7 Best Scuba Diving Masks in 2020
The Best Scuba Diving Mask
The first on our list of the best scuba diving mask is the Cressi Panoramic kit comprising both a mask and a snorkel.
The mask, Pano 3, delivers great visibility, fit, durability, and comfort. Its skirt is made from soft hypoallergenic silicone that ensures a perfect seal while maintaining a comfortable facial feel, leaving no marks on your skin. The nose pocket is also very soft to press, making equalization easy.
For safety purposes, the lens is made from tempered glass and is designed for the easy application of a defogging agent. The mask is also equipped with push-button buckles for easy and instant adjustment of the strap.
The snorkel, Supernova Dry, is made from sturdy PVC and has a dry valve on the top that prevents water from entering when submerged. Furthermore, a purge valve at the bottom facilitates the expulsion of water with just a single blow of air.
Aside from the slightly bent tube with silicone bottom, the snorkel also has a soft silicone mouthpiece that significantly reduces jaw fatigue, especially during extended use.We also like that the Cressi Panoramic combo fits comfortably most age groups, including teens and adults.
Designed for streamlined vision provided by its frameless case, the Scubapro Solo is one of the few scuba diving masks on the market that give a wide and least obstructed view.
Classified as a modern mask, it is has a single lens design that is molded into a crystal clear double-sealed silicone skirt that creates a panoramic view.
While maximizing facial comfort, the soft silicone skirt molds naturally to the contours of your face, providing a watertight seal.
Another highlight is its low volume profile that allows you to blow out any water that might have leaked by simply exhaling.
The mask has a flexible mounting, and the non-slip strap is secured with a side buckle.
Its only downside is the one-fits-all size that only makes it suitable for adults. That said, the Scubapro Solo could be the perfect mask for anyone looking for a low-profile piece capable of delivering an unobstructed field of vision.
If you are looking for a low profile and low volume mask, then we highly recommend the Tusa M-212 Freedom Ceos.
Categorized as a next-generation mask, it is developed using the revolutionary Freedom technology that delivers superior fit, maximum comfort and performance.
The mask uses two separate lenses, both made of tempered glass and wrapped by a soft silicone skirt with a dimpled surface. This variable silicone thickness and the ridges on the skirt improve stability, while the round edge minimizes facial marks, even when worn tightly.
Being a TUSA product, the mask also boasts the company’s patented quick-adjust buckle system on the side and uses a 3-D anatomical strap that gives optimum tightness while still maintaining its elasticity and softness.
Going back to the lens, we really like that it can be upgraded to become a prescription lens. The mask can even be customized to be fitted with progressive lenses.
The only thing we don’t like is that it doesn’t have a mounting option for the GoPro or other action sports cameras.
Luckily, though, the upgraded M-212S version has both a GoPro mount and features crystal view optical glass lenses treated with a proprietary anti-reflective and ultraviolet coating. A great alternative if you don’t mind to drop a buck.
Are you looking for a sturdy yet affordable mask that doesn’t hurt your wallet? Then take a look at the Kraken Aquatics Dive Mask.
According to active cave divers, the mask performs well even when used in extreme environmental conditions, such as when diving in a high flow cave and have to deal with strong water currents.
The sturdiness of this mask is ensured by its rugged construction and high-quality materials. It has a one-piece lens made from safety tempered glass which resists scratching and shattering beautifully.
The skirt is made from highly flexible silicone that naturally molds to any facial shape and contour. Thus, it guarantees a perfect seal while maintaining softness and comfort. This is further complemented by the convenient buckles on the side, that with a single press or pull, adjusts the tightness of the strap instantly, according to your preference.
While this mask seems to be the perfect choice for most divers, you should know that the nose pocket is quite small. So, divers with a big nose might find it quite restrictive and not exactly comfortable.
Now, that’s little to worry about, though. Unless you are Pinocchio, we guarantee this mask will fit just fine, and at a fraction of the price of other diving masks.
Next entry on our list of best scuba diving masks is another frameless model that has been used by scuba divers worldwide. What makes the Cressi F1 a true star is that, instead of using a plastic frame, the silicone wrap is molded directly onto the lens. This, in turn, creates a wider and unobstructed field of vision, courtesy of its one-piece tempered glass lens.
Apart from the direct molding design of the silicone to the lens, this mask is also about material quality.
The Cressi F1 has a high-grade silicone skirt with double-feathered edge design. The simplicity of this mask allows it to be folded flat, which ensures easy carrying. You can even tuck it inside a small BCD pocket if you want to.
The simple and integrated design of this mask has also created a low-volume profile that allows effortless clearing even with just a minor nasal air blow.
Aside from the lens, the quick-adjust buckles on the side are also molded directly into the skirt, thereby significantly reducing surface drag when in motion.
We must also say the mask has a snug fit, and suits most face shapes and sizes.
For a thorough snug fit, the mask has a wide split strap, which gives an even tension on the skirt, making it comfortable on the face.
All these qualities, combined with an affordable price tag, make this mask one of the best you can buy.
For divers looking for an extremely low-profile, we recommend this mask. The Oceanic Shadow employs a one-piece lens that is made out of tempered glass-molded directly into the silicon skirt.
The integrated molding of the lens and the skirt creates minimal air space inside the mask. This feature alone is highly appreciated by newbie divers as they are only required to do minimal exertion when performing mask clearing or mask recovery.
Furthermore, this integrated design delivers maximum frontal view as there is no visual obstruction at the side, top, bottom, or at the center.
This mask is also ideal for the highly active divers, who can easily fold the mask and store it in tight spaces. A feature that also makes it perfect for frequent travelers.
With regards to the side buckles, aside from the easy-adjust design, they swivel. A feature that allows you to angulate the strap position at the back of your head, which, in general, will give you maximum seal and comfort.
Oceanic Shadow comes in 3 sizes. The standard size will fit a large adult facial profile while the medium size suits smaller faces. For kids, we recommend the mini Shadow version.
The last entry on our list of best scuba diving masks is Scubapro Spectra. It’s suitable for those with medium to large faces, as well as divers who’re considering a mask that can be upgraded with a glare-free mirrored lens.
In its standard version, the mask presents a high-quality silicone skirt that features a large mold and a double flat seal on edge. When tightened, it gives a perfect facial seal.
The nose pocket is highly pronounced, which means that you can easily grab it for quick equalization.
Encased in a sturdy plastic frame, this mask uses a dual-lens that is made out of tempered glass and gives a large frontal view. As we already mentioned, the lens can be upgraded into a glare-free mirrored lens which minimizes the entry of bright light, a feature highly appreciated especially on sunny days or when diving in areas with high underwater visibility.
Attached to the side, there is a buckle system embedded within the skirt rather than the frame. This unique buckle embedding design delivers a natural and comfortable feel even when wearing the mask under high pressure.
Designed to fit smaller adult faces, as well as teens and kids, the Scubapro Spectra might not be the cheapest diving mask out there, but it’s well worth every dime.