Are you ready for a snorkel-tastic year in 2018!?
We took a little while before we started to post our picks for the best snorkel masks and gear that you can get for this New Year, but now that we’ve finally done the tallying and looked back on 2017 we think that we know just the type of gear that people are looking for to take to the beach, on vacation, or even that tropical cruise to all of those exotic locations.
We’re hoping that we can have as much fun providing snorkel reviews and doing our own snorkeling in 2018 as we did in 2017 but it’s going to be a tough year to beat. But, hey, if there are two people who can have more fun this year than we did last year….it’s us! We’re starting this year off (sort of) with the Best Snorkel Masks for 2018.
We were able to provide reviews on our favorite masks last year and lots of people had a great time snorkeling with the gear that we recommended. We’re proud of that and happy to help. From looking at last years buys, comments, and most popular pages/items than we think we can, without a doubt, provide the greatest, short list of snorkel masks for the the coming year.
Our 2018 Best Snorkel Masks Picks (Updated for 2018)
|OCTOMASK GoPro Hero4 and Hero3||OCTOMASK||$79.99|
|Seaview 180° GoPro Compatible Snorkel Mask||WildHorn Outfitters||$109.99|
|Tribord Easybreath||DRY FREAK||$99.90|
|Cressi F1 Frameless Mask||Cressi||$25.44|
|Cressi Snorkel Mask Snorkel Set||Cressi||$44.99|
|Tusa Freedom Elite Scuba Mask, M-1003||Tusa||N/A|
|ScubaPro Ghost Dive Mask||Scubapro||$65.00|
Update Notes (March 2017)
We’ve removed the Zorroo as a viable option for a full-face mask. While we never had an issue with ours, there is a lot of issue going on right now with full-face snorkel masks and foreign country “knock-offs”. The only full face masks that wer’re currently recommending are: Tribord, Ocean Reef Aria (both in the table above), H2O Ninja (great, but the price), and Mares SeaVu.
We’e also added many other masks such as the F1 Frameless snorkel mask (which should have been on last year’s list but I totally blew it…sorry)
Update Notes (April 2018)
We’ve added about 4 new masks this year after extensive testing (Cressi F1 frameless, the Seaview 180, Cressi Freediving, and the TUSA Freedom Elite). There are a lot of great masks to choose from and a lot of our favorite masks can be found here.
That being said, we’ll continue to use and test masks throughout our times snorkeling and provide with at least yearly updates to our in-depth tests and reviews.
A couple of things that you can take from the below list: First, people are really into GoPro’s right now and being able to take video of the underwater world is really important to snorkelers. Second, it’s the full face snorkel masks that people are buying to make snorkeling that much easier and more comfortable. Lastly, it’s all about the view; all of the masks below maximize the amount of lens and how much of the underwater world that you can see.
The Tribord Easybreath, full-face snorkeling mask was our most popular mask for 2015. We feel that people really appreciated the comfort fit and the ability to take the snorkel out of the picture by using this all-in-one snorkel and mask combo. This is a purely snorkeling mask as it is not made for SCUBA or free diving to depths. It’s a great mask for the beginner snorkeler and to have along with you on your vacation. Read our full-review of the Tribord.
Absolutely my favorite snorkel mask. I tried it out for a week while my buddy was off getting married and I didn’t want to give it back. Technologically advanced design for the perfect fit. Mirrored lenses for eye protection and a wide viewing capacity. You need to try it out to really get a grasp of what the TruFit technology does for the mask…it’s a game changer. Also available without tinted lenses and in different colors on frame and clear silicone.
This is another one of my all-time favorite snorkel masks. It provides divers an unparalleled level of comfort, high-quality optics, and style. This new mask complements the popular Atomic Aquatics Venom mask and incorporates the signature ‘Wicked’ styling recognizable on SV series snorkels and Bladefin fins. The Venom Frameless expands the current Atomic Aquatics mask line that includes Venom, Frameless 2, and SubFrame models, giving divers more options to fit different face sizes and shapes. The mask is available in Gray/Black and Red/Black colors.
The Cressi F1 Frameless mask has always been a favorite of ours. Ever since we started the Snorkel Store in 2015, we’ve used a Cressi frameless mask off and on.
