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U.S. Divers Admiral LX, Island Dry Adult Premium Snorkeling Combo
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- One size fits all silicone face skirt fits a wide range of faces
- Pro-Glide buckle system provides quick and easy strap adjustment
- 100% Submersible Snorkel with "Pivot Dry Technology"
- Contoured Barrel is Ergonomically Shaped for Correct Positioning and Comfort
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U.S. Divers heritage
U. S. Divers has a rich diving and snorkeling history stretching back over 70 years with the invention of the very first Aqua Lung by Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1942. U. S. Divers has continuously been the world leader in personal, commercial and military dive and snorkel equipment and has inspired generations of outdoor aquatic enthusiasts. From the earliest days of SCUBA and a continued influence in the military, to becoming the industry leader, U. S. Divers continues to set the bar by which all others are measured.
|Mask Design||Contemporary 2-window||Contemporary 2-window||Frameless and low volume for improved visibility||Panoramic 4-window mask for maximum visibility|
|Mask with Easy Adjust Buckle||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Nose Purge to clear excess water||✓||✓||✓|
|Hypoallergenic Silicone face skirt for ultimate comfort and durability||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Dry Top Snorkel to avoid water entering into the tube||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Snorkel with Silicone Mouthpiece for comfort and durability||✓||✓||✓|
|Built-in whistle on the snorkel||✓||✓|
|Neoprene mask strap cover and snorkel keeper: reduce pulled hair and ensure proper snorkel placement||✓|
|Item Dimensions||4 x 6 x 13 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Shipping Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Size||Adult One Size|
Premium, hypolallergenic mask paired with a submersible dry snorkel makes this a superb snorkeling combo.Add a pair of any length fins to create a custom snorkel set.100% submersible dry top snorkel with Pivot-Dry technology (snorke top close when submerged).Full flex section provides custom fit.One way purge valve keeps snorke clear.
The U.S. Divers Admiral LX Diving Mask and Gulf Dry Snorkel Combo Set includes the 2-window Admiral diving mask with expanded top-to-bottom viewing with the 100% submersible dry top Gulf snorkel. The Gulf Dry snorkel has a hypoallergenic silicone mouthpiece as well as a full-flex section and one way purge valve to keep the snorkel clear.
Admiral 2 LX Mask Features:
- 2-window mask with expanded top to bottom viewing
- Hypoallergenic silicone face skirt provides ultimate comfort
- Pinch and pull Pro-Glide buckles for easy adjustments
Gulf Dry Snorkel Features:
- 100% submersible dry top snorkel with Pivot-Dry Technology
- Contoured barrel is ergonomically shaped for correct positioning and comfort
- Full-flex section provides custom fit
- One way purge valve keeps snorkel clear
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Before I begin with the scenarios, I want to note a few points.
-Construction: The lenses on the goggles are made of glass. The silicone straps seem like they will last a long time and the snorkel and mask both feel like they are well-made.
-Snorkel valves: There is a plastic piece at the top which is attached on a hinge. When the snorkel is tilted in the right way, the plastic part rotates and covers the opening of the tube. The shape of the plastic piece is such that as water moves up along the tube (like when a wave is about to go over the top, or when you are diving), it forces the top valve closed. Below the mouth piece, there is a one-way valve that makes it much easier to eject water from the snorkel.
-Snorkel attachment: There is an open plastic hook where you can slide the goggle band through. It is easy to attach, and not surprisingly, to un-attach. The band slipped out of the hook multiple times while I was pulling the goggles onto my face. It only takes a few seconds to attach it again, but I definitely would have preferred a more secure clamp. The tube never detached while I was actually snorkeling. Note that the tube of the snorkel is bent, so if the clasp rotates to the convex side, it opens a gap to slide the goggle strap in/out. If it rotates to the concave side (the proper orientation), the end of the hook is pressed against the tube, and the strap should never come loose. In theory, the strap should never come out while snorkeling.
-View through goggles: There was no distortion in my vision and I had a nice wide viewing area. They did fog up several times, but I could have prevented that by using defogger or soap. Fogging seems to be an issue with all goggles I've used, and these were no worse than average (and probably a little bitter better) in that respect.
-Fit: The snorkel has a lower part (with the mouth piece), a flexible hinge, and an upper part (the rest of the tube). The upper and lower parts can be rotated at the hinge, about the axis of the tube. This allows you to adjust the angle that the mouthpiece is at. The goggles felt comfortable, and after multiple hours, I still wasn't feeling any sort of discomfort. These are the first goggles I've worn that haven't produced uncomfortable pressure points around the the edge of the goggles and bridge of my nose.
