Best Spearfishing Masks
If you have stumbled across this guide today then there is a strong chance your interest has been piqued and are curious to learn more about spearfishing. While we are not going to break down everything about the art of spearfishing, we are going to focus upon a central piece of gear that every spearfisherman needs to own; the mask.
Unlike other types of diving masks, the key attribute that makes spearfishing masks click is their vision. It is not as if this is irrelevant for other diving masks, but when spearfishing, your goal is to hunt down your prey and you need uncompromised vision when doing so. But, you also do not want the mask to leak the whole time so ensuring it fits properly is also key. Either way, let’s take a gander at some of the best models out there today.
- Atomic Aquatics
- Anti-reflective coating
- Fantastic seal
- Mares X-VU
- Great field of vision
- Tri-comfort technology
- Oceanways Superview
- Teardrop shaped
- Mirrored effect
10 Best Spearfishing Masks
Atomic Aquatics Subframe
The lenses have been made with an Ultra-Clear makeup and what this means is they have an unparalleled lack of distortion and high light transmittance for enhanced visual clarity. Plus, the frame that protects your nose bridge area is made of 316-grade stainless steel.
Thanks to the super-soft silicone skirt, the result is a very comfortable seal. In addition to this, one user went as far as to call it was the most comfortable seal they had ever encountered.
Featured on the Atomic Aquatics Subframe Mask is a low volume squeeze and this allows you to adjust the buckles with little to no hassle.
Not only does the wide split-style strap of this mask allow it to better conform to your face but the material is also very flexible. Thus, this mask can properly fit a wide range of face sizes.
There are two different styles that you can choose from in regards to this mask. The first is a black-coated mask and the other is simply a clear mask. Each type has different performance advantages so keep that in mind.
If you know anything about scuba gear and equipment, then the fact an Atomic Aquatics product landed number one on this list should not surprise you. After all, it is hard not to give it the nod when you take its remarkable comfort, seal, and lenses into consideration.
- Features an anti-reflective coating on the lenses
- The Sub-Frame is molded and bonded to the rubber skirt
- The seal and comfort provided are fantastic
- One user noted it did not fit the greatest at their temples
Mares X-Vu Liquidskin
There are two key components that make the frame and the lenses of the X-Vu so great. The first is the integrated Liquidskin technology to increase the field of vision and the other is the tempered glass lenses.
Tri-Comfort technology has been molded to the frame to increase the comfort near your nose and forehead. Additionally, the skirt is made up of two different types of silicone; one of which being 45 percent softer than normal for enhanced comfort.
While the buckles are quick and easy to adjust by themselves, the true revelation is that the buckles are attached to the skirt. This reduces the pressure of the frame and also creates a low volume mask.
The other special type of silicone for the skirt aids in the fit of the mask. Because it has been designed with 270 percent more elasticity, you can achieve a perfect fit. Also, the double feathered edge improves the seal.
Mares sells their X-Vu in either black or brown and both offer the advantages of a darker mask.
Wow; that is the first word that comes to mind when thinking about the X-Vu Liquidskin Mask. It utilizes a silicone skirt that prioritizes comfort and a perfect seal; along with wonderful underwater vision.
- Combines a great field of vision with tremendous comfort
- Uses Tri-Comfort technology near the nose and forehead
- The first new two-lens mask
- It may leak depending on how it fits your face
Oceanways Superview HD
First off, this mask utilizes Optical Multicoating technology and this minimizes the overall amount of glare and UV. On top of this, the TrueColor lenses are engineered to pick up both red and yellow to provide a superior depth perception.
Besides the natural comfort of the soft black silicone skirt, the lenses are unique in that they reduce the number of light nanometers you experience. As such, your eyes will not fatigue as quickly.
The head strap is made up of the same material that the mask uses and it adjusts easier because of it. But, you can’t physically remove the strap as it has a piece of plastic on the end.
