Well, I finally broke my mask. Or more precisely, finished it off. Resmed Mirage FX nasal mask. One of the lower soft (silicone?) hooks on the frame finally pissed me off to the point I went ahead and ripped it off.
For about a month, the lower strap kept coming off the frame when I removed the mask. The hook was partially torn loose, but it worked once the mask was on . Never had it come off while wearing it. Well, I got tired of messing with it and went ahead and decided to trash it and pull out an older frame and just use it.
I do not normally remove the straps to don/doff the mask - I just pull it on/off. Has worked well for over a decade so I don't plan on changing anything. Side note: only tried/used two masks ever- the Mirage FX since probably 2011 and the Respironics Comfort Classic before that.
It just seemed kind of weird to have that frame as a point of failure. I would have thought it pretty bullet proof before this.
How many "years" did you use your mask? Time to upgrade?
Nah. No need to "upgrade"? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Well, **this** particular frame broke, but I have more than a couple surplus frames that are perfectly serviceable. I have never been as fussy as some folks WRT masks. This design is comfortable and functionally fine from a therapy standpoint. Supine, dorsal, or side sleeping positions.
That particular frame was about a year old. I have a few more that I rotated in/out over the years before that.