Best Scuba Masks: Reviews of Top Dive Mask For 2018

Do you know lot’s of diving mask brand and model are available on the market, Which one is fit for your needs? What is the best diving mask on the market right now?

If you are reading this post, you are probably aware that diving goggles are an essential element to ensure a good dive and that is why you are looking for the ones that best suit you.

However, getting the right model does not necessarily mean that you have to leave a kidney and part of the other buying the most expensive glasses on the market but, simply, that you make the right choice.

The 10 best diving masks Review:

Here is a list of several of the best diving masks currently available. All have an excellent quality and price ratio and highly contrasted results.

1. Cressi Big Eyes Evolution Review

IDEAL FOR: Recreational and professional diving, as well as free diving.

Cressi opts in this model for the transparent silicone that provides greater luminosity, and that has a special treatment to minimize yellowing with the passage of time.

I especially like the low fogging because they do not contain silicon chloride. As well as the angle of inclination of 15º of the crystals and its prolongation above the cheekbones (Big Eyes system) that increases the field of vision inferior more than 30% concerning conventional masks.

Also highlight the buckles, completely pivoting in all directions and attached to the frame by a flexible elastomer. In this way, the tension of the strip acts directly on the frame, ensuring the stability of the mask and bringing the glass closer to the eyes.

Also, the extremely reduced structure of the frame also helps to minimize internal volume, which will allow you to compensate more easily.

This model also has the possibility of mounting graduated glasses, but only to correct myopia.

2. Scubapro Synergy Twin Trufit Review

IDEAL FOR: Recreational diving and professional diving.

Like its Spectra premium, this model stands out for its comfort and perfect adaptability to the vast majority of faces. But with the addition of having the second generation of Trufit technology, manufactured in a mixture of two thicknesses of silicone (unlike the Spectra model, where there was only one type).

In this way, the silicone near the frame is somewhat thicker and firmer, which provides greater support and rigidity to the mask. The silicone in contact with the face is thinner, delivering great comfort. Thus, the sealing is optimized, but also the comfort that characterizes the Scubapro masks that feature Trufit technology.

You can acquire the mask with crystals with mirror finish, which will allow you a vision without reflections on sunny days.

The skirt can be either transparent or black silicone, according to your preferences (what do you prefer: more light or more off-road?)

3. Mares X-Vision LiquidSkin Review

IDEAL FOR: Recreational diving and lung fishing.

The traditional Mares model has been improved with Liquidskin® technology that mixes two silicones for optimal fit and tightness. Also, it has small ribs between frame and skirt around the nose that absorb and distribute the pressure of the frame in this area, thus increasing comfort and reducing those unsightly and annoying red marks that we all know.

On the other hand, Mares has perfected the shape of the mask, with a consequent 20% increase in peripheral vision compared to the previous version.

Another factor that you will appreciate if you wear glasses to see is that Mares offers the possibility of changing the series crystals for graduates, both for myopia and hyperopia.

4. Scubapro Spectra Trufit Review

IDEAL FOR: Recreational diving and professional diving.

This mask stands out especially for the comfort and good sealing provided by the Trufit technology of the skirt, soft to the touch and very thin. To increase stability, the inner part of the skirt has small ribs, characteristics of all Scubapro models with Trufit. Thanks to this technology, these glasses seal perfectly on most faces.

Another advantage is that the buckles are attached to the skirt, instead of the frame, which is very convenient to store, especially if you travel with them by plane, since they are almost flat and can fit anywhere.

The skirt can be either transparent or black silicone, according to your preferences (what do you prefer: more light or more off-road?)

5. Octomask Review

IDEAL FOR: If you are a lover of recording your dives with GoPro since it allows you to take the camera and have your hands free at the same time.

The skirt is constructed of ultra-soft silicone to ensure good comfort and tightness even when you wear the GoPro mounted.

It also has a tempered glass screen of good quality (with CE certificate).

The upper area of the mask is reinforced to withstand blows and falls with the GoPro mounted, thus preventing breakage of the hooks for the camera the first shift.

6. Cressi F1 Review

IDEAL FOR: Diving trips.

These monocrystal glasses are an excellent choice if you are looking for a good frameless mask. Having no frame, you can put them in any hole in the suitcase, and you will not even know you’re wearing them.

Thanks to the fact that the silicone facial is assembled directly on the glass, a maximum approach between eye and glass is achieved, which will allow you to maximize visibility, especially on the sides. Also, the discomfort usually caused by the masks with the saddle on the forehead and bridge of the nose disappear.

