Right off the bat, I knew I was going to have an issue with this snorkel set. In most cases I love Aqua Lung sets; they’re made well and perform well. This snorkel set is no different. However, it’s the level of “overkill”, I guess, that the set comprises that kind of turned me off to it. The more snorkel sets that I sample the more finicky I get about what I’m actually using and carrying around with me. Let’s get down to the meat and potatoes of the review and then at the end I’ll give you my final analysis.
Icon LX Mask: It’s a good enough mask with lots of positives; silicone skirt, easy to adjust “pinch and pull” buckles adjustment, semi-clear skirt that allows a lot of light in so that you can see well under water. It also comes with a soft, zip up mask case.
Nautilus Snorkel: This is a really comfortable snorkel with silicone design and ergonomically manufactures to sit effortlessly in your mouth without having to bite down on it to keep it from swaying. The snorkel rolls up and is able to be stored in its case and placed in a cargo pocket or a small purse.
Trek Fins: There’s nothing fancy here. Aqua Lung and US Divers makes a great trek fin and these are those fins; short and lightweight for travel yet designed well enough to push and maneuver while in the water. They are open heel snorkel fins with adjustable straps.
Carry Bag: Mesh, clear plastic zip up design. Basic stuff here, nothing special. (Try a premium snorkel bag!)
Okay, so here’s my main beef with this snorkel set: That’s a lot of equipment to be toting around and it kind of works against the idea of having a “travel set” in the first place. It would seem that in an effort to make this more of a travel set than others, the seller has gone too far. Let’s count: mask and mask case, snorkel and snorkel case, 2 fines, travel bag (and for some reason a DVD/CD). That’s 8 pieces of gear that I have to keep track of and re-pack. Sorry. I’m not down with that. Give me the basic mask, snorkel, and two fins set any day of the week.
My only other gripe with this snorkel set is one that I share with many others: Don’t call it a travel set and put it with the lowest quality carry bag that you can find! Give me something quality. I want a bag for a travel set that I can throw on my shoulder that will also hold my wallet, keys, sun tan lotion and a towel. I want to be able to get on a plane and fly to another Island from Oahu with that as one of my pieces of luggage that is actually serviceable for something other than my snorkel gear.
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