I am wondering, since I do not own my own SCUBA equipment, whether it is practical to buy this mask since it is air integrated, so I would not be using that feature. Is it still worth buying the mask or is a non-integrated wrist computer more practical for me?
I recently made a trip to St Thomas. At the start of the second day of diving, I had a leak in my regulator that made using it impossible. Since we were on the boat already, the captain gave me the use of a dive shop regulator.
My initial reason for buying the DataMask was to more clearly see the displays (I already use a Suunto Cobra and was using it too). Anyway, the DataMask provided all of the functions except the remaining air. Even though I did not have the use of this, I found the mask to be well worth it for me.
If you use this as a back up to another computer, I'd say go for it but, if however you can see your gauges clearly---hmmmm.
KEVIN C P
I purchased and used the Oceanic DM 5 times recently and fine it to be a great investment for several reasons. After using a standard mask for diving previously the comfort and ease of use of the DM, once you understand its functions is a great asset to the diving experience. It has great comfort, easy to use and constant information on the dive, I'll never go back to a standard mask. Practicality is in the pocket of the purchaser.
You need a regulator to hook up transmitter to.
I would say that if you are not going to use the air integrted feature, to buy a wrist unit. Why don't you also consider carrying an allen wrench to install the sending unit on your rental equipment ( it would only take two minutes).
If you do not own your own regulator setup, it is not worth it to have the air integrated mask in my opinion. A Oceanic Geo would probably serve you well.
This is a very high tech and expensive piece of equipment. It is air integrated and in order to use it, you will have to connect the transmitter to the 1st Stage every time you go out diving; which may not be the best thing to do since this equipment is not design to constantly be connected and disconnected.
Since you have no control as to what equipment a Shop may give you; I wouldn't recommend buying this kind of equipment under your current status. This is the ideal equipment for some one that has all (or at least the First and Second stage) parts of their own equipment.
I would not hesitate to buy one and use it without the air intregration. There is enough data off of the mask that it is still worth it. In fact you get the same data off the mask as you would off a wrist computer that is not intregrated so really its the same and you get a mask too. However, I have used this with a lot of rental gear and usally ask the rental shop to take off the pressure guage off and put my transmitter on instead. All of them have been willing to do it without exception so now you get all of the data possible. Most of the shop are happy to do it because they like the fact that divers use computers because it make their job easier. Also they really like the datamask and like to see people dive with it. I have done the in the Bahamas, Turks and Cacos and the Caymans. You will like the mask. It's great and I have two. Ray
If you dont have your own breathing apparatus, it would be better to get the wrist computer. Hope this helps!
I would buy one, any dive shop that you would rent gear from would be more than glad to install the transmitter for you and take it off when your done.
You can easily remove a port on the rental regulator and screw the transmitter in to get an accurate air pressure to work you dive profile (or nitrox % if you want to go that route). There is no reason why NOT to do that. Use all of your equipment to its fullest. Take advantage of every option you can.
I personally like the mask because of the fact that all my information is right in front of me. However, this is not my main unit. I'm always checking with a hardwired/hard connected computer so that I make sure that I have enough air towards the end of the dive. The other fact that you have to consider is that it may not fit your face correctly. You may use it first time and find out that it's:
b) not enough light comes thru
c) may not fit your face correctly
For these reasons, I wouldn't recommend this as your main and only unit. I would go with a computer that is connected thru a hose. Just gives you more piece of mind when you're diving, since these wireless units requires batteries.
Most wrist computers require a sender that attaches to the 1st stage. The Data Mask is ideal for the traveling diver as you have your mask and computer in one package with full tank supervision. The mask is un parralleled for night diving. Oceanic makes a quick disconnect that can attach to the rental 1st stage for easy fire up of the mask. Take a small adjustable wrench and you are set.