Cressi SF1 skuba diving mask front view blue
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Cressi SF1 blue tested by diver Torben
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Cressi SF1 back view of strap
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Cressi SF1 close up of side
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Cressi SF1 front view of Torben diver
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Torben Diver testing Cressi SF1
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If you’ve ever been shopping for a frameless mask, but you prefer a square-style dive mask, you’ll know these are rare. Most frameless masks favor an oval or rounded shape around the eyes. But Cressi’s new SF1 is rather a break from the norm. 

It’s frameless, square with a good field of vision, and retains all the low-volume benefits of a scuba mask sans frame. The best bit, though, is arguably the attractive price point.

Already know the Cressi SF1 is for you? Click on the link below for the best prices. Otherwise, read on for our full review of this new Cressi dive mask.

Buy This Mask If:

You’re after a high-spec mask that won’t break the bank. Or if you’re unsure what kind of mask will suit your face best and you don’t have a chance to visit a physical retailer. In this case, the Cressi SF1 should deliver on both fit and comfort thanks to its square design.

Our Overall Review

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    Universal fit should suit all face shapes
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    Very competitive price point given the quality
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    Low-volume design
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    A good field of vision
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    The shiny silicone is unusual, especially the grey option
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    Comfortable fit on the face
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    Easy to adjust
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    Mask comfortably fits in a BCD pocket, a good choice for a high-quality spare

Reasons NOT to buy:

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Where to buy:

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Cressi SF1

What You Need to Know About the Cressi SF1

Let’s take a look at some of this mask’s top selling points:

Square-Shaped Mask

When making the SF1, Cressi has adopted a square-style design. If you’ve ever rented a mask from a dive center, you’ll be familiar with this general shape. One fantastic benefit of the square-style mask is that it tends to fit a wide range of faces.

This is good news if you’re shopping online and haven’t had a chance to try the SF1 on in person because, given the styling, there’s a fair chance it will fit your face well.

We also think that dive centers might be attracted to this mask for the same reason. Rentals are typically higher-volume framed masks, as these are generally cheaper. But more divers are turning to frameless styles, so the favored rental mask style might change too. If so, the SF1 could represent a new standard.

Specs & Features

  • Square style mask
  • Frameless
  • One-window design
  • High-grade hypoallergic silicone skirt
  • Four color options: Black, grey, blue and clear
  • Easy to adjust straps and buckles
  • Low-volume for easy clearing
  • Large nose pocket
  • Best for: Scuba divers, snorkelers
  • Protective mask case included
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Cressi Sf1 Blue Close Up

Affordable Price Point

As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. And when it comes to scuba diving equipment, this adage often holds true. But Cressi has long produced a range of affordable masks that perform exceptionally well for the cost, and the SF1 appears to continue in this tradition.

High-spec, top of the line scuba and snorkeling masks can retail for US$200, or even more. But the Cressi SF1 is moderately priced at well under $100 dollars.

Frameless masks are generally more expensive than framed versions, and the SF1 is a little costlier than some of Cressi’s other masks. But for most divers, the added comfort and the low-volume design are more than worth it.

Easy-Adjust Buckles

Having owned a Cressi mask as a spare for many years, this reviewer can attest to how easy it is to adjust the buckles and tighten the mask strap. The SF1 continues Cressi’s standard mask adjustment system, which is great news. The buckles are mounted in such a way that they tilt away from the mask when needed, which makes it super simple to make adjustments while the mask is already on your face.

Dive instructors will appreciate this feature for their students. After all, when there’s less fiddle there’s more fishes, as one instructor I know would say!

Cressi Sf1 Blue Side View Close Up

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Low-Volume Design

The SF1 is low-volume, meaning it sits closer to your face and the air space is less than on a bigger mask. It also means that the mask should be easier to clear. If you’re diving with a frameless mask for the first time, clear it in exactly the same way you clear a framed mask (press the mask to your face at the top while you simultaneously blow out through your nose and look up).

Fits in Your BCD Pocket

The same low-volume design means this mask should easily fit inside your BCD pocket. The skirt will fold in on itself without causing any damage.

Cressi Sf1 Side View Close Up Blue

Color Options

Unlike some of Cressi’s other masks, such as the Cressi F1 which comes in a wide range of colors, the SF1 has a rather more somber palette. You can choose from black, grey, dark blue, red, and clear, which makes us wonder even more whether Cressi is targeting the rental market with the SF1.

We won’t go into the debate over whether clear silicone or black silicone is better, different strokes for different folks after all. But we’re pleased to see both are options in the Cressi SF1.

Cressi Sf1 Color Variations

Cressi’s After Sales and Servicing Support

Cressi has a good reputation for after-sales support. If anything goes wrong with your new SF1 mask (and it’s not your fault) get in touch with the company here. After each dive, you should rinse your mask in fresh water and store it in the shade as direct sunlight can degrade the silicone faster.

Summary

The Cressi SF1 offers an affordable alternative to masks of the same spec. In addition, it’s square-shaped design suits most faces, making it a viable choice for dive centers after low-volume frameless rental masks.

 

Our Overall Review

4.8

Reasons to buy:

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    Universal fit should suit all face shapes
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    Very competitive price point given the quality
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    Low-volume design
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    A good field of vision
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    The shiny silicone is unusual, especially the grey option
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    Comfortable fit on the face
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    Easy to adjust
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    Mask comfortably fits in a BCD pocket, a good choice for a high-quality spare

Reasons NOT to buy:

  • check-markA few more color options would be great

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