Users with larger faces can sometimes struggle to find masks that fit them. Thankfully, this is outfitted to fit most medium to large faces. As a plus, the inside of the lenses have also been treated with an anti-fog coating.
It appears as if the version that is presented to you is the only one available on Amazon.
If you are simply looking for the spearfishing mask with the best underwater vision and frame design, you may want to get your hands on the Superview HD. It provides a great seal and excellent comfort, as well; but the frame and lenses clearly steal the show.
- Has an anti-fog coating on the inside
- The mirrored effect on the outside hides your eyes from your prey
- Integrates a classic teardrop-shaped glass lens
- One user reported that the glass does scratch easily
- It may be too bulky for regular freediving or swimming
Besides being a two-window mask, as previously mentioned, you can choose the type of lenses you prefer. The yellow-mirrored model provides great protection against glares and the mirrored lenses prevent fish from making eye contact with you.
As the skirt is made of high-quality silicone and not plastic PVC, it offers superior comfort. Also, it sports a wide anatomical split-style to evenly disperse the pressure.
Cressi has integrated their double button buckle system on their Metis and the strap is easily adjustable because of it.
The aforementioned even dispersion of pressure also aids in the fit on top of improved comfort. While the double feathered edge also helps to increase the seal, this mask is better suited to fit small to medium faces.
The Metis is available in black, brown, or green and also comes with a protective mask box which is a nice bonus.
Simply put, if you know you have a larger head then you should not even mess around with the Metis. It truly is a fantastic spearfishing mask, but for those who can actually achieve a proper seal and fit.
- The glass lenses come in either yellow-mirrored, mirrored or clear
- Designed to offer a compact shape and reduce bulkiness
- The nose pocket is very soft and easy-to-access
- Better suited for only small to medium faces
Cressi Nano 2
One of the most unique features of the Nano 2 is its patented Dual-Frame design as it joins two rigid frames together and drastically reduces the internal volume of the mask. Plus, the angled tempered glass lenses will increase your field of vision when looking downward.
Much like with their Metis, Cressi designed their Nano 2 with a wide anatomical silicone split-style strap to evenly disperse the pressure. However, some reviewers with larger and wider heads have commented that it is a bit uncomfortable.
Another feature Cressi equipped into their spearfishing mask is their swiveling micrometric buckle system. As a result, you will spend less time hassling with the adjustment of the strap.
As a few users have pointed out, this is not a one-size-fits-all model so be aware of that. But, the double feathered edge silicone skirt does provide an excellent seal on your face.
Outside of a protective mask box, you can choose from a variety of different skirt colors. Some of which include black, blue and dark green.
This is yet another instance of a mask that is better tailored to those with smaller to medium faces. A few users with larger craniums have commented on its uncomfortable nature but other than that, this mask is nearly flawless.
- Features an easy-to-reach nose pocket
- Implemented Dual-Frame technology reduces the internal volume
- Designed with a silicone rubber split-style mask strap
- A few reviewers noted that this will not properly fit all face sizes
Thanks to the position of the lenses, the entirety of the mask features a wider field of vision and a smaller inner volume. Plus, they are safety tampered lenses.
The comfortability of the UP-M1 Mask does not seem to be an issue with a few commenting on its soft makeup and wide strap.
There is both good and bad news with the buckle system. Starting with the positive, it sports quick adjustment tabs and can be tailored to your head in an instance notice. However, one reviewer reported the strap clip broke on them the first time they wore it.
While there may be some concerns about the buckle system, there should is none for the fitting of this mask. The double feathered edge skirt enhances the fit and overall, it fits like a charm.
The choice is yours between a white mask and a black mask. However, one can’t help but marvel at the design of the black mask and how formidable it looks.
If you are careful with the buckle system and handle it with moderate care, then the UP-M1 Mask could quickly become your favorite mask of all-time. It has that kind of potential with its appeal and performance.
