What to Look for in a New Scuba Mask
When Scuba Diving, the scuba mask is your window into the underwater world. Choose the bb mask to buy and instead of a big, clear, beautiful view of the ocean environment you’ll end up with an obscured, cloudy, leaky irritating source of discomfort.
If you’re serious about Scuba Diving here are 5 things you need to consider when evaluating scuba masks: Design, Materials, Color, Volume and Fit.
scuba mask Design
scuba masks have a few different design elements to consider. The first and most obvious design element is the number of “windows” or lenses which make up the viewing area of the scuba diving mask.
Single Window Masks have one large viewing area on the front of the scuba mask.
Two Window Masks have two separate lenses, one in front of each eye.
Three Window Masks will be similar to the Single Window Masks, having one large lens in front of both your eyes, with the addition of two small windows on the sides of the mask for peripheral vision.
While at first it may seem that more windows is always better, that is not always the case. Visibility when Scuba Diving is limited in even the best Dive Spots. Even on those perfect days when you can see 100-150ft you’ll likely be spending most of your time viewing things up close and right in front of you. Side Windows on a scuba mask allow light to come in from the sides which can be a distraction, especially in shallower dives on sunny days. scuba masks with Side Windows will generally have larger internal volume due to the fact that the space required for the side windows means that the front windows(s) will most likely be positioned further from your face.
I generally prefer a Single Window scuba mask as they tend to give the best straight ahead view, however there is a situation when a Two Window scuba mask would be the right choice, if you intend on replacing the lenses with corrective lenses. While it would be possible to have a custom lens made for a Single Window Mask, many Two Window scuba masks have corrective lenses pre-made for various prescriptions.
scuba mask Materials
The Materials used for constructing a scuba mask should be a factor in your purchasing decision. Most modern masks are made with silicone skirts, however some are made using natural rubber. If you happen to have an allergy or some other aversion to either of those materials then you want to be sure of what you’re getting, especially when ordering online.