Choosing a Freediving Mask



Low volume masks have come a long way. The years of adding silicone on the inside to decrease volume are gone. Today’s freediving masks are comfortable and built for very low volume. Most freediving masks have black silicone skirts. This is an improvement over the clear silicone due to their allowing less distracting light in through the sides. Masks are almost entirely of personal preference. Considering most freediving masks are very low volume and built well, it really just comes down to comfort and fit. To achieve this you will need to try them on. Make sure that no parts of the frame are touching your face Comfort and volume is the most important things to consider. If the mask is not comfortable, pressure points are usually the cause. The points will get worse through the day causing face pain. Pain will increase your heart rate.

When testing the mask be sure to do the leak test. Seat the mask on your face without the strap, breath in lightly through your nose and look down. The mask should stay on with no leaks.

Another thing to consider, some masks have better lateral and/or vertical visibility than others even though they are of the same volume. You can also test this by placing the mask on your face and holding your hands off to the side just in view. The mask that allow your hands to go the furthest back has the best later view and the one that allows your hands to go the furthest up and down has the best vertical view. Simple test and it works.

For people with beards, goatee’s or mustaches, help avoid leaks by using Vaseline or shave a little off the top of the mustache just bellow your nose. When you put your mask on move your upper lip down like you’re yawning and you will create a seal at the base of your nose. Both of these techniques work well but the later works best.

Below is a chart of some of the common mask dimensions that will help guide you.

Mask Field of Vision Height (cm) Field of Vision Width (cm) Volume (ml) Weight (g) Face Type
Aqualung Micromask 175 164 80 145 Smaller than Avg
Beuchat Mundial 88 133 107 185 Average
Beuchat Micromax 100 137 138 147 Average
Cressi Penta Dark 175 150 195 207 Average
Cressi Matrix 200 175 115 177 Average
Cressi Lince 127 140 94 167 Smaller than Avg
Dessault Wahoo 105 150 207 223 Average
Dessault Balaou 90 135 134 199 Average
Imersion Pelagic 122 133 160 202 Average
Imersion Wahoo 113 160 212 219 Average
Imersion Sabre 81 130 128 178 Average
Omer Alien 106 145 115 164 Average
Omer Aries 39 113 131 120 174 Average
Omer Bandit 95 147 91 157 Average
Riffe Sight 100 149 128 210 Average
Riffe Mantis 94 154 194 229 Average
Seac Sub X-Low 85 132 114 155 Average
Seac Sub Italica 136 136 190 214 Average
Sporasub Instincy Star 94 135 100 148 Smaller than Avg
Sporasub Comfort 89 138 164 179 Average