Reprinted from ScubaLab
FIELD OF VIEW
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 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.