Working on the Gear

With the start of summer comes the beginning of new adventures, and I am more excited than ever before now that we are discussing an upcoming dive experience in Hawaii. Of course, we always plan each trip out every year like this, mapping out new places to dive and bond, but this year is slightly different because I have been put in charge of spearheading a lot of the finer details and that means I have had to juggle those duties alongside procuring new equipment for this upcoming trip. As it is now, I am still looking for all of the gear that I will need for the excursion and I am asking everyone I know for the best brands to consider, especially for scuba masks.


Searching online for the best scuba mask possible took to many sites, and I even took a bit of time away from searching for masks to look for the best mens dive watches to invest in as well. Since there are so many models out there, I have had to sift through a slew of companies and I am only now starting to reach a short list of contenders.


As a necessary diving kit part, you need to have the best scuba mask you can find since you will need one to see well underwear in places where your eyes cannot focus. They also work as a barrier between the water and your eyes without having to compromise visibility. I already know that the scuba mask I decide on should be comfortable and not too snug so it doesn’t hurt my head. In reality, it should almost feel like you have no mask on at all!


What I have already discovered is that although there are a lot of companies selling scuba masks, most of them are not up to par, with plenty of clunky models that buckle and drag, or flimsy ones that break seals and allow water to leak in. You have to find a mask that is secure but also comfortable enough not to take away from your diving experience. The following scuba masks are the ones that passed the test and I believe anyone would find up to speed for their diving experience.


Kraken Aquatics

Kraken Aquatics

For people out there searching for a low-cost option that is made of durable parts, the Kraken brand has released a version that comes with a silicone frame and mask in a basic design that is extremely affordable. What I liked about this version was the thick, wide skirt across the face which makes it perfect for water sports, snorkeling, and recreational diving as well. There is nothing to block your view with this 1-piece lens design, meaning you can see all of your surroundings with no impediments.


As the most affordable one on my list, it is actually quite sturdy and functional considering the price. Adjustments are also easy to come by with this model and it will fit most head sizes, with ratchets located on both sides that are quick-release for added convenience. Users will appreciate the strap that is split in back, with the gap allowing both strap pieces to fit the curve of the head without slipping. With a wide skirt surrounding the lens, this scuba mask is constructed from silicone, meaning that it is thick enough to cushion the face and create a tight seal. P


revious buyers note that it fits comfortably and won’t leave lines across the face from being too tight. What I love about this version is that it acts like a cushiony suction cup that doesn’t hurt your face so you can relax and enjoy the scuba diving experience to the hilt. For the price, most previous users also were surprised at how comfortable and effective it was at keeping water out, even when compared to other, more expensive models on the market.


Cressi F1

Cressi F1




This is by far one of my favorite masks and it comes highly recommended as a well-constructed, affordable option. I like that the frame design fits closely to your face, and you have no worries about dragging like larger models. This is a sleek choice that anyone that dives a lot will absolutely love. Suitable for both adults and kids, you cannot go wrong with this model.

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