Average Customer Review: based on 9 reviews.Rating: Best mask on the market - Hands Down!
This model shows a threaded second stage connector on the mask, there is a quick-release adapter available right? What is the price range and where can I get one aftermarket? Thanks!
Hello Neal, if you are looking for the quick-disconnection for this unit. If you go to: http://www.scuba.com/scuba-gear-124/028289/Ocean-Reef-ExtraFlex-Quick-Disconnect-Hose.html. If you have any other questions or would like to place an order please feel free to give us a call at 1.800.347.2822.
Can you get prescription lenses fitted on this full face mask ? Also do you breathe thru your mouth or nose ? How easy is equilising ?
With the Ocean Reef Masks you would need to get the optical lenses support and take the support into your optician for lenses. As far as breathing you can breathe through your mouth or your nose it does not make a difference both ways of breathing are very easy. As far as equalizing once you get your mask fitted it's very easy to equalize. Its just a matter of pressing the mask up against your face to block your nose, not really a drama at all.
The OCEAN REEF Neptune Series provides a revolutionary take on the full-face mask. They offer great visual fields, superior comfort, reliability, exceptional safety, durability, and they are easy to use! Whether you are a recreational, professional, or commercial diver, or just getting started in SCUBA, the OCEAN REEF Neptune Space series has a mask for you!
The Neptune Space mask is the first model in the Ocean Reef Professional Line of products. All Ocean Reef masks in the professional series include a built in surface air valve, dive/pre-dive switch, directional exhaust, and a limited lifetime warranty. The same great features of all Ocean Reef masks, such as the patented skirt design, balanced 2nd stage regulator, six strap head harness, and 3-D equalization system, are standard in our professional line.
The Space is our most popular mask for public safety teams and dive instructors, and is an all around top performer.
Ocean Reef’s pneumatically balanced, integrated second stage regulator provides consistent ease of breath at any tank pressure. A dive/pre dive lever helps avoid surface free flow in rough conditions. The inhalation adjustment knob allows divers to control their air delivery. The Neptune Space mask comes with a Surface Air Valve (SAV) already installed that will allow divers to breathe ambient air while at the surface.
The patented bellows style face skirt, molded from premium grade silicone rubber, uses a ‘spring profile’ and large sealing surface to achieve a very comfortable fit and ample support. This spring effect is a combination of the double “S” section and the inner support ribs, which allows the Space mask to ‘float’ comfortably on the face. The head strap is directly attached to the face shield, allowing pressure to be distributed equally along the mask skirt. The six straps of the head harness hold the mask in a firm position due to their low elasticity. The tip of each rubber strap is wide, making them easy to grasp while wearing gloves. The fast rotating buckle allows the mask to be donned and removed quickly, simply pull the quick release tabs on the bottom of the mask to remove. The unique face seal and strap concepts are Ocean Reef patents.
The streamlined visor, made of transparent polycarbonate and treated with a scratch resistant resin, is designed to be wider and sit closer to the face than previous full face masks, maximizing the visual field, especially in the peripheral area. The visible light transfer of the visor is 92%. These factors give divers and astonishingly clear view of the underwater world.
The Neptune Space air circulation system is one of a kind and is designed to eliminate fogging and reduce the amount of CO and CO2 buildup. The silicone orinasal pocket is built with two one-way valves through which air is inhaled. Exhaled air is directed through a valve under the orinasal pocket and out of the mask. This limits the mixing of used air with the fresh air coming in from the regulator. On the Neptune Space the exhalation valve is directional, and can be adjusted to four positions; left, right, both or closed. This allows the diver to direct exhaled air away from the communication unit or camera gear where bubbles may interfere.
Water that may seep into the mask is quickly eliminated through exhalation or pushing the purge valve button in the second stage. Mask squeeze cannot occur with the Space mask because the pressure inside the mask is always being equalized to the pressure outside.
Ear equalization is a breeze with the Neptune Space patented 3-D equalization system. The system consists of a moveable plate and 2 eccentric blocks, which may be moved up or down and in or out to adapt to a variety of nose shapes. Included are three pairs of extensions, allowing the distance between the blocks and the nose to be modified. Simply adjust the silicone blocks to sit right under the nose, then push back on the mask to block the nostrils on descent and equalize the ears.
The Ocean Reef Space mask can be outfitted with a variety of optional accessories. An optical lens support (33299) allows for vision correction. Visor lights (OR024502) can provide hands free illumination. An Extraflex Quick Connect hose (OR024998) allows you to easily remove the mask from the 1st stage regulator set up, and a swivel (33033) can provide freer movement. Also available is a high performance 1st stage with a balance diaphragm and anti-freeze kit (YOKE 9922/DIN 9923).
I’ve always had the impression that full faced masks where far more trouble than they were worth. Over the years I’ve had the chance to fiddle around with them in the pool as well as a few dives when I lived in the Keys, and it always seemed their advantages and novelty was easily countered by the fact that they were uncomfortable, made it difficult to clear your ears and seemed to leak constantly no matter how well they fit topside. And while they offered a fantastic field of view, having such a large airspace strapped to the front of your head seemed to offer various buoyancy challenges as well. It always seemed to me that if you were doing the type of diving that required one, it was an extremely useful piece of gear to have, but just wasn’t the best choice for a recreational diver.
My impressions were changed when I came across the Ocean Reef Neptune Space mask. At first glance I noticed how much lighter it seemed than the old masks I’d tried. Ocean Reef uses Crystal Silicone in the construction of the skirt making it soft and light weight not to mention very pliable so as to give the user a very comfortable seal around their face. Inspecting it closer I noticed that the head harness is connected to the face shield itself allowing the pressure from adjusting the mask to be spread around the entire unit in order to help maintain a tight yet comfortable seal.
Putting it on, one of the first things I noticed was the surface air valve came pre-installed in the unit I was looking at. It is placed in a very common sense spot and with a quick twist I was breathing outside air! This, in this case was important, as the mask wasn’t hooked up to an air source, being in the showroom and all. The equalization plugs were not quite set to match up with my nostrils correctly and I started to wonder if this was going to be an issue. Upon removing the mask, I was happy to see that the equalization system has a tri-dimensional adjustment allowing for an easy adapting to my nose. It took a few minutes to get used to having the little plugs blocking my nostrils but after a bit of practice I didn’t give it a second thought.
When I hooked the system up to my first stage, and took it for a couple dives, I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that the lower part of the seal on the mask slips just under your chin and helps keep the mask secured in place. No more grasping the mask and readjusting it in order to keep it from riding up on your head. The second stage performed very comfortably, delivering air effortlessly and allowed me to breath through either my nose or my mouth. The air circulates inside the mask in a manor that keeps the face shield free from fogging and with exhaust valves located on the sides of the mask; you can set them to have your bubbles go pretty much where you want them. I’m very pleased I wandered across the Neptune Space mask. I’m looking forward to adding the Quick Disconnect hose and fitting to the system to make it easier to store and care for my mask between dives.