Tribord Easybreath Full Face Snorkeling Mask
|Price:||$52.00 - $99.90|
- 180 degree field of vision and shatterproof polycarbonate window for added safety.
- Full mask for natural breathing through the nose and/or mouth.
- Snorkel top can be seen from 4 times further away than a traditional Snorkel.
- WATERPROOF The “Dry Top” snorkel system limits water entry through the top of the snorkel.
- WATER DRAINAGE Purge valve at the bottom of the mask to drain water when the head is raised.
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An innovative snorkelling mask (surface snorkelling) enabling you to SEE and BREATHE UNDERWATER just like on DRY LAND! Discovery of the underwater world becomes even more accessible. See and breathe underwater as easily as you would on land The main obstacle to snorkelling is the difficulty in breathing underwater with a snorkel. Indeed, breathing through your mouth is unnatural, and the snorkel mouthpiece is sometimes considered too intrusive, uncomfortable and unhygienic. That's why Tribord invented the Easybreath, the first full-face snorkelling mask, for breathing underwater as easily and naturally as you would on land with your nose and mouth. Thanks to its large size, this innovative mask also offers users an unobstructed 180° field of vision, and is prevented from fogging up by a double air-flow system that is identical to the system used in domestic extraction fans. To ensure that water does not enter via the snorkel, the Easybreath mask is equipped with a mechanism that plugs the top of the snorkel when immersed in water. Furthermore, the top of the snorkel is highly visible in order to avoid any collisions on the surface. RESTRICTED USE : Not suitable for free diving or intensive swimming. STOCK ADVICE: Wash the mask by hand with washing-up liquid, dry it and store the mask in its net to let the air get to it. Do not wash in the dishwasher. SIZE: With your mouth closed, measure the distance between the bridge of your nose and the bottom of your chin: If it measures less than 10 cm (3,9"), choose size XS If it measures less than 12 cm (4 3/4"), choose size S/M If it measures more than 12 cm (4 3/4"), choose size ML If it measures more than 13 cm (5 1/8"), choose size L/XL
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- you have a great, clear, panoramic view
- you can breathe (almost) freely through both your nose and mouth
- the mask never fogs up
- the stopper in the tube works flawlessly every time at keeping water out when you dive down (I was skeptical about this feature)
- any leak quickly drains aways and water does not accumulate in the mask
- you can snorkel for hours without needing to readjust or clear your mask
Here are the two potential drawbacks:
- the airflow is markedly limited compared to breathing naturally or even through a regular snorkeling tube. It takes a bit of getting used to, and, if you dive down or swim fast for a while, you will need a while to catch your breath.
- the mask needs to be fitted tight on your face which can be uncomfortable, as it presses hard on your cheeks and jaw. It will also leave marks on your face when you take it off.
That said, I would not go back to a standard snorkeling kit.
As a side note: this mask sells for about $40 in Europe (including our average 20% sales tax), you guys in the States are getting seriously ripped off.
10/10/16: I've upgraded to 4 stars as I've now been using it for over a year. I figure if I am still using for over a year instead of my other mask (that leaks), then there must be a reason. it's still tougher to breathe than I would like it to be but it's a pretty thoughtful product.
The breathing tube needs to be longer as I find it thinks I'm under water and constantly blocks the airway even though I'm swimming on the surface. This is a product design defect that could be easily fixed.
My 6yo is a confident swimmer who knows how to use a regular snorkel mask, but was thrilled to be able to breathe through her nose and avoid dealing with multiple pieces of gear. Bonus: no mouthpiece to interfere with her retainers, would be a similar plus for kids with braces. Only problem came when she looked too far down and accidentally (unexpectedly) triggered the dive/auto-close mechanism - just a learning curve issue, after a quick discussion she learned how to position her head to avoid the problem. Given a bit more time she'd probably be diving with the mask.
My 3yo is a hesitant beginning swimmer who doesn't like to put his face under water, even with goggles, but once he figured out this mask gave him a bubble to breathe in under water, he was surprisingly comfortable. I kept him in a PFD, and he clung to my shoulder while peeking all around and squealing with glee. I kept an eye on his head position after the experience with his sister, but he was riding so high (and had no interest in diving) so it wasn't a problem. See pictures.
Sizing: I expect the XS will be the right size for my (tall but slender) kids through age 8-10; the S/M was slightly too large for my 6yo despite the wide gasket. Another 5yo friend with an exceptionally narrow face was too small for the XS, so YMMV. As an adult I wore the S/M comfortably, and my husband wore the L/XL. Note that while the S/M and M/L are the same size faceplate with different internal gaskets, the XS is actually scaled down across the board.
Other notes: the auto-close mechanism worked perfectly. You never have to clear a snorkel again, just dive without thinking. The field of view on these masks is much wider than a traditional mask or goggles. Even if you pick up a bit of water in the mask, it stays out of your eyes/nose and easily drains out the chin valve when you pop up to tread water. The strap adjustments are easy even while under water, and the gasket distributes force around your face relatively evenly so you don't get weird hickeys or sore spots, though after 3 hours of near-continuous snorkeling I was looking forward to taking it off.
My only complaint is that I can't swim at speed, because the mask limits the amount of air you can exchange with each breath, and strong kicking/vigorous armstrokes/both burn more O2 than I can take in. (Again YMMV - I used to swim competitively so probably draw more power/require more air than a more casual swimmer.) This is for moderately-paced recreational use such as viewing fish in the ocean, not vigorous lap swimming.
That caveat aside, this is a phenomenal mask and a real improvement in snorkel technology. Great for adults, but AMAZING for kids.