If you follow us over at the Renaissance Beard Youtube Channel, you know that my wife and I enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling when we get the chance. I first came across the idea of a full face snorkel mask when I saw the Tribord Easybreath advertised in a video on Facebook. They looked cool and we had an anniversary trip to Jamaica coming up, so I ordered us each one to try out while we were away.
The basics: The mask feels extremely well constructed and you can tell as soon as you touch it that it is made out of quality materials. The lens, though made of plastic, is heavy duty and the silicone seal around the mask is very soft. The full face snorkel is supposed to allow you to breathe easily through your nose and mouth, unlike a traditional mask that only allows you to breath through a much smaller snorkel tube. The large dry top snorkel prevents water from getting in the snorkel meaning you don’t need to clear the snorkel if it happens to be submerged. The open face design means the largest field of vision of any mask on the market.
Our review: My wife really enjoyed her mask and honestly doesn’t want to snorkel with a standard mask again. She said the visibility was much better, breathing was easier, and no water got down the snorkel itself. She also pointed out that it was much more comfortable to wear over a longer snorkeling period because her mouth and jaw did not get tired from having to bite down on a separate snorkel tube. As for me, I can say the mask just didn’t work for me, mainly because I found this type of snorkel mask’s fatal flaw: Facial Hair. This mask only works if the entire silicone ring around the mask can make contact with skin. Having a beard prevents the mask from being able to seal and water just pours in.
The final verdict: Buy it, unless you have a giant beard. Want to grab one for yourself? Click here!
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