Classic dive masks such as the Tortuga, Aquila and Pegasus, all made by IST, are still very much in style. In fact, elderly Japanese women abalone divers still use the Aquila because it’s just like the ones they’ve used for centuries.
Going back 50 years, you’ll see that diving equipment looked different that what is commonly worn now, especially the masks. Most masks are twin or single lens style, with a nose cover. But take a look at any of classic TV “Sea Hunt” episodes. Masks like these are what Mike Nelson wore. While the design may look like time has passed it by, Tortuga has implemented decades of engineering advances into this classic retro mask. Like its tempered glass, or silicone skirt. Or the rugged new age metal band on the mask frame which will probably take another fifty years of abuse.
There is a graceful elegance to the classic Tortuga. The beauty also lies in a mask with such a great basic design, and it will literally fit a majority of faces. That universal-fit quality alone makes Tortuga a great back-up mask for the occasional guest or diver that forgot his or her mask. (Or diver with a mustache!) And Tortuga is super-easy to clear your ears; simply place your index finger in the hose well, press against your nostril while blowing lightly through your nose.
Just as classic, fifty years ago all spear fishing and scuba diving masks used to looked like this classic Aquila mask. While the design may look like time has passed it by, the manufacturer, IST, has engineered many advances into this classic retro mask. Like its tempered glass and super-high quality rubber skirt and strap. Or the rugged new age metal band on the mask frame which will probably take another fifty years of abuse. Women abalone divers off the coast of Japan have been using masks like these for centuries, and now use the Aquila.
Dive masks may for the most part look different now, but there is a timeless elegance to the masks like Mike Nelson wore. And now, what with all the advances incorporated into these IST masks, they’re even better!