The buckles are fully tilting and can be easily adjusted with one hand.

It also highlights the variety of colors in which you can choose the silicone of your glasses: 10 options a la carte!

The disadvantage of this mask is that you can not mount graduated glasses. This problem is common with all frameless glasses, so if you wear spectacles and want a graduated diving mask, I suggest a model with two lenses.

7. Cressi Matrix Review

IDEAL FOR: Begin diving and snorkeling.

Model something simpler than its Big Eyes counterpart, but it offers very good results with a very affordable price.

Also available in black silicone, making them much more “all-terrain.”

The disadvantage for those who wear glasses to see is that this model does not have graduated glasses.

If you want to enjoy snorkeling to the fullest, it is important that both the glasses and the tube are made of good materials and adapt well to the shape of your face.

Then, I leave you a list of models that are currently considered the best in the market for snorkeling because of its high quality/price ratio.

8. OMorc Snorkel Review

IDEALS FOR: Snorkel

An Excellent choice if you are Looking for traditional snorkel goggles since they have a silicone skirt and tempered glass panes.

In this way, you ensure a good seal to avoid water entry and excellent visibility under water.

It also highlights the comfort of the mouthpiece of the tube, which is also made of silicone.

9. EZFull Review review

IDEAL FOR: Snorkeling.

Emphasizes the optimization of the glass, much more flat than in other models full face, to avoid the “fish eye” effect and possible dizziness by taking a while with the glasses on.

Another attribute of full face masks is that you can breathe both through your mouth and through your nose. To avoid fogging, EZFull has a double air flow system, and the crystals have a special anti-fogging treatment.

In order to submerge, EZFull, in addition to having the ball system in the tube, has a camera where water accumulates and a drainage system in the chin that empties automatically when you take your head out of the water.

Also, this mask is ready to mount a GoPro or other underwater cameras.

10. Hicool Review

IDEALS FOR: Surface snorkeling.

This full face mask will allow you to enjoy snorkeling in every way; you can even talk underwater and share everything you see with your companions. With its 180º panoramic vision, you will not miss a single detail of what happens around you.

Keep in mind at the time of purchase to ensure you take the one with the flat front screen (like the one in the photo) and not concave, to avoid the effect “myopic glasses” that can slightly distort the vision underwater and dizzy when You have been wearing them for a while.

Emphasizes its comfort and sealing by the type of silicone with which they are manufactured, although sometimes they get a little foggy (easy to solve using a droplet of detergent before using them or the more traditional method: the spit).

How to choose the right Scuba diving Mask

Nobody likes to spend half an immersion emptying the mask (or trying to do it), so it is essential to select one that suits your face well, which will prevent the entry of water and other inconveniences such as fogging up the minute after starting the immersion or problems to compensate.

To help you with the purchase, here is a guide with the key points that you must take into account to find the ideal mask.

Size and shape of the mask: does it fit your face?

When choosing, it is essential to ensure that the glasses adapt to your face perfectly and, therefore, that they will be comfortable and will not get water during the dive. For that you should take into account the following points:

1. Check the tightness

Put the mask on your face without putting on the tape.
Inspire through the nose and do not exhale.
Look down and move your head.
If the mask fits you well, it will stay in place, without falling off, as it will make the suction cup perfectly.

2. Size of the skirt

The top of the skirt should not come into contact with the line where your hair is born on the forehead, as this could cause water leakage.

Then make sure the silicone skirt will not bend, and it will fit well on the forehead and the cheekbones.

It is also important to check the bottom of the skirt not you left too close to the lips. Remember that you are going to put the regulator in your mouth, which could cause discomfort and water ingress if the bottom of the skirt is too close to your mouth.

3. Clamping strip

Next, put on the silicone strip and check that it does not cause discomfort in the ears.

4. Nose shape

Once you have the strip placed, it inspires again through the nose. With the mask stuck to your face again, check that it does not cause discomfort on the bridge or the base of the nose. Keep in mind that when diving, the water pressure will make the glasses stick more to your face and can become very uncomfortable if you press too much at some point in the nose.

5. Fit the face

As there is less space between the mask and your face, less air will be inside the glasses, and it will be easier for you to compensate. However, the mask should not touch your forehead or squeeze excessively in your nose to avoid discomfort and discomfort underwater and a marked red line around the mask and on the bridge of your nose when you leave the water (if so, or you wear the strip too tight or the glasses are small).

6. Angle of the crystals

Another aspect to keep in mind is that the masks with a slight inclination in the crystals allow, on the one hand, to purge them more easily and, on the other, increase your field of vision when looking down, since you will see less the frame of the mask.

