Snorkeling is one of those experiences that are just pure fun and thrilling but yet calm and from the outside might not sound so interesting. We think it’s kind of like water, calm yet deep. But obviously, you all are here not because of knowing about snorkeling and of how great it is, but rather of an item that is very crucial to the very leisure activity called snorkeling. The item that we are talking about is called a snorkeling mask. Buying the perfect snorkeling mask is very important in this activity as buying the wrong one can completely ruin the experience and of course, the worst case is that your life can be of danger. Hence buying the right one is very important. That is why we have searched over all the market and some of the best snorkeling mask for review so that you don't have to go out aimlessly and look around. But before we head on with the reviews, we wanted to write a little bit about the structure of the mask and of how we can know that which mask is of better quality than the other. The most crucial part of any snorkeling mask is that of whether it completely fits you or not. If it doesn’t fit in completely, then effects like leaking, fogging and fatigue will start to happen really can hamper your body and the overall experience. If you have seen while snorkeling that there is someone who is constantly coming out of the water to fix his/her snorkeling mask, then he/she didn’t buy the correct one. The rubber-like portion on the mask is called skirt, and the skirt should be fully touched on your face with no space, otherwise, things can and will go wrong. Because of this, do not despair if you can't find a proper snorkeling mask for your face as everyone is different and has a unique face. To really weed out and find the perfect snorkeling mask, there is a very simple and easy technique. When you are trying out the snorkeling mask, remember to hold your breath and then try putting on the mask with a slight push to your face. Remember to not breathe when you put on the mask, as if you do, then you will never know of whether it really fits you or not. When you put on the mask, let it go as if it stays and does not fall off, that means it’s less prone to leaking, fogging and most probably fits your face. With this easy technique, you can differentiate the ones that you need to need versus the ones that probably looks better and has a lot of features but won’t be suitable for your face. A perfect mask will fit in perfectly and you won’t feel any irritation while the mask is on your face. It will feel like it’s a part of your skin.
Best PickThe Cressi Panoramic Wide View mask takes our best pick; not because of a high level of features but because it covers the foundation of a snorkeling mask and is best at it when it comes to snorkeling. With silicone skirt which is double feathered, easy back strap adjustment and variety of colors, you can’t go wrong.
Budget PickWe picked the Cressi Scuba Diving Snorkeling Freediving Mask as our budget pick. Fortunately enough, this covers a bit more features than our best pick but unfortunately; it falls short on quality; hence the budget pick. But nonetheless, the single lens which is ultra-clear and is tempered, easy strap adjustments and special valve tubes are some great features that you can look forward to with this mask.
Quick Comparison Between The Best Snorkeling MaskThe reason as to why we have given our final verdict is because of two reasons. One is for the fact that once you know our verdict, you can then compare and understand the difference and as to why we have chosen them as you read through the article. And of course, the other reason is for you all who are in a hurry and just want to know our final say. But of course, we encourage that you all read the article all the way through so that you can get the complete sense of what you need to buy and how to buy. So without any waiting, below will be a grade table where we will be grading the products that we will be reviewing and after that, we will move on to the review. [table id=121 /]
1. Cressi Panoramic Wide View Mask Dry Snorkel Set
2. Cressi Scuba Diving Snorkeling Freediving Mask Snorkel Set
3. WildHorn Outfitters Snorkel Mask
4. Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask
5. SeeReef Full Face Snorkel
6. Cressi F1, Scuba Diving Snorkeling Frameless Mask
7. Phantom Aquatics Velocity Scuba Snorkeling Mask Snorkel Set
8. WACOOL Snorkeling Package Set
9. ProDive Premium Dry Top Snorkel Set
The ProDive brings their product onto their table with their premium Dry Top snorkel set. This is a set that contains three pieces; meaning the mask, the snorkel and a carry bag that you can comfortably put it in without any issue of losing it. The bag is also waterproof so it doesn’t matter if it gets a bit wet. The lenses of this mask are tempered hence it won’t be easily distorted upon usage.
And they are also Impact Proof. Of course, we don't want it to happen but even when not using but let's just say upon carrying it, the lenses are safe even if they get hit by something. It is also Anti-Fog so you can have a clear view when using it underwater without any case of the vision getting foggy. The Dry Snorkel makes it possible for you to breathe easily and not have a water leak inside.
10. DIVELUX Snorkel Mask - Original Full Face Snorkeling and Diving Mask with 180° Panoramic Viewing
11. Kraken Aquatics Snorkel Dive Mask
Things you need to know before you go and buy a snorkeling mask
Perfect FitLooking for and buying a snorkeling mask that perfectly fits your face is very important as only if it fits, you will be snorkeling properly and will have an enjoyable moment and experience. This searching and looking can be tiresome and of course, if you are ordering it online there are a few things you can do but a lot of things that you can't. But still, have an open mind and be patient as you buy your snorkeling mask. And if you follow the instructions and tips we have given above, the nitty-gritty work should be cut down more than a half.
ViewWhat type of view you want also important. You can get a mask that perfectly fits you, but if the vision is not to your liking, you’ll most probably dislike the whole experience. There are various types of visions that a snorkeling mask can have like tunnel-vision, wide view, square view etc. Hence understanding what type of view you are looking for is important.
MaterialsPurchasing your own mask is great but understanding the materials is key to buying a good mask. And the main component to a snorkeling mask is the skirt. Make sure that the skirt is made from silicone as normal rubber will decay fast and start to have cracks as you keep using it where silicone is more resistant to water and will last long for many years to come.
Extra FeaturesThere are various features out there for your snorkeling mask and it important to understand of which one you want and need as if there is a feature you don’t need can be a burden in your experience. These days mostly, people go snorkeling with their Action Camera and there is various snorkeling mask that has the capability to install that. There are lenses in the mask that are specially made for fog and even there are masks with coating they make the water vision more clear than usual. These features are good to have but can also hamper your experience if you don't want them, hence it's important to check the features out and ask yourself whether you want them or not.
ConclusionSnorkeling is a great activity and a fun experience to have. But unfortunately; many fall into trouble when snorkeling because of not knowing the proper rules and not buying a snorkeling mask that fits them. It is great to have an experience of a lifetime and knowing that you only live once, it's crucial that you experience these things as you grow. But with that said we should also remember that we do only live once and hence safety measures and understanding the situation is equally important. And that is why we have had to just write an article where we can explain on how to properly buy a snorkeling mask so that you can be safe and also mention some of the best snorkeling masks that can be found on the market. We have tried to cover bases where you can learn of the right ways of buying a snorkeling mask that fits you best. With this, we hope that you have read the whole article through and learned something from this so that you can now finally go to buy a proper snorkeling mask and snorkel away so that you can come back with a great experience and a great story.
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