How to choose the diving mask

How to choose the diving mask

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How to choose the diving mask: tips for choosing the mask for freediving, scuba diving or snorkeling.

Theremaskfrom the seait allows you to look at the seabed with clarity without the salt water burning your eyes and above all without that blurry and indistinct vision that you would have when observing the seabed with the naked eye.

Adiving mask, from apnea or fromsnorkelingit consists of a rigid frame, a tempered glass crystal, a soft gasket (silicone or rubber) and an adjustment strap to fix it to the head in a stable way.

How to choose a diving mask

Let it be to dosnorkeling, to practice scuba diving or freediving, the mask must have the same characteristics:

  • it must be well shaped to the nose so as to allow you the Valsalva maneuver in case of diving.
  • It must give you a wide field of view so that you can have a good panoramic view of your surroundings.
  • The gasket must adapt to the face so as to avoid water infiltration.

Themaskscheaper are rubber but it is important to say that now, all new models are produced with silicone gaskets, hypoallergenic, soft and more able to adapt to the shape of the face.

These are the basic features you need to know forchoose a mask... but there is more. Speaking of "gasket" is very complicated since today each manufacturer uses a different material with particular patents.

As a good diver, I have tried over time a large number of masks and I must say that the "more modern" ones (popular for 5 - 6 years now) are able to offer a good injection system offering rigidity, comfort and perfect seal, even without tightening the adjustment strap too much.

Among the various models ofmasks on the market I recommend the “Big Eyes Evolution” model, which, according to the retailer, can be bought with a range of prices ranging from 40 to 65 euros.

Please note: Our website has no connection with the manufacturer (Cressi), however I would recommend this product because I have been using it for two years now, also doing deep dives with great satisfaction.

For all information on themaskcited, I refer you to the dedicated Amazon page: “Cressi Big Eyes Evolution“.

If you buy the model I have indicated or in any case a model with the latest generation gasket (therefore with an excellent seal), when you wear the mask avoid tightening it too much ... so much will the water pressure to guarantee the seal of the mask by acting on the gaskets.

Mask that tarnishes

If you are wondering how to do a do not let the mask fog up, know that there are several "tricks".

Someone recommends overheating the tempered glass of the mask before first use…. PersonallyI do not recommendthis practice because you risk damaging your current lenses.

Perhaps overheating the glass was a valid technique for the old rubber masks but with the current production processes just a pass of toothpaste (those in gel or paste, therefore without "microgranules").

The toothpastes are slightly abrasive, rub the inside and outside of the glass of the mask with paste to remove residues from the glass processing. In this way the mask will be less prone to fog up but only under one condition: you will have to use an anti-fog liquid!

There are many anti-fog liquids on the market but ... in reality each of us carries some of them, already incorporated in their bodies: I'm talking about saliva.

Yes, before each dive, to practicesnorkelingor apnea, you should salivate the inner side of the crystals and rinse the mask well with sea water and wear the mask.

If the use of saliva (the classic spit to spread on crystals!) For do not let the mask fog up it doesn't make you feel comfortable, you can always buy an anti-fog liquid, a small spray bottle costs a few euros (usually 2 - 3 euros).

Mask and contact lenses

If you have a visual defect (myopia, farsightedness, astigmatism ...) know that some models of masks allow you to replace the tempered glass with corrective optical lenses! Yes, they existgraduated diving masks, very useful for snorkeling, diving or freediving.

The use oflenses(or contact lenses) at the sea, under the mask, can be considered safe as long as the eye does not come into contact with water .... however, it is important to remember that a poorly hydrated eye will tend to see an easy detachment with the lens and losing contact lenses during a dive can be a tragic event: the graduated mask can remedy the problem.

The model I reported to you earlier allows the mounting of prescription lenses, to be purchased separately. Those Cressi are always found on Amazon or at specialized retailers, in any case you can also order them from your trusted optician. The cost of each lens depends on the optical defect and the retailer. For my myopia, I paid around 25 euros per lens.

Video: mask squeeze (June 2022).


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