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[Product Review] Respironics Nuance / Pro Mask Review
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I just tried the fabric frame model of the Nuance nasal pillows over the last two nights. Very disappointed.

The Nuance pillows are lovely and soft, though the large ones are just barely big enough for my nostrils. But their softness is also a huge problem for the overall design. The fabric (wetsuit type neoprene) frame doesn't have any stiffening like the ResMed P10s do. That means the pillow assembly can easily torque with the least amount of movement, which it does because the super soft pillows do not form (and aren't meant to) a stable foundation. Even using the hose management at the top of the mask doesn't solve the problem. The swivel elbow and weight of the shorthose plus gravity are enough to cause changes when I change sleeping positions.

There are lots of perplexing design choices in the Nuance set up. Even the hose management loop seems poorly thought out. Putting a hose in it changes the fit of the head gear because of the way they attached the loop.

By comparing the Nuance to the P10s its clear why the P10s don't have a swivel - to help make the appliance light so it won't shift as much due to gravity. Now if only ResMed would improve the head gear they would have winning combo.

(At some point I may try to jerry rig some stiffening to the head gear because I'd love this mask to work for me. Perhaps some thermally resetable plastic?)
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