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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. Bean_Counter67

    Bean_Counter67 Angel Fish

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    Dive Right - You must be commend both from a customer service stand point and also from an inventiveness perspective. I tried the capstick and vasoline but two different masks still had a leaking problem. Keeping the moustache closely trimmed was not working either.

    Last resort... clean shaven, 20 years with a mustache gone in a few seconds with a trimmer.
     
  2. xiSkiGuy

    xiSkiGuy Manta Ray

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    I can't remember the vendor right off hand, but somebody already sells silicon based gel in a chapstick tube to the dive industry.
     
  3. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

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    Why is anyone worried about a little leaking in their mask? So it leaks, learn to clear it.
     
  4. JessH

    JessH Instructor, Scuba

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    Actually with my one mask I can swim upside down and it still doesn't leak much. I believe I do keep a positive pressure in my mask. I do funny things when killing time in the pool during the play time in the OW classes I help with. Standing on your head while neutrally bouyant can be fun sometimes :) I also sometimes find funny swimming positions such as upside down to be useful while doing underwater video work.

    ~Jess
     
  5. shark.byte.usa

    shark.byte.usa Divemaster

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    I hate shaving, so I usually have to clear on descent, seems to flood mainly at this time, since I'm horizontal if I get a little leakage during the dive I clear so I can see properly, maybe 2-3x's during a dive. Cinching up the mask strap a click or two has helped as does the initial clearing after descent, seats the mask properly, pressure makes a nice seal usually, I don't have Tom Selleck stache either :wink:. No biggie, personally I'd rather shave than smother a bunch-o-gunk on my face. :D.

    FWIW My OW Instructor told a classmate to use moustache wax before diving.

    -Garrett
     
  6. Dive Right In Scuba

    Dive Right In Scuba ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    [/quote]
    FWIW My OW Instructor told a classmate to use moustache wax before diving.

    -Garrett[/quote]

    Well when my product comes out your instructor could say....Buy this when we get back from diving........we got it in the shop its only $5........instead of sending money to another store :wink: Well thats my plan anyway.......
     
  7. RonFrank

    RonFrank Solo Diver

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    I have a mustache, and don't have a lot of leak issues. If my mask leaks I'll clear it. I always forget to bring chapstick. Likely even if I love this product, I'd forget that as well.

    I'm willing to try it however! :D

    I use the Walter approach, mask leaks, clear. The only time this is an issue is if I'm in very cold water. I hate flooding my mask in 50F water, and would rather it just not leak.

    I tried on the new Atomic masks the other day.. nice. Not $100 of nice however, so I guess I'll stay with the XVision for a while.
     
  8. Dive Right In Scuba

    Dive Right In Scuba ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I have the new atomic mask and I fell in love with it.....the clarity with the glass is impeccable!! It really is worth the $100.......

    Im going to be bringing in this line in Jan or Feb so if you still want one Ron....I will take care of you for less than $100 :wink:
     
  9. shark.byte.usa

    shark.byte.usa Divemaster

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    I'm sure it may be a fine product, best of luck 2 ya, but talk about a niche of a niche of a niche market! Got a name for the product yet?

    Sorry, I just have this vision of Clifford Franklin (Orlando Jones) in The Replacements (2000)

    "Now you know this don't look natural [Insert Instructor or LDS employee name here]. now you know it don't... I look like I just jacked off an elephant. And you want me to rub it all over my moustache?!"


    or a Got Milk? type ad in the dive rags :rofl3:

    -Garrett
     
  10. JessH

    JessH Instructor, Scuba

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    So how much of this stuff does one get for $5? I am going to try it, but after everyones suggestions for chapstick I am starting to think that there may be some profit in selling relabeled burt's bees wax. It is made from natural stuff like bee's wax so I would think that it wouldn't harm the mask skirt like vasoline could, also seems like it would have a very low chance of causing a rash, but I don't really know.

    Just a thought, I plan on trying out a few of these options with my new mask. If I don't like them then I will stick with my old mask, maybe get one in black, but I would like something lower volume since it tends to ride up a bit and push on the nose when vertical.

    ~Jess
     

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