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any advantage/disadvantage of a black skirt mask

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by dougr52, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. dougr52

    dougr52 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: dripping springs tx.
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    well thanks for info everybody, the vote is about 9 to 1 in favor of black skirt mask, so i ordered one today with diveoptx [stick ons]...
     
  2. Damselfish

    Damselfish ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Location: Boston
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    perhaps among the vocal on this board, not necessarily in real life. Better to choose by trying them...
     
  3. lmorin

    lmorin Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New Hampshire
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    Sounds right to me. I'm also a photographer who prefers clear. I like any extra boost to my peripheral vision I can get even if it is just incidental light coming through the skirt.
     
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  4. vladimir

    vladimir ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    A low-volume mask with the lens close to your face, like the Atomic frameless, might increase your peripheral vision dramatically, depending, obviously, on what you've been using. A translucent skirt, much less so.
     
  5. trigfunctions

    trigfunctions Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
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    I usually dive with a clear skirt mask, and the first time I dove with a black mask I felt very claustrophobic. I've gotten used to it, but I still feel more comfortable with a clear skirt.

    That said, a clear skirt allows light to come in from the side, which can cause a glare on the inside of the mask. In addition, since more light is coming into the mask, your pupils will contract and you will actually feel like you see less. With a black mask, your pupils are more open and you can see more contrast.
     
  6. din7

    din7 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: salt lake city, utah
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    a black skirt is very slimming.
     
  7. Jens Brogaard

    Jens Brogaard Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Denmark
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    10 years has passed... If you like Philips ambilight then your choice is clear...!
     
  8. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Cave Country
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    I prefer clear because I can see shadows thru the skirt. More than once, I’ve turned to see fish and other divers that I would have missed otherwise. A black skirt feels like tunnel vision.
     
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  9. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Between Mikes and Weekapaug
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    I want a white skirt. Tried the apeks and tusa paragon and they both leak more than I will tolerate.

    Best fitting mask for me is Atomic's Venom. Wish it came with a white skirt...
     
  10. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaverton, Oregon
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    Of late I've been using my silicone Scubapro tri-view mask (see my avitar). Why? Well, because I like the three-window mask, and because it hasn't melted like my black neoprene mask of the same type. I'm also happy that people are reading this ol' thread, as it is still applicable.

    SeaRat
     

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