Thanks to the patented new Mares LiquidSkin technology, today the Star mask offers characteristics that were unimaginable until very recently.
Thanks to simultaneous injection of two different kinds of silicone, it’s no longer necessary to choose between comfort and resistance to flattening in the mask skirt.
The silicone in contact with the face is 45% softer and 270% more flexible that the type generally used.
Its very light weight offers an unequalled level of comfort for spearfishers or freedivers who use the maks for long periods.
Its extreme elasticity allows the mask to adapt perfectly to the shape of nearly every face, while also eliminating water seepage phenomena that often occur when compensating or when putting the snorkel back in your mouth.
The silicone used for the frame support structure in 30% stiffer than classic silicone.
The mask skirt offers better resistance to the flattening caused by an increase in pressure.
Reduced volume and resistance to flattening make compensating easier and also decrease the frequency that it’s needed.
The new types of silicone used help limit the formation of condensation.
The Star Liquid Skin is equipped with new “ERGO” buckles that make it quick and intuitive to adjust the strap tension.
Ultimate Spearfishing Magazine’s “Ultimate Mask Review”:
“The Mares Star is the most compact of the Mares range. We tested both the standard version and the Liquid Skin version. The Liquid Skin range of masks incorporates ultra soft silicon to areas of the mask skirt increasing the mask’s comfort and seal.
We used results from the standard version mask as they were more consistent, probably because the Liquid Skin’s soft skirt meant that volumes and area of vision varied between test subjects too much. What was consistent though was the Liquid Skin had consistently lower volumes and slightly better vision as the lenses were drawn closer to the eyes with the softer skirt.
Out of all the small masks this has to be the most comfortable of the lot, especially the Liquid Skin. The straps also pull on the skirt, putting less pressure on the frame towards your face so this mask will probably be the most forgiving especially if you have issues with masks hitting your forehead. I also noticed that it fits smaller faces very well and could be an option if you are battling with other masks.
The standard version is also very well priced for such a well constructed mask. The frame is really sturdy and the silicon skirt has a nice satin finish like the sporasub Mystic, giving it a great feel. The straps are also attached to the skirt and fold away, so they won’t break off like some of the other low volume masks. This is probably one of the few masks you could just chuck into your dive bag, just not under the weight belt of course. Some guys have been concerned with the lower visibility of this mask, but if reef hunting is your game, the ‘star’ shape gives the mask good vision in the top and corners, which is what you need down on the reef.”