Budget FriendlyThree choices for divers who don’t want to fork out a lot of cash.
Nothing dampens a dive faster than a mask that is uncomfortable or leaks. Finding the right mask though is a challenge. Strap on a mask that’s too big, and you won’t get a seal; if it’s too small, it will pinch your face. Stiff silicone skirts don’t seal as well as more pliable designs (plus a softer skirt is more comfortable). A buckle system that offers plenty of range of motion lets you fine-tune adjustments. And, of course, there’s a plethora of other choices: single-, dual- or tri-view lenses, clear or black skirts, and whether you want a purge. Check out our review of 12 new masks to find the one that’s perfect for you.
FOR LARGE FACES
1) IST SPORTS PROTEUS
» Lenses sit close to the eyes, decreasing volume and increasing field of view
» Push-button buckles make strap adjustment a cinch
» The dual-lens design accepts corrective lenses
This two-tone mask fits like a glove, accommodating a range of facial profiles. It also has a large nose pocket for easy equalizing and folds for easy packing.
Contact : istsports.com
2) CRESSI BIG EYES EVOLUTION
» Mask skirt made from a new high-seal silicone molds to facial contours
» Buckles that connect to flexible mounts on the frame provide strength and allow the mask to fold flat
» Lower lenses angle inward to increase downward visibility
This low-volume mask offers a comfortable skirt and a lot of visibility. The dual lenses will accommodate prescription lenses.
Contact : cressi.com
3) SEASOFT ULTRA DIVE
» Special lenses with Crystal ARC anti-reflective coating improve visibility and virtually eliminate glare
» The flaring skirt is a liquid-crystal silicone design that’s comfortable against the skin
» A choice of black and clear skirts are offered to cover any diving scenario
Seasoft’s top-of-the-line frameless mask comes with a soft case, neoprene strap, bottle of anti-fog spray and a lifetime warranty against breakage.
FOR SMALL FACES
4) ATOMIC AQUATICS SUBFRAME MEDIUM FIT
» Internal frame molds directly beneath the silicone rubber skirt for a durable, streamlined fit
» Lenses are removable for divers who need corrective inserts
» Distortion-free UltraClear glass enhances the underwater view
This bulletproof mask comes with a lifetime warranty against frame breakage, and includes a compact travel case for safekeeping on road trips.
Contact : atomicaquatics.com
5) MARES X-VU LIQUIDSKIN
» Skirt uses two types of silicone: a firmer portion for support structure and a softer portion for contact with the face
» Additional soft silicone is injected in the nose area to act as an anti-shock bumper
» New push-button buckle system delivers near-effortless strap adjustment
This mask capitalizes on comfort and throws in above-average field of view, a winning combination for smaller divers.
Contact : mares.com
6) BARE DUO COMPACT
» Face seal is specifically designed for women and children
» Low-volume double-flanged silicone skirt keeps water out
» Easy-pull button tabs allow for quick and easy strap adjustment
This scaled-down, lightweight version of a classic two-window design — with a soft and supple silicone skirt — makes getting a good, leak-free seal on small faces possible. Available with tricolor frames.
Contact : baresports.com