Vision and precision are everything when it comes to spearfishing. That’s why choosing the best spearfishing mask is not only a highly personal process but one that needs to take into account a number of considerations specific to the sport.

The mask you use for traditional scuba diving may not be right for spearfishing. You need to be able to hone in on your target, free from distractions to give you the best shot at catching dinner.

One of our goals at the The Adventure Junkies is to help educate you to make the right decisions when it comes to choosing spearfishing gear. In this guide, we will show you why you need a specific spearfishing mask, what to look for in a mask and our selection of the best models of the year.

For more of our top freediving and spearfishing gear recommendations, check out these popular articles: 

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QUICK ANSWER – THE BEST SPEARFISHING MASKS

1. CRESSI NANO

2. OMER ALIEN 

3. CRESSI METIS

4. SCUBA CHOICE SPEARFISHING

5. XS FOTO 

6. OMER ZERO 3 

7. OCEANWAYS SUPERVIEW  

8. SEAC SUB COMPACT

 

 

 

COMPARISON TABLE – THE BEST SPEARFISHING MASKS

PICTURE
MASK
BEST FOR
MATERIALS
WINDOW
PRICE
RATING
PICTURE
MASK
BEST FOR
MATERIALS
WINDOW
PRICE
RATING
Cressi Nano
Overall
Silicone
2 Front
$$$
4.8
Omer Alien
Overall
Silicone Rubber
2 Front
$$
4.9
Cressi Metis
Budget
Silicone
2 Front
$
4.5
Scuba Choice Spearfishing
Budget
Silicone
2 Front
$
4.3
XS Foto
Videography
Silicone
Single
$$$
4.8
Omer Zero 3
Expert
Silicone Rubber
2 Front
$
4.5
Oceanways Superview
Expert
Silicone
Single
$
4.8
Seac Sub Combat
Expert
Liquid Silicone
2 Front
$$
4.8

 

 

 

SPEARFISHING MASK REVIEWS

CRESSI NANO

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Amazon | LeisurePro

BEST FOR: Advanced spearfishing and freediving, divers with small faces

WINDOW: 2-pane

COLORS: Black, clear blue, clear black, clear lilac, clear pink, clear white and clear yellow

PROS: Designed for spearfishing, low volume, bridge designed to be as slim as possible to avoid diver discomfort

CONS: Too snug for wider faces

 

 

 

OMER ALIEN

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Amazon | LeisurePro

BEST FOR: Spearfishing at shallow depths

WINDOW: 2-pane

COLORS: Black, Camu, Blackmoon, Seagreen, can get black mirror lenses

PROS: Designed for spearfishing, good field of view, comfortable

CONS: Not ideal for deeper dives as it can take too much air

 

 

 

CRESSI METIS

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Amazon | LeisurePro

BEST FOR: Advanced spearfishing and diving

WINDOW: 2-pane

COLORS: Black, brown, green, yellow lens

PROS: Mirror lens available, wide strap, super low profile

CONS: Strap can be tricky to adjust at times

 

 

 

SCUBA CHOICE SPEARFISHING

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Amazon

BEST FOR: Beginner spearfishers, narrow faces

WINDOW: 2-pane

COLORS: Black

PROS: Affordable version of an expensive design, soft skirt for comfort

CONS: Too low profile for those with bigger faces, not suited to advanced spearfishing and free diving

 

 

 

XS FOTO

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Amazon

BEST FOR: Videographers and photographers needing more vision

WINDOW: Single

COLORS: Black

PROS: Built-in stainless steel camera mount, heavy duty mount, good vision

CONS: Expensive

 

 

 

OMER ZERO 3

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Amazon | LeisurePro

BEST FOR: Divers wanting excellent vision

WINDOW: 2-pane

COLOURS: Black, Mud, Olive

PROS: Great field of view,

CONS: Low profile can be uncomfortable for some

 

 

 

OCEANWAYS SUPERVIEW

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Amazon

BEST FOR: Divers wanting better clarity underwater

WINDOW: Single frame

COLORS: Black skirt with orange or blue lens

PROS: Anti-glare coating helps with depth perception, single frame window more comfortable across bridge of nose for some divers,

CONS: Frame a bit bulky

 

 

 

SEAC SUB COMBAT

Check out the latest price on:
Amazon

BEST FOR: Deep spearfishing and freediving

WINDOW: 2-pane

COLORS: Camo

PROS: Unique style ideal for spearfishing, wide field of vision, good seal on face, comes with snorkel

CONS: Flimsy snorkel attachement, seal under nose could be better

 

 

 

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SPEARFISHING MASK

1. PROFILE

Also known as ‘volume’, spearfishing masks should have a low profile. That means they should be smaller than a traditional diving mask, trapping less air between your face and the mask. A low volume or low profile mask will offer much better vision underwater, allowing you to see your potential targets clearly.

 

2. MATERIALS

Most masks are made of silicone and this remains the best choice for spearfishing and diving masks. Soft silicone offers the best fit on your face, is durable and comfortable. Low grade materials that are made of rubber will not last long and won’t offer the best fit. A good quality spearfishing mask should also have tempered glass rather than plastic lenses. Your vision is crucial to your success in spearfishing and plastic lenses are cheap, easily damaged and cannot always withstand the pressure as you descend deeper into the water. Some masks are bi-silicone, which means they have a firmer structure with softer material for comfort on the skin.

 

3. FIT

The right fit is important in order to be comfortable underwater as well as creating an air-tight seal to prevent fogging. Your mask should be able to stay on your face by simply breathing in through the nose and suctioning it on. If it falls off, the mask may be too big. If you buy a mask that is too small or tight, it can cause tension headaches make your experience underwater miserable.

 

4. COLOR

If you were to go hunting in the bush, you wouldn’t wear bright colored clothes, so why wear a bright or light colored mask when hunting underwater? Like any type of hunting, you need to remain inconspicuous, which is why black or dark camouflage colors are far better for spearfishing. Black remains the most popular.

You also need to create a bit of tunnel vision in order for you to accurately see your target. Clear masks will let in too much light, but black silicone skirts will help identify your target with focus and precision.

 

5. CAMERA MOUNT

These days, everyone seems to want to capture their feats – regardless of whether it’s on a mountain, in the bush or underwater. If filming your underwater hunting skills is important to you, there are spearfishing masks with camera mounts attached to them. Don’t bother with camera integrated masks – the ones with a built-in camera to the top of the mask – as they tend not to last long and do not provide clear footage.

 

6. LENSES

If you are long-sighted, you may wish to consider a mask with a bottom lens, if you need to be able to see things such as your dive watch close up. Some mask manufacturers and dealers are able to swap out the standard lens with a prescription, so do enquire if you have eyesight problems and don’t wear contact lenses.

These days, spearfishing masks can also come with tinted or mirrored lenses. They have the same effect as if you were putting on yellow-tinted sunglasses on a cloudy day – they can brighten up the scene. Some tints or mirror lenses can hide the hunter’s eye, which could prove useful for stalking prey unnoticed. However many hunters still prefer to use a clear lens – it comes down to personal preference.

 

7. PANES

Some masks have one single lens or pane which covers the entire mask while others have two. This basically comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer the increased vision with a single pane, while others choose a double pane for extra tunnel vision.

 

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