I also switched from the Swift FX (which I had used for nearly a year) to the Airfit P10. Gone is the jet exhaust sound. I had my annual appointment with my sleep doc today and she said the number of nightly leaks have dropped from and area of concern with the Swift FX to almost zero with the P10.
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Also a switcher; also think it is a much-improved design over the FX. Lower AHI also. Seems more stable even for side sleeping. I think even the curve of the pillows at the nare end is improved, which may be why it works so well.
The diffuser is so clever that you can no longer use the flow from there as a reliable indicator that the xPAP is even on. The headgear is much more comfortable, and the hose is more flexible. The right-angle bend is gone, but I find that to be an improvement. Also very quiet.
If you plug the hose with your thumb (removed from the feed tube from the xPAP) and take it apart and try to blow directly through the diffuser, it is much more difficult than with the FX. While that means the flow is mild and quiet, it may also mean that the CO2 is not being exhausted as efficiently as it once was; not sure if that is really an issue any more or not.
The Airfit P10 mask is so much more quiet compared to Swift FX. The special diffuser realy works like a charm.
Before you try it, make sure your supplier has a mask trial program. While the P10 and the Swift are almost identical, the headgear is very different. The headgear on the P10 is, well, it is a single band split about ear level so that one half goes on top and one goes on the bottom. That's it. No adjustments. One size is supposed to fit all. It doesn't, of course.
However, the diffuser is wonderful. You can have your hand just a few inches away and not feel any air coming from the mask.
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I started with Nuance, switched to Swift and now have P10.
The Nuance and Swift felt comfortable enough and I had no leaks but they left marks on my cheeks that lasted for hours.
The thing I love most about the P10 is the venting. So quiet. No blasting air. The head strap works well enough for me. I wish it was a little wider so that it might move around less. But even with some movement I've got no leaks.
When there is a new version of P10 I will certainly give it a try.
01-29-2015, 03:27 PM
(This post was last modified: 01-29-2015, 03:27 PM by DocWils.)
I had to heavily modify the FX in order to make it workable (after the second night, in fact), for the same complaints you had with it, and that included making an air channel for the exhaust port. Switching to the P10 I did not have to modify it at all - I thought and still think the strap is doof, but by slipping the bottom part of the split back under my hair, so the hair acts as a barrier, it holds it in place well enough. I would not go back to the FX ever again, since it is much heavier and the mods make it even more ungainly - once I had modified it, it was fine and comfortable enough, but the first time I slipped on the P10, I was amazed - quiet, practically so light one could not notice it, so much better. My complaints one can see in my review of it in the product review section, but I would advise you to consider the change over - it is the better choice.
OK, I'm confused, Doc. Your profile references the FX, something you would "not go back to".
Please elaborate on "making an air channel". Was this some method of diverting the exhaust blast?