Glass in dive masks seems like it should be a pretty basic topic, right? Every dive mask needs glass lenses or a faceplate, and glass is glass! However, anyone who wears optical glasses knows that there's a lot of complexity that goes into glass manufacturing. There are all kinds of anti-reflective coatings, polarizing tints, and anti-scratch treatments you can get for your lenses (to the point it is something of a racket). Technologies that have been common in optics for decades are now making … [Read more...] about Ultra Clear and ARC Glass in Dive Masks Explained
What To Look For In A Dive Mask (Top 5 Quality Indicators)
Are you looking to get yourself a new mask for snorkeling, SCUBA diving, or freediving? If you're not a veteran of these sports, finding equipment that is both high quality and personally suitable for you can feel like an overwhelming task. There are so many different masks to choose from! However, there are a few critical features you should always look for in a dive mask to ensure it meets basic safety and performance standards. It doesn't matter if you're new to diving, or just a casual … [Read more...] about What To Look For In A Dive Mask (Top 5 Quality Indicators)
Snorkeling Gear: Recommendations for All Experience Levels
Are you looking to get yourself some top quality snorkeling gear for your next adventure? Is renting sub-par equipment that's been used by hundreds of other people just not your thing? Well, you've come to the right place! Below, you'll find my handy list of top quality snorkeling gear that I personally love and recommend. Just so you know, most of the links I provide are affiliate links, which means I may make a small commission if you buy something after following the link (at no … [Read more...] about Snorkeling Gear: Recommendations for All Experience Levels
Purge Valves on Dive Masks: Gimmick or Useful?
Did you know the purge valve was once a standard feature on almost all dive masks? In the early days of SCUBA when dive masks looked more like fishbowls, purge valves were a popular mechanism. That's because these vintage masks were characterized by high internal volumes and no molded nose pocket. The skirts on these masks were also made of natural rubber, not the soft silicone modern masks use. All these factors meant purge valves were a big help for clearing the dive mask. What is a purge … [Read more...] about Purge Valves on Dive Masks: Gimmick or Useful?
Single Vs. Double Lens Masks: A Matter of Taste
What are the advantages and disadvantages of single vs. double lens masks? This question may be first on your mind if you're looking to buy a new diving mask. It certainly was for me! And yet, beyond a few forum posts on various SCUBA boards, no one seems to have written much about this, let alone provided a definitive answer. The reason for this is quite simple... There are no inherent advantages or disadvantages between single vs. double lens masks. Ultimately, it comes down to what works … [Read more...] about Single Vs. Double Lens Masks: A Matter of Taste