TUSA Tina Mask Review

On our recent trip to Mauritius, I was asked to review the TUSA Tina Mask  for Mike’s Dive Store. Designed with women in mind, this mask is one of the latest to come from Freedom Technology and it’s more distinguishing feature is the ability to add accessories for personalisation.

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Freedom – Freedom technology is a term TUSA use to describe a set of features they say offers superior fit, comfort and increased performance in their masks.  Freedom model masks feature a dimpled skirt surface with varied silicone thicknesses and stability ridges in addition to a proprietary low-friction skirt surface on the fitting line (http://www.tusa.com/gu-en/technology/masks). At first, I wasn’t sure if this term was a gimmick as the mask looked like so many on the market today. However, the varied silicon thickness does make this mask extremely comfortable, soft and supple around the skirt it sits comfortably on the skin and adapts with your movement rather than sticking. I particularly liked the soft silicon on the nose as it allows you to pinch easily when equalising. It is worth noting that this mask is more suited to smaller, delicate face shapes – nevertheless our friend Scott tried it out when his mask kept fogging up and he really liked the fit too. See the video clip below for more on this.

3-D Strap – TUSA’s 3-D strap (patented) is a three-dimensional design that is designed to snugly fit against the head’s natural curvature. It promises ‘unprecedented comfort and fit unlike standard flat mask straps’ and it does deliver. I usually use a neoprene strap cover to avoid hair pulling but this mask didn’t need one, it fit really well and the silicon was smooth against my unruly hair!

img_3297Round Edge Skirt – TUSA’s Round Edge Skirt features a proprietary round edge cross-sectional shaped skirt. This rounded edge is supposed to provide a soft fit that suppresses pressure and reduces creasing left on the face. The “planar fit, instead of linear fit” silicone skirt promises a great fit and unprecedented comfort. As mentioned previously, this mask sits well on the surface of the face and you won’t find any tightness from the silicone – the skirt in particular moulds well to the natural curves of your cheekbones. The silicone is much softer than other masks so you might be concerned about leakage like I was- however, this was not the case and actually performed better than expected on that front. I often have water fill the nose through the skirt and this mask didn’t have that issue at all. Thumbs up for this feature!

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Quick-Adjust Buckle System – The Quick-Adjust Buckle System incorporates a newly-designed low-profile buckle. The result is a compact, lightweight, technologically advanced mask design that can be easily and quickly adjusted for a perfect fit. I wouldn’t say this stood out as being unique, the buckle working just like other masks on the market. However, it was very easy to use and the strap slipped and gripped effectively into position.

Design – The Tina mask has some very unique design features including crystals that line the left frame and a feminine etched transfer front and centre. There is also the opportunity to accessorise the mask, and to use any compatible earphone jack for mobile accessories. For the younger divers out there this will be a nice feature and a way of personalising your mask. For me, however, I found it a little girly and novelty for my style as I prefer my mask to be simple and functional.

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Overall

I am going to give the Tusa Tina Mask 4 Mantas as the features really do make this mask extremely comfortable, I am just not entirely sold on all that bling!

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Hear more about this review by clicking on the video below…

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