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OTS Guardian Full Face Mask

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Great Mask

By JASON C.

I've got 50 dives on the Guardian, and it's performed great. The double seal is great, and works well with people with narrow faces. My air consumption was initially a little higher using the FFM, but over time is back where it used to be. No worries about mask squeeze, dry mouth, or jaw fatigue anymore.

 

Incredible Mask!

By Jason76

I ordered one of these masks after wearing one in a PADI Full Face Mask (FFM) course that I completed. I absolutely love the mask! I am a Master Diver and have been diving since 2007. In all that time, this is the first item that I have purchased to make a significant change in my diving experience. I now solely dive with my OTS Guardian. I am Deep, Wreck and Cavern diver and I this mask is a must have for anyone that is an Adventure Diver. The OTS Guardian FFM is a one size fits all so the...

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With over 60 years of diving experience and having sold almost every full-face mask (FFM) on the market, it was easy to see there was a need for something better. A common problem with most FFM is the seal. The lack of a good seal causes the diver to use air quicker and can interfere with the diver's ability to hear if using underwater communications. With that in mind, the GFFM was designed around a double seal. This along with many other great features (i.e. semi positive pressure, quick release 2nd stage, easy maintenance, etc.) is why you will find the Guardian is the best choice for your money when looking for a full-face mask.

The double seal 55-60 shore liquid silicone skirt with high strength polycarbonate visor (lens) was specifically designed to allow people with a small face or a slim face, especially in the temple area, to seal better. Everyone has a little different face. As divers you all know how important being able to equalize is. Equalizing is a challenge for all full-face masks. One size does not fit all! in to ensure everyone can equalize, OTS has put together an equalizing kit which comes with every Guardian full-face mask. The kit consists of two bases. One is a standard size without any holes. It can be adjusted up or down to fit as necessary. The other base has two holes which allow for different size pads that can be added. In the event the standard base does not work for you, one of the pads and the other base should fit the bill.

The Guardian offers an easy to adjust buckle system. OTS has made the buckles out of a tough, robust compound which should give you years of use. However, if a buckle does break, it will be easy to replace. There is one thing you won't have to worry about and that is rust. Rust is the number one cause of replacement when using metal buckles. The 5-point spider strap is just the right thickness to allow for a comfortable fit no matter what depth you go to. As you go deeper, the strap will help take up the slack. When you go shallow and everything readjusts, so will the strap keeping you snug in your Guardian FFM.

The ABV-1 Ambient Breathing Valve allows the user to breathe ambient air at the surface, conserving your tank air. It is simple to use, and its low profile keeps it out of the way. To use the device, while on the surface simply rotate the valve counterclockwise. The one-way valve will open and allow air into the FFM. The one-way valve located on the inside of the FFM ensures that your exhaled air does not go back out the valve. Your exhaled air is sent out through the second stage regulator ensuring you do not get a Co2 "building" in the FFM. The valve also is forced closed when diving. The over pressure in the FFM assures that. If you forget to close the valve before diving, the valve disc will help keep water out.

The Guardian full-face mask has a custom designed balanced downstream demand valve 2'nd stage regulator that was specifically designed for a full-face mask. OTS also realized what is involved with the maintenance of a full-face mask and regulator. They designed the 2nd stage with trouble free maintenance in mind - it is easily removed! This is important for cleaning and/or maintaining your full-face mask. The regulator has an injected molded high-impact housing for strength and durability and comes with a 32" (81.3 cm) 3/8" threaded low-pressure hose.

You paid hard earned money for your full-face mask. Why not keep it in a bag designed to store it like it is supposed to be stored. The mask bag was designed to help keep your mask in the right drying position, keeping water from pooling in your 2nd stage regulator. It also has vents to keep good ventilation helping to stop mildew and drain holes to let water drain away from the mask. Lots of storage pockets as well. One is a dry storage compartment! The bag has a carrying handle as well as a shoulder strap. In all, it's a great investment to help keep your valuable GFFM. The Guardian Full-Face Mask is available with multiple color skirts and frames and Owner's Manual.

DIVE PINK & FIGHT BREST CANCER! For every Pink Mask $10 will be donated to fight breast cancer.

