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Basic mask question

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks & Snorkels' started by Rukkian, Jun 6, 2021.

  1. Rukkian

    Rukkian Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: West Des Moines, Iowa

    Thanks, that helps. I was thinking that, but didn't know if I was missing some killer feature.
  2. Merlyne

    Merlyne Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Destin, FL
    Aside from brand pricing, the value of a mask is in the grade of silicone for the skirt and the construction. Many of us prefer frameless masks as they sit closer and have less internal volume, thus easier to equalize and clear. The softer skirt usually makes for a better seal and increased comfort, but not always.
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  3. Scuba Client

    Scuba Client Banned

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Australia
    I would personally ditch the snorkel or get a folding one to store in your BC or pockets. As the others have stated, cost means nothing if the mask doesn't fit. I would recommend black and low volume skirting. The clear masks yellow over time, especially if they're cheap. Food grade silicone grease around the lip section can help seal leaks.
  4. Rukkian

    Rukkian Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: West Des Moines, Iowa

    Thanks for the DGX recommendation. That was just what I was looking for. I ordered one, and used it for the first time the fish tank last night. The field of view was great, perfect seal, very comfortable.

    Thanks to all for the answers.
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  5. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
    The silicone on the cheaper masks from Walmart, Dicks, Costco, etc is often stiffer and will get more so over time.
    The masks your LDS sells are likely made in the same factory in Taiwan using a different grade of silicone. I often look for brands like XS Scuba, ScubaMax, or small gear company names (Edge/HOG) because they have the same mask the big guys do with a different badge.
    Markup on masks can be 50-200% depending on the badge and shop.
    I used a panoramic for years that Oceanic sold for MSRP of 79 bucks. My ScubaMax version was 59. Then I got to work for the shop. Dealer cost? 19.95 - 21.95 depending on the tier they were at in pricing.
    My current is a SeaVision that was $39. Then I had to add the 250 dollar bi-focal lenses.
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