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A Guide to Choose a Scuba Dive Mask

A Guide to Choose a Scuba Dive Mask
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Choosing a Scuba Diving Mask

Your scuba diving mask is the key opening your vision to see the underwater wonders. By choosing the right mask that fits you perfectly you will successfully avoid such discomforts as blurry vision or water leakage.

Choosing a new scuba diving mask can be quite an engaging process. There are a lot of details to consider upon selecting a mask. Thus, buying the first mask that fits your face is not the best thing to do.

Looking into such features as the material a mask is made from, the way it fits, the windows it has, the colour, the presence of the purge valve, buckles and straps will give you an understanding of the basic differences which exist between the scuba masks.

So to facilitate your first or maybe the next purchase of a scuba mask here is a list of the bestselling dive masks and short guide through the key features.

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Bestseller Masks

Mares X-Vision Ultra Liquidskin Mask

Aqua Lung Micromask Silicone Black

Cressi Superoccio Black

Scubapro Crystal Vu Mask

Scubapro Synergy Twin Trufit Mask

Atomic Aquatics Venom Frameless

Atomic Aquatics Venom

Mares Viper Mask

Mares Tana

Key Features

1. Materials

Scuba diving masks are typically made of silicone or rubber. Rubber is a cheaper material but not as durable. So, most modern masks are made of silicone. This means the masks are flexible and soft, but still durable and can provide a good seal around your face. You must have tempered glass on your scuba diving mask or it won’t cope with the pressure when descending. It might also break.

2. Fit

The fit is the most important thing to consider when purchasing a scuba diving mask. You can buy the most expensive, high-quality mask in the world. If it doesn’t fit properly though, it will ruin your diving by leaking, slipping or causing discomfort. The easiest way to determine whether a scuba mask fits is to put it directly on your face (without putting on the straps) and breathe in through your nose. If the mask suctions on to your face and stays on, then you’ll know it fits. If it falls off, then it’s too big – and no amount of tightening the straps will help.

3. Windows

Most scuba diving masks come as two windows or single pane. A single pane is simply one piece of tempered glass while the two-window type has two panes of glass, often in a reverse teardrop shape. Remember that windows angled down slightly can provide better vision. The single pane design offers unobstructed vision but can sit very flat on the face, which can press against the bridge of your nose. You can also purchase masks with four windows – the two main ones in front with two little side panels, allowing more light and better peripheral vision.

4. Colour

Masks come in many different colors, not just black. Some masks have clear silicone but with a colored panel around the frame. If you’re a fashion-conscious diver, you can choose your mask to match your snorkel and even your fins. If you also plan to use this mask for spearfishing, choose a black skirt to keep out glare to allow you to focus directly on your prey.

5. Purge valve

Unfortunately, most divers will experience leaky masks at some point in their lives. You can get rid of excess water the traditional way. Do this by letting the mask half fill with water before pressing the top and gently blowing out through your nose while tilting your head backward. Alternatively, you can buy a mask with a purge valve. The purge allows divers to clear their masks with a valve and breathing out. This means you won’t have to tilt your head backward. It’s a simple feature, but it isn’t immune to malfunctioning.

6. Buckles and Straps

You want to be able to adjust your mask to fit properly, so choose one with easy-to-use buckle adjustments. The best models are ones with a buckle attached to the skirt of the mask, which helps keep the skirt sealed against your face when adjusting.


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