- One user raved about the fit and the seal
- Features great performance and comfort
- The strap buckles are very simple to adjust
- The durability of the straps has been brought into question
Due to its low volume, this mask would also make a great freediving mask. In addition, due to its tempered lenses, it is also an ideal mask for beginners looking to get into spearfishing.
As with most spearfishing masks, Scuba Choice designed theirs with a silicone skirt and this alone aids in comfort. Overall, it contours to your face and rests comfortably.
The strap along the backside of the mask is fully adjustable and can be tailored to your head size; granted your head is not wide or large.
Per the product description, this is perfect for women and users with narrow faces. What this means is you can pretty much scratch this mask off the list if you know your head is not narrow.
This specific mask comes in the color you see before you but Scuba Choice has designed a spearfishing mask with a camouflage exterior.
It is clear that Scuba Choice aimed to attract a specific demographic with their spearfishing mask. This “demographic” would be women, people with narrow faces and users on a budget.
- It is great for beginners because of its tempered lenses
- Sports a design that prevents as much fog as possible
- It is a fantastic choice for women
- May not be suitable for anyone without a narrow face
- The clarity can be compromised a bit at times
What Mares was able to achieve with their Viper is quite astounding. They managed to engineer a mask with a low internal volume, extremely wide field of vision and ultra-clear tempered glass lenses for improved clarity.
As opposed to other spearfishing masks on the market that implement a traditional design, Mares uses a special ergonomic molding for the non-feathered skirt of their Viper to deliver superior comfort.
Speaking of ergonomics, the buckles of the Viper have also been designed in this manner and they are incorporated into the double button buckle system that allows for quick adjustments.
The Viper hits a speedbump here and this is a shame as it started out on fire. A number of buyers have expressed their grief with the fogging issues. As some note, the nose simply does not fit right on their faces.
Quite a few color options are available for you to glance over including brown, white, black, blue and green.
If not for the reported issues with fogging, the Viper could have easily cracked the top five and maybe top three. The good news, though, is if the nose seals to your face properly, this is one the most complete models out there.
- One of the most advanced designs out there
- Sports ultra-clear tempered glass lenses
- Features an extremely low profile
- Some buyers have experience issues with fogging
Cressi manufactured this mask with an angled lens and this is significant for a few reasons. One is it allows the mask to sit closer to your eyes and the second is it improves your lower field of view.
Indeed, this is made from High Seal. All you need to know about this material is that it delivers unprecedented comfort. Plus, the mask will not leave any marks on your face as a result.
Instead of designing the buckle attachment on the frame itself, Cressi decided to design it further back on the skirt. In addition, there is also a release flap.
The main benefit of the new buckle design actually has to do with the fitting. Basically, because of this, your freedom of movement is increased and it helps it to seal better. But, there have been a few buyers who have experienced leaking around the nose.
If you are a fan of variety, you will certainly appreciate the plethora of color options available. Plus, they vary from clear and black silicones and offer performance differences.
It really does not matter what you want to use this mask for, whether scuba diving, freediving, snorkeling, or even spearfishing, as it suits all the activities perfectly. If you enjoy indulging in some or most of these activities, this could be your all-in-one mask.
- Has an improved lower field of view
- Comes in various different clear and black color variations
- Does not leave any marks on your face
- More than a few buyers expressed issues with the mask leaking around the nose
Both of the lenses have been made of tempered glass and the internal volume of the mask is very low. Additionally, the overall weight and size have been greatly reduced.
Most notable about the comfort of the Alien Mask is the double feathered edge skirt. It has not only been engineered with a very soft silicone rubber, it is also hypoallergenic.
The buckles are attached directly to the skirt and this not only creates an easy-to-adjust system but also minimizes the overall bulk of the mask.
Most users should be able to create a perfect seal with the feathered edge skirt and wide strap. Due to this combination, the pressure of the mask is evenly distributed.
All the color options available are darker colors. Omer did this purposely as lighter colors can create reflections on the inside of the lenses and distract you while you are hunting.
There have been various users that have griped about fog build-up and leaking but as a whole, the Alien Mask is a great choice and offers most of the goods spear fishermen look for.
