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Snorkeling mask test: DeepBlue Black

DuikeninBeeld tested a series of snorkeling masks. These are the results for the DeepBlue Black mask.

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First impressions and usage
The snorkel on the L/XL and S/M sizes of the DeepBlue Black mask is hard to attach, and requires a lot of force. The mask is easy to put on and adjust. The fit is good, but breathing through the snorkel takes a lot of effort, making you very aware of your breathing.

The mask doesn’t fog during snorkeling, doing a surface dive or swimming underwater, but your field of vision is a bit distorted near the nose. The S/M doesn’t leak, but the L/XL does. One distracting feature with this mask is that the purge valves on the side are located at ear level, so you hear the noise this produces when you exhale. This is an unusual characteristic that we didn’t see with the other masks.

Score for important features – 1-5, with 1 being poor and 5 good

Attaching/detaching snorkel: 2
Comfort while putting mask on and removing it: 5
Comfort while wearing mask: 4
Ease of breathing: 3
Fogging: No
Clear, good vision: Yes, but slightly distorted
Field of vision: Large
Dry top: 4

Not a bad mask, but the sound during exhalation is distracting.

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If you click the names of the masks below, you will see our testers’ findings for each mask.

We conducted the tests with the utmost care, and the findings represent the testers’ personal opinions. Your experiences with the snorkeling masks may vary.

This list is NOT complete, and there may be other snorkeling masks on the market. No rights may be derived from this test whatsoever.

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