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Mares I3 Dive Mask Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Mares I3 Dive Mask Review Posted in: Below $100, Dive Masks

Updated January 21, 2013

Mares has joined the bandwagon of aping Apple and prefixing one of their products with an “i” (they aren’t even the first in scuba gear — Aqua Lung has its Dimension i3 BCD) with their I3 dive mask. The “3” in the I3 refers to the 3-window lens, which adds a pair of side-panels to the main frontal lens for improved peripheral vision and a very wide field of view.

A note about the 3-window system (for Mares or any other mask) is that it is not quite the same thing as surface, mask-less vision. When an object moves to the periphery, it disappears from view for a moment, because the “corner” of the 3-window lens is a blind spot. That effect alienates some wearers, but others think of the bug as trivial or don’t care about it at all, and anyone who wants a low-profile mask with good peripheral vision needs a mask with the 3-window system and therefore needs to learn to live with it.

Other features include Mares’s Tri-Comfort skirt, which is ribbed to better distribute pressure on the mask, and is also made of Liquidskin silicon, which is softer where it makes contact with your face. The buckles designed to be manipulated even while wearing thick neoprene gloves. Scuba Gear Reports liked the Mares i3 quite a bit, and the consumer commentary has been very positive.

Average Price: The Mares i3 dive mask is listed about about $90, but is usually available for a bit less and sometimes for a lot less. Dive Gear Reviews has seen the mask on sale for as little as $35 before, and it often runs for about $60.