(08-10-2013, 10:30 PM)Frapilu Wrote: Hi, I've never posted here before; haven't been here much but I thought I'd check it out. Gorky Quattro Air for Her a week ago and I love it. Been using Quattro Mirage since it was almost the only mask that had an xsmall. Tried the Quattro FX and gated it. This Air is amazing for me.
Did you like it, B36?
Hi France and welcome to the forum!
I've been using the Quattro Air since 7/26 and my overall impression is that I like it. I'm just about at the end of my 30 day trial period and I think I'm going to keep it. I guess your comments exemplify the fact that different masks produce different results for different people. I've used the Mirage Quattro before and hated it as it caused sores on the bridge of my nose. On the other hand, my mask of choice for almost 2 years now has been the Quattro FX.
For me, the Quattro Air and the Quattro FX have both produced very good results and are both very comfortable to wear. If I'm to believe my software results, I have reached the point with the Quattro FX where I can go an entire night with zero leaks. With the Quattro Air, my software is showing leaks throughout the night, although at low and acceptable levels, usually no higher than a maximum of 4.8 to 6.0 l/min with 95% leaks usually falling between 1.2 and 3.6 l/min. Funny thing is I don't feel or hear any air leaks at all though. Perhaps if I continue playing with the headgear adjustments, I can eliminate all leaks with the Quattro Air over time. It could be possible too I suppose that with the new venting design of the Quattro Air, maybe the intentional leak rate is a bit higher than with the Quattro FX.
I think the Quattro Air is a vast improvement over the Mirage Quattro. It's much lighter weight and doesn't leave any sores or pressure/strap marks on my face at all.
The Quattro Air uses a different type of silicone face cushion that I think I like better than the past Resmed ffm's. It's opaque rather than clear and has a slight texture to it and a softer feel. It doesn't stick to the skin like the clear type silicone cushions do (especially when brand new). It seems quite durable and it doesn't yellow at all like the older type does. Also, the silicone cushion on the Quattro Air and the face mask are fused together as one. I think I like that as it's one less thing to have to deal with when disassembling and reassembling your mask for cleaning. Because of this, the Quattro Air is an extremely easy mask to clean.
The Quattro Air also uses a different venting system which I like as it's very quiet. The vent holes encircle the spot where the elbow attachment goes into the mask and doesn't seem to blow out as forcefully on your bed partner as past designs tend to. It also uses a different strap material that has more cushion to it and the flex wing forehead support design works great without applying hardly any pressure or leaving any red marks at all on my forehead. It's actually a pretty clever design because the plastic flex piece doesn't actually come into contact with your forehead. Rather it's the padded strap ends that are supplying the forehead support.
The one thing I'm not as wild about with the Quattro Air is that the bottom strap attachments don't use quick connect tabs. Instead there is just a plastic hook on the bottom of the mask. I'm guessing they did that to reduce weight. It's not that big of a deal though because I leave the velcro attachment in the same position and just pull the strap over the hook when putting the mask on at night and when removing it in the morning.
Anyway, this is probably more information than you wanted, but since you asked...thought I would give you my full impressions. I'll probably alternate between the Quattro Air and the Quattro FX for awhile. I think they're both great masks if you are a ffm user. However, as experience has shown, results may differ from one user to another.
Glad you found an "amazing" mask for you! That's a big key for experiencing successful CPAP therapy.