Full face snorkel masks are a relatively new product in the world of snorkeling, and therefore less is commonly known about them among amateur snorkelers, although by now, the word has gotten around that they can be most effective.
These types of snorkel mask were first launched in 2014 and has since revolutionized the way we explore the underwater world.
They allow the wearer to breathe naturally through their nose and mouth, making the snorkeling experience much more comfortable and memorable.
These masks are less intrusive, more hygienic, and enable more intuitive way of breathing underwater than traditional mouthpiece snorkels.
Our today’s post is all about these amazing masks. Here you can read what makes them so special and what to look for when buying one. You can also read our in-depth reviews of some of the best full face snorkel masks available on the market.
Here is exactly what we are going to cover today:
- What Makes Full Face Snorkel Masks so Effective?
- We Review the Best Full Face Snorkel Masks:
- X Lounger Full Face Snorkel Mask
- Seaview 180
- Tribord Easybreath
Let’s get to it…
What Makes Full Face Snorkel Masks so Effective?
Using a full face mask is a great alternative to a standard snorkel mask for a number of reasons. Here is what makes full face snorkel masks so useful:
Full face snorkel masks offer better visibility than standard snorkelling mask.
Most full face mask models nowadays come with a curved lens that extends behind your eyes, giving you a clear uninterrupted 180 degree field of view.
The frame of a full face mask seals behind your vision line, which means there is no frame that could alter your vision.
Full face snorkel masks seal around your entire face, which decreases the chances of water sippint into the mask when you smile or move your mouth underwater.
The rear strap holds the mask in place on your head, allowing you to move freely underwater and snorkel through waves without losing the mask.
A full face mask lets you inhale and exhale through entire your nose and mouth. Natural breathing can help you stay calm and relaxed in the water.
There is no learning curve or getting comfortable breathing through a mouth piece. You simply put the mask on and breathe normally.
The absence of a mouth piece makes snorkeling more pleasant, allowing you to snorkel longer.
Full face snorkel masks are also perfect for those who have issues with sore jaws or mouth from holding onto a mouth piece on a standard snorkel mask.
Next, we review some of the best models available on the market. We will start with a quick buyers guide chart, then provide more detailed reviews, beginning with the X-Lounger.
X Lounger full face mask is a great low-cost solution for those who are looking for a full-face snorkel mask on a budget. This mask has all the basic features of the high-end models, with an off-brand price tag.
The mask comes with a 180-degree viewing window, a dry-valve snorkel tube, and a silicone edging which allows a perfect air seal.
The mask also includes a mount for a GoPro or other camera setup, a feature which isn’t always included on the more expensive models.
The wrap-around window allows a 180 degree panorama view. Thanks to the high-quality poly-carbonate lens you will be able to see the underwater world in perfect clarity.
The mask comes with a 90-day satisfaction guarantee period. This is very convenient if you want to test the mask before you your trip to your favorite remote snorkeling destination.
Here is a video of the mask in action:
On to the next one…
The Seaview mask is a mid-range model popular for its great fog-proof features and range of color choices. This mask is slightly better designed than the X Lounger, while maintaining a reasonable price tag.
It comes with a 180 degree viewing window, a dry valve snorkel, and adjustable head straps. Just as the X lounger, it comes with a silicone edge insert that allows for a watertight fit without uncomfortable plastic cutting into your face.
The main advantage of the Seaview over the X Lounger is its anti-fog feature. The mask has a separate breathing channel that is kept apart from the viewing window. This design helps channel your breath away from the screen, which lessens fog buildup.
Another cool feature is the one-way chin valve which allows any leakage to drain out, without allowing any water to sip in through the port.
The Seaview comes in a variety of color options. You can go for classic black, bold pink, or something in-between.
Here is a video of this mask in action:
If you are looking for the safest and most reliable full face mask on the market, the Tribord Easybreath might be the perfect option.
This mask comes in 4 different sizes which is a great advantage over some cheaper models as it allows for a more precise fit. This results in much fewer leaks and a more comfortable snorkeling experience.
It is also better-built than our other recommendations. This mask is made in France, where there are much higher standards for quality control and safety of materials than in China.
The Tribord Easybreath features a shatterproof window, which is much stronger and resistant than the windows found on the X Lounger and Seaview. This model also has a dry valve snorkel tube and a one-way drain valve on the chin.
The Triboard mask is incredibly easy to breathe through thanks to its innovative air channel that makes sure you are not breathing in the air you’ve just breathed out.
It is also worth mentioning that its top is designed with safety in mind. Its super bright top is visible for 4 times the distance you would spot on a regular mask. This is a great feature for kids and new snorkelers.
Thanks to its flattened window the mask provides incredibly clear and realistic view.
There is no doubt the Tribord Easybreath is one of the best full face snorkel masks you can buy today.
To find out more, please watch this video review:
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