We love to tout Cressi’s history of diving, swimming and snorkeling products since 1946. Yeah, it has a lot of history. And that comes with a lot of knowledge and expertise.
We love the Cressi F1 for its wide, single view lens that give huge, panoramic views of everything in front of you.
It’s made with 100% hyper-allergenic silicone that’s soft and supple resulting in perfectly comfortable seal to the face.
The Seaview 180 from WildHorn Outfitters has really taken us by surprise and impressed us. We won’t lie; we didn’t pick the Seaview as the best full-face snorkel mask when we did our round up but it has taken the top spot now, that’s for sure!
There was never a time when this was a bad mask, but we just never had it above or “better” than the Tribord or Ocean Reef Aria. However, the comfortable fit, supreme underwater view, full-face mask with a dry snorkel is about as good as it can get.
Of course, just like other full-face masks, this is purely a snorkeling mask and any sort of “diving” is not recommended for these masks. That being said, if you have a mustache then these full-face masks are perfect for you!
Yes, back to Cressi again. This mask is an “Amazon Choice” and has about 1000 5-star ratings. But what would expect from a mask that:
- Has ultra-comfortable silicone and fit but is as durable as they come with tempered glass and quality straps.
- Push button strap clamps that make on/off and adjustments as easy to do in the water as it is on land.
- Great snorkel with bendable/adjustable lower piece and a splash proof top.
This is definitely one of the top snorkel masks on the market and will be for years to come.
We love the TUSA brand just as much as we like Cressi. I often talk about how Lizzy’s main snorkel set is a TUSA set that we both love. Man, that set is comfortable.
Here are some highlights of the TUSA Freedom Elite:
- Wide field of view single lens
- Equipped with Freedom Technology
- 180° Rotational Buckle System
- Medium-large frame with minimal internal volume
- Five-position strap angle adjustor for micro-adjustment
- And about as many color styles as you could ever wish for.
Zorroo GoPro Full Face Mask The ZORROO Snorkel Mask does a great job of combining the OctoMask (below) with the full-face design of the Tribord. Great comfort and the ability to capture everything that you’re looking down at as you skim across the surface of the water is both highly convenient and exciting…especially when you get to send your family and friends all the great video of your snorkeling fun!
This one surprised us a little bit, but it was a great option for those who bought a snorkel set or mask/snorkel combo is 2015. We shouldn’t be that surprised, though, as Phantom Aquatics puts out some really great products. The Cancun mask and snorkel set is a super sleek, super comfortable, and ultra-dependable. You won’t find a better, traditional snorkel mask on the market than the Cancun Mask.
The OctoMask with GoPro attachment was actually one of my favorite masks that I sampled and reviewed this year and many shoppers here at The Snorkel Store agreed. The comfort of the mask, the traditional build, and the GoPro attachment makes this mask a great choice for any user who has no issue with breathing through the snorkel. You can read our full review here.
The Cressi Panoramic wide view mask is all about seeing as much as you can while you’re under water. This is a 4 lens mask (two in front of each eye, and two on each side of the eye) giving it that panoramic view. It’s comfortable and a great buy for the beginner snorkeler who wants to capture as much marine life as possible when they’re in the water. A definite Top Pick for years to come. You can read our full review here.
How to Choose a Good Snorkel Mask
Snorkeling, just like any other recreational sport requires you to kit yourself with the right snorkeling gear. A mask is one of the must-have snorkeling gears that should not miss in your backpack. With the right gear, you will not have to waste your time fiddling around instead maximize your time enjoying the sport. Shopping for one can be a challenge mainly if you are a newbie. However, here is a definitive guide on how to select the best.
Fit is critical
The most critical aspect is how your gear fits. Experts recommend that you test by wearing it on your face without a strap and don’t inhale or exhale. Try letting it go and see if it stays in place. Remember that wearing the gear can change the appearance
of your face and is critical that you find the best fitting one. There is a rubber-like part called the skirt which comes into contact with your skin. The skirt is designed to maintain a watertight seal against your skin. A loose one can lead to problems such as fatigue, fogging and leaking. Leaking skirt means you’ll frequently tread to remove water which can lead to fogging.
