The Design
The original Look mask has been Aqua Lung’s best-seller since 1988, so it the designers have kept its best bits and added some innovative features to bring it up to date.
The Look HD is a twin-lens mask that retains the popular shape and dimensions of the original, but that’s where the similarity ends.
The mask frame is constructed from a very modern and rugged combination of hi-tec polymers and inorganic fibres. There’s an AISI 316 stainless-steel bar that’s integrated into the top of the frame structure, which is said to give dimensional stability, eradicating torsion and keeping both lenses on the same plane.
This, I’m informed, is to eliminate distortion and optimise visibility through the 4mm-thick, flat tempered glass lenses.
The strap is connected to the frame with Aqua Lung’s “Cardanic joint buckles” – swivel joints that move up and down as well as in and out to give a greater range of movement.
The strap is adjusted using twin push-buttons to release the locking mechanism, and has a large 3D section at the rear.
The skirt is made from pliable silicon with a reflex seal and bands of differing textures around the edge, which are claimed to give a better seal around the face. Aqua Lung calls this its “Advanced Fit Technology” (AFT).

The mask I tested had a clear silicon skirt and a black frame with a gloss white insert, but the Look HD is also available in all-black.

Under Water
What can I say that I haven’t said about masks before? Well, “not much” is the answer – unless, that is, I was to tell you how much difference the stainless-steel torsion bar made to my diving experience.
Unfortunately, I can’t – try as I might, I couldn’t tell that it was even there. What I can tell you is that this was a wonderful mask under water.
The field of view was excellent, and the lenses, which are set quite close to the eyes, allowed me to see a far wider panorama than usual without having to spin my head.
The swivel-buckle system allowed for an almost infinite adjustment to the strap position, so I could easily place it above my ears and it stayed in place without annoyingly slipping into that crease where lughole meets head.
The seal around my face was superb. The mask seemed glued in place on my wrinkly skin, possibly due to the bands of textured silicon – I can’t say for sure, as that’s very difficult to assess.
The nose-pocket isn’t as big as on some of the masks I’ve recently tested. I’d class it as medium in size, but my well-documented large hooter fitted snugly inside and I had no discomfort to endure. The mask’s low volume made it very easy to clear on the rare occasion on which I had to perform this skill.

Conclusion
I’ve tested masks with innovative, super-soft skirts, invisible lenses and prescription spectacles. They’ve all claimed some amazing technology. The Look HD was a first for me, a mask with a metal bar that’s designed to keep the lenses on the same plane.
I’m not sure if it works, and if it does, whether it offers any serious advantage, but I can tell you that I think it looks really cool, especially as it’s highly polished, with an embossed Aqua Lung logo.
The original shape of the Look mask may appear a little outdated to some, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and to this maskaholic this one looks every inch a stunner. The bonus – it also performed like a dream.

PRICE £50
TYPE Twin lens
VOLUME Low
GENDER Unisex
COLOURS Clear/Arctic white, black/black
CONTACT www.aqualung.com/uk
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