Fourth Element Mask Comparison: SCOUT, NAVIGATOR or AQUANAUT?
SCOUT, NAVIGATOR or AQUANAUT?
Are you deciding between the three top-quality Fourth Element masks and wondering, which mask is the right one for you? All masks are built and designed with many excellent features. But each mask has been designed with different types of divers, snorkelers and freedivers in mind.
Keep reading to find out more about their key features, highlights and the type of ocean adventurer would benefit from each mask the most. This is so it can help you decide which Fourth Element mask will suit your diving, snorkelling or freediving needs.
Scout, Navigator and Aquanaut: The Rundown
First off, let’s give you a run down on the three variations of the Fourth Element Masks, their features and highlights.
SCOUT - This mask is designed to maximise comfort and performance during a dive. The frameless soft silicone skirt seals comfortably against the skin and the angled lens gives the wearer an excellent field of vision.
NAVIGATOR - This mask offers an excellent field of vision. It’s available in two different skirt fittings to suit the maximum range of face shapes, so you’ll find the one that will fit your face shape perfectly.
AQUANAUT - Designed with freedivers in mind, the Aquanaut mask is a low-volume, twin-lens, well-fitting freediving mask. It features a new design of silicone skirt which has been developed to fit as many face shapes as possible from a single design.
Let's take a closer look at all three types of Fourth Element Masks with an in-depth view of their features, highlights and the type of ocean adventurers that would benefit from these masks.
The first thing to highlight about the SCOUT mask is that it comes in a wide range of mask lenses to suit a wide range of diving conditions which are:
- Shield lens: Perfect for tropical water divers as it provides UV protection and reduces glare.
- Clarity: for all-weather, night, cave and cavern diving
- Contrast: for temperate waters and all water with a touch of green tint
- Enhance: this lens is designed to protect the eye and enhance the visual experience.
This mask has been designed to maximise comfort and performance during both diving and snorkelling. The frameless soft silicone skirt seals comfortably against the skin and the angled lens gives the wearer an excellent field of vision. It has a single-lens frameless design for smaller volume and easy clearing and packs flat in your pocket, so also great as a backup mask.
If you’re looking for a totally customisable mask with many straps and lens options, this might be the perfect mask for you.
The Aquanaut Mask is a low-volume, twin-lens, well-fitting freediving mask. The mask is offered in two shades - Clarity and Contrast. While The Fourth Element Aquanaut mask is perfect for freedivers, it’s also a great option for other types of watersports activities including diving and snorkelling. Even though it's a low-volume mask, compact in size and offers a surprisingly wide field of view!
- The Contrast lens provides full UVA and UVB protection from harmful ultraviolet. The contrasting lens has a green appearance, filtering out some of the mid-range wavelengths of light in the visible spectrum. Particularly when diving in temperate (green) waters, images seen through the lens increase contrast, accentuating brighter and darker areas and increasing the perception of visual acuity.
- Clarity lenses are manufactured with the highest purity level to deliver maximum visual transparency. The clear lens is ideal for photographers and low-light diving conditions such as cave, cavern, wreck, and night diving. In other words, this is an excellent choice for all-around scuba diving.
- As this mask is small in size, this mask is a great option as a backup as it’s small enough and flexible so it can fit inside your BCD pocket
- It has twin lenses making it easier to clear when needed and low volume.
And finally, let’s take a look at the Navigator Mask and here’s an overview of its features. The Navigator has been designed with technical divers in mind. It is a twin-lens mask with an outstanding field of vision and having twin lenses makes it easier to clear when needed and low volume. The mask is offered in two shades - Clarity and Enhance, and made with tempered glass.
- While The Fourth Element Navigator mask is perfect for technical divers, it’s also a great option for other types of watersports activities including recreational diving and freediving. Even though it's a low-volume mask it offers a surprisingly wide field of view!
- It has a nice, soft and comfortable silicone strap that’s easily adjustable with a super soft silicone skirt that is also fully recyclable!
- There’s a mask for all as both these masks come in both classic and wide fit. There’s one that’s going to fit your face shape perfectly.