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Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Masks

Updated September 27, 2013

Dive masks rarely cause a big buzz in the scuba community, but the Venom from Atomic Aquatics has managed to do just that. The price tag alone is staggering, because $199 is a princely sum for a dive mask without prescription lenses.

Atomic Aquatics has a reputation for producing high quality, cutting-edge scuba gear that takes just about every feature imaginable up a notch (such as the Cobalt Dive Computer), and the Venom mask is no exception. The mask combines some of the best elements of the company’s Subframe and Frameless mask designs, and incorporates new materials to improve on that blend. The glass is imported from Germany and meant to provide the clearest possible lens, rated at 98% light transfer. To offer a point of comparison for that statistic, typical window glass is rated in the mid-60s. The design offers low-profile and low-volume, as well as a very wide range of view. The Venom is also comfortable and has easy-to-use strap buckles. Finally, it sports a cool, distinctive look.

The Venom also met with rave reviews across the board. DiverWire, Sport Diver, Arizona Diver and Scuba Gear Reports all praised it, Scuba Diving gave it a Tester’s Choice in 2013, and the consumer reports are also outstanding. However, many divers won’t be able to get past the steep price tag. As one diver put it, “for $200 I’d better get an electric defogger.” The Atomic Aquatics Venom doesn’t go that far, and most divers shrink from the idea of spending as much on their mask as they might on a bargain regulator, dive computer or BCD. For the diver who wants the best gear possible and has money to burn, however, the Venom is the mask to have right now.

Average Price: $199