Looking for a mask?
We are going to mix our tips with personal preferences. This is already a mission, in other words: being objective with subjectivity! One of the big commitments you will have to make is to choose between a transparent or solid mask skirt.
Transparent skirts will allow a lot of light to enter the mask and is going to give you a bright vision. Solid skirts, available in many funky colors nowadays, will have the advantage to give you a more focused vision underwater. They will have a big advantage in reducing a lot the typical glare from the transparent mask skirts. Transparent skirts are very comfortable for snorkeling as well. Just mind that prolonged exposure to sunlight will reduce the transparency and slowly turn them yellowish. Here again, your preference will be capital, but you know the saying, once you go black, you never get back!
Another preference that will have its toll on your choice is the option to go for a single or double lens. Double lenses have usually a smaller volume and sometimes can be swapped for correction lenses. Single lenses offer a wider angle of vision and they often help with divers experiencing a pressure point on their forehead or nose. The biggest recent trend with lenses is the UV coating that gives a slight metallic look. You know the one that makes you look so cool! They are definitely an option you want to consider. The coating is great to protect your eyes and will increase your visual experience underwater. TIP: Always choose a mask that has tempered glass. That’s the safest option to protect your eyes in case the lenses burst.
More and more divers are preferring free diving masks to classic scuba diving masks as they offer a very small volume and are generally more flexible. They will therefore be easier to clear, adjust more to your face and deal better with the pressure changes underwater. Now sometimes, because of their small sizes, they will reduce your vision underwater. There you go, thanks for reading. We hope this helps you choose the mask that you’re looking for. If you agree to disagree, let us know in the comments below! Our next mask related blog input will talk about how to maintain and care for your mask.