The Ultimate Mask - Beuchat Maxlux S

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Pretty bold statement my me (and I'll accept it's deliberately worded for attention getting)
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Let's cut to the chase why I believe it's the ultimate mask. It doesn't leak and it's in expensive

That's not just on me (masks are personal with fit) but any person I've lent it too has had no leaks from it.

Any instructor will tell you that a leaking mask is the biggest distraction/confidence knocker of a student - especially an OW student. When I've had students that have mask issues, if I give them my mask or my spare Beuchat the problem is cured.

They're inexpensive too MSRP 49,5 Euro ($59?) The Beuchat mask page is here

I'm the owner of many masks. I'll admit to being a magpie wanting something new and shiny and masks were always that thing

I have an Atomic Venom and put 20 or so dives on a Tusa Paragon S - both are really expensive and IMO over priced and over hyped they're no way as good nor reliable as the Maxlux S

My go to brand used to be Aqualung purely because the hinged strap connection gave me greater latitude on the placement of the headband before it leaked. When I first started diving I too suffered from mask leaking upsetting my confidence.

I first brought one, purely because I wanted an inexpensive mask for teaching with in the pool - the fact it came in a choice of garish colours (meaning students could easily ID me), was a bonus.

I was surprised at how comfortable it was. It's also the only mask ever to have given me a mask squeeze on descent (because I wasn't equalising enough) the skirt is quite flexible.

When I was first raving about the mask, my shop didn't stock them - student of course having tried mine would be desperate to get one. The shop owner tried mine, and now is the main distributor for the mask. He also wears one (Shocking Pink) when teaching tech)

They fly off the shelf - because of the price and because (shocker) divers like a choice of colours - yes they do black (colour doesn't improve your diving)

I have no links nor affiliation to Beuchat whatsoever, I stand by this mask because not only do I have my 100's trouble free dives with it, I've purchased them for both my boys and my wife also 4 friends brought them on my recommendations have them and have no leaks either. I stand by this recommendation as I've used them for 3 years and Dive with other experienced divers that have also used them a lot and have had the same experience as me

Mine are used in the Middle East, thus get exposed to lots of UV and heat - my oldest (white) at 3 yrs old still shows no signs of degradation and no strap failures either (as an instructor my mask comes on and off a lot)

For those that must (instructors) Beuchat sell snorkels in matching colours (the simple tube no silly purge valves) or you can mix and match your colours

The only downside is that they sell so many colours I keep buying another version to change things up


So that's why I consider it the ultimate mask. price, leak free and durability.


PS. I've not mentioned fogging because none of my masks fog despite being a nose breather I simply toothpaste mine, use a bit of baby neat shampoo just prior to the dive and rinse in salt water and they're always fine.
 

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Have a look at the Atomic Frameless 2 also for a similar style mask that I think has a few more tricks.

Low volume, massive FOV, ultraclear white glass, and it adds the soft skirt and the great strap mechanism you'd be familiar with from the Venom. I think it's a better mask than the Venom.

Coming in 3 different sizes, most people should be able to find one that does not leak.

I carry 2 on each dive.
 

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You are talking about the "S" version of the Maxlux?? Are you sure? The "S" version is the narrow version of the Maxlux and the regulator Maxlux is narrow on my face and leaks let alone the "S" version.

I have been using the SP Frameless for over 20 years and no issues with it at all. The one I use in the pool now is about 18 years old and the only issue with it was a broken strap few years ago. I use the same for openwater.
 

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You are talking about the "S" version of the Maxlux?? Are you sure? The "S" version is the narrow version of the Maxlux and the regulator Maxlux is narrow on my face and leaks let alone the "S" version

According to the Beuchat website it's the "S" which comes in multiple colours

I stand by my comments since I've put my Maxlux S on 20+ divers and not one has had a leak, with the usual caveat of the mask being properly adjusted .

In my experience (and I'm sure yours too) lots of mask leaking can be resolved by ensuring the straps are equal, not tightened up more on one side than another - so pulling it off centre, not having the strap too tight and correct placement of the head band (again not pulling the mask unequally)
 

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Have a look at the Atomic Frameless 2 also for a similar style mask that I think has a few more tricks

No point. I have the top of the range venom - I'm not sure what you think are "tricks" I will say the Venom may be made well, but it's nothing special that justifies it's high price compared with other masks (same with the Paragon)

If you have a mask that works and is good for you, of course you keep that. My point is this mask is both reasonably priced, and works on lots of different faces, in fact I've yet to see a entry/mid priced mask which is so good for so many people
 

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That mask is definitely Aquaman green.

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Theres a bunch of cheepo masks that are just branded. Mares, Cressi and Omer sell the exact same mask, with mares ones being available for 30 euros.
 

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Mares, Cressi and Omer sell the exact same mask

It's not the same mask I know that for sure (and scoured their website to check)

I'm not forcing anyone to buy anything and this review and opinion hasn't be made in 5 mins or a couple of dives. Also my choice of equipment isn't limited to cost or local availability, and those that know me will agree I'm ambivalent about most gear

Of all the (Considerable) dive gear I own, this is the only item I strongly recommend to anyone
 

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Let's cut to the chase why I believe it's the ultimate mask. It doesn't leak and it's in expensive

That's not just on me (masks are personal with fit) but any person I've lent it too has had no leaks from it.

Not for me, for only $10 more [In Australia] I can buy a Scubapro Solo or a Synergy Trufit mask that I I find superior [for me] then the Beuchart Maxlux S I have tried, I even found the Hollis M1 a better fit with less leaks [another spare mask I like and the same price].
My SP masks are my 'go to masks', one or the other is my backup.
What works for you [and your students] does not come close for me, and I save bugger all money.
 
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