You can choose from a single lens, dual or 3 or 4 lens. Others come tempered glass while others don’t have. Those with tempered glass are great for diving. You may also consider purge valves. These are often located at the bottom of the nose gap. They allow quick clearing of water in case it gets in.
Silicone is the most preferred material since it is comfortable, soft and durable. However, it is available in various colors and grades. In case you are a photographer, then you need a material that allows light for a great underwater view. Crystal clear silicone is ideal for photographers.
Some lenses are designed in a way that they improve clarity in dim-lit conditions. Such lenses come with special tinting for crispier images while reducing glare. In case you want extra clarity, then you may consider the presence of the vision-enhancing coating.
The quality of the gear you choose determines how entertaining and enjoyable your sport will be. It can be easy to get confused since they come in various brands, sizes, and shapes. When shopping for one, try to consider the clarity, material, lens quality, comfort, fit and seal.
How to Keep a Snorkel Mask from Fogging
Here are some great ways to prevent your diving or snorkeling mask from fogging up while Snorkeling.
Use toothpaste! This option should be done prior to your first time in the water. This helps to remove the chemicals that have adhered to the mask during the manufacturing process and causes fogging to occur. Rub the toothpaste around the inside of the mask with a cloth or paper towel. Do this for a few minutes. Make sure you use any kind that doesn’t have bleaching agents so it doesn’t discolor the mask. Also make sure it is not too gritty so that it doesn’t scratch the lenses either. After you are done rubbing it around let it sit for ten minutes and afterward wash it away with crisp water. You should even now utilize another defogging specialist routinely.
There are specifically formulated defogging wipes or anti-fog sprays on the market. The wipes go on dry, are invisible and can be used multiple times though there are other types as well so be sure to follow the instructions on the package. When using the spray, squirt it directly on the inside of the goggles and rub it around before quickly dunking it under fresh water to rinse. You should leave a small amount of residue behind to keep the moisture from sticking to the lens.
You can mix your own anti-fog spray by using a mixture of baby shampoo and water in a spray bottle. Child cleanser is utilized on the grounds that it is intended to be delicate on eyes, so that does your veil not fog as well as your eyes won’t be bothered either.
At the point when all else has fizzled and you are out in the water, you can spit inside the veil. This should do the trick at least until you have other options available.
If you don’t mind spending a little extra money then buy the new full-face snorkel mask that is on the market. It is specifically designed not to fog. It has lots of added benefits though. You have the ability to breathe through your nose or mouth, a full face lens that gives you a larger view, it also has a built-in shut off valve so that if you dive down into the water it closes the snorkel so that water doesn’t come shooting in your mouth. These masks start at about sixty dollars but between the added benefits, fewer pieces to buy and keep track of this might be the way to go. If you would like more information on this type of mask I have added a link below.
How To Clean A Snorkel Mask
A snorkel mask is great for viewing sea life and all the beautiful scenery underwater, but you’ll need to get it cleaned for maximum enjoyment. Here’s how to clean a snorkel mask.
A new snorkel mask may have coating on the lens that will need to removed prior to use. What you’ll need is a bit of toothpaste and some soft cloth towels (microfiber works fine) to clear out the film. Put on some toothpaste on the inside and outside of the lenses, then gently scrub all along the lens’ exterior and interior using your finger. Do this for a few minutes, then rinse out the toothpaste using water. Finally, dry the snorkel mask thoroughly using the microfiber cloth before putting it on storage.
Cleaning And Maintenance Of Your Snorkel Mask
After each dive, it’s best to clean your snorkel mask before putting it in storage. Prepare a small basin of clean, soapy water for eliminating all traces of salt water. Rinse out the snorkel mask to dislodge sand, dust and small particles that may have accumulated on the inside and the cracks of your diving mask. If you used the mask in a swimming pool, you may rinse it with fresh water from the tap as soon as you get out of the pool.
Rinse out the soap using clean running water, then use a soft cleaning cloth or a microfiber cloth to remove the remaining moisture. When dry, put your snorkel mask on a sturdy case for safekeeping until the next session.
Be safe and Happy Snorkeling! -Ken