3 Masks For Beginners
As part of our kit for beginners series, Neil Hope looks at three options for masks...
While masks are available in many styles, shapes and sizes, and with a price range to match, the main thing to remember is that it's the actual fit that counts. Take your time and make sure you're happy with the shape and comfort of the skirt by inhaling through your nose and seeing if it 'sticks.' There's little point in spending a wad of your hard-earned cash on the latest, low profile, frameless, composite mask when in actual fact the shape of your face is far better suited to a budget version - and vice versa of course!
Seac Sub Extreme
This inexpensive, lightweight,low volume mask with its polycarbonate frame and flexible hypoallergenic silicone skirt is a good choice for a first mask and is deal for both diving and snorkelling.
PRICE: £22 | www.seacsub.com
A frameless single lens mask with superior peripheral vision, the low profile Hollis M4 has a 100% silicone skirt with a matt finish on the outside for looks and a smooth finish on the inside for comfort.
PRICE: £49 | www.hollis.com
Aqua Lung Teknika
Built to withstand the rigours of technical diving, the Teknika's shock-resistant techno-polymer frame, twin lens design and black skirt should likewise easily handle what any novice diver can throw at it. The mask skirt and buckles fold flat for easy carrying while a wide silicone strap headpiece helps keep the mask secure when in use.
PRICE: £50 | www.aqualung.com