How To Choose Your Mask
Our faces are different shapes and sizes. Masks also come in different shapes and sizes.
Using a mask that doesn’t fit perfectly enters you into a world of frustration.
It is essential that you try on as many masks as you can.
Select the mask that is most comfortable and has the features you want.
Try and avoid buying the mask for its look or colour.
Fit and comfort is the rule.
The Different Features...
The cheap masks are made of Silita or PVC. This is a hard material that does not seal well. Usually found in chain stores and sports shops. The Silita is definitely something to Avoid when looking for a comfortable mask. Proper masks are silicone of various thickness. Thinner skirts are soft and comfortable but not hardy.
You get 1,2,3 or even 6 lens masks.
There are also curved wrap around masks. But be warned that there is often vision distortion with these and the lens is plastic and very, very prone to scratching.
Side lenses are great for increasing vision so well worth getting.
The standard straps have an incredible ability to get tangled in long hair. Fit an add-on a neoprene strap to reduce this bad behaviour.
These help to stop the tangles. They are also far more comfortable and they float.
Certain masks have a thinner strap so spares can be tricky.
You get masks with plastic frames or they are quite simply frameless. The frameless use the glass lens as support and allow the lens to be closer to the eye. They usually have Better vision but more are slightly more expensive.
Really expensive top quality masks have metal frames instead of plastic.
Clear skirts give the impression of lightness. They look better but will yellow quite quickly. This is normal. Black masks have better view when in bright light. Black masks also don’t cause a reflection in the lens.
It’s like looking out from a cave or a green house.
So black, although less attractive, actually tends to work much better.
Volume and Size
The small minimal volume masks are for free divers that have to equalise them with only limited air. These have sacrificed vision for low volume and are like diving wearing blinkers. This is not really a point to look at when buying a diving mask. Trying the mask on and making sure it is comfortable and has a good field of vision is far more important.
This is one of the most important features!
You want to see as much as you can. Try on the best fitting masks and compare how much you can see. Up, down and side to side.
A mask that has a poor field of vision is incredibly annoying. You will find yourself bumping into other divers or the reef when using a mask with a poor peripheral vision.
Some masks just look good, in fact some just look great! Others are the dog’s breakfast. While it’s nice to have a cool mask, try to remember that the other features should come first. Make sure you have tried on a number of your favourite looking ones before making your decision. Once you have the right fit then worry about what colour will match your fins.
Below we have depicted the different Masks in our Range and our best sellers in each option.
Please contact us should you need any further information or advice.
Clicking on the images below will redirect you to the shop page which describes each Mask in detail and lists the prices.
DIVETEK ONYX MASK
(DOUBLE LENS, METAL FRAME AND BLACK SILICONE)
Amazing mask, comes in a variety of colours. This is the metal option of the platinum masks which come in both a clear and black skirt.
DIVETEK FRAMELESS MASK
This is a Frameless Mask that sits closely on the face. We have them in both a black and clear silicone. They fit most peoples faces.