By Alex Hatton

Last Updated:

October 12, 2023

Cress F1 Mask Review by Diving Squad

Diving Squad Rating:

8.8/10

The Cressi F1 mask is the cheapest frameless and also the most compact scuba diving mask currently on the market. 

Before diving into what we love about it, let’s quickly recap what it means for a dive mask to be frameless. 

Most scuba diving masks have a frame; a hard bit connecting the glass lens to the skirt (the soft bit which seals to your face). 

However, a few scuba masks are frameless which means the lens connects directly to the soft skirt.

The result is a mask that’s a little more compact and which also exerts slightly less pressure on the wearers face which also makes it easier to clear. 

Comfortable and providing a great fit for small to medium sized faces, the Cressi F1 makes an excellent backup mask thanks to the fact that it’s more compact than any other dive mask, making it easy to stow in a bc pocket. 

PROS

  • Cheap

  • Frameless

  • Streamlined

  • Compact

  • Exerts minimal pressure on face

  • Easy to clear

CONS

  • May leak for divers with beards or very big faces

     

  • Frameless = slightly less durable

“The Cressi F1 is a great backup mask due to the fact that it’s frameless and also super compact, making it very easy to squish into a bcd pocket.

Because it’s so cheap, it’s no big deal if I have to lend it to someone or it gets lost. 

I also like that being frameless it’s a little kinder to the old money maker (my face) as it doesn’t exert so much pressure.

One thing I will say is that this is a slightly leaky mask if you have a beard (like me!) or a really big face with a lantern jaw.

But for people with small to medium faces and no facial hair, this won’t be a problem”! 

Alex Hatton – Founder & Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad

Features:

Other Specs:

  • Low volume

  • Available in a range of colours

  • Good field of vision

  • Soft nose pocket for effortless equalisation

  • Streamlined

  • Compact

FEATURES:

1) Mono-lens:

The Cressi F1 features a mono-lens; which I prefer to a double lens as it provides a more uninterrupted view. 

Overall field of view is good and all-encompassing; the shape of the lens expands outwards at the top and incorporates a teardrop shape towards the bottom – this sculpt is classic of many dive masks as it provides good all round vision. 

Sure you don’t get any side windows for extra peripheral vision as with the Cressi Pano 3 and there’s no inclination for extra downward view as with the Cressi Focus…but I would say that in terms of a well balanced field of view – up, down and outwards the Cressi F1 is an awesome all-rounder. 

So far, so good!

Dive mask POV - looking through lens at beautiful coral reef.

^ Observing the incredible coral reef of the Red Sea through the Cressi F1!

2) Soft Silicone Skirt:

Cressi F1 scuba mask resting on seabed against coral reef background.

The skirt is the part of the dive mask that creates a seal against the wearers face so it’s important that it feels comfortable and is watertight. The Cressi F1 features a skirt that is constructed from high-grade silicone – which is the case for most scuba dive masks as silicone is both soft and comfortable as well as durable and watertight. 

I’ve got to say that although it’s hard to measure the quality of the exact silicone material from which a skirt is made, the Cressi F1 really does feel just a little bit softer than many other dive masks out there!

Part of the reason it feels so soft against one’s face is undoubtedly because it’s frameless (meaning it exerts less pressure) but even just when running my fingers over the skirt of the Cressi F1 it feels a little softer than that of many of my other scuba diving masks. 5 / 5 here!

3) Frameless Design:

The main selling point of the Cressi F1 is that it’s a frameless dive mask, meaning there’s no hard frame in between the skirt and lens.

Frameless masks are more compact; which makes them excellent backup masks because you can easily stow them in a bcd pocket. 

They’re also a little more streamlined and exert less pressure on the wearers face making them extra comfortable to wear – plus they’re easier to clear. 

Even by frameless mask standards, the Cressi F1 is insanely compact – it’s just a generally small, streamlined mask. This makes it great for small to medium faces with no facial hair.

4) Adjustable Strap:

The Cressi F1 mask strap is made from soft silicone for a comfortable feel and features a double split at the back which is a highly common feature in dive masks as it’s a great way of evenly dispersing pressure against the back of the wearers head. 

Whereas many framed dive masks feature strap buckles attached to the side of the frame, in the case of the Cressi F1, the one-push buckles are moulded directly into the skirt for a flexible fit and reduced drag. 

The prominent adjustment button on them is easy to push down on even whilst wearing thick dive gloves. 

FINAL VERDICT:

I’m a big fan of the Cressi F1 – it’s insanely cheap yet offers superb value for money and also the rare feature of being a frameless dive mask. 

There’s so much going for frameless dive masks – they’re compact, streamlined, easy to clear and exert less pressure on the wearers face. 

Sure they’re not quite so durable but it doesn’t matter when they’re as cheap as the F1 and so far my own one has yet to show any signs of wear and tear. 

This is also a really nice looking dive mask – especially so because for whatever colour you choose to have it in, the entire mask is that colour; as a posse to framed dive masks where the frame and skirt rarely match in colour. 

It’s also the smallest, most compact dive mask out there – even by frameless mask standards,. 

The only thing to bear in mind is that if you have a beard (like me) or a really big face it may leak a little – so if that is the case for you, best keep it as a space-saving backup mask!

Or check out these Reviews of Other Frameless Dive Masks we dun’ gone wroted: 

Written by:

Alex

Alex

Scuba fanatic, travel ecstatic and loveable rogue. A rootless divemaster and perpetual adrenaline-junky, Alex holds the esteemed rank of Grand Admiral of the Diving Squad; a title he most nobly awarded to himself. A scuba-junky since 2014, he's dived much of the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, Red Sea, Ireland, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama. It's hard to say where he'll pop up next for he never settles; forever a leaf on the wind... or perhaps a lone bubble blasted along on the current.