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Ready to buy a new mask? Use this info from the ScubaLab testers to decide which skirt type is best for you.

The black silicone skirt is a favorite among photographers and hunters because it blocks out unwanted light that causes reflections on the inside of the lens. Black silicone also shades your eyes and reduces glare, which can be helpful in tropical locales where the sun can often be so bright and the water so clear that sunlight bouncing off a shallow sand bottom can cause the warm water equivalent of snow blindness.

A clear silicone skirt, on the other hand, produces a very open airy feel and, if the skirt is transparent, actually extends field of view. In more temperate waters where too much light is not the problem, clear silicone allows more light into the mask. Divers who are prone to claustrophobia tend to feel less boxed in wearing a clear silicone mask.

Each style has its benefits, and most masks are available in both. ScubaLab test divers bounce back and forth between the two, depending on diving conditions and activity. But the basic rule is, black skirts in bright water, clear masks in dark water.

Thanks to Scuba Diving for their piece!!!

Kathy Dowsett


About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

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  1. BCDiver573 says:

    I prefer the clear skirted mask style, the peripheral vision is worth it; even in clear tropical water.

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