Warranty Information

This product has a limited warranty of 12 months.

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OTS Guardian Full Face Mask Features

  • Guardian Full Face Mask:
  • Ocean Technology Systems (OTS): 60 Years of Diving Experience
  • Complete Mask with Regulator
  • Mask Bag:
    Wet & Dry Storage Pockets
    Self-Ventilating and Drainage
    Carry Handle and Shoulder Strap
  • Owner's Manual
  • Guardian Full Face Mask (GFFM):
  • Double Seal Designed Full Face Mask (FFM) Skirt
  • Skirt Material: 55-60 Shore A Liquid Silicone
  • Double Seal: Fits Small, Slim Faces, Especially in Temple-Area
  • Easy Adjust Buckle System
  • 5-Point Spider Head Strap
  • Low Volume Full-Face Design
  • High Strength Polycarbonate Visor (Lens)
  • Skirt Colors: Black, Blue or Yellow
  • Frame Colors with Black Skirt: Pink, Green, Blue or Red
  • Equalization Kit:
    Kit Consists of Two Bases, Standard Size & One w/Holes
    4-Pads for Custom Fit
  • ABV-1 Valve:
    Breathe Ambient Air at Surface
    Conserving Tank Air
    Simple to Use
    Operation: to Breath, Rotate Valve Counterclockwise, Close Valve: Rotate Fully Clockwise
    Check Valve: Allows Air-to-Enter Valve Only
    Air Exhaled-Out the Regulator
    Check Valve: Prevents Gas from Escaping via ABV if Open Underwater
  • Second-Stage Regulator:
  • Balanced Downstream Demand Valve
  • Custom Designed 2nd-Stage
  • Specifically Designed for Full Face Mask
  • Built with Trouble-Free Maintenance in Mind
  • Easily Removed from FFM
  • Easy to Clean Regulator
  • Injected-Molded High-Impact Glass Filled Nylon Housing for Strength & Durability
  • 32" (81.3 cm) 3/8" Threaded Low-Pressure Hose

OTS Guardian Full Face Mask Customer Reviews

Review Summary

 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Mask

I've got 50 dives on the Guardian, and it's performed great. The double seal is great, and works well with people with narrow faces. My air consumption was initially a little higher using the FFM, but over time is back where it used to be. No worries about mask squeeze, dry mouth, or jaw fatigue anymore.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Worst regulator I've ever breathed from

I'm a commercial diver, and I use this mask every day for work. There are a number of good features to the mask such as the double skirt, the strap design, the anti-fogging airflow path, and the ABV (ambient breathing valve). With that said, there is one unforgivable and overwhelming flaw: the regulator is, without any exaggeration, the worst regulator I have ever breathed from. This isn't just my opinion, but also an opinion unanimously shared by all my coworkers. The problem is that the wor...

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Reviewed by 12 customers

 

Best Gear on the Boat!

By Ben S.

from Newport Beach , CA, US

This is the best diving purchase I have ever made. This makes diving and working in bad conditions almost fun!

 

A great mask

By KEVIN F.

I purchased this when the National Aquarium where I volunteer started doing underwater talks and selected the GFFM as its mask for the underwater talks. I really like this mask, especially for cold water dives, but also enjoy it on warm water dives - no lens fogging; great fit (very comfortable; and I can breath through my nose. My SAC is a little higher but the trade-off is worth it.

 

I would buy this product avain

By Carl

Use for recreational diving and it works great

 

Different but good

By The M.

took it for the maiden dive today. i dont think i can go back to a normal regulator now. pros, doesnt fog, at all, good fit, no jaw fatigue. a con would be having to take a backup mask and clearing the water out of it takes a lot of air. however, the only time you should have to do that is when practicing mask/reg swaps.

 

guardian ffm isthe greatest

By oldned

The OTS Guardian ffm is the greatest innovation in diving since the introduction of the BCD. All my dives are now undertaken using this fantastic mask. The vision is superb, the fit is excellent and the performance is great. What more could a diver want. As a UK diver, I wish OTS would promote this brilliant piece of kit more in England and Europe for the average sports diver and not let it drift into the province of "Techinical Divers" only. Com's aside, such a great piece of equipment should be common knowledge to the whole diving world. There's an old saying about knowing when something is "right" and this can be no truer than when it's revered to the OTS GUardian full face mask.

