Reprinted from ScubaLab

dive masks---all makes and models available @ kirkscubagear

dive masks—all makes and models available @ kirkscubagear

Optimizing your field of view, both horizontally and vertically, is the primary goal of a good mask. But having a good downward view is of particular importance. After all, downward is where you’ll find your gauges, buckles, D-rings, BC pockets, weight ditch handles and just about everything else you’re going to want to grab. The better your downward view, the easier it is to see and to access your gear.

It may not seem like a crucial piece of life-support gear for scuba diving, but your dive mask is important. Need help finding a well-made mask that’s perfect for you? ScubaLab explains five features you should understand when shopping for your next window on the underwater world.

Low Volume

Low volume masks are nice because they require less breath to clear. They also create less drag when cruising through the water column, and they tend to provide a wider field of view because the front lenses sit closer to your eyes.

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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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