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Mask Leaking due to facial hair??

Discussion in 'Research and Development' started by Dive Right In Scuba, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. JeffG

    JeffG Solo Diver

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    I tried all of that. Never worked for me. Maybe my facial hair is to coarse but even 5 o clock shadow will make my mask leak a lot.

    Having a close shave is the only thing that has worked for me.
     
  2. Dive-aholic

    Dive-aholic Dive Shop

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    I found a good fitting mask that eliminated leaking. I went through about 3 masks before finding the one I dive now. Occasionally, if I remember, I'll shave a little off the top before a big dive trip. But even if I forget, it doesn't make much difference. And I don't wear my mask tight at all. In fact, the strap moves pretty freely.
     
  3. RikRaeder

    RikRaeder Photographer

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    Enough, you guys, enough. My dive trips are my big excuse to shave off the facial hair that my gf likes so much. If I were really worried about mask leakage, I'd stick some of the cadaver putty into my smile lines!
     
  4. HowardE

    HowardE Diver

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    I used Chap Stick - or other stick type lip balm for $2 a tube... Worked perfectly every time. Not as good as shaving it off completely, but virtually no leaks.
     
  5. Lone Frogman

    Lone Frogman Amphibious ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I find most masks do not leak but some will. I have not shaved in 35 years and not going to tomorrow.
     
  6. CAPT HOOK

    CAPT HOOK Manta Ray

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    I have a full beard and no problems with leaking masks - I use two different ones.

    Seems you may have a solution to a problem a lot less people have than you think!?
     
  7. Dive Right In Scuba

    Dive Right In Scuba ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Plainfield, Illinois, United States
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    Maybe so on this forum, but so far in my store they have been selling rapidly and getting a great response.....I didnt make this to become a millionaire or sell to the massses, I made it to make my customers more comfortable.........Its not for everyone as you can see on this post, but it is customer service and my customers that had problems are extremely happy, and no leaks......in my book thats all that matters.....Good Customer Service.....Im glad I have gotten so many responses, this is great!! I love hearing every ones tips and tricks, do's and donts, etc....thats what makes this forum exciting!!
     
  8. Dive Right In Scuba

    Dive Right In Scuba ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Jess H.- I will send you a sample, PM me your info......
     
  9. Sundiver

    Sundiver Scuba Media & Publications

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    A slight positive pressure in your mask prevents leaking- unless you have excessive forehead hair or swim upside down a lot. :D
     
  10. rookers

    rookers Tech Instructor

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    There are many facial hair styles that don't involve a moustache. They are less usual, but then again, aren't most of us? Its the beauty of facial hair, or hair in general, its your own personal, wearable, shrubbery. Cut it whatever way works.

    I had a laugh the other day looking at the book 'Safe Scuba', the old NASDS textbook I learned from. Several of the photos were of of a guy with a giant porn 'stache. He never seemed to have a mask on in the photos, though.
     

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