Masks : Purge Valve or not
Smithsgold - 6/24/2012 12:43 PM
Category: Survey
Replies: 53

Do you use a Mask that has a Purge Valve ?
MC - 6/13/2015 8:50 PM
[Choose #3] Loved the purge on my old mask but not able to find acceptable replacement
RescueDiver15205 - 10/19/2013 5:47 AM
[Choose #2] I would like to get one with a valve though.
MonkeyDiver - 11/28/2012 12:08 PM
[Choose #2] Purge valves are not needed and just create a failure poing for leakage. The flapper can dry out or sand/debris can get caught.
divingmauritius - 11/20/2012 8:25 AM
[Choose #2] purge valve is good on full face mask but for leisure diving better keep your conventional mask so not to forget how to clear a mask. Keep diving equipment simple, safe and reliable.
DonL - 8/24/2012 8:40 AM
[Choose #2] To many problems with purge valves, once you have learned to clear a mask without a purge valve you will never have a mask with one again
divershaun - 7/28/2012 4:25 PM
[Choose #2] its just something else to break. mask clearing is not really an issue without one anyway
DepartureDiver - 7/16/2012 7:46 AM
[Choose #2] Purge valves fail either with age or sand. It is an easy fix, but not on a trip if they don’t have your model.
Granitehawk - 6/29/2012 7:23 PM
[Choose #3] Like my purge though, I dive both for the experince ans to show students the proper usage
tazzer9797 - 6/28/2012 9:41 AM
[Choose #2] I used a purge valve when I started but soon moved on to a low profile tech style mask... alot easier and faster to clear was my main reason for changing..that and the lighter wieght on your face...
smileJ - 6/28/2012 6:36 AM
[Choose #1] HydroOptix simple the best!!
Slim - 6/27/2012 9:45 AM
[Choose #1] Great when straight and level but tends to flood if you "fly" inverted or do barrell rolls.
tshark - 6/26/2012 9:50 AM
[Choose #2] Purge valves do malfunction & can cause problems.
Agojo - 6/25/2012 6:33 PM
[Choose #1] valve popped out 1 time in 9 years 10 minutes into a 70’ dive, finished dive by keeping bottom of mask toward the bottom, cleared frequently and 2 buddies didn’t know I had a problem until I told them when back on the boat.
Greg - 6/25/2012 7:04 AM
[Choose #2] The purge valve on a mask is just another piece that can break, so I opt for a regular mask.
SaintsReturn - 6/25/2012 4:40 AM
[Choose #1] My first mask had it so i have been diving with one since 2002. I love it.
dalehall - 6/25/2012 4:05 AM
[Choose #2] IMO, purge just adds one more thing that can go wrong.
jayman035 - 6/24/2012 5:25 PM
[Choose #1] i love my purge valve, but once the valve got stuck open while on a dive and my mask continued to flood. this has never happened again. but could have been an issue had i been deeper.
Loki1366 - 6/24/2012 5:22 PM
[Choose #1] Love my purge valve. Been diving with it for over 4yrs w/ no issues. It does make it easier to clear. However, (hopefully I don’t jinx myself) if the seal pops off, then your trip is over unless you carry a backup.
hectorj84 - 6/24/2012 2:33 PM
[Choose #2] Do those purge valves ever fail? I’ve always just thought it’s just one more moving part that can fail.
diverray - 6/24/2012 2:08 PM
[Choose #2] Have never tried one with a purge valve. My wife is considering getting one, because her neck is a little stiff. We’ll see how it works.
flaski - 6/24/2012 1:14 PM
[Choose #3] It seams I fog up the mask with purge more then one without. But when my mask floods from laughing at my buddy I can clear it easier.
Smithsgold - 6/24/2012 12:44 PM
[Choose #3] I use both styles of Mask