7. Field of vision

Last but not least, with the glasses on, look around you, checking the vision they give you on both sides, up and down.

If you meet the listed requirements, you have a good field of vision and feel comfortable … congratulations! You have found your diving mask J

Types of Scuba diving masks:

There are many mask models for recreational diving, which can be classified into different groups according to their characteristics.

According to your preferences, choosing the type will also help you choose the right model for you.

Number of crystals

Unique glass masks: they provide a greater field of vision than those with two crystals. Also, by not having a glass joint, eliminates the possibility of discomfort in the bridge of the nose. Important to be a mask with little space between the glass and the face, to facilitate compensation.

Masks with two crystals: they are the majority, so that is where you have more models to choose from. They present less space between the face and the mask, obtaining a sharper vision and an easier emptying and compensation. Also, they allow changing the crystals for graduates with the diopters of each eye, which is much more comfortable than diving with contact lenses.

Extended field of view

There are as much of one as two crystals. Its tear shape increases the field of vision, although this means that there will also be more volume of air inside the glasses.

Frameless mask

In this case, the skirt is attached directly to the screen. They are very comfortable glasses, since they weigh and occupy very little and, being less rigid; they can be put practically anywhere. The main drawback is that they cannot be disassembled, so you can not replace any part if it breaks or put graduated glasses.

Data mask

These masks carry the dive computer built into an LCD screen at the bottom of the glasses. In this way, you can control the main parameters (depth, deco, time, etc.) just by slightly lowering the look.

The main drawback is the price, which can easily be multiplied by ten compared to a conventional mask of good quality.

Graduated diving goggles

The mask for graduated diving will allow you to enjoy your dives without being aware of contact lenses or having to strain your eyes if you wear glasses in your daily life. The best option, in this case, is to acquire a mask of two crystals and exchange them for a customized graduates.

Manufacturing material for diving goggles

Crystals

First, check that the glasses in the glasses are tempered glass. This material makes it more difficult to be scratched, in addition to fogging less and allowing a sharper vision than plastic crystals.
Some plastic-screen goggles may be excellent for snorkeling on the beach, but they are not suitable for diving.

Key points to choose your diving mask:

In summary, I advise you to keep in mind the following points when choosing:

1. Make sure that the display of the glasses is of tempered glass and silicone skirt

2. Check that the mask fits your face well by evaluating these characteristics:

Sealing test:

  • Size of the skirt and position of the fastening strip
  • Nose shape
  • Fit the face leaving little dead space but not squeezing the forehead or bridge of the nose
  • Crystal angle
  • Field of view
  •  Choose the type of mask (one or two crystals, frameless, etc.) according to your preferences.

Some Advice

How to prevent fogging of diving goggles

To avoid fogging the mask during the first dive, it is important to remove the silicone traces that are usually left on the crystals after they are manufactured. Use a little detergent, spreading it well all over the glass. Leave it on for 2-3 minutes and rinse it with water. Alternatively, you can use toothpaste, or even burn the inside of the glass with a lighter for a few seconds (careful not to burn the silicone skirt!).

Before each dive, remember to use the classic trick of “cleaning” them with saliva (with the dry glasses) and rinse them with water. Another option is to use a little detergent dissolved in water. You can also use some of the anti-fog sprays that sell, but honestly, in my opinion, it is not necessary to spend the money since they get results similar to those of the “homemade” methods discussed.

Adjust the mask to dive

Adjust the strip so that the mask is fastened to the head without dancing. But it is not necessary that you squeeze it in excess since the windy effect, and the pressure under the water will squeeze it against your face.

When placing the strip, it has to be in the upper half of the head, but without putting it too high, since you would run the risk of it coming out. In the same way, if you put it too low, the strip will lose its optimal function of subjection.

I recommend that you buy a neoprene over-strip to avoid getting your hair tangled in the strip and the uncomfortable pulls to put on and take off the mask. It is a cheap accessory and, for me, very useful, especially for girls and boys.

Maintenance Of Scuba Dive Mask

Once you have finished the dive, rinse your glasses with fresh water to remove traces of salt and sand. If you have the possibility, wash them with a neutral shower gel and then rinse them with water.

Let them dry in a ventilated place (avoid direct exposure to the sun) until they are well dried, to avoid the appearance of fungi in the silicone.

Also, if you are going to have the glasses stored for a long period, put some talcum powder on them to prevent premature degradation of the silicone.

Adriano Valente
 

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