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Aqua Lung Pacifica Dive Mask Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Aqua Lung Pacifica Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

The Aqualung Pacifica is a porthole-style dive mask, but it is not old-fashioned. Some divers appreciate the look and feel of a porthole mask, while others insist the mask’s big, single window has better viewing qualities. The Pacifica builds on that with the modern feature of a purge valve. Some divers consider the mere idea of a purge valve on a mask as a heresy, but consumers report that the valve works very well, making the Pacifica a contender for any diver who never wants to fiddle with purging his mask again. Also, the solid black wall provided by the mask’s skirt is ideal for underwater shutterbugs who want to control the light in their field of vision.

The one drawback of the Pacifica, and this is not universal among porthole masks, is that the purge valve placement limits access to the nose. Many divers equalize their ears by pinching the nose, a technique that the Pacifica blocks. This will prove a susbtantial hurdle for divers who rely on the nose-pinch technique, so you should be comfortable with other equalization methods before buying a Pacifica mask.

Average Price: $50