Cressi have been frontrunners in the underwater gear industry for decades. They have provided high quality products to ocean sport enthusiasts all around the world including beginners, pros, kids and adults.

The Cressi F1 is an extremely popular dive mask for snorkeling and scuba diving. The frameless design offers a wide field of view and a great fit for most faces. The silicone skirt is soft and flexible, making it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

The CE certified tempered glass lens has no distortion or coloration and provides excellent visibility in all light conditions.

Our Overall Review

4.6

Things we like:

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    Comes at half the price of similar masks on the market
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    Excellent mask for beginner divers or snorkelers
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    CE tempered glass lens is scratch resistant
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    Micrometric buckles allow for quick and easy adjustments
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    A one-piece lens allows for a wider field of vision
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    This mask is also available in a stylish White
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    Tempered glass lens seems durable and provides safety

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNo rigid protection from a frame
  • check-markNo built-in anti-fog technology

Where to buy:

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Cressi F1

Specs & Features

  • Dimensions: 11 x 9.5 x 6.5 inches
  • Weight: 0.31 Kg
  • One-piece lens
  • Adults skirt size
  • Soft silicone skirt
  • CE certified tempered glass lens
  • Micrometric adjustable buckles
  • Large enclosed nose pocket for equalization
  • Mask comes with Mask Box
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The Cressi Frameless F1 Mask is low-profile without a rigid surrounding frame
The Cressi Frameless F1 Mask is low-profile without a rigid surrounding frame

Review

The Cressi F1 is a great dive snorkel mask for those who want high quality without the high price tag. Despite being cheaper, you get a lot for your money with this mask, which is constructed of high-quality materials.

The tempered glass lens provides a distortion-free view of the water around you and is extremely unlikely to break even if it falls. The silicone skirt is flexible and comfortable, allowing you to wear this mask for hours at a time without experiencing any discomfort. The micrometric adjustable buckle allows you to easily fine tune the strap length so that it fits perfectly around your head. You have probably seen a micrometric buckle on your bike or ski helmet, it has a small hard plastic strap with teeth on one side that easily grabs onto and adjusts to the other side. The low profile design (when the lens sits closer to your face) provides less drag in the water which means less effort is needed when swimming and therefore a longer dive!

A special feature of this mask is that, as the silicon is bonded to the lens without a rigid frame, the dive mask can be folded flat for easy carrying, even in your back pocket! The Cressi F1 is an excellent choice for beginner divers and snorkellers who want quality without breaking the bank.

The patented 360° rotatable Micrometric Adjustable Buckle
The patented 360° rotatable Micrometric Adjustable Buckle

Features

Adjustable Straps with Buckles

The Cressi F1 has an easily adjustable strap buckle system molded directly into the skirt. The patented 360° rotatable Micrometric Adjustable Buckle allows users to fine tune their fit by tightening or loosening their strap as needed simply by pressing the easy-to-find buttons above and below the buckle and pulling the teeth through the strap. This is particularly useful for beginner divers who need to ensure their comfort is not an issue so they can focus on learning all their new skills!

Frameless and Flexible Silicone Skirt

The silicone skirt on this mask is flexible and conforms to your face comfortably without pinching or digging into your skin. We tested this mask on a few of our divers to various depths between 5-25m and no one reported a leak. Therefore, as it’s also leak proof, you don’t have to worry about water getting into your mask when you dive down deep or the subsequent mask clearing, which can be an uncomfortable experience for beginner scuba divers.

The flexible silicone skirt is comfortable to wear and does not cause any irritation during a dive. Cressi also makes the F1 Mini/Small for kids.  Finally, the silicon skirt is neatly bonded around the lens without a rigid frame in between which gives rise to the low profile of this mask. Our divers agree that the frameless design also enhances the comfort of your diving or snorkelling activities as you are far less likely to experience ‘mask squeeze’.

Cressi F1 Frameless And Flexible Silicone Skirt

Tempered Glass One-Piece Lens

This dive mask is made from tempered glass, which gives it extra strength and durability. One of our divers has been using this mask every day for the last few months and the lens still looks as good as new, despite it being lugged around in their kit bag to around 50 dives.

In addition, the manufacturer claims that the tempered glass lens on this mask offers superior optical clarity and allow for more light transmission compared to traditional plastic lenses while still providing a protective layer from scratches. Our divers unanimously agree that this is the case after trying out the mask at all visibilities from 5 to 30m. On a recent mask testing trip, from our team of divers, the one wearing the Cressi Frameless F1 Mask was the only person able to make out the faint shadow of a large school of herring swimming around them; a testament to the clever design of this lens.

Check out our Snorkel and Scuba Mask Guides to make sure you choose the right make for you!

Price/ Quality Ratio

The Cressi F1 Dive Snorkel Mask is the perfect choice for beginners looking for a high quality snorkel mask with a great price. Its durable construction, comfortable fit, adjustability and clever tempered glass lens technology ensure that you’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come.

If this reviewer is being honest, for under $50, this mask is drastically underpriced for the value you’re getting!

Cressi F1 Price Quality Ratio

Do we recommend it?

The Cressi F1 Mask is an excellent choice if you’re new to diving or snorkelling and want an affordable mask that will last you for years. For such a low price, the quality is incredible! A newcomer to scuba diving would be well-advised to try out this mask.

The price is low for what it’s worth so it’s affordable for beginners who aren’t sure if they’ll stick to this brilliant hobby. However, this reviewer believes it’s highly unlikely that a beginner won’t follow through since this mask will provide an optimum start to diving.

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Our Overall Review

4.6

Things we like:

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    Comes at half the price of similar masks on the market
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    Excellent mask for beginner divers or snorkelers
  • check-mark
    CE tempered glass lens is scratch resistant
  • check-mark
    Micrometric buckles allow for quick and easy adjustments
  • check-mark
    A one-piece lens allows for a wider field of vision
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    This mask is also available in a stylish White
  • check-mark
    Tempered glass lens seems durable and provides safety

Things we don't like:

  • check-markNo rigid protection from a frame
  • check-markNo built-in anti-fog technology
FAQ

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between a scuba mask and a snorkel mask ?

Snorkel masks and dive masks are two separate types of equipment since one is designed for shallow diving, while the other is better suited for deeper dives. Scuba masks, for example, are more likely to be design with a tempered glass lens that can withstand the deeper pressures. Scuba masks tend to be of better quality for this reason which can also make them more expensive. Having said this, although there are certainly some less-than-superior snorkel masks on the market, there are some great designs out there for snorkelling. It all just depends on what you’re more likely to engage with.

Make sure you choose the proper mask for your needs by consulting our Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Mask Buyer’s Guides!

Where can I find a good diving mask?

A good diving mask will provide you with years of amazing diving and snorkelling experiences, but how do you know when you’ve found one? The following features should be included in any good mask that you purchase:

  1. Tempered glass or a high-quality composite material.
  2. The design is low-profile and lightweight.
  3. Soft-squeeze material around nose pocket for equalizing.

Make sure you choose the proper mask for your needs by consulting our Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Mask Buyer’s Guides which include links to suppliers and purchasing platforms!

What is a low profile scuba mask?

When we talk about low profile masks, we are referring to low volume masks. The quantity of internal air space within a mask (the space between your face and the lens/frame) is referred to as its volume.

Increased peripheral vision is provided by high volume masks but they require a little more work to remove, and they might create a little more drag in higher speed dives such as rescue or drift diving. The swimming experience is more streamlined and less shaky with low volume or low profile masks since they are smaller, sit closer to your face, and can be doffed with more ease.

Make sure you choose the proper mask for your needs by consulting our Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Mask Buyer’s Guides!

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