Oceanic Shadow Mask Review

It is a very personal thing to find a mask that you are comfortable with and with dive shops having a limited stock of a few ranges can be a journey in itself trying out all the manufacturers, for me it is the Oceanic Shadow Mask in black. I had tried a few of the Cressi masks and just didn’t get on with the hard silicon skirt, this has put me off trying other makes to be honest. My instructor had a Hollis M1 mask and when he let me try it on I was really surprised at how comfortable it was and as I couldn’t afford it went for the next best thing and am so glad I did.

Oceanic Shadow Mask and Box

The mask comes with a plastic protective box like most others and a built in neoprene strap which makes the fit even more comfortable, and I never get the funny marks around my face that some divers seem to suffer from as they have their mask too tight or have not adjusted it from not wearing a hood when on holiday to having to wear a hood here in the UK. The frame-less skirt means it weighs very little and there are no distracting parts to looking ahead unlike many other masks that have a coloured piece clipped in to hold the glass in place and to look pretty that distracts my focus for a moment when looking closely at things, well it did for me when I was wearing them and while only milli-seconds it was more obvious when I was looking ahead and then glancing at my dive computer and my focal distance changing.

The black skirt makes the view ahead more defined as well, no light leakage at any depth, or on the surface to flare over my ability to see. The positive pressure I feel as the mask is squeezed gently against my face is great, obviously it increases with depth, but only slightly and since I adjusted it the first time I wore it with a 7mm hood, I have never had to adjust the thing again. Showing in my opinion that the choice of strap fabric and design of plastic clips is just right to keep it set up exactly as you want it.

I have purposefully flooded the mask, the only times it has filled with water, to keep my skills up with what we were taught back in the day of being a newbie diver. When I tilted my head back and pressed gently against the top it has cleared extremely easily and very quickly. A few times I have not shaved for a couple of days or more truthfully for a month or so and have a full face beard, I call it my winter coat which makes all my friends chuckle, and it still has not leaked once.

You may say I am bias and rightly so, this is the second best piece of kit I have ever bought (will go into the first best when I have a little time in its own review) and the quality in the build and reasonable price I paid for it of £37.50 made it a great investment, the RRP is £45 and in my opinion if you need to buy a new mask the Oceanic Shadow Mask is worth every penny.


“I have purposefully flooded the mask, the only times it has filled with water”


Soft silicone skirt makes for a comfortable and well held fit.

Very light and nothing to distract focus due to frame-less skirt.

Strap is built in with Neoprene band making the fit extremely comfortable and re-assuring it is going to stay in place, even hood-less.

Well defined forward view with no light leakage from the sides.

Great price at £45 in a very competitive market.



Other than it never leaks because of the great fit, making practicing skills difficult as I have to purposefully flood it for any water ingress I haven’t experienced any.

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