Best Spearfishing and Freediving Masks
The best freediving and spearfishing masks to help your training, when doing deep dives and you need a low volume mask or for those who prefer more vision.
They are ranked by their freedive score which is accrued from expert and user generated reviews and stats from around the web. If you are after a freedive mask for a specific reason, check out the compare table for freedive watches to find your perfect mask.
No matter where you are diving in the world, masks are one of the most important factors when snorkeling and spearfishing. Without them you aren't going to see much and with them you can still choose low volume masks which are perfect for freediving training and competitions.
When we look for a new freediving and snorkeling mask there are a few considerations. You have to think about what you're going to use the mask for, we go on snorkel holidays, freediving adventures around the world and we do depth training every now and then. Because of the difference in diving conditions, this is why we have a couple of different masks, depending on what we are doing that day.
The Best Dive Mask
Everyone will say, the best mask for you is the one that fits and then take in to consideration other requirements, such as low volume, wide field of view, price, etc.
This is the correct advice to follow, but bear this in mind. We have gone through numerous masks here at Freedive Earth and we have even seen the same mask manufacturer and model fit and also not fit. What we mean by this is, that we own the same mask in different colors and we've had a black freedive and spearfishing mask fit us, but the yellow or camo version of the same mask didn't fit.
What we took from that is, if a mask doesn't fit, don't rule it out in the future, it may just work out for you.
Using A Mask When Diving
When you get in to the water, one thing we always do is to spit on the inside of the lenses first, swill your saliva around with your fingers and then rinse out the spit in the sea water or fresh water you are about to dive in to. This will stop you getting a fogged up mask during your dive which is important with seeing the underwater world.
If you find that your strap is uncomfortable, even if your mask fits beautifully, you can resolve this with a neoprene strap cover. a strap cover will expand the area of your head that the strap fits over which in turn spreads the tension over more of your head, so you should feel less pressure.
Looking After Your Dive Mask
After a dive, it's very important to clean your equipment and dive mask with fresh water and left to drip dry in the shade, not in direct sunlight. If you have been freediving, spearing or snorkeling in the sea, you will need to get the salt off of your mask, this will help with the longevity of it.
Best Snorkeling Masks
If you are looking for a snorkeling mask then you'll immediately want something with a great field of view. If you are floating along the surface for most of the diving, the volume of the mask won't be your main priority.
Snorkeling Mask Tips
When snorkeling and you're in the water you can fit the snorkel under the masks strap or use a clip to fit the snorkel to the side of your strap. With either of these two positions, you can have your face down in the water and the snorkel pointing up in to the sky. This way, you will be clear of any choppiness in the water and you'll have a clear airway for breathing through the snorkel.
Best Freediving Masks
The best freediving masks will be the ones that again, fit your requirements. What is important in the freediving world is that you find something with a low volume, especially when you want to dive deep. When the mask is worn during freediving, it is another airspace that needs to be equalised as you dive deeper. With this in mind, if you find a low volume mask, you'll have to use less of your air on equalising the mask as well as your own airways, this is important when you need all the oxygen you can get for your dive.
By using the table above, you can sort by volume of mask to find what has the smallest volume. You can then filter by other options and use other sorting options to find the perfect mask for your freediving activities.
Masks For Depth Disciplines
It's up to you whether you want to use a mask when doing depth, one thing it will help with is that of seeing your tag and importantly the dive line. It's definitely much safer having a freedive mask on than without it. You can sort the entire catalogue of freedive masks by volume of air spaces and find something that suits you.
Masks For Dynamic and Pool Disciplines
I prefer not to use a mask for doing pool freediving but for training it can be very valuable.
Best Spearfishing Masks
With spearfishing, whether it be at depth or in the shallows, you are going to want something with as little volume as possible, but also has a good field of view. This is because you want to save the air for yourself and not have to use any to equalise the masks airspace.
You also want to have the best field of view so that you can see what is around you and so that you don't miss anything or any sealife movement.
Another interesting feature is that of mirror lenses, you can get low volume masks with mirrored lenses which might potentially help you startle or lure in fish to spear.
Best Underwater Hockey and Rugby Masks
When participating in other apnea based underwater sports and hobbies, like underwater hockey and rugby, you will also need a mask. When playing either of these contact sports, it's important to also get a mask that fits, but with these sports the most important feature is that of the mask lens material. You should be getting a low volume mask with a plastic lens. This is so that through the contact you will receive during playing, the lenses will never smash and hurt you, with plastic lenses you are much safer than with glass lenses.