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Masks

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The minimum research for a review at Dive Gear Reviews is one review published by a credible magazine, a sampling of consumer commentary from both forums and online retailers, a sampling of pricing and insight from a diving expert. For an entry to appear on this dive mask reviews page, it must exceed that minimum. The reviews below are therefore the most extensively cross-referenced reviews for this type of gear on the website. To see all the dive mask reviews on Dive Gear Reviews, click here.

Atomic Aquatics Frameless Dive Mask Review
This dive mask earned high marks from reviewers due in large part to the plain fact that Atomic decided tempered glass wasn’t good enough, and went with an ultra-clear lens instead. The result was a mask with good views, high visibility and minimal distortion. The mask is a medium-fit design, so it is probable that shopping around will produce a mask that fits better, even if it doesn’t have quite the same crystal-clear viewing. However, another added touch was the low-profile mask case, which keeps your mask from getting dinged up while at the same time saving space.

The Atomic Aquatics Frameless was Scuba Diving’s Top Pick for 2008, earned an 87% from Dive, and garnered a 5-flag rating from LeisurePro users.

Average Cost: $99

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Atomic Aquatics Venom Dive Mask Review

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, 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