-Leaks: I experienced no leaks through the goggles or snorkel.
Now for the test cases.
Scenario 1) Standing out of the water, breathing through the snorkel: Before I actually started snorkeling, I put on the goggles and started breathing through the snorkel and was making sure everything fit properly. The rocker valve at the end of the tube closed when I moved my head in certain directions, which prevented me from breathing. That was a little disconcerting, but then again, I wasn't snorkeling yet.
Scenario 2) Normal snorkeling at the surface of the water: I was able to breathe just fine. I had no trouble getting enough air, and didn't experience any problems whatsoever. The upper valve did not close unexpectedly either. I was glad that the tube didn't smell or taste like cheap plastic.
Scenario 3) Snorkeling in choppy surf: Waves were crashing over me at several points, and would temporarily submerge the end of the snorkel. For the most part no water entered the snorkel, and when it did, it was just a small. If water entered, it was not enough to actually prevent me from taking further breaths from the snorkel.
Scenario 4) Water in the tube: The lower part of the snorkel, which leads to the lower valve, can hold a small amount of water, so you should know that you have water in the tube long before it actually blocks off the opening to the top. When you want to clear the valve, you just breathe out with a moderate amount of force. It was surprisingly easy to clear water in the tube. I am extremely pleased with how easy it is to clear the water out--it is nearly effortless.
Scenario 5) I dove down to about 15 feet, stopped and waited several seconds, then went back to the surface. I hesitantly breathed in (without clearing out the tube first) and found that no water had entered...I could continue breathing normally as if nothing had happened. I tried this multiple times, and it worked every time. In general, I still blew out forcefully to eject any water that might have entered during a dive, but it is great having the peace of mind that this step is generally unnecessary.
Bottom line: I'm thrilled with just how well this snorkel works. I'll never go back to using a standard snorkel.
I'm removing a star because one of my two pairs broke. The break was at the clasp that holds the headstrap to the goggles. The strap is still in great condition, as are the goggles. However, I'm not seeing a way that I can possibly fix the clasp, given how it broke, so I guess I'm out of luck. I had only used that pair maybe a dozen times, and I'd say I was being careful with them, so I'm disappointed.
Due to a last-minute vacation, I decided to try to fix the broken mask after all and I was able to use some wire to effectively secure the band in place despite the broken clasp. Since the band has ridges along it, the wire held nicely and didn't slip, and I can still use the other end of the band to adjust the fit. Meanwhile, the second pair is still in great condition after another couple hours of snorkeling, plus getting smashed and whatnot while travelling. All things considered, I'd still recommend this mask.
Besides the clip breaking off, after the first use, the mask no longer held a good suction on my face. No matter what I did, after a few minutes, my mask would slowly fill with water and I would have to empty it out. Such a bummer! I will be on the hunt for some new gear sadly.
I really wish it came with a bag but we'll probably buy a bigger universal bag for handling all our wet items while out.
The other snorkel worked great until the plastic clip that holds the snorkel to the mask cracked off while trying to adjust. I didn't think I pulled too hard, but I guess I did. Once it cracked off, I used a rubberband to hold the snorkel to the mask. It kinda worked but I had to hold the snorkel out of the water with my hand at times. However, that's when I started noticing water getting into the mask. Not sure how that makes sense because the mask was still sealed to my face, but maybe I was breathing in incorrectly because my focus was on holding the snorkel above the water.
Since then, I bought a snorkel clip (different style) on Amazon for a few bucks and I'm hoping that fixes the issue.
Sum up: Just be careful when adjusting the clip and this is a great snorkel!
revised product feedback.. the clip broke after my 3rd use.. I've vacationed 3 times since Jan. Bora Bora, Hawaii and Hawaii again. Since the clip broke, now it's useless. I originally thought it was a great purchase. The mask doesn't leak and the wet tip works so awesome, but now without the clip, how do I use this?? Would be nice if they offered a clip re-purchase, but that would mean they lose out on ripping us off and now I end up spending over $50 for another set. WHAT A BUMMER.. BAD PURCHASE.. DON'T DO IT!!!
This works great for my Hawaiian vacation. The mask doesn't leak at all! Thx!
Mask seals tightly around the face and nose. I was concerned because I am a smaller female, but it worked perfectly. The mouth piece is a LITTLE large for my small mouth, but I've had this issue with every mask I've ever used.
My partner also used this mask and did some shallow diving, he said it worked great and the top sealed, no water leaked through.
I'd buy this mask again and recommend it to other people.