GoPro Hero4 and Hero3+ Frameless Dive Mask for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Review

Ratings
  • Deign - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Durability - 9/10
    9/10
  • Comfort - 9/10
    9/10
  • Quality - 9/10
    9/10
  • Overall - 8.9/10
    8.9/10

Summary

Great frameless mask for those who enjoy filming their underwater adventures.

8.9/10
The GoPro Hero4 and Hero3+ Frameless Dive Mask for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling is a diving mask that was created and designed by Octomask. The primary feauture for this frameless dive mask is that it can support different models of GoPros atop it. GoPros are miniature action cameras that are largely used to capture underwater footage. This frameless mask can be used for diving expeditions as well as snorkelling. It also acts as a GoPro mount for hands-free exploring of the oceans. It is supposed to serve as an alternative to other forms of GoPro holders or mounts. Keep reading to discover if this Octomask is the right diving mask and GoPro mount for you.

Adequate Fitting

A diving mask’s most important feature is to be able to keep water out of the mask. In order to do so, the mask must be tightly fixed to the face of the diver. This means that there must be a good fit between the mask and the diver. This is typically determined by the straps, adjustable buckles, and the skirt surrounding the mask. This frameless dive mask does any extremely satisfying job of keeping the water out of the mask. This is largely due to the silicon skirt that is present around the mask. It effectively keeps the water from entering into the lens region of the mask. The mask also fits great around most noses and prevents water from entering that area as well. The strap can also be adjusted to accommodate many different shapes and sizes of heads. There is also adequate cushioning around the mask. This allows the mask to sit more comfortably on the face. This is especially important if you are considering longer dives.

GoPro Mount

This frameless mask is usually acquired for the GoPro mount that is fitted on top of the mask. So how does this key feature measure up? Most people find this an excellent addition to the mask. Once it has been placed on the mask, you do not even feel it anymore. More importantly, the additional weight of the mask does not cause an influx of water to enter in. This hands-free device makes most diving expeditions a lot more fun as you do not have to constantly keep the GoPro in hand.

One of the complaints, however, is that the GoPro can be quite difficult to fix onto the mount as well as take off. It does not use the typical screws and may require specialized screwdrivers. One of the downsides of this problem is that you cannot remove and check the camera during the dive. This means that you are not always aware whether or not the camera is recording. In addition, the mount is very close to scuba regulators and this means that bubbles tend to block the view of the mounted camera. Aside from these issues, the GoPro mount is an extremely successful aspect of this frameless mask.
GoPro Hero4 and Hero3+ Frameless Dive Mask for Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

The Lens

The glasses on the lens have been created to accommodate the highest standard in scuba masks. It is composed of CE certified tempered glass. This makes it an extremely safe mask to have when you are diving as it is equipped with safety glass. The lens also allows for a great deal of precision even at longer distances. This frameless mask is made with a single sheet of glass as opposed to two distinct pieces. This is best for individuals who would like a clear, uninterrupted view of the surroundings around them.

The lens on this frameless Octamask have the ability to be replaced with prescription lenses. This means that people with visual impairments will enjoy their diving or snorkelling trip a lot more. This is a great design from Octomask. The substitution of the prescription lenses are a little more expensive than the standard models, however. This frameless mask has a great deal of competition from other scuba masks when you take lenses and glasses into consideration. For its price range, however, it holds its own extremely well in its weight class.

Pros

  • GoPro mount can be used for all types of GoPros. This includes the GoPro Session, the GoPro Hero3+, and the GoPro4.
  • The mask is a good fit for different sizes and shapes of head.
  • The silicon skirt is effective at preventing water from seeping in.
  • The lenses can be replaced with prescription ones

Cons

  • Bad placement of GoPro mount for diving. Bubbles block view of the camera.
  • It is difficult for GoPro to be fitted into and taken out of mount. Can make it difficult to interact with camera when under water.

Ratings

The ratings for this frameless dive mask were quite good. The majority of the consumers felt that the mask deserved a five star rating. The people who felt that the mask was of average or less than average quality were in the minority and were less than twenty percent. Many people felt that considering its abilities, the frameless dive mask was well worth the praise.

Conclusion

All in all, this dive mask performed quite admirably, particularly against more qualified masks. One of the most admiring praise is due to how well the GoPro mount functions on this mask. Many are appreciate of an operational and easy way to keep the camera in place. It is also advantageous that the mount is suited for all GoPro models. Of course, this mask is not without its problems. Some feel as though that the mount could be better placed as well as secured to the mask more effectively.