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Old masks - do we need to replace after a certain number of years?

Discussion in 'Fins, Masks and Snorkels' started by jclin10, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada

    Every piece of gear we jump into the water with is consumable...and only though a thorough inspection by you can that determination be made...

    Some resins in mask buckle plastics will get brittle when it ages...

    Storage conditions...contact with UV...heat...cold...care...maintenance...proper cleaning...are all factors in determining servicable life...not only with masks but every other piece of gear as well...

    Masks are inexpensive...what's an unplanned event at depth to you or a member of your family worth to you...

    As far as upgrading...why upgrade now if you're not going to be using the replacement masks for five years...

    If this is diving and not snorkeling...it sounds as though every piece of gear you have will need to be thoroughly gone over...inspected/serviced...

    Dive Safe...

    Sam Miller III likes this.
  2. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    That Super Star is making me feel nostalgic. I might have to have another mosey about in my parents loft to see if I can find my old Typhoon, although that was from the late 70's. Last time I went up there all we found was an old accordian, which was strange as no one in the family ever played one o_O
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  3. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    Most of the masks I've owned lasted about 10 years then something happens to it, lost, crushed, or somehow damaged. I yet to have one long enough to wear it out.
  4. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    In my personal experience I have masks that are decades old. The straps may break (only two or three times in all those years) but the masks have remained perfectly functional.
  5. hilljo88

    hilljo88 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: nyc
    I have one mask, about ten years old, that seems to have gotten more "flex" so that it rubs the bridge of my nose. Either that or my nose has grown in that time!

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