nano Mask because it fits my face really good.
     
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  9. Andre_N

    Andre_N Nassau Grouper

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    I bought this one. I haven’t used it yet but all I can say is that I am very impressed. Excellent quality.
     
  10. guyharrisonphoto

    guyharrisonphoto ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That's why I have accumulated three of them :)
     

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