Ok...so here it goes... my Airfit P10 review
When my DME and I decided to give this a go, I wasn't sure how well it would work. Really, it looked like the next iteration of the venerable Swift FX nasal pillow mask with a one size fits most headgear and bigger diffuser. I didn't have the greatest experience with the Swift as it didn't seem to be able to stay in place as well with my more active sleeping. The P10 has actually kept up, which was a fair bit of a surprise.
In the box: Ok, when you open up the package, there is a box inside. Within the box is a short length of very flexible tubing connected to the diffuser plate of the mask. Installed on this is the medium nasal pillows. Also in the box are the small and large pillows. In my case, I had to swap out to the large and it was, quite literally, a snap. You just lever off the current pillows and snap the new one in place.
The flexible tubing is common with many pillow masks...something with a bit more give to provide a buffer between you mask and the usually heavier tubing from the machine. This one seems to have a bit more "spring" to it....and I think that is part of the reason why the P10 stays in place better than the old Swift FX it replaces.
Headgear: ok...I was very skeptical at first. This is a one-size-fits-most thing that is split...supposedly you can control the tension on the mask by how wide you split the back. I'm not convinced about that (feels about the same to me whether they are together (like the single strap used on the PillaroQ) or spread wide....but fortunately, the material of the headgear itself tends to be a bit grippy and the tension not too high. I haven't had any strap marks that have lasted longer than an hour....even after waking up laying hard on one side (as in the pillow marks were just as visible). The headgear has, though, managed to keep the mask in place in spite of my usual tossing and turning during the night.
Mask use: I was most impressed by the diffuser. This is one of the quietest masks I have ever used. Even rolled over with the exhaust stream half in the pillow, the diffuser still kept the mask at a very low sound level. Big improvement over some other masks I've used.
The pillows are fairly comfortable with the same dual cone construction found in masks like the Swift FX. They do, however, seem a little more pliable. On the positive side, the easier disassembly of the mask makes it far easier to clean than the previous version.
When coupled with the grippier headgear, the mask does seem to stay in place quite well with only minimal leaks. Personally, I have found leaks to be the biggest bane to nasal pillow masks....a little torque and the mask seems to get pulled out of position really easily. Well, ResMed seems to have found a decent combination to keep things well planted without having to drop an anchor of tension or stickiness on your face.
The usual caveat about nasal congestion and the use of a nasal interface applies (if you can't breathe through your nose or you're congested due to a cold, you may need to go with an alternate interface).
So, overall, I am reasonably impressed. For the time being, this is the main "normal use" mask, but I'll be keeping the FitLife around as the alternative for when i have a cold / congestion and can't get by on a pure nasal interface. Definitely one to look at if a nasal pillows mask works for you.