A dive mask is crucial. It is one piece of kit you can't be without whether diving or snorkelling. And they come in many different shapes and sizes. Diving or snorkelling without a mask is pointless. You need to see the beauty of the underwater world. Otherwise frankly, what is the point? And whereas scuba diving masks do come in a variety of shapes with a range of functionality. This is the crucial bit. The size. You must a get a scuba diving mask that is a good fit. Assuming you do this, our review will look at the different options around to guide you in this decision to purchase the best scuba diving mask for you.
This is a bit of a tricky one to review. Because frankly, everyone has different requirements from their scuba diving mask. So what we have done, is make sure that there is something in our top three for everyone. You'll see they feature a prescription lensed mask, a regular mask and also an innovative new type of scuba diving mask with two lenses. But what each of our top three do have in common is they are great scuba diving masks in their own right, and do highlight some of the features to look out for.
Cressi Big Eyes 2 Lens Diving Mask
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Optimum Diving Mask
( 4.9 out of 5.0 )
Scuba Blue Dive Mask for Nearsighted Prescription RX Optimal Lenses
( 4.6 out of 5.0 )
Well, if you are going to go scuba diving you really are going to need a mask. Goggles won't cut it at all. A mask, whether low volume, full face, single or double lens or even prescription lenses, will all do the same thing. They will protect your eyes and allow you to see remarkably well underwater with comfort and ease. And to be clear, there is no such thing as a scuba goggle. Goggles are great. For swimming, skiing, paragliding....but not for scuba diving. Whereas goggles seal against the eye sockets only, a scuba diving mask includes the wearer's nose and seals further around the eyes. One of the reasons you shouldn't dive in goggles (apart from getting water up your nose) is that there would be too much pressure on your eyes. A larger area of the mask allows pressure to be spread over a larger part of your face. If you dive in goggles it could be really quite painful as pressure would be intensified across your eye area only.
Really, whether you are scuba diving, snorkelling or free diving a mask is a must. There really is no choice here. Remember, you can also wear a mask for swimming, but never goggles for diving.
Fit is the first and most important factor. We are all different, and no amount of silicone, rubber and strapping can make every scuba diving mask fit everyone perfectly. So, as we've mentioned before. It has to fit! But there are a few more points to consider:
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A word on fitting. It is possible to check you have a good fitting mask by holding the mask to your face and breathing in through your nose. If the mask stays in place then you know you have a good fit.
So let's take a more detailed look at our top three. Something for everyone in this lot.
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It is a really great mask. High quality silicone and lens. Brilliant vision and we loved the durability of the mask. Over time it really doesn't fog or discolor.
The fringe is quite wide. For anyone going deeper than 35 feet, we think you may possible struggle to equalise the mask.
Amazing vision with this mask. With the angles lens you can see so much more, particularly downwards. Great for snorkellers and divers alike.
We love the view. It is the best we've tried. Add to that the quality of the silicone and low volume of air in the mask this is a great scuba (or snorkelling mask) for anyone looking for the next level up of mask. Not suitable for prescription lenses.
A few of our triallists found this mask to have quite a wide skirt. So we suggest that perhaps this isn't for you if you have a smaller face.
Well we had to include a prescription lensed mask. A great mask for anyone needing corrective lenses.
It works brilliantly for anyone needing a prescription lens or two in their scuba mask. It is comfortable and you can even change the lenses as your prescription changes.
After a while we did find a tendency for these scuba diving masks to fog. Easily remedied with soap, but something to look out for.
It is hard to pick a best of the top three, as they each meet different criteria. We've gone with the Optimum Diving Mask though as it really is a great mask that ticks many boxes for many people. Including value for money.
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