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mask with prescription lenses

Discussion in 'Freediving Equipment' started by vvaz, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. vvaz

    vvaz New Member

    Hello,

    I have to buy new mask with prescription lenses and after digging through internet for several days I still cannot find answers for few question and I am asking for help.

    Context: up to this day I used Tecline Frameless II ( http://diving-store.net/401-thickbox_default/tecline-frameless-ii.jpg ) with inserted glasses. It is working nice for surface snorkelling but when diving I have big problems with fogging so decided to buy new mask with real prescription lenses (and please, no discussion about fogging - tried every trick in the books).

    I am mostly interested in long distance snorkelling with dive from time to time to see whats deeper. My personal best is 14m and I'd like to get down to 20-25m, not interested in really deep dives. Also would like to scuba from time to time.

    I have limited my choice to those three masks (also taking into account availability in my region and price):
    - Cressi Nano with glued in prescription glass; my doubts - how glued in prescription glass works with fogging; anyone uses such solution - how it impacts internal volume, I need -6.50 those are thick glasses?
    - Beuchat Micromax with native prescription (also called graduated) lenses; my doubts - read rather negative comments about this mask comparing to other models but native lenses should fix problems with too small volume and could make it possible to 'self-clean' internal lenses with residual water

    and here my final question: taking into account that I am not interested in deep dives do I really need micro mask? Also how bad is visibility in micromask comparing to more traditional designs? Reviews are usually making good work comparing visibility of models from the same class (eg. apneapassion.com) but cannot find how it compares to my final slot:
    - Cressi Focus; more traditional solution but still advertised as low volume; doubts - still bigger volume than two above masks

    TIA

    v.
     
  2. Bill

    Bill Baron of Breathold Supporter

    Get the most comfortable one. Volume doesn't mean much until 30 meters and technique will extend that much deeper. The Beuchat Mondial isn't really low volume and I've used it below 65. Glue in lenses defog about the same as no lens unless they are cheap plastic. I glued lenses in myself, bought expensive glue ins and had great luck with contacts. One caution, I'm a +2.
     
  3. vvaz

    vvaz New Member

    Thank you for comment. I will go with Cressi Focus. Looks a bit larger than your Beuchat Mundial but should be OK.

    In meantime I've found (finally!) comparison of visibility through various classes of masks

    http://www.divernet.com/group-tests/p303452-vision-variability.html

    and looks like Cressi Nano has surprisingly good visibility comparing to more traditional models like TUSA Ceos but overall bigger should be more comfortable and native corrective lenses will be easier to procure and maintain.
     
  4. zoff

    zoff Active Member