Since my very first Tusa mask, which I bought in 2001, finally became too old and leaky to use six or seven years later, I have had real trouble trying to find a new mask that I could say felt comfortable and didn’t fill with water every few seconds.
From low profile to monster big eye masks nothing seemed to match the performance of my old Tusa. I tried Oceanic Shadow, Cressi and even spent the most money I ever spent on a mask purchasing an Atomic Aquatic but still no joy.
That is until now!! My new super cool looking and very comfortable Oceanic Pioneer is the dogs dangly bits.
After reading an article about it in Diver magazine and seeing the pictures of it I thought I would have one last shot at finding the right mask for me.
I bought it online for £50 from the UK as I live and work in Egypt so had no idea what it felt like on the face, how heavy it was or how it felt in general.
After a wait of a few weeks until Jeanette, my wife, came out to Egypt I finally got my hands on the mask.
The mask comes in a plastic case that has quite a different look to the normal cases you see, it is molded to the shape of the mask and looks more like a prop from the movie “The Fly”
Disappointingly the flimsy catch which should keep the case closed broke off after the first opening.
The mask itself is in no way flimsy, it feels solid, strong, and like it should last for years.
I only ever use toothpaste to remove the film, which causes the mask to fog up, from the lenses of any new mask after witnessing a work colleague (who shall remain nameless) using a cigarette lighter to burn off the film for a guest at the dive center I was working at. What my colleague didn’t realise was the mask was actually only for swimming and so made of plastic, which the flame had no trouble burning a hole through. This turned out to an expensive act of kindness as my colleague had to hand over 40 euro for a new mask. Toothpaste has never let me down, plus you have a nice minty fresh smell on your dive rather than melted plastic.
So, how would it perform in the water? The test run was at the Islands dive site here where I live in Dahab, and it didn’t let me down. On a dive of 67 minutes I didn’t have to clear the mask once. It felt comfortable, had great all round vision and with the easy adjustable strap system it was easy to make it a perfect fit.
The ultra clear tempered glass lenses are held in place on the outside by aluminum frames with four rivets going through each one giving the mask a real solid retro look.
I have the titanium colour but it also comes in blue, red or yellow and there is also a limited edition Pioneer with silver frames which does look quite cool but apparently starts to discolour with rust after a short time. The frames on the Pioneer I have are coated to prevent this fault.
This is a very different looking mask but with it’s ultra soft silicon skirt and solid metal frames it is both robust and for me the most comfortable mask I have owned for a very long time.
Thanks very much to Clive Hanna for this entertaining report.
September 23, 2012
Type- Twin hold general cargo vessel Built- Kuryshima Dock Company of Imabari, Japan. Launched- 1969 as the Shoyo Maru Weight- 2932 ton Dimensions- Length, 99.5m; Width, 16m; Draught, 6.53m Engine- 6 cylinder diesel, Max speed 12 knots. Wrecked- 20th April 1983 Location- 27° 34’ 42″ N, … Continue reading
August 16, 2012
The diving last week with diving.de and Marlies Lang was not only because of the sharks very impressive. On certain divespots you also can see massive sea turtles. On one dive we were very lucky and saw Green Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles. If you … Continue reading
August 15, 2012
Sometimes you just hang around in the water and have to wait. I was diving with an instructor and his student and they asked me if I could take a few nice shots for the family album. I jumped into … Continue reading
August 14, 2012
The best dive in El Quseir with diving.de and Marlies Lang was of course with the sharks. But that does not mean everything else is boring down there. The dive sites are beautiful – like the rest of the Red Sea. As an … Continue reading
August 13, 2012
Certain dives you never ever forget in your live. We knew that we have a good chance to see sharks in El Quseir with diving.de. A good friend of mine, Course Director Marlies Lang, works there and we decided to visit … Continue reading
May 1, 2012
I really don’t know what to say?! Most people related to underwater sports know that it is important to protect the fragile underwater ecosystem and especially the corals. Freediver Fred Sessa or his student has nothing better to do then sitting … Continue reading
April 25, 2012
This happened on a beach in Brazil. This episode was filmed right from the start and shows the instant reaction by the people on the beach.
April 21, 2012
Well I could not fit more into the headline – but the whole last day of the Dahab Festival was packed with events. First there was the second raft race. This time Team Sinai Divers was unbeatable. Around 5pm suddenly a Flash … Continue reading
April 20, 2012
Yesterday on the second last day of the Dahab Festival there was a very nice potpourri of bands playing. From Fun Rock to Blues via Reggae we spent a really nice evening at the main festival area by the bridge. So here … Continue reading
April 15, 2012
Just a few impressions from the first day of the Dahab Festival 2012. The Raft Race was starting at Lighthouse an ending at the bridge. Desert Divers came first – congratulations! The snake charming show was held in Mirage Village. … Continue reading