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OTS Spectrum reviews ?

Discussion in 'OTS - Ocean Technology Systems' started by emoreira, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. Boingo

    Boingo Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Peoria, Az
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    Are the lenses replaceable on the spectrums?
     
  2. Scubapro67

    Scubapro67 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Virginia Beach
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    OTS will change the lense for $50
     
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  3. Tsip83

    Tsip83 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Houston
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    Just completed 3 days of diving in Cozumel with my new Spectrum. It was the best diving experience I have ever had. I have always had problems with significant leaking...to the point where I had pretty much given up on diving. With the Spectrum I had zero leaking. Zero. I could get in any position without any concern for water sloshing around in my mask. No more constant clearing of the mask. It was awesome!

    I had zero fogging. I took great care to apply 200ft VIZ defog hours before the dive (if not the night before). I let it dry and then buffed it out with a microfiber cloth. ZERO fogging.

    I do have the ABS installed and I consider that a must have on the mask.

    My air consumption was a little higher than in the past. Could have been the mask. Could be that it has been some years since I had been diving.

    Some words of caution for those thinking about buying a Spectrum. Be aware that it does not work with all second stages. You cannot use a second stage that has a double lip barrel. So, take the mouthpiece off of your second stage to check before you buy the mask. If you have a US Diver Conshelf 21, don't bother checking. If has a double lip.

    The mask will not work with all regulators. I replaced my Conshelf 2nd stage with a Trident LX second stage. The mask fit on the second stage, but the Conshelf 21 first stage couldn't deliver enough air to keep the mask from shuddering when I inhaled. The good folks at OTS explained that any full fask mask can shudder and they saw that most frequently with low-end regulators (like a 30 year old Conshelf 21).

    So, my mask ended up being pretty expensive as I replaced my Conshelf 21 with a Aqua Lung Legend LX. But I couldn't be happier because it works like a dream and the investment has restored my enthusiasm for diving. When my wife saw the credit card statement, she told me I better do a lot of diving. So, it has worked out really well.

    Despite the cautions mentioned above, please take this post as a huge endorsement for the mask.
     
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  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    12,334
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    can someone please post a picture of what a "double lip barrel" looks like?
     
  5. Tsip83

    Tsip83 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Houston
    5
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    I don't have a picture of a double lip, but here is an image from the Spectrum manual showing what the tube shoud look like. Note the single lip at the right end of the tube. 20190325_203204.jpg
     
  6. anelson-OTS

    anelson-OTS Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Santa Ana, CA
    104
    26
    28
    Thanks for your great review of the Spectrum @Tsip83 !

    New mask, new reg and wife telling you to dive more...what more could you want? Haha!

    Cheers.
     
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  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    12,334
    11,046
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    I get that, and understood (I have the same mask and manual) but I'm curious as to what "double lipped" looks like. I don't think that any of the perhaps 50 regulators I have are really any different.....
     
  8. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    16,870
    8,560
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    I have a spectrum and use a HOG Classic second on it. Fun mask. Plus the price was right. Less than a Hollis M1 from the source I got it.
     
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  9. Takimbe

    Takimbe Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: San Diego
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    This is a long time coming, but I wanted to wait until I had the ABV and a good amount of dives with the Spectrum before I gave my impressions on it. Long story short, its an incredible mask, and the minor issues I had with it were a result of user error. I know there aren't a ton of reviews out there, so hopefully mine will help people with the decision. I have completed over 40 dives with the mask and here are my impressions:

    The first few times I used it, the lower lip of the mask kept slipping out from under my chin. Once I got used to the fit, I adjusted the straps and stopped having that problem. On a few dives, the mask would also shudder when I breathed or moved suddenly. I tuned the breathing on my regulator, and the issue stopped completely. The mask seals really well, and after following the directions from OTS to break in and treat the mask, I have never had a problem with fogging either. It keeps your face warm during cold water dives, and the ability to equalize without a nose block, while still retaining a full-face mask capability is amazing. The ABV really helps save on gas during long surface swims, and will not take in water into your mask even if you are 1-2 feet underwater.

    Only recommendations I have is to get a QD attachment for your regulator, because zip tying it into your mask can be a real pain. Right now I have a single SP G260 attached to it, and I only plan on taking it off for maintenance and an occasional deep clean. I would also highly recommend that you practice donning and doffing the mask, and switching to your secondary/octo if something goes wrong. It also wouldnt hurt to carry a pair of goggles or a secondary mask just in case.

    I love my Spectrum, and it will be really hard to ever dive with a normal mask again. Is it necessary for most divers? Nope. Is it a real nice mask to have if you have the funds? Absolutely.
     
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  10. anelson-OTS

    anelson-OTS Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Santa Ana, CA
    104
    26
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    Takimbe,

    Thanks so much for sharing your review of our Spectrum Full Face Mask! Do you happen to have a photo you'd be OK to share with your review so that we may post on our Social Media pages / monthly newsletter?

    Feel free to email me at : anelson@otscomm.com or reply here

    Cheers!
     

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