- Can be used for spearfishing, freediving and scuba diving
- The buckles are easy to adjust and attached directly to the skirt
- Excellent comfort is provided from the silicone skirt
- Some users have complained about fogging and leaking
Criteria Used For The Evaluation
The Design of the Frame and Lenses
No matter what type of diving mask you invest in, the design of the frame and the lenses are always going to be vital. However, as was mentioned in the beginning, it is even more so for spearfishing masks as you want to be able to hone in on your prey with unequivocal clarity. The first point of assessment is whether you want a single lens, double lens, or another type of lens design. Spearfishing masks come in a wide variety of lens options so pay attention to this. While the choice of the lens design will come down to your personal preference, if you know you will be distracted by an increased peripheral vision then you should probably stick with a single lens.
Also, you need to assess the profile of the mask. Lower profile masks are most often the preferred choice as they reduce the amount of visual distortion and will clear much faster than a higher profile mask. Of course, though, you can’t figure about the actual clarity of the lenses. They need to be crystal clear and looking for those that are made of tempered glass is a great way to go about it. This type of glass is much stronger than normal glass and will not fog up as much as plastic lenses will.
How Comfortable the Mask Is
While there is no doubt that the lenses are the heart of a spearfishing mask; the comfortability of it is nearly just as important. You can at least tolerate an uncomfortable mask but that still does not mean you should have to. However, there is one huge design feature that will go a long way in determining how comfortable a mask truly is. This feature is what the skirt is made out of and if you noticed, pretty much all the entries on this list sport a silicone skirt. Now, a silicone skirt does not necessarily indicate that the mask is automatically superior to one that has a rubber skirt as other factors are involved.
However, one can’t deny the softness and comfortability of silicone and it is often preferred because of this. All in all, though, the mask should rest comfortably on your face and not feel like a nuisance. If it does, you will not enjoy your as much, plain and simple.
The Design of the Buckle System
Humans were not created equal and if they were, there would be no need for an adjustment system on any piece of apparel or equipment. But, as everyone knows, everyone is different and will have different head sizes. Due to this, manufacturers are forced to integrate an adjustment system on their masks (not just spearfishing masks). For the most part, this section is pretty straight-forward as you just want to ensure that the buckle system allows you to simply and easily adjust the mask when you need to. On top of this, durability can also be a point of assessment as you do not want the strap breaking constantly.
Outside of that, you can pay attention to where the buckles are attached. For instance, some will be attached to the skirt and this can reduce the overall pressure of the frame and also create a lower profile.
If It Properly Fits and Seals
This can make or break a mask, period. Everything up until this point has been described as vital and necessary but it may not get more critical than the fit. In the same line as a pair of running shoes, an inadequate fit is going to deem a spearfishing mask unusable. After all, humans were not created to breathe underwater. If you are ordering online, the process can become even harder as you can’t physically try the mask on. However, if you do find a diving store and they are selling some of these models, there is a little trick you can do.
Hold the mask up to your face and then breathe in through your nose. Keep your breath held and then let go of the mask; if it stays on your face then you are good to go. Clearly, you can’t do this online so pay attention to user feedback and also ensure that a strong seal is created from the mask. Some masks will only properly fit certain faces; so do not assume that every mask is going to fit you correctly.
Clear vs. Dark
Believe it or not, the color of a mask can actually pay dividends one way or another. Due to the nature of their design, masks with a clear silicone skirt will allow more light to penetrate through and it will increase your peripheral vision. However, when you are spearfishing, this is actually more of a nuisance than anything. On the other hand, black or dark-colored silicone skirts will allow less light to come in and will also increase your tunnel vision.
For the most part, darker skirts will be preferred by spearfishermen as the reflections that lighter colors cause can actually distract you when you are attempting to capture your prey. In other situations, both light and dark silicone skirts can work efficiently. Yet, you may want to stick with black versions for spearfishing.