 

Incredible Mask!

By Jason76

I ordered one of these masks after wearing one in a PADI Full Face Mask (FFM) course that I completed. I absolutely love the mask! I am a Master Diver and have been diving since 2007. In all that time, this is the first item that I have purchased to make a significant change in my diving experience. I now solely dive with my OTS Guardian. I am Deep, Wreck and Cavern diver and I this mask is a must have for anyone that is an Adventure Diver. The OTS Guardian FFM is a one size fits all so there is no worrying about getting the right size. It is extremely comfortable to wear! It maintains a positive pressure which eliminates squeezing, fogging, flooding and you will never again experience jaw fatigue or salt water in your mouth. The field of view is incredible and crystal clear throughout the entire dive. I have read some reviews where people claim that they use up their air a little faster but this has not been the case for me. I still have 40-50 minutes of air on shallow dives and finished three Deep dives last weekend with more air than any of my dive group (and I was the first in the water and last one to surface). I dove with a guy that also owns an OTS Guardian with the Buddy Phone. The underwater communication adds a very unique aspect to the dive eliminating the need to tap a tank to get the attention of your buddy and consequently, every diver within audible range of the tapping. It takes a little practice to get clear communication through the buddy Phone. You have to speak very clearly with a slight pause between words. My buddy says he can hear me crystal clear but he speaks with a bit of an accent and I have trouble understanding him. Another benefit to the mask is that the included regulator for it snaps into place. It can only be detached by removing the mask and pressing a release clip from the inside. For this reason, you will never have an issue will accidentally losing your regulator nor having it pulled out by a panic diver. The mask comes with everything that you need to make the mask operational. The bag is very nice. It includes a wrench, several adjustable nose plates for customization, the custom regulator for the mask with the pressure hose to attach to the first stage. The mask is EANx compatible. I highly recommend that you only O2 Lube when you swap out your regulators. The kit included a DVD for use of the mask and separate instruction booklets for the Mask and the Buddy Phone. Caution: If you are a diver that has to plug your nose to equalize, this mask will pose a challenge for you. You will not be able to do this. The mask has an integrated nose plate that you blow against to equalize. I recommend learning to equalize using a jaw wiggle and partial yawn. It makes the descent a lot easier and more pleasant. You will have to carry a standard mask when you dive. I purchased a Glue-on Thigh Pocket from Leisure Pro for this purpose and carry it comfortably in that pocket. If you ever have a diver emergency, you have to remove the FFM to switch to your buddies Share Regulator and you will want your mask. The PADI FFM specialty course will cover this if you can find a Divemaster that put together a PADI approved course. If you still dive with a snorkel, those days will also be over. The mask has a valve that you will open up at the right temple that allows air to enter mask at the surface as apposed to drawing from the demand valve activated regulator. You just want to close it before you go down. I forgot once and didn't realize it until I was at about 70-80 feet. I got just a little bit of water in the mask but there was not any flooding! The mask is remarkable! I closed the valve and the tiny bit that made its way in was quickly blown out. This is not a cheap mask but it is very worth it if you can afford it. I do not regret the purchase in the slightest. I love it!

 

Love this Mask

By LOBSTER G.

I bought 2 of these masks - as well as the surface communication box. At first it took me a fe wpool and quarry dive sot get used to how to clear my ears. NOW - about 80 dives later - I dont dive without it!!!! Stays on, doesnt fog, communications add an INVALUABLE level of safety for us in open water, NJ diving. Breathing is easy. I can now breath through my nose while underwater. At first, SAC rate will be a little higher - but - at this point I am not using any more air than I did before I went to a FFM. I cant say enough good things about this mask. The fact that IF you were to become unconscience somehow - you will not "spit the reg" and drown is just one of them. I think FFM will become more and more popular over the next few years

 

Great Mask

By JASON C.

I've got 50 dives on the Guardian, and it's performed great. The double seal is great, and works well with people with narrow faces. My air consumption was initially a little higher using the FFM, but over time is back where it used to be. No worries about mask squeeze, dry mouth, or jaw fatigue anymore.

