There’s a new mask in town and it’s pretty different than what we’re used to. The “full face” snorkel mask showed-up on a few heads 3-4 years ago and has proven to be more than a passing fad. Early adopters did experience some setbacks, namely leakage and the inability to dive below the surface while wearing one. But despite these seemingly unacceptable features, the full-face snorkel mask has prevailed and today represents nearly 50% of all snorkel rentals.
Any kind of water activity comes with an element of risk. Stay alert. Stay afloat.
Give the full-face snorkel mask a try if…
- You’ve never snorkeled before
- You are a nose breather
- You have a lot of facial hair
- Your jaw gets fatigued from a traditional snorkel
- You just can’t deal with a foggy mask
- Having an unobstructed 180 degree view is very important to you
- The water you’re in is wavy/not flat
- You have no interest in diving below the surface of the water
- You’re renting equipment or have plenty of luggage space to bring your own
The biggest concern of a full-face snorkel mask (air quality/breathing too much CO2) can be addressed by going with a trusted, name-brand product and following the directions provided.
Stick with the traditional mask + snorkel if…
- You panic in the water easily (traditional masks are easier to clear)
- You can breathe solely through your mouth
- You know how to de-fog your mask
- You like to dive below the water’s surface while snorkeling
- You like to travel with your own equipment
- You’re probably going to get sand on it
For more information and reviews not full-face snorkel masks, checkout this informative website.
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