Q: How Tight Should the Straps Be?
Even though the straps on a spearfishing mask, or any other diving mask for that matter, are used to provide a better fit for you, you do have to take some precaution when you are adjusting your mask. First of all, the straps need to be tightened to prevent the mask from slipping down when you are underwater. This does not mean, however, that the mask should be falling down, to begin with. If you have to tighten the straps to the point where they are as tight as they can go, it is probably a bad fit.
One of the main issues with over-tightening the strap is that it can cause headaches. You want the mask to be tight and sealed but you do not want it so tight to the point where you can feel your head aching in pain.
Q: Should You Prep the Mask With Toothpaste?
A tried and true formula for assisting with fog build-up is to apply toothpaste to the inside of your lenses. The question is, is this a method that you should be practicing? While the answer would be no if we were discussing fixing scratches on a disc, it is actually a decent way to prevent fog build-up. Basically, you need to smooth out some toothpaste on the inside of the lenses and then clean it off using fresh water. However, you can also use a commercial mask cleaner or even a mild detergent if you wanted to go another route.
If you are trying to prevent fog build-up and that is all, you can also invest in some defogging spray and apply that before you take your mask into the water. There are a lot of different methods and most of them will work just fine.
Q: Tips to Take While Using the Mask?
When you are just about to go out spearfishing and when you are in the water using your mask, there are a few general tips that you can keep in mind. For starters, you may not want to just simply jump in the water with your mask on. To counteract what will happen when you first enter the water, hold the lenses in place on your face (ensuring it is sealed, to begin with) as you can potentially block some of the direct impacts of water that will be caused when you jump in.
While you are in the water and are coming up, you need to be careful if you want to give your eyes a rest. Instead of instinctively placing the mask on your forehead, leave it around your neck as the chances of it being lost in this manner are significantly less. Even though it may not happen, it is better to take the safe route.
Q: How Do You Keep Water Out of the Mask?
It is almost impossible for a diving mask to be 100 percent waterproof due to the pressure of the water at all times. With that being said, if you notice an abundance of water constantly entering in your mask that is not good either. There is one precaution that you can take to guarantee that if any water does leak through, it will only be a minuscule amount. As has been mentioned a few times in this guide, all you need to do is ensure that the mask fits you correctly and is sealed on your face.
However, there is something else and it is a little less-known. You should actually avoid lending out your mask for others to use because their head will be different than yours. Doing this can stretch out the skirt and when you go to try it on again, it may fit differently.
Q: What Should You Avoid When Maintaining a Spearfishing Mask?
When you go about cleaning and storing your spearfishing mask, there are quite a few mistakes that some people will probably make that you should avoid. To begin, let’s talk about how you should store your mask. You should always keep the mask separated from your other diving gear as other equipment can actually discolor the skirt of the mask. Also, keep it out of direct sunlight and in an overall dry and cool location.
That is the easy part; now let’s take a look at how you should not clean a spearfishing mask. Do not use any type of alcohol or petroleum-based substances and never expose it to aerosol. Also, avoid contact with any chemical solvents, gasoline, or oil as this can ruin the materials of the mask.
Q: How Do You Clean a Mask for the First Time?
This question is only alluding to what you do when you first receive your spearfishing mask, but it may be necessary afterward if you continue to have fogging issues. Your new mask will come with a factory seal and this is used to protect it while it is being shipped or stored. However, you need to remove this first and then you should apply some baby shampoo to both the lens and the skirt of the mask. Let this sit for around three to five minutes and then wash this off with lukewarm water.
Now, repeat this process a few times as this can prevent your mask from fogging up on you while you are spearfishing. Doing this step two or three more times should suffice.
If you are giving any serious thought to possibly partaking in spearfishing, then you need to begin by looking for the right mask. There is a plethora of other gear and equipment that you will need but it all begins with the mask. It could be considered the most vital piece of the puzzle and with the knowledge that has been instilled in you today, you should be able to solve it.