 

All the pros definitely outweigh one con. I would recommend it to anyone who does a significant amount of diving.

By Joseph A.

This as a great mask with tons of pros and only one problem that I found. Pros: This mask has changed diving for me. The ability to breathe through my nose coupled with zero jaw fatigue is a literal breath of fresh air when diving. I tried another brand of FFM before I bought the guardian and there was no comparison. The OTS Guardian is a way nicer mask in my opinion. The skirt/seal material is thicker and softer than other masks making it much more comfortable on my skin. The nose blocks for equalizing are a better shape and feel better when pressed against my nostrils. The SAV works great and just as advertised does a good job of keeping water out even if you forget to close it right away when descending. The ability to remove the reg from the mask makes cleaning and storing a breeze. Con: The only con to this mask is that the second stage is not the highest quality. It is easy to over breathe the second stage and get a vibration. Slow and steady breathes are an easy correction to this but I also believe OTS is aware of the problem and the fix is to spend $400 on the new stealth second stage. I dont consider it to be a $400 problem. Proper breathing techniques alleviate the problem and really should be practiced anyways.

 

Great FFM

By MODiver

Nice

 

Excellent mask

By Chad D.

Excellent mask, great performance under all types of environments. OTS communication system is a must with this mask. Easy communication to your buddy underwater or back to the boat is excellent safety measure as well as adding enjoyment to pleasure dive. You will increase your air consumption with this mask! Especially when you talk alot with the communication set up. Plan accordingly. Plan your dive, dive your plan!!! Be safe!!!

 

Worst regulator I've ever breathed from

By Evan R.

from Tofino, BC, CA

I'm a commercial diver, and I use this mask every day for work. There are a number of good features to the mask such as the double skirt, the strap design, the anti-fogging airflow path, and the ABV (ambient breathing valve). With that said, there is one unforgivable and overwhelming flaw: the regulator is, without any exaggeration, the worst regulator I have ever breathed from. This isn't just my opinion, but also an opinion unanimously shared by all my coworkers. The problem is that the work of breathing is exceptionally high, which quickly leads to hypercapnia (symptoms start with headaches, and eventually progress to nausea). It isn't an issue of adjustment or input pressure either, as I have very thoroughly experimented with a wide range of settings. The design of the regulator simply works against itself to prevent you from being able to get it to breathe easier, and several of the critical internal parts are made from crappy plastic. I'm not sure how a company can get away with this kind of thing in today's day and age. Avoid this product until they finally manage to get the kinks worked out with their new SRG-1 regulator that they've been trying to release for over a year now. By comparison, AGAs breathe like a dream, and they don't screech over comms like the guardians do. Too bad an AGA costs 2.5 times as much and isn't as nice in all the smaller mask details that I mentioned above.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
sean b  clean boats for a living and not having to chomp down on a mouth piece for hours is a plus thanks
BRUCE W  Due to dental bridges my wife has a hard time biting the regulator mouth piece, sits out blood after a dive. This will solve this problem. Order second one for myself, wife loves hers.
TIM J  Great price on a quality full face mask!
TERESA P  We chose this mask because of all the reviews online and now having tried in open waters it does make justice to all the positive comments. It's very confortable and easy to use!
Shopper  Can you use a hookah system with this mask?
TIM J  Honestly I have no idea. I’d ask OTS directly
Edward S  From what I've read, standard SCUBA regs cannot be used with most hookah systems because the hookah is delivering gas at a lower pressure than a SCUBA cylinder.
Tyson R  I would think so, as long as you use the correct hose, it's just a plain ole second stage reg!
David J  as long as the fitting works with the regulator, it should work the same a LP Line from your first stage.
Shopper  Can you buy just the Guardian mask without the regulator then buy the new SRG1 regulator? If so how much?
KEVIN F  We do not sell the Guardian without the second stage.
ERIC C  I doubt it's possible from leisure pro. You may be able to call ots and have them work out a special package for you that way. Though as far as I know, the guardian mask and the stealth mask are identical in most respects, so it might just make more sense to buy the stealth.
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