Ever feel like some things never change or get reinvented? Well, not so with the snorkel. Jonathan Cooper introduces the snorkeling mask that might forever change the way you see under water.
If you’ve ever snorkeled, you know the frustration of keeping the breathing tube from flopping around and staying above the water surface. There are few joys like taking a deep breath and inhaling a half-cup of seawater. Well, the new wave of snorkeling masks solves that problem, plus many others. No more masks coated in a thick layer of fog. No more limited visibility. No more painful “snorkel bite” on the corners of your mouth. The all-in-one masks of today feature full, unibody construction as you strap on an apparatus that covers your face snugly from forehead to chin. The mask’s added buoyancy will make shallow dives more difficult, but you can dive without the risk of inhaling water by accident. Views from inside are roughly 180 degrees, or whatever your peripheral vision may be, and due to a clever way to dispense with your hot air, the breathing tube will keep the insides clear and fog-free. Pictured on page 71 is the Tribord Easybreath, which garners positive reviews for its simple, inexpensive snorkel. But if you’re into documenting your undersea adventures, there are others, like the Seaview 180° pictured here, that allow for a GoPro attachment. Just snap on the fixed snorkel, adjust the straps to get a watertight fit, roll camera, and start swimming with the fishes.